• Both the Globe and WEEI’s blog focus today on Mikki Moore and Stephon Marbury settling in with the C’s after both played their best games with Boston over the weekend. Here’s the Captain on Mikki in the Globe: “He’s improving each and every game. He’s learning where to be defensively and getting to the spots offensively.”
Why? Doc says it’s because he’s no longer being overly deferential to the stars: “Mikki’s starting to understand that when he’s open he should shoot the ball, because he can really shoot the ball,” said coach Doc Rivers. “Honestly, I thought he didn’t think he was worthy. When you’re on the floor, it’s an adjustment when you’re next to Paul and Ray [Allen], Kevin [Garnett]. You’re open and you think, ‘There’s no way I should shoot the ball.’ And what we’re trying to get him to do . . . that’s what you do, shoot the ball.”
Doc also thinks Steph should be shooting more, but Marbury feels good about being a distributor (and I feel good about that): “I feel like I’m turning the corner on the pick and roll and trying to get guys open shots.”
We’ll see if this continues…
• The Herald’s got a nice story on Eddie House, who started yesterday’s game 1-of-6 before heating up to finish with 16 points. As you undoubtedly know, Eddie is shooting an insane 52 percent from three over his last 35 games. At halftime, Eddie went right to the video monitor to find out what was wrong with his shot: “You know, it’s funny,” said coach Doc Rivers. “Shooters know their game, and in the first half he rushed every shot. You know, quick shots. He was open, but he rushed them. And at halftime I walk in and he’s looking at all the shots on video and the first thing he said was, ‘Yeah.’ ”
Great stuff, Eddie. Keep it up.
• Finally, Mike Gorman mentioned last night that Rajon Rondo’s assist total so far is the fifth-highest single-season total in C’s history. CelticsBlog helpfully supplies us with the full list:
1. Bob Cousy 715 (1959-60)
2. Sherman Douglas 683 (1993-94)
3. Tiny Archibald 671 (1979-80)
4. Bob Cousy 642 (1955-56)
5. Rajon Rondo 618 (2008-2009)
5. Tiny Archibald 618 (1980-81)
Someday Rondo is going to break Cousy’s record.