The Celtics’ Enes Kanter changed his last name to Freedom after becoming an American citizen on Monday

Kanter was born in Turkey but was exiled from his home country for his outspoken criticism of the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kanter has been separated from his father, who has been living in Turkey for years.

“We congratulated him as a group on his US citizenship last week,” said the Celtics coach. Udoka made. “This is Enes, we are proud of him. Enes is who he is. He is passionate about his attitude and name change. Look at [Ron] Artist [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] And the guys who’ve done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we all support him.”

Udoka said he did not specifically speak with Kanter about his political beliefs or his off-the-record actions. While Kanter has spoken on several national news networks, he has not spoken to the media in Boston since late September.

“He’s a guy who stepped onto the podium when his chance came [Robert] Udoka said. “That’s all we talked about staying prepared, putting in the work behind the scenes when he wasn’t playing as much. He was really professional and ready to play when called upon.”

Don’t calm down

On the heels of the Celtics’ late lead against the San Antonio Spurs, who outscored Boston 15-0 in the final three minutes, forward Jason Tatum He said he did not feel any complacency from the players.

“Did we take our feet off the gas? Honestly, I don’t think so,” Tatum said [expletive] We were down 26, we fought back, we gave it our all. The guys were competitive there, I know that for sure. one or two [plays]Maybe I should have kicked her in the corner on one of those [missed shots]. Instead of settling in, someone should have driven in and attacked the basket. It wasn’t my impression from being on the ground that we took our foot off the gas. But if so, I think, so be it. This is not how I felt. Everyone gave their all.

“[Expletive]if you are frustrated [26] And you come back and you’ll be seven and then you have to fight. You must be competitive. We were trying to figure that out.”

Two days later, Odoka said that there were many factors that led to this late collapse, especially the Spurs keeper’s scoring. Dijonte Murray.

“I didn’t think we defended him so well, so cleverly, we really crowded him at the 3-point line and let him have some driving angles,” said Odoka. He was a little bit on everyone. Jilin hugged and was once beaten. Marcus [Smart] He took a wrong angle and then got one The [Horford] and another one in Dennis Schroeder. Up until that point we had defended well, 11 points in the first nine minutes of the quarter. We also didn’t score.

Brown in, Schroeder out

Brown, who was again listed as a doubt due to his right hamstring injury, trained before the game and declared himself healthy enough to play. The Celtics watch out for injury and make it day in and day out until he feels completely comfortable.

Schroeder had a sprained right ankle that he fixed on Friday in San Antonio. Schroeder initially struggled with the injury on November 5 against the Miami Heat and has been managing the injury for the past few weeks. Udoka said Schroeder should return Wednesday.

Josh Richardson He joined the team on Saturday after missing the previous two games due to a non-COVID illness and was on the active list.

Raptors shorthand

The Raptors once again fell short as the tournament’s leading scorer and anunobe Sit with hip index for the sixth straight game. Toronto coach nick nurse He said the injury could be significant. Start shooting ranger Gary Trent Jr (elbow) and reserve center Khem Birch (knee ache) was also off. . . The Celtics were scheduled to stay in Toronto overnight before heading home on Monday. There were snow showers all day in Toronto but the travel plan was well in advance. Boston does not play again until Wednesday night at 7:30 pm against the Philadelphia 76ers. . . The Raptors announced the guard Goran Dragic Takes time off from the team to attend to a personal matter. Dragic was acquired from Miami vs Kyle Lowry And asked to trade in training camp.


Gary Washburn is a columnist for The Globe. He can be reached at gary.washburn@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @employee.

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