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Turn up the volume: C’s not living in past

WALTHAM ¬†— ¬†Before this season ever starts, nearly everyone in a Celtics [1] uniform wants to make one thing clear. This is NOT 2008.

On Friday, the Celtics held a two-hour practice before going home to get clean and ready for their team dinner Friday night in Boston.

Here’s what a number of them had to say about this year, comparisons to two seasons ago and other miscellaneous items.

Paul Pierce said the team is plenty motivated this season [2].

Pierce said he hasn’t heard any ‘experts’ picking the Celtics [3].

Doc Rivers said there’s only one set of expectations that matter [4].

Rivers said he likes where the team is at [5].

Kevin Garnett said he likes what he saw in the preseason [6].

Garnett said Tuesday in Cleveland against LeBron and Shaq will be exciting [7].