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Celtics, Rondo Set to Talk Monday Night

10.26.09 at 6:11 pm ET
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Rajon Rondo is set to talk with Celtics on Monday night regarding his contract, sources close to Rondo told WEEI.com. WEEI.com previously reported the Celtics are prepared to offer Rondo a long-term extension today to prevent him from becoming a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

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Doc invokes no talking rule at practice

10.24.09 at 4:16 pm ET
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WALTHAM ‘€“ The Celtics are one of the most talkative teams in the NBA, and no one knows that better than Doc Rivers. On Saturday Rivers invoked a ‘€œno talking’€ rule on offense during practice.

‘€œI just told everybody today that they were too loud and so I said we’re going to have a non-talk practice for the next half hour,’€ he explained.

The rule, however, turned out to be difficult to enforce. The players joked that Rivers was running a communist practice and had a hard time following along with the temporary restriction.

‘€œThat’s a little thing that Doc feels as though that once we get to talking smack to each other here in practice that we lose our focus. But the intensity’s there, but we lose our focus,’€ said Rasheed Wallace. ‘€œOn some plays he’s right but I think that’s just the character of some of the guys here in the gym. But hey, if that’s what Doc wants, we’ve got to try to do that. We’ve got to try to talk a little more quietly, that’s all.’€

Even though Rivers knew the rule would be broken, he felt it was important to make the point.

‘€œHave you ever seen our guys quiet? That’s what was so amazing. They were saying they couldn’t talk yet everybody was talking,’€ River said with a laugh, later adding, ‘€œThere’s no such thing [silence] with this team. This is a very verbal team, which is a good thing actually, but sometimes we want to make sure we keep it under control.’€

Allen knocked down, leaves practice with stitches

10.24.09 at 3:27 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Ray Allen left Celtics practice on Saturday after getting unintentionally elbowed above the left eye and knocked to the ground by Kendrick Perkins, who was playing on the same team. Allen received stitches and is not expected to miss any games.

“The sad thing is it was a skeleton offense. There was no defense,” said Doc Rivers. “We run a lot of hand-off stuff as you know and it didn’t go well. It was a hand-off with Perk and Perk had his elbow up while he was supposed to be handing it off to Ray. And those are the ones that hurt because you don’t expect those cuts to come at that time.”

Allen hit the ground grabbing his eye, according to Rivers who initially thought Allen was joking. “All of a sudden he was laying down and all of a sudden you saw the blood and said, ‘Oh no, I don’t think he’s faking.'”

Rasheed Wallace said the injury did not affect the Celtics energy during practice.

“We’re still going hard, still intense,” he said. “Unfortunately it happened but we can’t sit up here and be sad and be down on ourselves, like oh man Ray got hurt. No, we’ve still got to go out there and play.”

The Celtics open their season on Tuesday night in Cleveland against the Cavaliers.

UPDATE: Allen received five stitches at New England Baptist Hospital, according to Celtics team officials.

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Turn up the volume: C’s not living in past

10.23.09 at 5:25 pm ET
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WALTHAM  —  Before this season ever starts, nearly everyone in a Celtics uniform wants to make one thing clear. This is NOT 2008.

On Friday, the Celtics held a two-hour practice before going home to get clean and ready for their team dinner Friday night in Boston.

Here’s what a number of them had to say about this year, comparisons to two seasons ago and other miscellaneous items.

Paul Pierce said the team is plenty motivated this season.

Pierce said he hasn’t heard any ‘experts’ picking the Celtics.

Doc Rivers said there’s only one set of expectations that matter.

Rivers said he likes where the team is at.

Kevin Garnett said he likes what he saw in the preseason.

Garnett said Tuesday in Cleveland against LeBron and Shaq will be exciting.

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Baby Ok but Scal and TA doubtful for opener

10.23.09 at 5:18 pm ET
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WALTHAM —  Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Friday that despite some minor back issues with Glen Davis in the preseason, the power forward should be ready to go for Tuesday’s opener in Cleveland.

Davis played 16 minutes last Sunday in Toronto, scoring nine points off the bench.

However, the news is not as promising for Brian Scalabrine [right ankle] and Tony Allen [right knee].

“Scal, his ankle, I don’t expect him to be ready for opening night, but I’m not sure yet,” Rivers said. “Tony is a definite ‘no’ but everybody else is good.”

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C’s going with later practices, shootarounds

10.23.09 at 4:54 pm ET
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WALTHAM  —  If Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce want later practices to make sure players get their rest, then Kevin Garnett is totally fine with it.

This year, the Celtics are likely to do away with many shootarounds on the day of a game and move practices to a slightly later start in the day so that players can sleep in and be well-rested for games.

“Later practices are alright,” Kevin Garnett said on Friday. “It is what it is. Whatever Doc wants. It’s not my cup of tea but whatever the Captain wants that’s what it is.”

Garnett is a notorious early riser and has a reputation of functioning on little or no sleep, especially following road trips. Garnett, like Junior Seau with the Patriots, is known for getting to work early in the morning, getting warmed up and ready to go with practice.

Now, he’s likely going to be able to sleep in, at least a little.

“I don’t sleep anyway,” Garnett said. “It’s good. You’ve got to find good in everything so if that means I get to sleep until 8:30 or 9 [a.m.], then so be it.”

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Davis rolling up sleeves to roll burritos

10.23.09 at 4:01 pm ET
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On Saturday Glen Davis will roll up his sleeves to roll burritos for a group of Celtics fans at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Cambridge from 3:30-4:30pm. Five WEEI contest winners as well as ten local youth from BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) will enjoy lunch courtesy of Big Baby. Davis will also film a promotional video for Chipotle which will air during Celtics home games. All those in attendance will play extras in the video. On Friday the Celtics announced Chipotle Mexican Grill has become an official team partner.

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