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Oklahoman Published: November 5, 2008
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as in Fayetteville, Ark., when he got a call late Sunday night.

"I knew a few teams were interested,” Hill said. "Obviously when you’re the final cut you’re disappointed. But I took a lot away from my first NBA experience. Now I’m elated. It will be a mental thing to learn the offense and defense as quickly as possible.”

Collison’s not-so-secret ballot

Forward Nick Collison planned to be "glued to the TV” to follow election coverage Tuesday night. Collison sent in his absentee ballot last week to his hometown — Seattle, Wash. He highly respects John McCain but voted for Barack Obama.

"If Obama happened to lose I wouldn’t feel as bad as I did in ’04 because McCain is solid,” Collison said. "But I think Obama is better for what we need right now. I think he has a really good pulse of what’s going on in the country and is the best guy for the job.”

Celtics’ slump over?

One of the top perimeter shooting teams last season, Boston was shooting 21.4 percent on 3-pointers (9-of-42) entering Tuesday night’s game at Houston. Eddie House was 1-of-12 beyond the arc. Allen was 3-of-11.

"I don’t like playing a team you know does something really well and isn’t doing it well (because they’re due),” Carlesimo said. "That’s why I hope some of their guys get out of their slumps at Houston.”

By Mike Baldwin