Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and talked about last night's win over the Jazz and the Celtics' 8-1 start to the season.
Rivers addressed Rasheed Wallace's 3-point shooting, which became a topic of conversation after the first-year Celtic went 0-for-10 in two games over the past weekend. Rivers said he encourages Wallace and Eddie House to shoot the trey when they have the opportunity.
"With him and Eddie, I tell them every time they're open to shoot it and don't hesitate. I'll be the guy who will pull them back," Rivers said. "We want [Wallace] looking for it. We don't want him thinking about shooting. ... They're great 3-point shooters, shoot it. That's what they do."
Rivers talked about the stats the coaching staff does and does not use to analyze the team's performance.
"Field goal percentage for us is misleading, because we count open shots," he said. "We have our own stat on field goal percentage because it counts as open shots — for defense and offense.
"Rebounding, turnovers and assists — those numbers don't lie," Rivers addded. "That's a number we always look at for us. The biggest [stat] for defense beside field goals is deflections, which they don't put on the stat sheet. That's really important."
Rivers enjoyed having three days of practice leading up to last night's game, which followed a stretch of eight games in 12 days. Rivers said the team was able to shore up its pick-and-roll coverage, transition defense and offensive timing.
"When you play eight games in 12 days and you don't have time to work on things, you lose a lot [in terms of execution]," he said. "You could see [the improvement] in the game last night."
Mike Klis discusses Brady vs. Manning, Welker and Belichick, and the rest of the Pats-Broncos story lines.
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the big showdown between the 6-1 Denver Broncos and the 6-2 New England Patriots and the 16th edition in the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry.
Chris Price, WEEI.com, joins the show to talk about the Patriots upcoming game against Denver. Chris got in the the DB match-ups with Denver's receivers, some ideas on how to blitz Peyton, Welker's impact, and a prediction.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Mut, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back and talking not only Red Sox, but MLB Hot Stove. They talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and take some phone calls about some of the Red Sox potential moves.
Mut, Rob Bradford, and Alex Speier talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Ben addresses some questions regarding Will Middlebrooks, Rusney Castillo, as well as Yoenis Cespedes' future with the club.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
We discuss the Bruins blown 2 goal lead against the Wild at the Garden and where they go from here with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and the big blow to the defense with Torey Krug's injury.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
Happy birthday Kirk!!!!
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys got dressed up for Kirk's 40th.
The Broncos defensive line, Julian Edelman, and Revis and Browner
Lou Merloni argues that the upcoming Patriots-Broncos game will not have a big impact on the playoff picture or the rest of the season.
Dale and Greg Dickerson try and find new and exciting ways to discuss Manning vs Brady 16, including how each QB fares in adverse weather conditions.
Dale and Greg Dickerson take a few minutes to remember Tom Menino.
We look at four free agents the Sox might have an eye on, two on the mound, two at third base.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
The playoffs are here and we are ready! Brad Feldman joins the show to talk about the Revs vs the Crew. We also talk about the newest addition to the MLS.
WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin is joined by Joe Meloni of College Hockey News on the first episode of the College Puckcast. They talk about the wrist injury that will sideline Boston College defenseman Steve Santini until at least January, as well as the good start for Boston University and its star freshman, Jack Eichel. Other topics include fast starts for Vermont and UMass-Lowell and slow starts for Providence and Northeastern.
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