Randolph reflects on 'shocking' tragedy

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics forward Shavlik Randolph woke from a mid-afternoon nap on Monday to an influx of missed calls from family members, his safety being their top priority. Randolph was confused at first, unaware of the two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. A glance at the news quickly brought Randolph up to speed.

"I was shocked. I didn't realize it had happened," Randolph said prior to Tuesday's practice. "I had woken up from a nap and I had like 20 missed calls from my family members and they told me what happened. I turned on the news. It was shocking. It was absolutely terrible.

"I had about 20 missed calls from my family members and friends making sure I was OK, and I was like, 'OK from what?' And they were like, 'Turn on the news,' and I turned on the news and it's just one of those days you're going to remember in a bad way. It's so terrible you can't even put it into words."

Randolph, who resides outside of Boston, was safe, but the realization that he nearly went into the city to take in the annual Patriots Day festivities suddenly hit him.

"I mean, it really sets in, because, any one of us could have been driving through that area," Randolph said. "I even thought about going and catching the marathon. I haven't spent a lot of time up in Boston and I know how big of a deal that marathon was, so, it could have been any one of us to be one of the people that got injured or hurt in that, and I'm definitely praying for the people who were affected by that."

Word broke late Monday evening that Tuesday's game against the Indiana Pacers would be cancelled, a move that Randolph supported, stressing the importance of perspective in the aftermath of Monday's horrific events.

"It would have been very difficult (to play on Tuesday)," Randolph said. "Obviously I don't think anyone's thinking about basketball at a time like this. It absolutely puts things in perspective. At this time you've got to think about the people who were affected, the people who were hurt by that, and that's what's most important."

The Celtics are still scheduled to play Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Raptors in Toronto, and while Monday's events won't have left the minds of Randolph and his teammates, he said they'll try to focus on the game "the best we can."

Randolph has only been with Boston for a handful of weeks now, but he has no doubt the city will find a way to bounce back from Monday's tragedy -- a notion that was spurred on by the sight of the first responders and local citizens rushing to the aid of the wounded as soon as the blasts went off.

"I think people are going to respond great," Randolph said. "I think the people are strong, and just to see the way people were helping the people yesterday was so encouraging. It just absolutely put basketball in perspective. Those guys were the real heroes, the people that were saving people and helping people at their time of need yesterday."