Tag:Marquis Daniels
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:37 pm

Report: Paul Pierce to miss Christmas opener?

Posted by Ben Golliverpaul-pierce-bos

Paul Pierce may not make it home in time for Christmas.

ESPNBoston.com reports that the Boston Celtics All-Star forward might be forced out of the team's Dec. 25 season opener against the New York Knicks because of a bruised heel.
Asked if he was concerned about Pierce's health, Rivers said not in the long-term, but very much so for the start of the season when the Celtics play three games in four days.

"We have [three] games right off the bat and he's really gone only one practice and that's basically it," said Rivers. "So, yeah, I'm concerned about it. It's just a heel bruise and he went real hard [Monday] and it got real sore. We just want him to rest. The problem with that is, it'll be a lot of rest, and then he may be ready, but with no play, there's that."

Rivers said he'd like to get Pierce on the floor on Friday and hopes he'll be able to go in time for Sunday's season-opener in New York. They simply don't want to rush him after the setback on Monday.

Pierce, 34, has been fairly durable in recent years, missing a combined 16 regular season games over the last four seasons. 

His absence will be felt mightly by the Celtics, who are still reeling after forward Jeff Green was advised to undergo season-ending heart surgery and free agent target David West opted to sign with the Indiana Pacers instead. If Pierce can't go, Rivers will turn to wing Marquis Daniels, who suffered a scary season-ending spinal injury last year, to match-up against Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony. Good luck with that.
Posted on: March 23, 2011 6:12 pm

Daniels to have surgery on bruised spinal cord

Posted by Royce Young

According to the Boston Globe, Marquis Daniels' agent, Mark Bartelstein, has indicated Daniels will undergo surgery on his bruised spinal cord next Wednesday. Daniels bruised his spinal cord in a scary incident that happened Feb. 6 against the Magic while he was still with the Celtics.

Daniels of course was traded by the Celtics to the Kings at the deadline. His season is over but the hope is the injury doesn't end his career. That's a big reason for the surgery. He will be a free agent this summer so successful surgery and a good comeback is definitely necessary for Daniels to land a new contract.

He's a player that definitely had value to the Celtics pre-injury, but there will be concerns for him wherever he goes next.

Posted on: February 24, 2011 5:45 pm

Trade Tracker: Boston sends Daniels to Sactown

Boston trades Marquis Daniels to Sacramento for cash.
Posted by Matt Moore

An updating list of trades at the NBA Trade Deadline. Posted by EOB staff.  


Boston receives: Cash, money, moulah, dinero

Sacramento receives: Marquis Daniels, ability to avoid penalty for being under minimum salary

Analysis:  The Kings were below the minimum salary. They literally were not paying their players enough, and had to have another guy to avoid a penalty. As a result, they trade for Daniels, who suffered a bruised spine and will not play again this season. They paid off the Celtics to help them avoid being below the minimum.  Daniels had played well for the Celtics. He had worked for them, helped them to the top seed in the East. He was injured in a freak accident. And now the Celitcs have just ditched him so they can go pursue another player. I get it's a business. I get these things happen. But it just feels wrong to punish Daniels like this, even if he would only be able to support the team from the bench. It's how it is, how this league works, but for a team that talks about family so much, those words ring hollow today. 
Posted on: February 15, 2011 1:30 am
Edited on: February 15, 2011 4:35 pm

Report: Celtics G Delonte West tweaks wrist again

Boston Celtics guard Delonte West is set to return from wrist surgery on Wednesday. Posted by Ben Golliver. delonte-west-wrist

Update (4:34 PM): Delonte West went through practice on Tuesday, as expected, but ESPNBoston.com reports that he "tweaked" his wrist and that Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reports that West would undergo additional X-rays. West's expected return tomorrow night is obviously in doubt.
Back in November, Boston Celtics reserve guard Delonte West fractured his right wrist, an injury that required surgery and sidelined him for more than two months.

ESPNBoston.com reports that West will return to game action on Wednesday, when the Celtics face the New Jersey Nets
West participated in the entire Celtics practice session on Monday, and, barring any residual soreness after Tuesday's session, he will be in the lineup on Wednesday, said coach Doc Rivers.
"Delonte's going to play," said Rivers. "The only thing is, obviously, if [Tuesday] he goes through the practice and it gets sore, and then we'll pull him. Because, if it's to a point where it's not right, I'm not going to play him."
The timing couldn't be better for the Celtics, as they just lost wing Marquis Daniels to a bruised spine that has him sidelined for at least a month. That injury left the Celtics playing essentially a seven-man rotation during Sunday's showdown match-up with the Miami Heat. The Celtics still won, of course, but starters Ray Allen and Paul Pierce were forced to play 43 minutes and 40 minutes, respectively.

West's return will help shore up the team's backcourt depth, giving Rivers a veteran option to supplement the undersized Nate Robinson and the streaky Von Wafer.

West made just five appearances for Boston prior to suffering his wrist injury, averaging 6.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 17.6 minutes. For his career, West has posted averages of 10.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 28.2 minutes per game.
Posted on: February 7, 2011 5:25 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 5:28 pm

Marquis Daniels released from hospital

Boston Celtics guard Marquis Daniels was released from the hospital after suffering a spinal cord bruise and will reportedly miss at least a month. Posted by Ben Golliver.


On Sunday, we noted that Boston Celtics guard Marquis Daniels fell to the ground during the second quarter of a game against the Orlando Magic and was taken off the court on a stretcher with an apparent spinal cord injury.

Here's the latest on that scary scene in Boston: Daniels was released from the hospital on Monday morning, according to the Boston Herald, but he will miss "at least a month."
The Celtics were relieved, most of all, by the news Marquis Daniels had full movement and was responding to doctors yesterday following a fall that left the Celtics forward with a bruised spinal cord.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said after a 91-80 win over the Orlando Magic that Daniels will miss, “A month, two months. It’ll be a month, anyway.”
Daniels, a role player off the bench, is averaging 5.5 points and 1.3 assists in 19.1 minutes this season. 

The Celtics should be able to manage his absence in a variety of ways. They have reserve guard Von Wafer on deck, are expected to get reserve guard Delonte West back following wrist surgery in the next few weeks and recalled rookie guard Avery Bradley from the D-League on Monday. Daniels' absence could also mean more minutes for starters like Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, but Celtics coach Doc Rivers has no reason to run his vets into the ground as his team boasts the best record in the Eastern Conference. 
Posted on: February 6, 2011 3:28 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 5:37 pm

Marquis Daniels taken off on stretcher

Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: It was announced following the game that Daniels has a bruised spinal cord and is out indefinitely. He's moving completely fine though, which is outstanding.

Early in the second quarter of the Celtics-Magic game, Boston guard Marquis Daniels went down on a seemingly harmless Gilbert Arenas foul. But after Daniels hit the floor, he remained motionless for more than five minutes, with a stretcher eventually coming out to take him off. Here's the play:

Via Ken Berger, Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss said Daniels suffered a neck injury and was being transported to New England Baptist Hospital for tests. He was conscious and talking on his way to the ambulance, Twiss said.

Obviously it looks like nothing happened, but evidently Daniels' neck was bent just right. Hopefully this is just a stinger of sorts and the trainers were just exercising a ton of caution.

Daniels was put in ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital. He did give a thumbs up to the crowd on his way off the court, which is a fantastic sign.

But what a weird moment and something you never see in basketball. It's an awful thing whenever it happens in sports where a player appears to have suffered a significant injury, but on something so minor as Arenas' foul, it's hard to imagine anything major. At least that's what I'm hoping for.

As soon as there's more info on Daniels, we'll pass that along.
Category: NBA
Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:56 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2011 12:01 am

Celtics close out Magic and a question of respect

Celtics' Big 3 take over down the stretch, as the Celtics regain the upper hand. Question is, is there a respect gap between Boston and Orlando?
Posted by Matt Moore

Welcome back, Kevin Garnett. And welcome back, playoff atmosphere, TD Northbank Garden. And welcome back, Celtics closing out big games. After the Celtcs blew a sizeable lead on Christmas to the Magic, they turned the tables on Orlando Monday night, with Kevin Garnett at the center of it all. Garnett snatched a huge steal to seize the game, throwing the outlet to Ray Allen who managed to run off several seconds before being fouled with the C's up 3. Celtics defeat Magic, 109-106 .

But Garnett's play was so much more than that in his return. And it was more than the 19 points and 8 rebounds he put in on the stat sheet. The defensive energy picked up as Garnett started barking orders, and the Big 3 looked very much like the components who ripped through the Eastern Conference last year with Rondo also doing his part. But it was the Big 3 who sealed this. Pierce with a combination of his patented pump-fake to draw the foul and his patented corner jumper set the Celtics up for their three-point advantage, but it was Ray Allen constantly nailing tough jumpers off multiple screens which allowed the Celtics to match Orlando three-for-three. Then Garnett with the steal, and that's your game. 

So the question you're left with, after all the history between these two teams, and with the season series knotted at 1-1 is this: Does Boston respect Orlando? And the feeling you get is no. Not at all. Not even now. 

Kevin Garnett was his usual bullying, screaming, spitting self, and at one point he and Dwight Howard had a staredown of sorts which epitomized the two players. Garnett mouthing and snapping like a guard dog, staring down Howard. Howard laughing and confused at what Garnett was doing. In the end, Howard walked away, which you'd criticize him for, if it weren't for his technical foul situation and the need for him to stay in the game. But it was very much a study in contrast of personality, if not character. Garnett not only refuses to back down to anyone, but constantly chests into everyone. He'll start a confrontation with anyone (the question of him ending said conflicts is another, more complicated issue that involves a lot of "hands up, walk away" behavior).  Howard on the other hand, is smiling, pleasant, still the laughing man-child, even as his status as a franchise leader requires more out of him. And perhaps for that, along with the equally complicated issue of how the officials treat both teams, Boston continues to appear to take Orlando as a second-rate squad.

For all the success, Orlando's had, Boston holds this attitude still. After the Magic were eliminated from the Finals in 2009, Paul Pierce referred to the Magic as "poodles." This after Orlando had eliminated the Celtics in seven games without the services of Kevin Garnett, which allowed both the teams and the fans to dismiss the win entirely. This despite the Magic also having considerable regular season success against the Celtics as well, and eliminating the Celtics on their home floor in a Game 7. But the fact they needed seven games spoke loudly to many. That attitude was furthered when Boston easily dispatched Orlando in the 2010 playoffs. So the two have quite a bit of history, even with all the changes to both teams, and yet there is still an attitude gap with Boston. 

But that could be more about the Celtics in general than the Magic specifically. There's a begrudging respect for the Lakers after being defeated by them last spring. But the Celtics rely on their brash, overtly physical, cocky attitude to take over games mentally. To surrender that attitude with any measure of respect would decrease their edge. 

So what will it take for Orlando to win Boston's respect? No amount of regular season wins, or close losses, will do it. They have to topple them in the playoffs, with the Celtics at full-strength. And with Kendrick Perkins close to returning, Delonte West back soon after that, and the C's still capable of that extra gear that blasted them through the entire East last year, it's hard to see Orlando hitting that gear. Respect has to be earned, and the Magic need so much to go right in order for them to do just that. 

Some final game notes: 
  • Bizarre game for Jason Richardson. Started off terribly, forcing shots and looking lost in his role. Then he started to step into shots in the second half, and looked on his way to a solid game. Then he was put on Ray Allen for a long stretch in the fourth instead of J.J. Redick (who may be the best Ray Allen defender in the league), and Allen just destroyed him. He had no idea how to handle him or the multitude of screens the Celtics routinely send Allen off.
  • That Allen wound up 8-11 shows you how good he is. J.J. Redick was right with him on every attempt when he was on the floor, but Allen adjusted, even hitting shots off the dribble.
  • Ryan Anderson was the story in the first half for the Magic, but the Celtics adjusted rapidly in the second half, allowing Davis to extend further than his usual range to guard him on the perimeter. Then, when Anderson attempted to dribble around Davis and his round mound, help was constantly there, either from the corner or the elbow. Just enough to take a not-great-dribbler off his dribble and end the possession. Great adjustment by Doc Rivers.
  • Shaquille O'Neal is getting so much credit from people for his play. And while the offensive work with Rondo is nice (who can't score with Rondo helping you?), O'Neal had as many turnovers as rebounds Monday night. Two.
  • Dwight Howard was great on offense (33 points) and did his work on the glass (13). But zero blocks for the reigning defensive player of the year and he was missed inside on several possessions. Howard seemed to A. want to avoid early fouls and B. want to extend too much to attack the Celtics at the point of paint penetration, instead of managing the rim defense.
Posted on: January 11, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: January 11, 2011 12:04 pm

Game Changer 1.11.11: Rose goes airborne

Game Changer, where Derrick Rose got up, got on up. 

Posted by Matt Moore

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.  

SWEET MAMMAJAMMA: Derrick Rose and the infinite oop-ness

Let us begin with this ending-of-all-life-as-we-know-it dunk from Derrick Rose. 

Note that Rose makes the pass then immediately calls for the alley-oop. For whatever reason, no Pistons give their teammate a heads up on it. Either they didn't see it or couldn't react fast enough. Certainly understandable, considering Rose moves at approximately the speed of sound. 

29 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 1 block for Rose in the win.

THE BIG ONE: Boston struggles against the high-speed offense again

Remember when we told you that Boston has issues with high-pace offenses ? Houston is fourth in the league in pace. Again, the Boston defense was unable to clamp down on a team that worked early in the shot clock. The obvious excuse is that Boston was without Kevin Garnett. But Boston had its chances and couldn't quite get a grip on a team who is likely unsympathetic to injury concerns in their own right. 

Aaron Brooks was able to hit a series of tough shots to keep the lead extended, and in the meantime, Paul Pierce struggled in the clutch once again. Most perplexing was a pull-up transition three with Glen Davis setting the screen right in front of him. Rondo missed a screen-splitting Ray Allen on a key possession late and threw it out of bounds. When you look at all the things Celtics normally do, they did almost none of them. 

For the Rockets, Kyle Lowry is really showing his value, even playing at off-guard in the absence of Kevin Martin. Patrick Patterson very quietly had a good game with 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists, along with one very well-timed block on Pierce in the fourth. Chase Budinger was huge as a spot-up shooter, which for some reason the Celtics were fine with granting him.

For the Celtics? Marquis Daniels was brilliant, attacking and taking Rockets off the dribble using his length. But too often the Celtics wound up with trusting Glen Davis to hit jumpers. And while Davis has proven he can hit that mid-range, it's not something you want to trust in as many times as the Celtics did. The Celtics also could have used more of Shaquille O'Neal to slow the Rockets down, considering they had no way of stopping him. But the big fella only played twenty minutes and was a -8 in that time regardless. 


Derrick Rose: 29 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 3 turnovers


Luis Scola: 12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals
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