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Rasheed Wallace fined $35,000 by NBA

04.22.10 at 5:55 pm ET
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Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace was fined $35,000 Thursday for publicly criticizing game officials for comments made to the media back on April 19.

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Rondo receives votes for NBA’s Most Improved Player

04.22.10 at 2:40 pm ET
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Rajon Rondo received two first place votes for the 2009-10 Most Improved Player Award presented by Kia Motors. The league announced Rockets guard Aaron Brooks as the recipient of the award on Thursday.

Rondo tied Wizards center Andray Blatche for 12th place with two first place and two third place votes. Brooks received 62 first place votes; Kevin Durant finished second with 17.

This regular season Rondo averaged 13.7 points, 9.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game, up from 11.9 points, 8.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.9 steals last season. He led the entire league in steals and the Eastern Conference in dimes (fourth overall). Rondo was named to his first All-Star team this year as well.

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C’s expect hostile environment

04.21.10 at 4:44 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Take a team that is playing for its playoff lives, add in a 29-point loss that their coach called “embarrassing,” sprinkle in some existing bad blood and the Celtics know that they will be walking into a frenzied arena Friday night for Game 3.

“Yeah, absolutely,” Doc Rivers said. “I told them that. Guys, at the end of the day all we’€™ve done is win two home games and Miami has yet to play a home game. That’€™s how they’re thinking for sure. Whether we won last by one, or whatever we won by, Game 3 is going to tough and we understand that.”

Kevin Garnett noted that when he traveled to Miami for the Eastern Conference Finals in 2006 to watch Chauncey Billups and Rasheed Wallace play with the Pistons that the crowd was a factor.

“Just anticipating it being very hostile,” Garnett said. “Watching Chauncey and Rasheed play them, how hostile and how crazy that town can get when they’€™re behind their team. It’€™s what we’€™re anticipating.”

The Celtics were a very good road team this past season. They were tied with Cleveland for the best road record in the Eastern Conference at 26-15 and were one game behind Dallas’ league-best mark. They beat Cleveland, Orlando, the Lakers, San Antonio and Dallas all on the road, but that was the regular season.

“It’€™s great to know that you can win on the road, but again, Miami could care less about our regular season the road,” Rivers said. “And we could care less about it. We have to come ready to play. The playoffs are a different beast.”

“Regular season is regular season,” Garnett added. “I never mix the two, to be honest.”

Instead the Celtics said they take their lessons from past playoff experiences and specifically from their seven-game series with Atlanta two seasons ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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KG on being the villain: I could care less

04.21.10 at 3:59 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Kevin Garnett knows that on Friday night in Miami he will be the the target of fans ire, and he said that he doesn’t really care.

“I don’€™t expect any of us to get any cheers down there and I’€™m no different from that,” Garnett said after the Celtics held a short practice Wednesday. “I’€™m not saying I’€™m the villain or the hero. I could care less. I’€™ve played on the road before. Hell I played in San Antonio and I know they hate me there for whatever reasons. So this should be no different. I could care less.”

Garnett, of course, was suspended for Game 2 after throwing an elbow at Miami’s Quentin Richardson late in the series opener. He watched the game at Danny Ainge’s house and praised Glen Davis for his energy. There’s a line between energy and being out of control and it’s one that Garnett straddles at times.

“I don’€™t know if Kevin can get more fired up for a game, that’€™s just who he is,” Doc Rivers said. “We want him to stay that way. It’€™s important for him to play with that edge. I think he’€™ll come out being the villain because I think he enjoys that anyway.”

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Paul Pierce/Glen Davis press conference

04.21.10 at 3:26 am ET
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Paul Pierce and Glen Davis spoke to the media following the Celtics‘ 106-77 win over the Miami Heat. Davis, the self-proclaimed “Ticket Stub,” started in place for a suspended Kevin Garnett and had 23 points and eight rebounds. The win gave the Celtics a 2-0 lead in their opening-round playoff series.

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Doc Rivers press conference

04.21.10 at 3:18 am ET
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers spoke to the media after the Celtics took a 2-0 series lead in the first round of the playoffs. The Celtics beat the Heat 106-77 at TD Garden without star forward Kevin Garnett.

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Kendrick Perkins/Ray Allen video

04.21.10 at 3:12 am ET
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Kendrick Perkins and Ray Allen answered questions from reporters Tuesday night from the locker room following the Celtics‘ 106-77 victory over the Heat.

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