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Daniels to get MRI

12.08.09 at 8:06 pm ET
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Marquis Daniels will have an MRI on his sore left wrist and thumb, along with some other tests, and will miss at least the next two games, according to Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

“It’s been hurting for a good three weeks but that [Oklahoma City] game someone re-hit it and that’s just the way it is,” Rivers said.

Rivers added that Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine will pick up Daniels’ minutes while he heals his left hand while Daniels is expected to miss the next couple of games, at least.

“We’re not sure yet,” Rivers said. “We’re going to wait till [Wednesday]. I don’t think he’s going to play in the next couple of games for sure.

“A lot of things. I don’t think he’s been able to hold onto the ball. I think it’s affected Eddie [House] because early in the year, especially in preseason, Eddie was getting great shots off Marquis’ passes. He hasn’t had the ability to pass and I think that’s affected Eddie a lot.”

Rivers noticed something in practice on Sunday when Daniels was told to take a seat.

“The other day in practice, I blew the whistle and told him to sit down and let’s do something else because we could see it just wasn’t working,” Rivers said. “Honestly, I’ve been watching him in practice. He tried to get a rebound with one hand when he needed both and you could see him protect it. He wouldn’t say anything, which is why he probably kept going. He kept saying it’s a little pain, it’s nothing big. So, we’ll find out. Hopefully, he’s right.”

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Davis: ‘I’ll be back soon’

12.08.09 at 8:03 pm ET
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BOSTON – Glen Davis doesn’t know exactly when he’ll return from a hand injury, other than it’s soon.

“Soon, soon, soon,” he called out in the locker room before the Celtics-Bucks game.

Davis broke his right hand before the start of the season and was recently fitted for a new cast. He is focused on strengthening the ligament and will have the cast removed once the bone is healed.

He hasn’t been able to do much with his shooting hand — “It feels weird a little bit. I haven’t used it in a while,” he said — but predicts he could hit three out of five shots with his left hand after using it so much.

As for the rest of his body, he has been staying conditioned by running and avoiding fatty foods during the holidays.

“Everything’s fine man,” he said. “I’m just coming back as soon as possible, soon.”

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Take that Tim Donaghy

12.08.09 at 7:56 pm ET
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers fired back at disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy prior to his team’s game with Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

Rivers was asked for his reaction to Donaghy’s claims on Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday that Rivers tried to intimidate younger NBA officials.

“I’ve been trying to get on younger players for a long time to persuade them to do things as well so I don’t know,” Rivers joked at first, before adding, “I’m so sick of that guy right now, I really am, for our league. I love our league and I hate what’s going on, that we’re giving a guy like that credibility.”

Donaghy ejected Rivers from a game back in April 2005. Rivers then lodged a complaint with the league, accusing Donaghy with personal bias against the Celtics coach.

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Baby could be trippin’

12.08.09 at 7:52 pm ET
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Tony Allen makes his 2009-10 season debut tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks after missing the first 20 games with a sore right ankle.

“I don’t know,” Doc Rivers said when asked what his expectations are for the defensive backcourt specialist. “Tony hasn’t played in so long. I’m looking for him not to do too much. Defensively is where we need help and need his help.”

Meanwhile, Rivers said Glen Davis is making progress in healing his right thumb, adding that Davis will “probably be on the trip,” referring to the team’s West Coast trip at the end of the month.

Rivers did not speculate as to his availability and whether he would be activated.

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Allen calls for accountability, communication with refs

12.08.09 at 7:30 pm ET
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Ray Allen isn’t looking for the star treatment.

Regardless of how long he has been in the league and how many milestones he has reached, he wants to be judged on the same level as everyone else. He believes the same should go for the rest of the NBA.

In the wake of former referee Tim Donaghy’s interview in which he said certain players were intentionally whistled more often than others, Allen believes the NBA needs to eliminate any biases among athletes, coaches, and officials.

“It’s unfortunate. It’s unfortunate because you play a game and sometimes you get a bad whistle, you’re trying to play defense, you’re trying to play offense, it’s unfortunate,” Allen said before the Celtics-Bucks game. “I think as a league we have to do whatever we can to make sure there aren’t any biases. Regardless of who’s on the floor, I know I’ve been in the league a long time but if I foul somebody, call it. If I don’t, it’s not a foul. So it’s a tough job the referees have because refereeing is perspective so having three referees out there, they have to make sure they see it and sometimes they don’t, and not give them the benefit of the doubt all the time.”

Just as players are called for fouls, Allen believes officials should be held accountable for their infractions. The refs, he says, can impact a game just like the players themselves.

“I think more so that the referees should be held more accountable so you know at least if a referee makes a bad call or does something to decide a game or has a player sitting on the bench and it’s a bad call, just the same as us. We play bad, we get benched or you get fined for technical fouls, I think the same because the referees are part of the game very much,” he said. “There are a lot of great referees out there that make great livings. This is not a game about us as players. As much as people want to see the players, the referees are in the game and we always say let’s not do anything to allow them to affect the game by making the call that could go either way. But referees, they’re part of the game and I think if they make a call to affect it, they should be held accountable.

But Allen is not claiming the situation lies solely on the referees. He points to better communication as the first step in eliminating biases. While he says the refs don’t always want to consider to his reaction to a call, he realizes there is more players can do to help the situation.

“It’s tough at time when the referees, they don’t want to listen to you, they don’t want to hear you so the game I don’t think can get better when we’re out there on the floor and we can’t speak to the referees,” he said. “Honestly as players, we have to do a better job of approaching them and making a good working relationship. But that’s all I ask. Again, as players we’ve got to do a better job because if a referee misses a call, I hope he doesn’t mean to do it on purpose, but we’ve got to make sure we hold him accountable as we are held accountable as well.”

Celtics-Bucks preview

12.08.09 at 11:48 am ET
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Fresh off their four-game road trip, the Celtics entertain the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at the TD Garden in a game featuring two teams heading in opposite directions. The Celtics swept their road trip and have won seven straight, while Milwaukee has dropped seven of its last eight after starting the season 8-3.

CELTICS (16-4, 8-2 last 10)

Points per game: 100.1

Offensive Rating: 109.4 (8th in NBA)

Points allowed: 90.6

Defensive Rating: 99.1 (1st)

Pace: 90.9 (26th)

Likely Starters

G Rajon Rondo

G Ray Allen

F Paul Pierce

F Kevin Garnett

C Kendrick Perkins

BUCKS (9-10, 3-7 last 10)

Points per game: 98.3

Offensive Rating: 103.4 (24th)

Points allowed: 98.3

Defensive Rating: 103.5 (8th)

Pace: 94.0 (9th)

Likely Starters

G Brandon Jennings

G Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

F Carlos Delfino

F Ersan Ilyasova

C Andrew Bogut

Key matchup: Rondo vs. Jennings. The Bucks offense revolves around its rookie guard, particularly with Michael Redd battling a knee injury. Jennings is far and away Milwaukee’s most dominant player, using almost 30 percent of the team’s possessions. The key for Rondo will be to try to keep Jennings in front of him and to challenge his 3-point shot on high pick and rolls. Jennings is in a shooting slump, but he is still shooting 3-pointers at a rate of almost 45 percent.

Milwaukee in a paragraph: Despite their recent struggles, the Bucks have been one of the surprise teams in the Eastern Conference this season. General manager John Hammond began the process of breaking up a team that was over the luxury tax but not producing wins on the court by cutting ties with Charlie Villanueva and Ramon Sessions in the offseason. He will have to wait out the contracts of Redd, Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzuric before making any more drastic changes, but he hit a home run with the selection of Jennings, and coach Scott Skiles knows how to coach competitive defensive-minded teams.

Boston in a paragraph: The Celtics are rolling, but Marquis Daniels is expected to miss time with a wrist injury. That could allow for Tony Allen to make his season debut tonight. If there is a concern for the Celtics it has been their play at home, where they are 7-3 and have been plagued by slow starts in recent games.

What to watch for: This is the Celtics’ only home game before they head out on a three-game road swing. The only piece of unfinished business for them is to earn a convincing win at home. A reeling Bucks team should provide that opportunity.

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Tim Donaghy on D&C, 12/8

12.08.09 at 11:02 am ET
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Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy was a guest on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning and talked to the hosts about his method of betting NBA games, whether he thinks NBA players gamble on games (he does), why Rasheed Wallace is so hated by NBA refs and his problems with Doc Rivers.

This book seems like a story about a referee gone bad as much as it is an indictment on the lack of neutrality, integrity and fair competition in the NBA. Is that fair to say?

I think it’s fair to say that there are biases that took place and relationships that allowed me to place winning bets on NBA games.

We’ll get into that, but before we do that, you knew what you were doing was wrong. Your former partner James Battista described you as someone who couldn’t bet successfully on college and pro football, but could on the NBA based on your inside knowledge. Was there a moment where you decided that you would step over the line and bet on games that you were officiating?

Obviously, first of all, I didn’t get into betting on NBA games because I was in a big hole that I needed to climb out. I think it was a situation where over the years I realized that over the years these things were predictable and it was easy for me to place these bets on games knowing that I was going to have a high success rate placing winning bets.

Do you remember the night that you placed your first bet? There had to be a jumping off point where you thought, ‘I know this is wrong. I know I can get into a lot of trouble.’ Do you remember that moment in time?

Yeah I do. It was a situation where I was sitting at a country club with a friend. He had a Philadelphia Daily News and he made a comment to me that, basically, do you know who’s going to win these games? I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to say yes. I knew who was refereeing one particular game that night. There was a large point spread and I knew the habits of one particular referee and I told him to bet this game.

That was Dick Bavetta right?

That’s correct.

When you say you know the habits of referees, whether it’s Dick Bavetta specifically or others, tell us what it is you know that allowed you to predict the outcome before the game is tossed in the air?

It wasn’t every night and every game that we bet. But there were relationships that existed, both positive and negative, and I used those relationships to make up my own line on NBA games. I would compare that line to what was in the newspaper and if there was a difference of four or five points I would tell them to bet the game.

What players were on the [negative] list?

There was Allen Iverson, Rasheed Wallace. Sometimes it had to with an owner. Maybe Mark Cuban [Dallas] or Robert Sarver [Phoenix]. There were situations where I knew personal biases would come into play. Read the rest of this entry »

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