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10.19.08 at 2:34 pm ET
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Eddie House is back at it again. After shooting 7-for-11 from three-point range on Friday night, he has quickly nailed a pair of treys at the start of the fourth quarter. The Celtics lead is now up to 20.

KG’s Night Done (Probably)

10.19.08 at 2:26 pm ET
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Leon Powe just replaced Kevin Garnett and it looks like his evening is over after scoring eight points and grabbing eight rebounds.

This is going to be a fascinating year for Garnett. As we all know, the one thing missing from his career– an NBA championship–has been fulfilled. Garnett is one of the most self-motivated players I’ve ever been around, in any sport. Keeping up his intensity won’t be a problem for him.

A couple of people I talked to this summer think that he is going to be better in Year II with Boston now that he has the trophy. The theory is that while he would never admit it, not winning one was a huge mental drain on his psyche. Now that he doesn’t have to prove anything he is free to play his game without any of the press baggage weighing him down.

We shall see. Check out Jessica for the fourth quarter.

Sounds of the game… Best of Doc

10.19.08 at 2:17 pm ET
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Too bad Doc Rivers doesn’t like to talk and chat up other sports in town. Ask anyone who covers the Celtics, including our very own Jessica Camerato and Paul Flannery, they don’t come much better than Rivers when it comes to conversation.

Here’s just some of what he had to say before Sunday’s preseason game with New Jersey…

Doc on the Red Sox-Rays Game 7 Sunday night.

Doc on how hungry his team is coming into the season.

Doc on the focus of the team.

The Celtics close out the preseason on Tuesday night in New York against the Knicks before raising Banner 17 in the season opener against Cleveland at TD Banknorth Garden on the Tuesday, the 28th.

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Shutout in Progress

10.19.08 at 2:15 pm ET
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More than five minutes have elapsed in the third quarter and the Nets have yet to just scored. New Jersey is playing without Vince Carter, Eduardo Najera, Jarvis Hayes, Stromile  Swift and Josh Boone who are all designated NWT–Not With Team. (In my next life, I want that to replace personal days on my vacation calendar).

So, if you’re scoring at home, through a quarter and a half the Celtics starters have outscored the Nets’ starters 44-23.

Pruitt Slips, Seems OK

10.19.08 at 2:10 pm ET
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Gabe Pruitt was just about to go up for an alley-oop dunk when he slipped on a wet spot on the floor. He was down for a minute or so but is now jogging off the floor and seems to be OK. The sweat-mop guys are now working overtime.

Defense Ready

10.19.08 at 2:05 pm ET
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Snapshot: Devin Harris gets into the lane where he is surrounded by three Celtics. Against any other team there should be someone wide open weakside cutting through the lane. So Harris shovels a pass in that general direction, but Paul Pierce busted back to recover and intercepted it.

After a Celtics miss, Harris again races downcourt. This time Pierce breaks him down and forces him into a pull-up jump shot, which he missed. The defense, at least from the starters, is just about ready for the season.

Halftime Notes and Numbers

10.19.08 at 2:00 pm ET
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Brook Lopez capped off the first half with a one-handed dunk to bring the Nets within eight, 48-40. A few notes from the first two quarters:

  • Gabe Pruitt is getting a workout today. He has played 20 out of 24 minutes, leading all players.
  • Darius Miles, who has been hungry for minutes, got the call in the second quarter. Miles is a pass-first player so his contributions won’t resonate on the box score, but he knocked down one basket and blocked a shot in six minutes.
  • Yi Jianlian is showcasing his jumper, leading the Nets with 10 points. His range his impressive but it’s safe to say passing on him in the draft worked out just fine for the Celtics.
  • Neither time is hot from behind the arc — the Celtics are 2-for-9 (22%) while the Nets are 0-for-4.

Check out Paul’s blog for third quarter action.

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