The newest addition to the Boston Celtics, power forward Greg Monroe, made his C’s debut last night in a 110-104 overtime win against the Washington Wizards.
Even though the Celtics stood pat yesterday at the NBA’s Trade Deadline, they still made a move to better the team with the Monroe signing.
The signing became official earlier in the day with him making his C’s debut against the Wizards with 3:15 left in the first quarter. He’d go on to finish his first game at a Celtic with five points (2-5 FG), six rebounds, two assists and two steals over 20 minutes.
Monroe seemed to fit right in with team, playing solid minutes off the bench, while contributing in numerous ways. He banged the boards, set some hard screens and was force on both ends of the floor.
During a post-game chat with the voices of the Celtics, Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, Monroe went on say that he’s “very excited” to join an “organization that has a great history.”
Monroe went to on to say that he was informed earlier in the day that would be hitting the floor in his first game as a Celtic, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when his #55 was called.
He then went on to say he’s extremely grateful for the opportunity to join team and he’s going to try his best to keep things going in the right direction.
“I felt good: it felt good out there. I just gotta get in a rhythm. I haven’t played in a while, but as far as getting and down and everything, I felt good,” said Greg Monroe to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald following the game.
“Guys love playing for him and they told me I would love playing for him,” said Monroe to Murphy on coach Brad Stevens.
When the Phoenix Suns bought out Monroe last week, he began to think about where he would be “most comfortable” and have the “best opportunity” before signing with a new team.
When asked about signing with the Celtics, he said, “why not?”
“Just being able to join a team that’s already rolling and being able to fit in, which we all agree, that we think I can, it’s just a right fit,” says Monroe.
While with the Suns, Monroe averaged 11 points and eight rebounds over 23.3 minutes-per-game, while shooting 63 percent from the field.
UP NEXT: The Celtics (40-16) welcome the Indiana Pacers (30-25) to the TD Garden on Friday night in the second of a back-to-back. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m., with tip-off set for 7:30 p.m.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com