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Source: Pierce, Celts agree to four-year, $61 million deal 07.02.10 at 9:30 am ET
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Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com/FoxSports.com has learned that Paul Pierce has agreed to a four-year, $61 million deal with the Celtics. The Boston Herald was first to report the agreement. Free agent contracts can’t officially be signed until July 8.

Pierce opted out of the final year of his previous contract Wednesday, walking away from what would have been a $21.5 million salary in 2010-11 to test the free-agent waters.

Pierce has long stated that he wanted to retire as a member of the Celtics, and this contract should allow him to do so. The 12-year veteran has scored 19,899 points in his career, third only to John Havlicek (26,395) and Larry Bird (21,791) in franchise history.

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Poll: Who will be named NBA finals MVP? 06.17.10 at 12:49 pm ET
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Who will be named NBA finals MVP?

  • Kobe Bryant (34%, 76 Votes)
  • Rajon Rondo (28%, 62 Votes)
  • Paul Pierce (27%, 59 Votes)
  • Kevin Garnett (5%, 10 Votes)
  • Ray Allen (5%, 10 Votes)
  • Pau Gasol (2%, 4 Votes)
  • Derek Fisher (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 221

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Game 7 refs: Crawford, Crawford, Foster 06.17.10 at 9:30 am ET
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The referees for Game 7 of the NBA finals were announced by the league Thursday morning. Joey Crawford, Dan Crawford and Scott Foster have been tabbed to call the fouls as the Celtics and Lakers battle for NBA supremacy.

For Joey Crawford, it’s his third appearance in this year’s finals. He reffed Game 1 in Los Angeles and Game 5 in Boston. Dan Crawford was on the floor for the Celtics’ Game 3 loss at TD Garden. Foster officiated Boston’s Game 4 win.

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Poll: Who wins Game 7? 06.17.10 at 8:32 am ET
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Who will win Game 7?

  • Celtics (71%, 300 Votes)
  • Lakers (29%, 121 Votes)

Total Voters: 421

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Rondo talks after Game 6 loss 06.16.10 at 1:01 am ET
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Q. From your perspective, how did the Celtics‘ chemistry change when Perkins got injured?

RAJON RONDO: I think we were a little bit focused on if Perk was going to come back instead of just continuing to play.  As soon as halftime came, you know, we all just ran to the locker room and to the training room to see how he was feeling and if he was okay.  Our energy went down a little bit, but for the most part it’s not an excuse.  We just came out and didn’t have it.

Q. How did the dynamics of the team change when he got injured?

RAJON RONDO: Perk is our enforcer.  He’s our biggest body we have to throw out there on Bynum.  He clears the paint up for us.  He does a lot of intangibles.  He’s a great shot blocker, rebounder, and he’s the anchor of our defense.

Q. How does the way you guys lost this game affect your mindset going into the next one?  And if Kendrick is not close to 100 percent, how does that affect the match‘€‘up?

RAJON RONDO: That’s why we have a lot of guys throughout the roster.  We have Big Baby and Rasheed.  Other guys have to step up.  We’ve had injuries before all season and guys have stepped up.  But I’m sure they’ll be up for the challenge and ready to play.

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UPDATE: Robinson brings Shrek and Donkey to twitter 06.11.10 at 2:51 pm ET
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After referring to himself and Glen Davis as “Shrek and Donkey” following their Game 4 heroics, Nate Robinson has taken their new nicknames to Twitter. Check out the pictures he used throughout the day Friday and be sure to follow him (@nate_robinson).

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A look at who will be blowing the whistles in Game 3 06.08.10 at 10:56 am ET
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The NBA has announced the referees who will be working Game 3 of the NBA finals: Dan Crawford, Bill Kennedy and Bennett Salvatore. According to NBAstuffer.com, Crawford and Salvatore will be officiating their 12th playoff game this season, the most of any refs. It will be the 10th postseason game for Kennedy.

Of refs whistling the road team for fouls in the playoffs, Crawford’s crews have been among the leaders (seventh-most at 54 percent). In regards to fouls called per playoff game, Crawford’s and Kennedy’s crews have ranked toward the bottom, with Salvatore’s groups residing in the top half.

For more statistics on the referees, click here. For a closer look at the profiles of each ref, click here.

Also, former NBA referee Tim Donaghy joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about the NBA finals. Donaghy was asked what we should expect from Crawford, Kennedy and Salvatore in Tuesday night’s Game 3. “I think it brings some aggressive refereeing to get some of these illegal screens and some of this matchup trouble cleaned up with some aggressive whistles,” he said. “I think you’re going to see a lot of illegal screens called, where Ray Allen was getting free in Los Angeles a lot, some of the the big guys setting some moving picks, I think you’re going to see those cleaned up early. And I also think you’re going to see a lot of fouls on Allen and [Derek] Fisher to get that matchup cleaned up early.”

Donaghy said Kobe Bryant’s prediction that he won’t get five fouls again is an accurate one. “I don’t think you’re going to see him in foul trouble again for a long, long time,” Donaghy said.

Asked whether the league wants to make sure there are no fights in this series, Donaghy said that’s clearly the officials’ strategy. “Absolutely,” he said. “Any time you’re involved in a fight in an NBA game, it causes an enormous amount of controvery and trouble. On the global stage of the NBA finals, you certainly don’t want players going at it. I think that’s why you’ve seen so many fouls recently and trying to get rid of the physical play to avoid that as much as possible.”

Donaghy did not offer a prediction on Tuesday’s game, but he said it’s obvious the NBA would prefer that the series does not end in Boston. “What’s good for the league is that this gets back to Los Angeles,” he said. “With that said, if Los Angeles can win one game out of these three, I think that’s what good for the league.

To hear the interview, click on the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

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