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Brown scores 29 points, Celtics pass Shorthanded Heat 122-92

BOSTON (AP) -- Jaylen Brown had 29 points, Jayson Tatum added 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Boston Celtics rolled past the Miami Heat 122-92 Monday night. Boston led by as many as 32 points en route to their fourth win in five games. (Author: Gardener)

29BOSTON (AP) -- Jaylen Brown had 29 points, Jayson Tatum added 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Boston Celtics rolled past the Miami Heat 122-92 Monday night. Boston led by as many as 32 points en route to their fourth win in five games. Marcus Smart added 16 points and seven assists. It was Brown's fourth straight game to score 25 or more, and Tatum has scored 20 or more points in his last six games. "We're still working on some things, but I'm very encouraged by the progress our group is making," said Celtics big man Al Horford, who contributed 14 points and nine rebounds. Miami has lost back-to-back and struggled mightily without several key players in the first of its six-game journey: Jimmy Butler (toe), P.J. Tucker (knee) and point guard Kyle Lowry, who missed his eighth straight game for personal reasons. Caleb Martin had 14 points and Bam Adebayo had 12 points, five rebounds and five assists. I'd like to just pack the rest in a garbage truck," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. The Celtics hit eight of their first eleven shots and took a 21-7 lead. Miami struggled for quality looks at the bottom of the floor, shooting just 29% (6 of 21) in the opening stages. The Heat settled down and started the second quarter on an 18-5 run to keep the game at 32. This prompted Celtics coach Ime Udoka to take time off. His team responded immediately with seven straight points to forge a 22-13 run to end the half. Udoka said the team heeded its message to limit the open looks for Miami's shooters. "We got our physicality back," said Udoka. They rebounded and finished half, then carried it over into the third quarter. Boston led 67-52 in the third when Adebayo was rated technical at the 8:38 mark and pulled out of the game by Spoelstra. By the time Adebayo returned with 2:04 left at halftime, Boston's lead had grown to 86-67. The Celtics went into fourth with a 94-70 lead and drove the rest of the way. Smart said he feels the team is finding its way after some rough patches early in the season. "I love it, especially with the adversity we've been dealing with this whole season — the ups and downs, not consistent," Smart said. "It's great for us that we're finally starting to walk this path in the right direction. It's coming at the right time for us.” Heat: Shot 39% (34 of 87) for the game. ... had five turnovers in the third quarter, resulting in 10 Boston points. ... topped the Heat by 40-25 points in the third quarter. In the second quarter, he shot just 5 of 12 from the free throw line. ... Recognized former players Eddie House (2007-10) and Brandon Bass (2011-15) in a continuation of their seasonal tribute to past Celtics as part of the NBA's 75th Anniversary season. House also played four seasons for the Heat. "That was probably the only highlight of the evening," said Spoelstra.

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Celtics, Jaylen Brown Could Split In Offseason If Boston Doesn't Live Up To Potential (Report)

While the Celtics' recent winning streak and improved game have lifted the team's spirits, overall it's been a rocky season in Boston. This sets the course for the February 10 trading deadline, although earth-shattering steps are not expected until the off-season. The Celtics have committed to building around their under-25 stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. (Author: Gardener)

Jaylen BrownWhile the Celtics' recent winning streak and improved game have lifted the team's spirits, overall it's been a rocky season in Boston. This sets the course for the February 10 trading deadline, although earth-shattering steps are not expected until the off-season. The Celtics have committed to building around their under-25 stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. But if the team doesn't make noise on the track, Brown could look to part ways with Boston in the offseason, according to Heavy's Steve Bulpett. While Bulpett reported that Brown hasn't asked for any trades, he "might be the one acknowledging the mix isn't right and going for a move" until the C's don't improve. The Celtics have won nine of their last 13 games and improved their record to 27-25. Tatum is in the first year of its maximum renewal; He is signed for at least the 2024/25 season (he has a player option for the following year). Other pieces from Boston's core in Robert Williams III and Marcus Smart are also on long-term bans, giving the Celtics some clarity as to their key pieces. But this season there has been frustration amid COVID-19 disruptions, injuries and inconsistencies. As Brown's game continues to climb, the missed time will likely knock him off the All-Star talk this season. The recent winning streak -- and a strong defense -- was the best indicator Boston could be making noise in a tightly packed Eastern Conference this season. It's that frustration that could lead to a summer farewell between the Celtics and Brown. But Bulpett reports that the C's didn't buy Brown in that timeframe. Brown has been mentioned in trade rumors in previous seasons but the Celtics have resisted moving their young guard. (Brown was reportedly a name floating around for 76ers star Ben Simmons, but the Celtics' front office was quick to dismiss that possibility.) There's also no guarantee Brown will even seek a trade this offseason, even if Boston does continues to have problems. If the Celtics are looking to add a third star alongside Brown and Tatum, this offseason is a time for a big swing. Even if the Cs finish poorly and the surrounding roster pieces improve, Brown staying in Boston is another option as well. Boston President Brad Stevens will have to make some short-term decisions in the coming weeks. But in the long term, the Celtics want to build a title contender.

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4.5 magnitude earthquake shakes Oklahoma and is felt in neighboring states

The United States Geological Survey reported the "remarkable" quake around 1 p.m. EST (Author: Gardener)

OklahomaA magnitude 4.5 (M) earthquake was recorded about five miles from the small town of Medford, Oklahoma. The United States Geological Survey reported the "remarkable" tremor at around 11:10 a.m. local time. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, Madelline Wheeler, Grant County's chief of emergency management, told the Associated Press. The USGS Community Intensity Map included reports of severe shaking and light damage near the towns of Enid and Stillwater. Reports of seismic activity came from the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas. In addition to Arkansas, the quake was also felt across state lines in Wichita, Kansas and Great Bend. Medford, with a population of around 1,000, is about 120 miles north of Oklahoma City. On Sunday, USGS also reported a 4.0-M earthquake about three miles west of Palomar Observatory and 60 miles north of San Diego, California. The strongest Oklahoma earthquake was a magnitude 5.8, recorded near Pawnee in September 2016. Since 2009, Oklahoma has seen a spike in earthquake activity, the USGS said. State regulators have ordered several producers to shut down or reduce volumes from some wells following the recent tremors.

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NBA Picks 2022 Jan 31 best bets by model on 62-32 run

The SportsLine model today revealed his NBA picks for the Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics (Author: Gardener)

NBA PicksA possible preview of the Eastern Conference playoffs comes Monday night in Boston when the Celtics host the Heat. Miami is 32-18 at the top of the NBA Eastern Conference, while Boston is ninth at 26-25. The Heat have some injury concerns as they enter the game with Jimmy Butler (toe). P. Caesars Sportsbook lists Boston as a 6.5-point favorite in the latest Celtics vs. The over-under for points is set at 209, the lowest NBA total the table for Monday at Caesars. Celtics tips, be sure to check out SportsLine's trusted computer model for NBA predictions and betting advice. The SportsLine projection model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has raked in well over $10,000 in profits for its top-tier NBA picks over the past 3+ seasons. The model kicks off Week 16 of the 2021-22 NBA season with a stunning 62-32 throw on all top NBA picks, raking in over $2,500. Now the model has set its sights on Heat vs. Celtics and just laid out its picks and NBA predictions. You can now go to SportsLine to see the model selection. Here are some NBA betting lines and trends for Celtics vs. Heat: * MIA: The Heat are 15-11 against the spread in away games * BOS: The Celtics are 11-141 against the spread in home games Miami is a solid 29-21 against the overall spread this season. And when listed as underdogs, the Heat thrive. They're a sizzling 14-3 ATS in this scenario, so even with some injury worries, Miami could certainly have value. He averages 17.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. The Celtics rank No. 4 in the NBA for defensive efficiency, allowing 106.3 points per 100 possessions. Boston leads the league in assists allowed, giving up just 21.7 per game, and the Celtics are in the top three in the NBA for field goal percentage allowed (43.7 percent), points allowed in of color (42.0 per game) and blocked shots (5.8 per game). Boston prevents an above-average number of free throws (20.6 per game), and opponents shoot from 3-point range only 34.2 percent against the Celtics. Boston is also good on the glass, allowing opponents to score just 12.4 second chance points per game, and Miami have struggled with ball safety on offense. The Heat rank No. 27 in the NBA for turnovers, allowing the Celtics to play opposing shots and potentially create transition opportunities. SportsLine's model tilts across the total, projecting 213 combined points. The model also says that one side of the spread hits nearly 60 percent of the time. You can only see the model selection at SportsLine. So who wins heat vs. and which side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of the simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump to, all from the model that wrecked his NBA picks, and find out.

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For the Celtics it is time to decide for Dennis Schröder

With the trade deadline approaching, they'll have to decide if he'll remain part of their plans for the rest of this season. (Author: Gardener)

Dennis SchröderDennis Schröder (above) was someone Celtics coach Ime Udoka can count on in production, off the bench or as a starter. Now that the Celtics are finally healthy, coach Ime Udoka has been able to mostly refocus on his preferred rotations rather than trying to combine unusual groupings and hoping satisfactory results are achieved. The starting line-up of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Robert Williams and Al Horford was excellent. After their strong performance in Monday night's 122-92 win over the under-seeded Heat, this group has outscored opponents by 27.7 points per 100 possessions combined in 17 games. Washburn: The Celtics' Dennis Schröder's dilemma: His value and potential are good; his inconsistency, not so much. But that means point guard Dennis Schroeder will continue to come off the bench — at least while he's in the roster — and the disparity between his stats as a starter and reserve is significant. In 25 games as a starter, Schröder averages 18.6 points while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from the 3-point line. In 20 games off the bench, he averages 9.5 points while shooting 34.2 percent from the field and 28.3 percent from off the arc. Boston has a net rating of plus 2.4 when Schroeder is a starter and minus 0.7 when he is a reserve. Of course, when Schröder starts, he's usually surrounded by better scorers like Tatum and Brown. When he comes off the bench the defense can attack him more, and when he later mixes with Boston's more talented players there are fewer opportunities. "But we still want him to be aggressive and pick his spots," Udoka said. “We know how important it is for him to come in and be the third threat off the bench. But he's really playing right, unselfishly and still trying to find his spots. More than anything, it's a lack of options when other guys are rolling. If the Celtics starters aren't available, at least Udoka knows he has a veteran to rely on. The Celtics are holding his non-bird rights this summer, essentially limiting them to offering him a deal worth no more than $7.2 million next season, and he expects to hit the open market to command more. By trading with Schroeder, it would also open up opportunities for young players like Payton Pritchard, who has slipped out of the rotation. On the other hand, the Celtics have won four of their last five games, with wins coming with an average of 30.5 points. Washburn: 'We're moving in the right direction': The Celtics still have work to do but a convincing win over the Heat showed further progress to have,” said Udoka. Despite their mediocre 27-25 record, the Celtics came into the Eastern Conference just 5½ games behind first place Tuesday night. In recent games, Udoka has mostly reduced his rotation to eight, with Schroeder coming off the bench alongside Grant Williams and Josh Richardson. Giving up Schroeder in a deal focused on a draft pick could hurt the Celtics' chances of a postseason run this year, slim as they may be.

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Celtics find identity in Siegen just in time before the close

BOSTON -- While the Celtics keep winning in blowout fashion, the stats show a team that has yet to realize their full potential. Sentiment is certainly brighter for the C's, whose 122-92 win over Monday's Shorthanded Heat marked their ninth win in their last 13 games. The statistics prove it... (Author: Gardener)

SiegenBOSTON -- While the Celtics keep winning in blowout fashion, the stats show a team that has yet to realize their full potential. Sentiment is certainly brighter for the C's, whose 122-92 win over Monday's Shorthanded Heat marked their ninth win in their last 13 games. The stats back it up: The Celtics are sixth in the league with a plus of 3.3 in net standings. The net rating is all-encompassing, using both offensive and defensive ratings to capture a holistic picture of a given roster. With less than two weeks to go before the Feb. 10 close, the timing couldn't be much better. Though the Celtics are just two games over .500, the Celtics' peers are littered in the net rating with Grizzlies, defending champions Bucks, Mavericks, 76ers and others. The four blowout wins over the past week certainly help show Boston President Brad Stevens that this current core can certainly make some noise. It's also a sign that - if things go wrong - the Celtics may be able to salvage what has been described as a disappointing season. The team certainly doesn't think they've peaked despite this recent stretch. "I feel like we're not playing our best basketball yet," Al Horford said after Monday's win against the Heat. Of course, net rating isn't the be-all and end-all. The Celtics are fourth in the league on defensive standings, but only 20th on offense. Statistics also don't show how inconsistent the Celtics have been, beating some of the league's best teams while also losing to undermanned sides. It's that offense -- rather, the lack of it -- that's got the Celtics bogged down this season. The problems are well documented: The Celtics are 9-17 in clutch games. The league defines clutch plays as those that are within five points and have less than five minutes to play. The win ratio of 0.346 clutch games ranks 26th in the league. There's some statistical noise there when it comes to tight plays and sample size, but the offense slows down when it comes to crunch time. There are still breakouts like losses in Atlanta and Portland, but Boston has been showing some struggle and is promising it can end tight games. The C's have a chance to advance to the East playoffs -- there's not much time left, but this recent stretch proves they've got something. Horford said it was "a willingness and commitment" from the Celtics to actually want to improve. This fight is consistently present, he said. Whenever teammates, coaches or anyone else pushed the Cs or individuals, he said they responded well. That's not a guarantee in this league. "The important thing is that you have to commit to doing it and if you do, you have a chance," Horford said. “Sometimes you've been on teams where it just doesn't happen. This is where the future comes in, whether it's the upcoming deadline or the offseason. While the C's are still ninth in the crowded East, they're also just 5.5 games away from the Bulls in first place. Marcus Smart played another stellar game on Monday, dishing out assists while playing his rock-solid defense. The team's emotional leader has been criticized throughout his career but his recent game brings another dimension to the team. Smart was one of the most vocal turnaround Celtics. He keeps emphasizing that it's not about how they get knocked down, but how they react to that adversity. It's far too early to anoint the Celtics as even playoff contenders. "I love every last bit of it," Smart said of the progression. It is important for us to be self-confident, as a team and individually that we are finally starting to walk this path in the right direction. It's something we needed and it's happening at the right time for us and we just have to keep it going."

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Marcus Smart looks untouchable as the deadline nears

Here are the takeaways as Marcus Smart helped lead the Celtics over the Heat in his last outstanding game since returning to the lineup. (Author: Gardener)

Marcus SmartHere are the takeaways as Marcus Smart and the Celtics beat the heat 122-92, their latest in a string of solid victories. 1. After months of disappointing basketball, the Celtics are back on form near the February 10th deadline - leaving Brad Stevens in the unenviable position of having to choose a direction. Should he break up a team suddenly bursting with good cheer as players mosh the sidelines into a mosh pit as Bruno Fernando buries a 3-point blowout of a 30-point blowout over the East leading heat in trash time? The guess here is that Stevens is tinkering - maybe it's time to move Dennis Schroeder to add some shine to Payton Pritchard? One thing is clear though: Stevens can't move Marcus Smart. Not when Smart is playing the best basketball of his career. A significant portion of the Celtics fanbase has been clamoring for most of the season to trade Smart. A fall could have been made before that final stretch, if only because Smart would likely have brought back the greatest value from a player not named Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown. Trading Smart would concede defeat in a season that suddenly looks a little more promising after a 10-6 month in January, especially as Tatum begins what appears to be an annual ramp-up for the second half of the schedule. Stevens faces some tough decisions, but it's hard to see Smart going anywhere. 2. The Celtics played just an eight-man rotation for most of the game until the end when Ime Udoka emptied the bench. Udoka said he liked the way Josh Richardson and Grant Williams played with the second unit and he didn't want to mess with their success. Romeo Langford, Payton Pritchard and Aaron Nesmith all played under 10 minutes. 3. Jayson Tatum has been wiping out opponents lately - a crucial part of the Celtics' success - but he only scored 20 points on 7-for-15 shots. Jaylen Brown made it seem easy to score against several of Miami's overwhelmed defenders, but he too ended up with a relatively good game -- 29 points on 11-for-19 shooting. The Celtics shared the wealth: Six players scored in double figures and 24 of the Celtics' 44 field goals were assisted. "I love every last bit of it," Smart said. "It's something we needed and it's happening at the right time for us and we just have to continue with it." 4. According to Udoka, the Heat play zone defense more than all but three teams in the NBA (and looking at the Heat, third feels bad). The Celtics have struggled with zone defenses, which is a little confusing: They have a lot of players who could theoretically make an opponent pay to play zones. These players came through on Monday - most notably Tatum and Brown, but also Smart. "We like Marcus there as well as Jaylen and Jayson, but we want him to be a decision maker in the middle, flash there and find guys with high sides or low sides or weak sides," Udoka said. “We had some open shots and made enough to get them out of the zone but we really want to lean on our defense to get stops and get outs and run and not play against a set defense or a zone every time 5. Max Strus might not have had the same chances in Boston, but at this point it's safe to say there's no way the Celtics should have let him go. The Celtics clipped the sniper wing after signing him a two-way deal ahead of the 2019-20 season, opting instead to have Javonte Green (who was reasonably productive before going to the Bulls) and Tacko Fall ( one sold a lot of jerseys). Strus finished with 27 points on 9-for-19 shooting. The Celtics are 23rd in 3-point percentage and 11th in tries. 6. Marcus Smart was thrilled to see former teammate Brandon Bass at the game as the Celtics honored players from the 2010s. Bass played for the Celtics from 2012 to 2015. "To be honest, once he left, I thought I'd never see Brandon again," Smart said. "So it was really, really good to see him and I think I told Abby [Chin] at [NBC Sports Boston], he hasn't changed a bit. "I'm just talking to myself," Smart said. So he was my vet, he gave me a hard time here and there but it was all good.”

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Creation of a trade deadline plan for Celtics

What steps should the Celtics take before February 10? What's the road back to the title fight? Our Chris Forsberg tackles the big questions in an NBA Trade Deadline edition of his Celtics mailbag. (Author: Gardener)

February 10The next two weeks for the Boston Celtics will not be short of intrigue. It begins this week on court with visits from Miami and Charlotte, two rivals ahead of them in the East rankings, and culminates with the February 10 trade deadline. How do we feel about the Celtics' mini rebound in January? What exactly should the team do at the close? What would be your plan to make the Celtics a championship contender again? It's funny because as dejected as we've been on this team over the past two seasons, we're oddly encouraged by a lot of what we've seen in January. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown worked well together, Marcus Smart thrived as he focused on play and defense, and Robert Williams is emerging as a legitimate backline force. There are nights when we wonder if a little injection of talent and a less flawed roster could clear up some of this team's annoying inconsistencies and allow them to get off to a small start. Now we'll balance that out by noting that apart from three one-sided wins against mediocre opposition, Boston has been a meager 6-6 this month, with head-scratching collapses against the Knicks and Blazers. Boston threw a total dud in a show-me-something game against the Hawks. Even with some glittering numbers full of blowout juice, we're not sure this team's ceiling is more than a play-in win and a competitive first-round playoff series. With an apparent desire to avoid the tax given the state of the team, we'd bet on any big splash move until summer when the Celtics can fully embrace that effort. But we would take a few smaller steps to potentially fix some of the issues holding this year's team back. A few deadline ideas - and remember all names can be swapped out for ones with similar skills and price tags: * Romeo Langford and Bruno Fernando to Indiana for Justin Holiday, second-round pick Ship Langford to a team that's developing his can promote and bring back a more experienced version of what Langford could possibly be. Swallowing former lottery picks is never easy, but the Celtics need to shoot now and can't wait for Langford to get well. Both teams have trade exceptions that could add value to this swap (and give time to exceptions that would otherwise expire in early summer). The Celtics can trade Bobby Marks from P. ESPN, who already pitched this one, and we're all for the Suns choosing to move Smith. The Suns get a veteran who can back a playoff push; Celtics take a flyer with a 6ft 10 former Lottery pick that adds depth up front (with Enes Freedom a depth option against bruising) alongside Robert Williams and Al Horford. Closer to the wheel, the Celtics are able to include Smith in Daniel Theis' trade exception, giving them more time to capitalize on the newly generated exception. Smith can run post-season, but so can Schroder, who otherwise won't get much more than a second-round pick. Also, the Celtics can't have too many Jays. With two small steps, the Celtics can better balance their lineup, add a little shooting without sacrificing defense, alleviate some of the youth block, dive under the controls (Dozier or Bol can be sent to Oklahoma City with cash if more clearance is needed will). , and keep any future first-round draft picks. Boston would then go small, with Holiday joining the Core Four in the starting lineup to add the requisite offensive pop. Pritchard shuffles to backup point guard for a bench unit that would also include Josh Richardson, Grant Williams, Al Horford and Smith. It's still hard to find time for everyone - including Aaron Nesmith - but better than wasting three new draftees in the pine. No. But it lays the groundwork to potentially move Horford in the off-season with the aim of adding a bigger-ticket player who could bring the team closer to that mix. The last 30 games would tell us if a squad with a little more shooting on the ground is enough to heal a rollercoaster offense, or if bigger changes are needed in the summer months. The Celtics should definitely call other lottery-tied teams like the Blazers to inquire about the price tag for players like Larry Nance Jr. and Robert Covington. Maybe Sacramento decides to sell and you can play for Buddy Hield or Harrison Barnes. But given the tax restrictions, it feels like this sort of move is probably better saved for the summer. Do you think Ime Udoka is the problem? Udoka has rode as many rollercoasters as his team, which is probably what any freshman NBA head coach should expect. On the plus side, he took a defense that started the year incredibly poorly and massed that group into the fourth-best defense in the league. Boston's defensive rating for January is 103.4, or nearly three points better than the already sparkling season average. There were also plenty of bumps, particularly with rotation decisions and the inability to catch his team when the offense is painfully stagnant. However, every time we get too upset about this, we remind ourselves that Brad Stevens couldn't sway this team from their contradictory paths either, and so we try not to blame it all on Udoka. While we like that Udoka isn't shy about criticizing his players when they're underperforming, we didn't think he did a good job of blaming himself enough early in his tenure. He's fared better at that lately and maybe that's just part of finding his way around as a head coach, but some of the lineups he's put on the road and some of the big minutes he's dedicated to his stars have certainly contributed to Boston's woes. We've openly wished for more time with the youngsters this season, but we understand the pressure that comes with a first-year coach, especially in this market. Therefore, it could be up to Stevens to make deadline changes that are forcing this issue. Let the kids play, cash for Smart and Richardson, move forward with some cap space and draft picks. We raised the possibility that early January Boston might have to go backwards to go forward. We just don't think it's in Stevens' DNA to go that route. That's a risk because getting stuck in the middle is a danger for this team after they ended up in the play-in a year ago. But Stevens might just be clinging to some of the more encouraging numbers and hoping a more balanced squad and weaker schedule can support a second-half push. We also admit that it's difficult to bet on a season where Tatum and Brown are healthy. As long as none of Boston's deadline deals interfere with the flexibility they've created, we're okay with this team keeping our fingers crossed this year as long as that bridge clearly leads to sunnier days. Jays plus a third expensive All-Star (let's say Bradley Beal for example) and minimal depth? Or Jays plus solid, well-rounded depth, but the third-best player doesn't reach the all-star level (let's say Harrison Barnes for this example). We're guilty of saying "third star" when discussing the possibility of what's next for the Celtics. While we ultimately believe talent is king in the NBA and you need as much high-level talent as possible, there is a title shot map where the Celtics don't have to pay max money to earn an All-Star get there. While we acknowledge our bias, we'd suggest that Robert Williams is more likely to end up being your third All-Star, and it's perfectly fine if the next effort is as simple as a high-level, playful three-point shooter , which really makes accentuates the other members of the core. From there, the Celtics just need to find batterers who can add a little more consistency to this group. In this case, player development becomes even more important, especially with a rising payroll. I think Stevens will do whatever it takes to be successful in this new role. But it's quite a luxury to know that if for whatever reason that gig doesn't work out for him, if he ever decides to go back in that direction, he'll be the most desirable coach at all levels of basketball. Which type of player would you rather see this team in the starting line-up? A 2 like Norm Powell or a 4 like Harrison Barnes? In the short term: what is cheapest. Long term: Probably a 4 because of the strain it takes on Tatum and Brown to have to defend bigger players. But again, one of the luxury benefits of having a team with two All-Star switchable wings is that you have some flexibility in determining the next part and aren't necessarily position-bound if you choose to, with the current core to stay four. Timelord has quickly become my favorite player. If he develops a solid jumper he could dominate this league for years to come! There's no surer way to end up in the bag than sending a question that includes Robert Williams and MVP. Rob's solid free throw shooting suggests he can add solid midrange play. It will come in time. As is his all-star status. Is the missed shot due to inconsistent reps, or was college marksmanship a mirage? I think more consistent playing time would take some of the pressure off of his shooting and allow him to find his shot better. We'd almost prefer the Celtics buy him more time in Maine to find his confidence if he won't see consistent time with the parent club. The Celtics have too many young players and they should consider selling as high as possible by deadline if they can add the kind of talent that will better balance the roster.

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As Columbia's snow plow crews prepare for the winter storm, here are tips on parking, routes and more

Amid the potential snow accumulation of more than a foot in central Missouri, the Columbia Public Works Department has been hard at work in advance of the weather. (Author: Gardener)

ColumbiaAmid a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service and the potential snow accumulation of more than a foot in central Missouri, Columbia's Public Works Department was hard at work Tuesday before the weather blast. The department is in all-hands-on-deck mode, spokesman John Ogan said. Employees keep an eye on weather reports to plan routes and know how many people are needed to do plowing in 12-hour shifts, Ogan said. A crew of 33 is expected to report at 11 p.m. Tuesday to start treating priority roads by midnight when rain turns to sleet. As the snow begins to fall, the crew continues to focus on priority roads. This makes road pre-treatment more difficult, Ogan said. Here's what to expect and how to prepare for winter weather in Missouri. "This event will be a real challenge, but we are now preparing as best we can to meet this challenge," he said on Tuesday morning. Even Ogan has been called on to help drive a medium truck or 1 ton pickup truck with a plow attached. "This is probably an event where we're going to do that, too," Ogan said. "For 12 hours you drive on your assigned roads trying to stay safe and do a good job, even if it's not what you normally do." There are two ways that Columbians can help: Make clearing snow easier: keep vehicles off the roads and give plows plenty of room to do their work. The entire community benefits when roads are cleared for snow removal -- even on non-priority roads, Ogan said. The city has priority streets for plowing, and when 2 or more inches of snow is forecast, those streets must be clear of vehicles. Top priority routes are Broadway, Vandiver Drive and Green Meadows Road. "It would be wonderful if people checked the area they park in and figured out priority streets and non-priority streets to give themselves an option if the snow was more than 2 inches," Ogan said. People can get text about when the 2 inch rule will come into effect and end. If a person must drive in winter weather, Ogan recommends staying at least four car lengths away from plow vehicles. Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency in Missouri on Tuesday in preparation for forecasting the severe winter storm. "Crews will focus on working the freeways and major routes through the storm, so minor roads may not be touched for up to a couple of days," McKenna said in a news release Tuesday afternoon. "With bitterly cold temperatures forecast at the tail end of the storm, road clearing will be a slow process through the end of the week and into this weekend." Illness and vacancies within MoDOT pose additional difficulties for road clearing, the department said in a press release on Monday. Staying home will give crews the space to work, McKenna added. "Each stranded car slows the snowplow's ability to clear the streets and prevents emergency vehicles from reaching their destination," he said. For those who must venture outside, their vehicle should be stocked with a winter-weather emergency kit, all necessary medication, a phone charger, blanket, bottled water, non-perishable groceries and a flashlight, MoDOT said. This article originally appeared in the Columbia Daily Tribune: Columbia Snowplows, Routes, and Park Rules Before the Winter Storm

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Winter Storm Warning upgraded to Winter Storm Warning

Meteorologists are warning that Winter Storm Landon will bring freezing temperatures, ice and snow to the Oklahoma City subway Tuesday through Thursday. (Author: Gardener)

Winter Storm LandonGov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties in Oklahoma due to expected severe winter weather. Meteorologists are warning Oklahoma City residents that a severe winter storm Tuesday night will bring freezing temperatures, snow and ice into Wednesday. The National Weather Service updated its weather warning for the Oklahoma City area late Tuesday morning to a winter storm warning through Thursday. The severe winter weather is expected to affect travel conditions. "Travel could become very difficult," the National Weather Service said in a statement on Tuesday. "Keep up to date with road conditions and carry a winter emergency kit if you must travel." The National Weather Service is forecasting a severe cold front that will bring a wintry mix of ice and snow to the Oklahoma City subway Tuesday through Wednesday. Winter Storm Landon, as it is dubbed by The Weather Channel, could bring up to six inches of snow to northern and central Oklahoma from Tuesday night through Thursday afternoon. Ice accumulations greater than a tenth of an inch are also possible. Cold air will pour in from northern Oklahoma late Tuesday, bringing light rain that turns to snow. Freezing rain and sleet are then expected on the Oklahoma City subway overnight Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon. Snow is expected to accumulate across Oklahoma Wednesday night, with winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour. Wind chills of up to 15 below zero are expected by Thursday morning. These could change in location and/or quantity but snow and ice accumulations are expected here at this time, some sleet is also possible. Power outages can occur where the highest amounts of ice occur. "Precautions should be taken to prevent hypothermia," advised the National Weather Service. The @NWS has issued a winter storm warning for most of our state. Oklahoma City public schools sent out a warning Monday night advising all students and staff to take home electronic devices and study materials if they leave on Tuesday. "While it is still too early for us to make any final decisions," the statement said, "we want our families and staff to be prepared for all students to return on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week just in case." being able to study from home the winter weather is forcing us to adapt." Students were told to report for in-person study on Tuesday, but school officials said they would be monitoring weather conditions closely and will update students and parents of any changes by evening. This Article originally appeared on Oklahoman: OKC Weather: Winter Storm Warning updated to Winter Storm Warning

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