PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- Nobody likes navigating Los Angeles traffic, so old friend Doc Rivers was kind enough to open the doors to the Clippers' training facility in Playa Vista for the Boston Celtics on Sunday morning and save them at least one trip downtown. A handful of quick hits from the team's gathering in advance of Sunday's game against the rival Los Angeles Lakers:
• Three new amigos: All three of Boston's trade acquisitions -- Isaiah Thomas, Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome -- were present at Sunday's shootaround. All three will be available in reserve roles on Sunday night against the Lakers. Said Brad Stevens: "This is the first time Gigi or Jonas has done anything; Isaiah got in last night, too, so he hasn’t done anything. We’ll see how much those guys play today. But everybody has got to be ready, especially the guys with size [because] we’re shorthanded."
• Olynyk still out: Second-year big man Kelly Olynyk will miss his 12th straight game due to a sprained right ankle. Olynyk was on the floor and was running in five-man skeleton sets with the newcomers at practice's end. Stevens: "He’s getting better, but he’s not playing today. I would think he’ll be close to playing at least by the end of our homestand." The Celtics open a three-game homestand Wednesday against the Knicks with games against the Bobcats on Friday and Warriors on Sunday.
• IT4's role: Stevens has already been peppered with questions about how he'll work a three-guard rotation involving Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart and Thomas. Said Stevens: "I’m not worried about starting or not starting, it’s about how do you play when you’re on the court. I’ve given a lot of thought to [the rotation]. I’ve given a lot less thought to who starts, to be candid. We’re going to start our same starting lineup today -- this is part of that transition. I don’t care who starts or comes off the bench because all three guys -- Avery, Isaiah and Marcus are all capable of being really good players and all capable of making big plays at the end of games."
• Thomas feels wanted: Thomas acknowledged feeling wanted by the Celtics organization, noting how Danny Ainge came to watch him play at Washington back in the Maui Invitational and suggested, at the time, he was just as talented as Kemba Walker, that year's ninth overall pick. Thomas went 60th to the Kings, but Ainge always kept tabs on Thomas, calling him at the start of free agency this offseason. Now Thomas is in green. "I’ve known Danny Ainge has wanted me for a long time," Thomas said. "It was just surprising how [the trade] happened, so last minute. I’m happy that another team wanted me. Hopefully I can be here for a while and make things happen."