|Rasheed: We had guys step up||01.03.10 at 3:01 am ET|
Rasheed Wallace has been around the NBA long enough to know not to get discouraged even when times look most bleak.
Another valuable lesson was taught Saturday night and it was Wallace and the Celtics schooling the Toronto Raptors, making the visitors North of the border look woefully unprepared for the woefully undermanned Celtics. Even without Paul Pierce [right knee], Kevin Garnett [right knee] and Rajon Rondo [left hamstring], the Celtics led virtually from the beginning of the game.
Here’s a sample of what Wallace and Celtics coach Doc Rivers had to say after they snapped a three-game skid with a 103-96 win over the Raptors.
|Another bump and bruise for T.Allen||01.03.10 at 2:24 am ET|
The last thing the Celtics needed was another injury to a player who is already filling in for an injured starter. Tony Allen said he hyperextended his left shoulder when he collided with Marcus Banks, who was setting a screen as Allen was going for a steal on Hedo Turkoglu late in the fourth quarter of Boston’s win over Toronto at TD Garden on Saturday night.
“It hyperextended when I tried to get the steal and Marcus Banks came in with the screen,” Allen said. “I don’t think he meant anything bad by it.”
Allen, who started in place of Rajon Rondo, said he will come in and get stimulation treatment on the shoulder on Sunday and should be ready to go for practice on Monday in Waltham.
|No rush for KG return||01.02.10 at 7:56 pm ET|
Celtics coach Doc Rivers hinted on Saturday night that Kevin Garnett could be out at least another 10 days with soreness in his right knee, adding that he would probably miss the next five games.
“At least you know it’s going to be a lot longer than that, but you don’t know how quickly he can come back from that.”
Entering Saturday’s game, the Celtics were 2-3 in the five games without Garnett in the lineup.
|Pierce details ‘extreme’ infection||01.02.10 at 6:51 pm ET|
For the first time since having two surgeries to clean out a nasty infection in his right knee around Christmas, Paul Pierce spoke before Saturday’s game and said he plans to be with the team on its upcoming road trip and is hopeful to return to practice as soon as Monday.
Pierce, who was wearing a white circulatory wrap on his right knee, said the infection and subsequent pain came upon him quickly following the team’s home-court win over Indiana on Dec. 22.
“It was a situation I got home and I was sort of sitting back and relaxing and then sort of felt a slight pain in my knee and then over a 10-to-15 minute period, it just got worse and worse,” Pierce said. “It went from just kind of hurting to sore to bad to extreme in like a 15-minute period, which was crazy.
“I called Eddie Lacerte about 1:30 in the morning and he knows I never call him unless it’s really bad. So, he came over to the house and checked it out. We went to the hospital that morning, doctor checked it out and we did the surgery. An infection somehow got into my leg.”
Pierce said after his first surgery on Dec. 23 his white blood cell count skyrocketed to 40,000 indicating an infection. The doctors then went in on Christmas Day to clean it out again and isolated the infection. He said he doesn’t have a particular game in mind for a return.
|Pierce out two weeks||12.23.09 at 4:06 pm ET|
Paul Pierce is expected to miss the next two weeks following an arthroscopic procedure Wednesday on his right knee to clean a knee infection at New England Baptist Hospital this morning, the Celtics announced in a press release.
Celtics Team Physician Dr. Brian McKeon performed the procedure, which was termed “arthroscopic irrigation.” There was no reported structural damage to the knee and Pierce is expected to make a full recovery.
The 6’7” forward, has played in every game this season for the Celtics and is averaging a team-high 18.2 points.
He is currently shooting a career-high 47.3% from three-point land and is ranked fifth in the NBA. The Kansas product netted a season-high 33 points against the Knicks on November 22.
|C’s can’t be Mickey Mouse on this trip||12.23.09 at 1:45 am ET|
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.
“Basically 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 »
|Doc on KG: ‘He wasn’t thrilled’||12.22.09 at 11:37 pm ET|
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?
“Well 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.
“Ah, 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?
“Since 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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