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Kiki on his Nets: ‘We hung right in there’

02.05.10 at 11:23 pm ET
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Nets head coach Kiki Vandeweghe addresses media after Celtics beat the Nets, 96-87, in Boston to drop his team to 4-45 on the season.

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Fast Break: Celtics vs. Nets

02.05.10 at 10:01 pm ET
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The Celtics may have won the game, 96-87, but it wasn’t pretty. The Nets tested the C’s for the majority of the game and led, 73-72, heading into the fourth quarter.The Celtics allowed the Nets to shoot at an astonishingly high percentage in the first half (63.3 percent, compared to their league-worst season average of 42.2 percent). The C’s were also outplayed in the paint.

But the Celtics were carried by their backcourt and bench — a game-high 26 points from Ray Allen, 17 from Rajon Rondo, and a combined 30 from Rasheed Wallace, Eddie House and Glen Davis led the Celtics to avoid a humiliating loss against the worst team in the NBA.

Player of the game: Eddie House scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter and took back the game for the Celtics. House had shot 0-for-4 from the field, including 0-for-3 from 3-point range, heading into the final quarter.

Turning point: House hit a 3-pointer with nine minutes left in the game to put the Celtics up 77-75. The C’s forced a turnover on the next possession, and Bill Walker drew a foul to push the lead to four. This gave the C’s the edge and control over the ballgame.

– Ray Allen led a balanced attack throughout the game, scoring 11 points in the first half and another 15 in the second.

Brook Lopez won the battle of the bigs against Kendrick Perkins. He posted 19 points and six rebounds in 41 minutes. Perkins scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds in 26 minutes.

– The Celtics committed a pair of careless turnovers down the stretch. They were called for a 24-second violation shortly followed by an eight-second violation. Earlier in the game, officials rescinded a fourth-quarter trey by House and ruled that a 24-second shot clock violation had occurred.

– The Celtics will face the Magic on Sunday in Boston. The Magic lost on Friday night to the Wizards.

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Third Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. Nets

02.05.10 at 9:26 pm ET
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Third quarter: Nets 73 – Celtics 72

The Celtics were unable to come out of halftime and put the Nets away. The underdogs aren’t backing down and they continue to attack the basket and the glass. They are outrebounding the C’s 26-22.

Ray Allen leads all players with 21 points. Brook Lopez and Rajon Rondo have scored 17 apiece. The Celtics are 5-10 when trailing after three quarters.

Second Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. Nets

02.05.10 at 8:42 pm ET
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Second Quarter: Nets 55 – Celtics 51

The boos were audible. This is a score you would expect from the Warriors or Suns before the Nets. Despite ranking last in the league (42.2 percent), the Nets are shooting 63 percent from the field. They have a 55-51 lead at halftime.

Rajon Rondo leads all players with 12 points. The Celtics are 8-5 when trailing at halftime.

First Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. Nets

02.05.10 at 8:07 pm ET
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First quarter: Celtics 29 – Nets 25

The Celtics jumped out to a four-point lead over the Nets shooting 57 percent in the first quarter. The Nets shot slightly better at 59 percent, but the C’s maintained an advantage with nine rebounds and nine assists.

Ray Allen leads all players with nine points and Rajon Rondo chipped in with eight. Brook Lopez scored a team-high eight seven points for the Nets.

Doc on Pierce: Still ‘Day-to-day’

02.05.10 at 7:45 pm ET
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Paul Pierce continued his cardio workout on Friday but is still unsure whether the team’s captain will be able to return on Sunday for the showdown with the Orlando Magic at TD Garden.

“It’s day-to-day,” Rivers said of Pierce’s left mid-foot strain. “That’s about it, really. He’s moving around, shooting around a little bit. I don’t know yet.”

Marquis Daniels, meanwhile, will practice again on Saturday but Rivers said there’s still no guarantee he’ll be ready to play against Orlando. Rivers’ main concern is not the thumb but rather the ability of Daniels to run the team’s offensive sets that have been installed since he last played on Dec. 4.

“I’m not so sure about him on Sunday.” Rivers, whether Daniels will be prepared to return. “We’ll have to throw him in eventually.”

For Daniels, it’s his 28th straight game missed following ligament surgery on his left thumb.

[Click here to listen to Doc Rivers compare the 2010 Nets to the 24-win 2007 Celtics.]

Other pregame notes included Rivers’ thoughts on being the third-longest tenured coach with one team in the NBA behind Jerry Sloan [Utah] and Gregg Popovich [San Antonio].

“Really, I didn’t know that,” Rivers said. “That’s unbelievable. You Boston guys [media], I thought you were tough. That’s surprising. They’re some guys out there that clearly should be doing this a lot longer than me. You know how this league is – it’s a talent-based league. If you have enough of it and do your job with it, then you stay.

The pregame discussion ended with his thoughts on Sunday’s big game between Indianapolis and New Orleans.

Super Bowl predictions?,” Rivers said, repeating the question asked of him. “The Saints, what the [heck]. No reason for that. Maybe the reason is I’ve heard about Colts. I wondered if [the Colts] were playing anybody so I’m going with the other team.”

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Pierce officially in Three-Point Shootout

02.05.10 at 3:37 pm ET
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Paul Pierce is now officially among the field of six who will take part in the NBA Three-Point Shootout on Sat., Feb. 12, in Dallas. Pierce’s 46.7 percent from long range this year leads the group, though his 37.0 percent career rate from distance is the second worst among the six competitors, behind only 2009 champion Daequan Cook of the Heat.

No member of the Celtics has won since Larry Bird took each of the first three Three-Point Shootout titles, from 1986-88. Read the rest of this entry »

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