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10.19.08 at 12:30 pm ET
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Because that’s just the kind of aggressive media start-up that we are, we’re tag teaming this afternoon’s huge preseason game. Be sure to check out my colleague Jessica Camerato’s blog.

After today there is only one more exhibition game left before the season starts next Tuesday. That means time is running out for some of the youngsters to make an impression on Doc Rivers and the staff. We’ll be keeping an eye on Gabe Pruitt, specifically, who is starting for Rajon Rondo.

We’ll also be watching the Nets with a bit of interest today. They’ve assembled a bit of a quirky roster with some youth but also some solid veteran role-players like Eduardo Najera and Bobby Simmons. Those are the kind of players rebuilding teams forget to include sometimes. They are the kind of players who can dole out life lessons, and more importantly, show the proper way to make a defensive rotation.

Doc expects the Nets to be a pain in the ass kind of team this year, and while he didn’t say it, the parallels to his old Orlando team seem pretty strong: A star scorer, plus promising youth, plus veterans who don’t put up with any crap and you might have a team that sneaks into the playoffs.

Tip-off is coming soon. Thanks for spending part of your Sunday with us.

Rondo Out, Pruitt to Start

10.19.08 at 12:13 pm ET
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Rajon Rondo will sit out of Sunday’s against the New Jersey Nets after spraining his right ankle during Friday’s game against the New Jersey Nets. Gabe Pruitt will get the start in his place.

Doc Rivers hinted at the DNP on Friday, noting that he already knows Rondo knows how to play. Rondo does not have his ankle wrapped today and said the decision came from Rivers and trainer Ed Lacerte.

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Celtics Lose, Cuts Loom

10.17.08 at 7:47 pm ET
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Final Score: Knicks 104 – Celtics 97

Eddie House rained threes but that wasn’t enough to fend off the Knicks in the Celtics seven-point loss. House shot 7-for-11 from long range and finished the game with 27 points. Nate Robinson carried the Knicks with 19. A few postgame notes:

  • According to Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo (sprained ankle) could have returned to tonight’s game. He left the young PG out, though, since “he knows how to play.” Rondo is still uncertain for Sunday.
  • Cuts are coming, and maybe sooner than expected. Doc Rivers said he wants to cut down his roster sooner rather than later to give player(s) a shot at being picked up being another team. He wants to learn more about three or four players before making his decision.
  • Who does Kevin Garnett have the best chemistry with? It’s not Paul Pierce. It’s not Ray Allen either. KG said he has “the best chemistry by far” with Kendrick Perkins. Even though Perk missed the beginning of preseason play with a shoulder injury, Garnett claims the two bigs never missed a beat when he returned and were in constant communication tonight.

The Celtics will hold an open practice for a select group of ticket holders tomorrow in Lowell before taking on the New Jersey Nets on Sunday afternoon in the Garden.

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Dude, Where’s My Bike?

10.17.08 at 6:20 pm ET
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Like Brian Scalabrine last season, Darius Miles is in the habit of riding a stationary bike when he’s not on the court. It’s critical for him to stay loose during the game because of his long history with knee problems.

So there was confusion when Miles went to went to warm up four minutes into the second quarter and the bike was nowhere to be found.

He first asked Garden security and then hunted down strength and conditioning coach Bryan Doo. The bike was finally dragged next to the stands who two minutes to go in the third quarter.

“Get off the bike!” one fan yelled. “That’s reserved for Scal!”

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Rondo Sprains Ankle

10.17.08 at 6:07 pm ET
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Rajon Rondo left the game in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle. He will not return to the game. More details as they become available.

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Halftime Notes and Numbers

10.17.08 at 6:01 pm ET
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The Celtics and Knicks are tied 56-56 at halftime.

  • Nate Robinson leads all scorers with 12 points.
  • KG leads all players with six boards.
  • The Celtics have already attempted 13 treys and are shooting 46% behind the arc. The Knicks are just 3-for-9.
  • There have been 15 lead changes so far.

Musical Chairs

10.17.08 at 5:38 pm ET
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The middle of the Celtics locker room always seems to be cluttered with a mass of rolling chairs, but rookies J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker have learned there aren’t enough to go around.

‘€œHonestly I was looking for my jersey and then they were like, ‘Rookies got to share lockers,”€ Giddens said.

Giddens and Walker will be lockermates until the Celtics cut the roster down to 15. For now they share space next to Darius Miles and Rajon Rondo.

‘€œWe’re considerate of each other,’€ Walker explained. ‘€œWe come in at different times so there’s never any congestion at the locker.’€

So what will it mean when the rookies finally have their own space?

‘€œIt’s just a locker, but if I had my own chair that’d be the biggest change,” Walker conceded. “I’m sharing the chair with J.R. Five minutes on, five minutes off.’€

Not quite.

‘€œActually we don’t even have a chair,’€ Giddens admitted with a smile. ‘€œThis is somebody else chair.’€

The Celtics better call fives when they leave the locker room.

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