The Celtics snapped their nine-game losing streak, traded Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks, and had point guard Rajon Rondo back in uniform today. Although Rondo did not play, he was on the court and participated during warm ups.
Playing off of Rondo's tweet yesterday about his return, and figuring we'd need pictures of him for tomorrow's paper, I thought I'd share what I captured, counting down the seconds to Friday's game. The time was read off of my camera's timestamp:
Click here for a gallery from the game.
The Celtics lost their final game of the year to Atlanta 92-91 and will begin 2014 with a 13-18 record.
One storyline coming into the game was Hawks guard-forward Kyle Korver's consecutive three-point streak. He came into the game shooting over 50 percent from behind the arc, making a three-pointer in 100 consecutive games. The Celtics played tough defense on Korver and he was 0-5 from three until the fourth quarter.
A view of each shot attempt or reaction as well as one off-beat moment:
A timeout came to an end as Celtics CSNNE Celtics Sideline Reporter Abby Chin was doing her stand-up. Gerald Wallace called out her name and came on camera for a quirky moment. I saw the funny juxtaposition of their shoes first, then her reaction.
Happy New Year!
I'm happy to be writing my first post for the Celtics Blog. I'm a staff photographer at the Globe and cover a few games every month. I thought I'd share a point of view that the average viewer doesn't see – the view from my baseline position on the floor (as well as general shots I take from the floor).
Through the season I may pick a topic, an off-beat moment of a game, or perspectives from certain plays. My first post is about pre-game rituals.
Last season, we were well accustomed to a couple of pre-game rituals. Former Celtic Paul Pierce would shoot a couple of half-court threes during warm ups, point guard Rajon Rondo would grab the rebounds and toss them to teammates, including an alley oop to forward Jeff Green. Former Celtic Ray Allen would dribble the game ball next to the Celtics Dancers. And I must have 100s of pictures of former-Celtic Kevin Garnett's ceremonial chest-pounding.
This season, after 28 games, here are a couple of rituals I've observed:
The moment the National Anthem ends MarShon Brooks and Kris Humphries always try to beat each other to the rim. Whoever gets there first hangs while the other person horses around with him from the ground. I've seen variations and I'm not sure if it's something they did when they were teammates on the Brooklyn Nets.
I'm not sure if I missed this last season. As the players throw off their warm-up suits Jeff Green jumps into Strengh and Conditioning Coach Bryan Doo, they bow to each other, then take a fighting stance.
Here are some more photos from today's game.