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The Celtics have already tied a team record set in 1949 by utilizing 22 different players during the 2014-15 campaign and they've had a preposterous 40 total bodies on the roster overall. Stevens admits now that he was probably a bit selfish when he pleaded for roster stability before the trade deadline, but that didn't stop president of basketball operations Danny Ainge from delivering three new faces. ESPN Boston
They've found a new hero in 5-foot-10 Thomas, who joined forces with 6-foot-10 Jerebko to bookend a small-ball lineup that rallied Boston on Friday night. Jae Crowder, himself a midseason acquisition who was part of that same spark-inducing lineup, was told jokingly after the game that he was ruining the front office's plan for a glitzy lottery pick. "Iím sorry. Iíll apologize to Danny right now if thatís what they were trying to do," said Crowder. "But Iím a winner. He brought me here; I like to win games. Iím a basketball player, I donít know how to just lay down and lose. I donít agree with that." ESPN Boston
The Celtics don't have more than one day off between games until April 6. They will play 21 games before that point and will have only five regular-season games remaining when that multiple-day break finally arrives. Stevens isn't sure how much the team will practice moving forward -- they'll squeeze in an offday session Saturday -- and said the team must still find ways to get the new players up to speed on the fly. ESPN Boston
In what turned out to be the Knicks' craziest and perhaps unlikeliest game of the year, they pulled out a 121-115 victory over the previously rising Pistons in double overtime Friday night to maybe even stun themselves at the hushed Palace. Andrea Bargnani started and netted a season-high 25 points with 12 rebounds, Lou Amundson contributed 17 and 14 and Langston Galloway drained a tying three with 6.3 remaining in regulation to force overtime. Shane Larkin then netted nine key points in the final 1:55 of the second extra session to lift the Knicks to their first win this season (1-16) without the injured Anthony (knee surgery) in the lineup. NY Daily News
Greg Monroe, a pending unrestricted free agent big man that also figures to interest the Knicks, led Detroit with 28 after also dismissing pre-game questions about his future and New York. The former Georgetown star claimed he's "just focused on this team and making the playoffs and I will make that decision when I get to that point." NY Daily News
As for the current Knicks, Larkin will continue to see increased playing time, especially now with Pablo Prigioni traded and Jose Calderon missing at least this game with a sore Achilles tendon that will require an MRI on Saturday in New York. NY Daily News
The Warriors (45-11) took a 27-11 lead in the first quarter, as the Raptors shot only 5.3 percent (1-of-19) in the opening 12 minutes. Toronto came back and finished at 40.3-percent shooting overall. The Raptors (37-21), who lead the Atlantic Division, were led by Terrence Ross' 18 points but lost their fourth consecutive game. CSN Bay Area
Klay Thompson had 25 points for the Warriors (45-11), while Steph Curry added 22. Playing their first game at home since Feb. 11, the Raptors scored just one field goal ó courtesy of James Johnson ó in the opening frame, and their 5.3 (1-for-19) shooting percentage was a team low for a quarter. No NBA team had shot worse for a quarter since New Orleans (4.8) in December of 2010. The night didnít get any better, and when Thompson drilled three consecutive three-pointers to open the third quarter, a fuming Dwane Casey yanked all five starters off the floor in a mass substitution. National Post
Warriors backup center Festus Ezeli was ejected, along with Toronto forward Tyler Hansbrough, with 4.5 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Both players got tangled up underneath the basket and later engaged a brief scuffle after Ezeli grabbed Hansbrough's neck. CSN Bay Area
When [Doc] Rivers was asked before the game if he had checked in with free agent guard Ray Allen recently, he smiled and said, ďIíve check in with a lot of people.Ē When asked if Allen had indicated to him if he will play this season, Rivers said, ďNo, not yet.Ē ESPN LA
Matt Barnes has had his fair share of run-ins with officials over the years. In fact, he picked up a technical early in Fridayís game for screaming after a foul. And one thing he normally says in the aftermath of a fine, suspension or other league-related discipline is he hopes one day officials will be judged and analyzed the same way players are. It might not be exactly what he was hoping for before Fridayís game, but the NBA announced a new transparency in which the league will provide play-by-play reports regarding all calls and material non-calls that occur in the last two minutes of close games and during entire overtime periods. ESPN LA
Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler paused after Fridayís practice to pay respect to Earl Lloyd, who died Thursday at the age of 86. Lloyd broke the color barrier when he became the first African-American to play in the NBA. Lloydís historic event occurred in October of 1950 when he played for the Washington Capitols. While the financial payoff for players in Lloydís era was small, Chandler realizes that the Alexandria, VA, native opened the doors for him to make millions and live a life of luxury. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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