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Third Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. Heat

02.03.10 at 10:07 pm ET
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The Celtics led by as many as seven points in the quarter, but every time they began to put some distance between them and Miami, the Heat came right back. With the score tied at 74-74, this game looks like it will go right down to the wire.

Rajon Rondo scored eight of his team-high 20 points in the quarter, while Dwyane Wade matched Rondo with eight of his own.

The action came midway through the quarter after Wade got knocked the floor on a long rebound. The Heat players felt that Kendrick Perkins had fouled Wade and Jermaine O’Neal and Rafer Alston got called for technicals.

Turnovers have once again been a problem for the Celtics. They have 14 after three quarters.

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Second Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. Heat

02.03.10 at 9:14 pm ET
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Second Quarter: Celtics 53 – Heat 51

The battle between the Celtics and Heat is still anyone’s game at the end of two quarters. The Celtics have a two-point lead at halftime thanks to a careless play by the Heat. Daequan Cook fouled Rajon Rondo (12 points) on long buzzer-beating three. Rondo nailed two of the free throws to break the tie.

Eddie House stepped up off the bench and scored nine points in 13 minutes. Dwyane Wade leads all players with 13 points and six assists. He has found his rhythm, shooting 5-for-6 from the field.

Daniels wants to re-sign with C’s

02.03.10 at 8:43 pm ET
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Marquis Daniels has seen enough to know that he likes where he is.

In spite of spending the majority of his one-year contract on the sidelines with a thumb injury, Daniels already knows he would like to re-sign with the Celtics this summer.

‘€œThe locker room is great, it’€™s a great atmosphere, the coaching staff, everything is good,’€ he told WEEI.com prior to the Celtics ‘€“ Heat game, despite a recent claim from Rajon Rondo that the team was having chemistry issues. ‘€œSo it’€™s something that I’€™d like to be part of. Hopefully it will work out. If not, then I have to deal with everything that happens.’€

Daniels likes the winning mentality of the Celtics community, from his teammates to the coaching staff, front office to the fans. The city’€™s winning tradition is something he would like to remain a part of.

At the same time, he has a very realistic outlook on his current situation. He knows what he can control and what is out of his hands. While he is eager to get back on the court (he has missed 27 games and hopes play before the All-Star break), he isn’€™t dwelling on the fact that he hasn’€™t been able to.

‘€œThere’€™s no frustrations. It’€™s part of the game,’€ he said. ‘€œI just go out there and play. I can’€™t worry about trying to do more than what you’€™re supposed to because that’€™s when you start playing bad and making things worse for yourself. I’€™ve just got to go out there and do what I do, and that’€™s playing defense, getting guys open, and doing my job. That’€™s the only thing I have to worry about.’€

Daniels won’€™t get caught up in the length of future contracts, either. So whether he is offered another one-year deal or something longer than that, he’€™ll stick with doing his job and let everyone else do their own.

‘€œI don’€™t think about stuff like that,’€ he said. ‘€œI worry about things that I can control, and that’€™s not one of them. I just go out there and play. I can control how I play when I get out there. As far as what someone wants to do, as far as deal-wise, I let my agent and the front office talk about that.’€

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Doc: At least Rondo’s been listening

02.03.10 at 8:42 pm ET
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Doc Rivers initially thought Rajon Rondo’s comments to Boston Herald reporter Steve Bulpett were blown out of proportion.

But upon further review, the Celtics coach said he would have written what Bulpett wrote. Moreover, he was happy with the fact that Rondo has apparently been listening to the coach’s pleas for better team chemistry and singleness of purpose on and off the court.

Here’s what Rivers had to say about Rondo’s thoughts on team chemistry before Wednesday’s game with Miami.

“I don’t mind that,” Rivers said. “There’s better ways of doing that but I don’t mind that. Even the comments he made, I didn’t mind much at all because, for one, it says at least he’s been listening. And that’s always a good thing.”

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First Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. Heat

02.03.10 at 8:35 pm ET
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First Quarter: Celtics 27 – Heat 26

Without Paul Pierce in the lineup, the question was who will stop Dwyane Wade? The Heat should be wondering, though, who will stop Rajon Rondo?

Rondo leads all players with 8 points and four assists. Wade is right behind him with 7 points and 4 dimes. But the C’s are getting a big boost from Kevin Garnett, who has added 7 points and four assists of his own.

The key for the Celtics in the second quarter will be tough defense. The Heat are shooting 65 percent from the field.

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Daniels could return Sunday vs. Orlando

02.03.10 at 8:17 pm ET
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Marquis Daniels confirmed before Wednesday’s game that he will return to practice on Thursday for the first time since having surgery on his left thumb in early December.

Head coach Doc Rivers said he could possibly return on Sunday against Orlando but the more realistic date is next Wednesday in New Orleans against the Hornets. Rivers said he will not rush Daniels back just because Paul Pierce is questionable and day-to-day with a left mid-foot sprain.

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Pierce out against Miami

02.03.10 at 7:32 pm ET
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Paul Pierce will not play against Miami and will be replaced in the starting lineup by Tony Allen. Doc Rivers also said that he didn’t think Pierce would be able to play Friday against the Nets. The Celtics are considering the foot injury to Pierce to be a day-to-day situation.

Rivers said there is a chance that Marquis Daniels could be ready to return Sunday against the Magic, but he stressed that the team wouldn’t make a decision on Daniels based on Pierce’s availability.

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