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Returning Celtics hit the court in preseason opener

Posted By Jessica Camerato On October 7, 2009 @ 11:37 pm In General | 25 Comments

On Wednesday night, all eyes were on Kevin Garnett as he returned to the court for the first time in more than six months during the Celtics’ preseason opener [1] against the Rockets in Hidalgo, Texas. Although Garnett’s playing time was limited, his knee injury looked out of mind when he drained the first shot of the game.

But Garnett was not the only player who returned to the Celtics looking to improve upon last season. Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis lost weight, Rajon Rondo bulked up, and Ray Allen claims to be in the best shape of his career. See how the members of the 2008-09 team fared as they began the 2009-10 season.

Kevin Garnett [2]
Last game: March 25 vs. Orlando Magic
17 minutes, 4 points (2-5 FG), 8 rebounds, 1 assist
Preseason opener: 13 minutes, 6 points (2-6 FG), 5 rebounds, 1 assist

Paul Pierce [3]
Last game: May 17 vs. Orlando Magic
39 minutes, 16 points (4-13 FG), 7-10 FT, 2 rebounds, 3 assists
Preseason opener: 16 minutes, 8 points (2-6 FG), 4-4 FT, 1 rebound, 0 assist

Ray Allen [4]
Last game: May 17 vs. Orlando Magic
41 minutes, 23 points (9-18 FG), 3-6 3PG, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Preseason opener: 17 minutes, 8 points (3-6 FG), 0-2 3PG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist

Rajon Rondo [5]
Last game: May 17 vs. Orlando Magic
37 minutes, 10 points (4-10 FG), 2-2 FT, 6 rebounds, 10 assists
Preseason opener: 17 minutes, 7 points (1-4 FG), 5-8 FT, 1 rebound, 3 assists

Kendrick Perkins [6]
Last game: May 17 vs. Orlando Magic
39 minutes, 8 points (3-11 FG), 15 rebounds, 2 blocks
Preseason opener: 14 minutes, 3 points (1-2 FG), 3 rebounds, 2 blocks

Glen Davis [7]
Last game: May 17 vs. Orlando Magic
31 minutes, 13 points (4-7 FG), 4 rebounds
Preseason opener: 23 minutes, 9 points (3-6 FG), 4 rebounds

Eddie House [8]
Last game: May 17 vs. Orlando Magic
17 minutes, 2 points (1-3 FG), 0-1 3PG, 0 assists
Preseason opener: 21 minutes, 9 points (3-6 FG), 1-2 3PG, 0 assists

Brian Scalabrine [9]
Last game: May 17 vs. Orlando Magic
13 minutes, 2 points (1-5 FG), 1 rebound, 2 assists
Preaseason opener: 18 minutes, 4 points (1-2 FG), 2 rebounds, 0 assists

J.R. Giddens [10]
Last game: March 6 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
1 minute, 0 points (0-0 FG), 1 rebound, 1 steal
Preseason opener: 13 minutes, 1 point (0-1 FG), 1 rebound, 0 steals

Tony Allen [11] (ankle) did not play against the Rockets. Visit WEEI.com’s Green Street for live coverage from the TD Garden on Friday night as the Celtics take on the Knicks in their preseason home-opener.


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[1] preseason opener: http://weei.stats.com/nba/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2009100710&home=10&vis=2

[2] Kevin Garnett: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=3007&team=

[3] Paul Pierce: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=3253&team=

[4] Ray Allen: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=3080&team=

[5] Rajon Rondo: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=4149&team=

[6] Kendrick Perkins: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=3730&team=

[7] Glen Davis: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=4313&team=

[8] Eddie House: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=3436&team=

[9] Brian Scalabrine: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=3544&team=

[10] J.R. Giddens: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=4492&team=

[11] Tony Allen: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=3842&team=

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