Expectations high for Celtics, Rockets

celtics rockets 2013 nba free agency dwight howard

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics tipped off Orlando Summer League play concerned about how major additions will fit into their success next year.

View 2014 NBA Title Odds

Prized free-agent Dwight Howard is heading to Houston and the Celtics have hired former Butler coach Brad Stevens to replace Doc Rivers.

Rockets coach Kevin McHale said Sunday morning Howard should be a ``seamless fit.'' McHale says Howard can run the floor, block shots, finish ``and that's all the stuff we want in our system.''

Meanwhile, the 36-year-old Stevens says while watching summer league games, he's hiring a staff and watching a lot of film.

Celtics President Danny Ainge says they know Stevens is going to make some mistakes, but expect him to ``get better and better, learn the NBA game and be able to lead.''

Bet 2014 NBA Title Odds

Want More From TheSpread.com? Follow us on Twitter and Facebook or Subscribe to Our News Feeds!

 

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Wizards vs. Lakers Prediction Will the Lakers cover as a sizable home underdog tonight when they host the Wizards at 10:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers Prediction Is the Nuggets and Trail Blazers matchup tonight going to be high-scoring at 10:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Warriors vs. Rockets Prediction Will the Warriors upset the Rockets as a rare underdog tonight when they visit Houston at 8:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Heat vs. Pistons Prediction Are the Heat a risky play tonight in Detroit where they'll take on the Pistons at 7:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Suns vs. Hawks Prediction Are the Suns a good underdog play tonight in Atlanta where they will take on the struggling Hawks at 7:30PM ET?

NBA Headlines

NBA Team Pages