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C’s can’t be Mickey Mouse on this trip 12.23.09 at 1:45 am ET
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Doc Rivers figured his team would be distracted on Tuesday for their game against the nine-win Indiana Pacers.

The Celtics and their families were planning to fly to Orlando on Wednesday morning for a trip to Orlando, two days in advance of their Christmas Day game against the Magic.

Then add to that the fact Kevin Garnett was a late scratch, and the Celtics coach figured the start of the game would be a tough go. He was right. His team basically slept-walked through the first half, falling down 15 points on their home court.

‘€œBasically all I told them at halftime was that our defense was awful and our effort was awful, and our offense was fine,” Rivers said. “We were missing good shots for the most part.  But we couldn’€™t get any early baskets because they scored every time down.  And so it was a walk-up-the-floor game for us and they were running it down our throats.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Doc on KG: ‘He wasn’t thrilled’ 12.22.09 at 11:37 pm ET
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Doc Rivers was asked the most obvious question in his post-game news conference on Tuesday.

What was the deal with the late scratch of Kevin Garnett from the lineup with a right knee bruise and was it related to the knee injury of last year?

‘€œWell I made up ‘€“ I didn’€™t tell the players at all,” Rivers said. “I never told them.  They were ‘€“ it was funny, because I don’€™t think they realized it, maybe until the starting lineup and until Kevin didn’€™t come out on the floor.  I just didn’€™t think it was anything ‘€“ I didn’€™t want them thinking.  I just wanted them to go out and play.  And I decided when we went in that walk-through right before.  Just the way he was walking.  And I just told Rasheed (Wallace) and Kevin to switch spots.  And I hadn’€™t told Kevin at that point.  I just told him to go to the second unit; let Rasheed walk through the stuff.  And then after that I told him that I was shutting him down.

Rivers admitted that Garnett wasn’t too happy with not playing.

‘€œAh, he wasn’€™t thrilled with it, but I think he’€™s better this year than he was last year,” Rivers said. “You know, yesterday he actually sat down in the practice and Paul (Pierce) walked over to him and said, ‘€˜Wow, someone’€™s growing up.’€™  You know, instead of fighting through it.  He’€™s such a ‘€“ has that warrior mentality, sometimes it’€™s to his detriment.  And yesterday he did a good job.  You know he wanted to fight it today and then he kind of just said, ‘€˜You’€™re right.’€™’€

And when did Garnett get hurt?

‘€œSince Memphis,” Rivers added. “He said that’€™s where he got it hit.  And of course he hadn’€™t told anyone until I think today, or yesterday he told (trainer) Eddie (Lacerte).’€

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Rescinding Rasheed 12.22.09 at 8:06 pm ET
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Tuesday was a big day for Rasheed Wallace.

Not only did he make his first start of the season – giving Kevin Garnett the night off to rest his right thigh – he caught a break on Tuesday when he had one of his 10 technical fouls removed from the official record. On Nov. 29 in Miami, Wallace said, “and one!” after he thought he was fouled after making a basket at the end of the first quarter.

He was assessed the technical by Bennett Salvatore.

“He said [he would rescind] right away,” Rivers said on Tuesday. “He said it at halftime that they would rescind it. He told me something I didn’t know. When they rescind a tech, it still has to go to the league and it still has to be approved. They don’t have to rescind it.”

But taking away the one tech didn’t satisfy Wallace. He feels there are several more that need to be reviewed.

“No, I’m not happy because there’s still some more that hopefully they can look at,” Wallace explained. “That wasn’t the only one we were talking about. That one got rescinded that fast because it was referee who said he was going to do it. I’m still seeing what the outcome is on the others but I know it won’t be anytime soon for the simple fact they’re in [collective bargaining agreement] meetings. I’m not worried about it yet.”

Wallace was rung up twice for arguing and ejected from the game against Philadelphia on Friday, a game the Celtics lost, 98-97.

Those two remain on the record, now giving Wallace nine for the season. An automatic suspension is levied at 16 technicals and every two technicals after.

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Doc on Pierce: He’s working on legacy 12.21.09 at 3:02 pm ET
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WALTHAM  –  Paul Pierce can laugh about the dark days now. But three seasons ago, when he was captain of a team languishing through a 24-win season, it wasn’t so easy.

It was after that season, and just before the acquisitions of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, that Pierce thought his marriage to the Celtics, and specifically, the Doc Rivers‘ system, was headed for divorce.

“Early years, I was almost close to divorce but I didn’t have my pre-nup in place so I had to think twice,” Pierce joked on Monday. “It was cheaper to keep her.”

“I don’t know who that is,” Rivers said when asked if he remembers the Paul Pierce from his first season coaching the Celtics in 2004-05. “The one here is amazing. He’s an amazing person. He’s older, he’s more mature. He’s just solid. He’s a solid player.”

But after a 2008 NBA title and a 62-win season last year, Pierce is smitten once again with the Celtics and the Rivers’ system of Ubuntu.

“Put it this way, you’ve been with a girl for five years and you break up with her,” Pierce said. ” Then you have a new girlfriend, you’ve got to get used to each other because the last girlfriend, you knew everything about her, you’ve been together for so long so you’re going to make a lot of different mistakes and have a lot of different arguments.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Daniels has surgery on left thumb 12.09.09 at 10:42 am ET
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Marquis Daniels could miss up to two months following surgery this morning at New England Baptist Hospital to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.  The procedure was performed by Celtics Team Physician, Dr. Brian McKeon and Dr. Drew Terrono.

Daniels has appeared in 19 games for the Celtics averaging 5.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game

Daniels confirmed the surgery on Wednesday and expressed his appreciation for support on his twitter account.

“Thanx 4 everyones prayers my surgery went well, I’ll be back better than before I had been, I’d like to say thanks to all dat prayed 4me,” Daniels tweeted.

Head coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine are expected to pick up the minutes for Daniels, who was second off the bench behind Rasheed Wallace. Daniels posted a season-high 10 points against Utah on Nov. 11.

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C’s trying to get the point of rebounding 12.09.09 at 12:02 am ET
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers knows his team, even in the midst of an eight-game winning streak, can’t go on rebounding like they are if they are to have any chance of hanging an 18th banner from the rafters.

On Tuesday night, the Celtics went on a very late 7-0 run to pull away from the Milwaukee Bucks, 98-89, for their eighth straight and a very gaudy 17-4 record.

What’s not so gaudy are their rebounding numbers.

They were outrebounded 44-35 by a younger, quicker Milwaukee team, including 14-5 on the offensive glass. The Celtics entered the game 29th in the NBA, or next-to-last, in rebounding. They are dead last in offensive rebounding.

Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo both took responsibility afterward, saying the guards must pick up the pace when it comes to rebounding.

Pierce said the guards need to rebound better.

Rondo said part of good guard play is rebounding.

Doc Rivers said the Celtics can’t go on like this forever.

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Pagliuca falls short in Senate bid 12.08.09 at 9:44 pm ET
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Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca’s bid to secure the Democratic nod for the open U.S. Senate seat came to an apparent end on Tuesday night when Martha Coakley won in a runaway.

Pagliuca and Alan Khazei were neck-and-neck for third behind Coakley and Democratic runner-up Michael Capuano.

On the Republican side, Scott Brown, whose daughter Ayla is a senior on the Boston College women’s basketball team, cruised to victory in his primary.

Coakley will square off against Brown on Jan. 19 to fill the seat held by the late Edward M. Kennedy.

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