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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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Ainge on The Big Show: Pierce, Allen, Rondo

02.03.10 at 4:03 pm ET
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Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge went on the Big Show on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the state of the Celtics. Ainge dismissed as gross rumors any reports that the foot injury to Paul Pierce will keep the forward sidelined for anything more than a matter of days, said that he has not talked to any other clubs about a trade of Ray Allen, and addressed the recent comments of Rajon Rondo that there are “agendas maybe creeping in” that have affected the team negatively.

Does Paul Pierce have a broken foot?

What would be our motivation to say that he has a sprained foot if in fact his foot is broken? This is the same question we had last year. Why would we be hiding the rumors that were coming out that [Kevin Garnett] having a torn ACL? Why would we say that? What would be our motivation? I don’€™t get it.

You’re saying there is no broken foot?

There is no broken foot. He’€™s got a sprained mid-foot. The only question for us now is when are we going to play Paul. Are we going to give him two days off, four days off, six days off or try to give him four games before the All-Star break? Probably more than healing the foot but to heal everything and just let his body rest. Seriously you guys, I get these questions all day long and I don’€™t understand what would be our motivation trying to tell you something that is not there in regard to a broken foot or a sprained foot. Read the rest of this entry »

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Preview: Celtics-Heat

02.03.10 at 10:37 am ET
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The great Paul Pierce foot watch of 2010 began not with a Tweet from Shelden Williams, but with a report from respected NBA writer David Aldridge.

Taken on its own a Twitter update that reads: Man when it rains it pours!!! Yall find out what I mean soon!!!! could mean just about anything, besides a comical over-use of exclamation points. Taken with Aldridge’s nebulous report that Pierce “may have a broken foot,” suddenly one little Tweet takes on a whole new signifigance. Attempts to blame Williams in particular, and Twitter in general, for causing a firestorm are off the mark.

No doubt someone told Aldridge something at 4:51 p.m., but the fact that the doctor attending to Pierce had not yet examined the medical records, and the fact that the tests were not even completed, should have given him pause and allowed the process to play out as it should have in the first place. There are still many questions regarding Pierce’s health, but until he speaks on the matter, everything should be taken with a huge grain of salt.

CELTICS (30-16, 4-6 last 10)

Points Per Game: 99.1

Points Allowed: 93.7

Differential: +5.6 (3rd)

Offensive Efficiency: 107.5 (13th)

Defensive Efficiency: 101.6 (1st)

Pace: 91.6 (22nd)

Likely Starters: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce (Foot, questionable) Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins

Injuries: Marquis Daniels (Thumb)

HEAT (24-24, 4-6 last 10)

Points Per Game: 96.8

Points Allowed: 96.4

Differential: +.4 (15th)

Offensive Efficiency: 106.6 (16th)

Defensive Efficiency: 106.1 (12th)

Pace: 90.7 (28th)

Likely Starters: Rafer Alston, Dwyane Wade, Quentin Richardson, Michael Beasley, Joel Anthony

Injuries: Jermaine O’€™Neal (Back spasms; questionable), Mario Chalmers (Thumb) Read the rest of this entry »

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Rondo questions ‘agendas’ on Celtics

02.03.10 at 9:10 am ET
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In a story in today’s Boston Herald, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo indicated that there are some issues that are hurting the team. “I think it’€™s a little bit of different agendas maybe creeping in,” Rondo told the Herald’s Steve Bulpett. “It just all depends. You know, I think if we all had the right spirit as far as one goal, one thing in common, I think we’€™d be a lot better.’€

Added Rondo: ‘€œI can’€™t really elaborate on it too much, but I think we’€™ve just got to be a team with no agendas. We’€™ve got to play unselfish, you know? That’€™s on defense and offense. You’€™ve got to want the best for the next man out there regardless if you’€™re in the game playing well or you’€™re out of the game not playing well.’€

Rondo went on: ‘€œIn the locker room, you can feel it. You don’€™t feel like it’€™s the same continuity and camaraderie in the locker room as it was the first year. The first year, it was a crazy spirit in the locker room. But now it doesn’€™t feel the same. It’€™s not the same right now. We’€™ve got to find a way to get that back somehow, some way.’€

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