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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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Daniels to get MRI 12.08.09 at 8:06 pm ET
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Marquis Daniels will have an MRI on his sore left wrist and thumb, along with some other tests, and will miss at least the next two games, according to Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

“It’s been hurting for a good three weeks but that [Oklahoma City] game someone re-hit it and that’s just the way it is,” Rivers said.

Rivers added that Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine will pick up Daniels’ minutes while he heals his left hand while Daniels is expected to miss the next couple of games, at least.

“We’re not sure yet,” Rivers said. “We’re going to wait till [Wednesday]. I don’t think he’s going to play in the next couple of games for sure.

“A lot of things. I don’t think he’s been able to hold onto the ball. I think it’s affected Eddie [House] because early in the year, especially in preseason, Eddie was getting great shots off Marquis’ passes. He hasn’t had the ability to pass and I think that’s affected Eddie a lot.”

Rivers noticed something in practice on Sunday when Daniels was told to take a seat.

“The other day in practice, I blew the whistle and told him to sit down and let’s do something else because we could see it just wasn’t working,” Rivers said. “Honestly, I’ve been watching him in practice. He tried to get a rebound with one hand when he needed both and you could see him protect it. He wouldn’t say anything, which is why he probably kept going. He kept saying it’s a little pain, it’s nothing big. So, we’ll find out. Hopefully, he’s right.”

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Take that Tim Donaghy 12.08.09 at 7:56 pm ET
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers fired back at disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy prior to his team’s game with Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

Rivers was asked for his reaction to Donaghy’s claims on Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday that Rivers tried to intimidate younger NBA officials.

“I’ve been trying to get on younger players for a long time to persuade them to do things as well so I don’t know,” Rivers joked at first, before adding, “I’m so sick of that guy right now, I really am, for our league. I love our league and I hate what’s going on, that we’re giving a guy like that credibility.”

Donaghy ejected Rivers from a game back in April 2005. Rivers then lodged a complaint with the league, accusing Donaghy with personal bias against the Celtics coach.

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Baby could be trippin’ 12.08.09 at 7:52 pm ET
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Tony Allen makes his 2009-10 season debut tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks after missing the first 20 games with a sore right ankle.

“I don’t know,” Doc Rivers said when asked what his expectations are for the defensive backcourt specialist. “Tony hasn’t played in so long. I’m looking for him not to do too much. Defensively is where we need help and need his help.”

Meanwhile, Rivers said Glen Davis is making progress in healing his right thumb, adding that Davis will “probably be on the trip,” referring to the team’s West Coast trip at the end of the month.

Rivers did not speculate as to his availability and whether he would be activated.

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Celtics looking for bonding on trip 11.28.09 at 3:36 pm ET
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WALTHAM  —  Doc Rivers laughed when asked to characterize the upcoming road trip through Miami, Charlotte, San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

“It’s an important trip because it’s four good teams, unfortunately all four teams are playing well,” Rivers said. “But that’s what you have to expect when you go out on the road.

Indeed, the four teams have a collective record of 32-28, with only Charlotte (6-9) under .500.

But Paul Pierce, on Saturday after practice, said this is a good chance for the Celtics to start proving what they’re made of.

“This is a time where where you have to concentrate more,” Pierce said. “We understand what being a successful road team is about in the past. It will give us more focus time. I think we understand being on the road, we have to focus a lot more. You can’t play the way we’ve been playing at home on the road because you won’t get those wins.”

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Ray Allen rejoins team 11.28.09 at 3:11 pm ET
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WALTHAM  —  After spending time with his ill son on Friday night at a local hospital, Ray Allen re-joined the Celtics for their plane trip to Miami and should be available for Sunday night’s game in Miami in the opener of the team’s four-game road trip, according to the team.

Allen was not at Celtics practice on Saturday. Walker Allen, 2, was diagnosed with diabetes during the 2008 NBA Finals and Allen spent the night with him on Friday night after getting word after the game that he was not feeling well.

“There really is no update,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said after Saturday’s practice. “It’s more his son. He’s [caring for] Walker, obviously. That’s why he’s not around.”

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