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Doc on Sheed and Celts: Judge us in the playoffs 04.10.10 at 12:12 am ET
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Doc Rivers knows champions are made in the playoffs. So are reputations.

That’s why he’s asking everyone to hold judgement on Rasheed Wallace until they see what the Celtics and Wallace do in playoffs.

But that didn’t keep Rivers from acknowledging this has been a tough first season for Wallace to endure in Boston.

“Up and down,” Rivers said. “He’s had some good games, some bad games. Bottom line is, he’ll be judged, and our team will be judged, on how well we play in the playoffs. If he has a great playoff run, I don’t think anyone is going to say it was a disappointing Rasheed Wallace. If he has a great playoff run, I think people are going to say, ‘That’s what we brought him here for.’ I think somebody’s going to write that.

“If he has a poor one, then obviously, it’s going to go the other way.”

Rivers said he has moved on from the public argument the two had during the team’s win over Cleveland last Sunday.

“You know there’s going to be days like this and you just get through them and move on from them. I think we all have,” Rivers said before Friday’s game. “You still get back to the type of guy he is when the emotions aren’t around.”

That’s when Wallace did his typical walk back from shootaround to the locker room and teased Rivers with a ‘fire hazard’ comment as Rivers conducted his usual pre-game briefing outside the locker room.

“See what I mean,” Rivers said without missing a beat.

“When emotions aren’t around, he’s a good guy. That’s how you try to get back to it.”

Rivers also said before the game that it’s too early to be concerned with who the Celtics play in the playoffs, even with less than a week to go in the regular season.

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KG: ‘It doesn’t help when the crowd boos’ 04.09.10 at 11:54 pm ET
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A frustrated Kevin Garnett took exception with the boos that rained down on the parquet during Boston’s 106-96 loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

“It’s just hard, especially when we get to the end of the first quarter and we are down, 30-17, and everybody starts to hit – not the panic button – but tries to pick it up in different ways and when it doesn’€™t come together or you miss some shots, and it doesn’€™t help when the crowd boos and all these other things then you have to grow tighter together,” Garnett said. “It’€™s not easy. We know this journey and duration in which we are traveling is not going to be an easy one, and tonight was a difficult one. I wouldn’€™t say we hang our heads but every individual is trying to figure out what to do and what they can do individually to try to pick it up.’€

The Celtics heard it from the TD Garden crowd as the Celtics fell behind by 28 in the second quarter.

“Well, I mean we are at home, we look for our fans to give energy, to give us a spark when the times are tough,” Garnett said. “It doesn’t help when the boos happen but we are a group of veterans and we are a group that is a real team. We aren’t fair weather.”

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Fast Break: Celtics – Wizards 04.09.10 at 10:13 pm ET
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The first eight minutes seemed like a close game. The rest of the first half looked like the Wizards shootaround.

The Celtics and Wizards were tied, 15-15, with four minutes left in the first quarter. Then the Celtics got cold and, well, to say the Wizards got hot would be an understatement. The Wizards finished the quarter on a 15-2 run to go up 30-17. They outshot the Celtics, 56.5 percent to 30.4 percent from the field. Nick Young ended the quarter with a buzzer-beating three-pointer.

The Wizards went up 38-17 in the second quarter before the Celtics scored at the 7:05 mark, the first time since 2:40 in the first quarter. Even though the Celtics were only outscored by two the rest of the way, they scored a season-low 31 points in the first half. They trailed, 52-31, at halftime.

In the first half, Andray Blatche and Young combined for 29 points.  Kendrick Perkins and Ray Allen led the Celtics with just seven points each. The Celtics shot 30 percent.

The Celtics and Wizards broke even in the third quarter. Both teams scored 23 points off of 10-for-19 shooting. Blatche continued his attack with eight points; Rondo countered with six points and four assists. The Celtics, however, were outrebounded 12-5. The Wizards took a 75-54 lead at the end of the third.

The mood in the Garden shifted in the fourth quarter. The Wizards did not score for the first 2:07 and the Celtics outscored them, 10-3, in the first five minutes of the quarter. They cut the lead to 12, 83-71, with 4:35 left off a Pierce layup before the Wizards quickly pushed the edge back up to 17 off of a free throw and back-to-back baskets.

But just as it seemed like game was done, Nate Robinson exploded for 11 points in 26 seconds (three consecutive 3-pointers and a driving layup). He brought the Celtics within six, 99-93, with 41 seconds to go. But the Wizards held on to their lead at the line. In spite of another trey by Marquis Daniels, keeping the Celtics within seven, the Wiz hit their free throws. Even though the Celtics kept it interesting late in the game, but their dismal first half performance was too much to overcome. They lost, 106-96.

Blatche (31 points, 11 rebounds), JaVale McGee (14 points, 11 rebounds), and Rondo (17 points, 12 assists) recorded double-doubles.

Turning point: The Wizards broke a 15-15 tie to outscore the Celtics 15-2 in the final four minutes of the first quarter. During that stretch the Celtics committed two turnovers and McGee blocked three shots.

Player of the game: Andray Blatche scored a game-high 31 points (15 in the first half) and grabbed 11 rebounds.

– The Celtics previous first half-low this season was 33 points (March 10 against the Grizzlies). They lost that game, 111-91.

Rasheed Wallace was greeted by a mix of boos and cheers from the crowd. He shot 4-for-7 from the field (10 points) and grabbed three rebounds in 20 minutes. Wallace was the highest scorer off the bench.

– In spite of the deficit, Marquis Daniels did not play until 3:28 left in the game. He connected on a three-point play and drained a trey late in the fourth. He had not scored since last Friday against the Rockets (2 points).

– The Celtics are 14-16 when allowing over 100 points.

First Half Wrap: Celtics – Wizards 04.09.10 at 8:44 pm ET
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The first eight minutes seemed like a close game. The rest of the first half looked like the Wizards shootaround.

The Celtics and Wizards were tied, 15-15, with four minutes left in the first quarter. Then the Celtics got cold and, well, to say the Wizards got hot would be an understatement. The Wizards finished the quarter on a 15-2 run to go up 30-17. They outshot the Celtics, 56.5 percent to 30.4 percent from the field. Nick Young (11 points) ended the quarter with a buzzer-beating three-pointer.

The Wizards went up 38-17 in the second quarter before the Celtics scored at the 7:05 mark, the first time since 2:40 in the first quarter. Even though the Celtics were only outscored by two the rest of the way, they scored a season-low 31 points in the first half. They trail, 52-31, at halftime.

Andray Blatche and Young have combined for 29 points. Kendrick Perkins and Ray Allen are the Celtics leading scorers with just seven points each. The Celtics are shooting 30 percent.

Celtics waive Landry 04.09.10 at 2:48 pm ET
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The Celtics announced Friday afternoon that they have decided to waive Marcus Landry, who was the other part of the return from the Knicks in the Nate Robinson trade.

Landry played in just one game for the Celtics and didn’t score in three minutes. He was allocated to the Maine Red Claws in the NBA Development League where he averaged 11 points and four rebounds in 13 games. The Celtics recalled him over the weekend after the Red Claws failed to make the playoffs, but there was no role for him with the team.

An undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin, Landry made the Knicks roster as training camp invite. Landry understood that his spot with the Celtics was far from secure.

“I would love to be back in Boston,” he said in March after he had been assigned to the Red Claws. “It’€™s a great team. But you never know the outcome of the situation.”

The Celtics will go into the playoffs with 13 players on their roster.

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Preview: Celtics-Wizards 04.09.10 at 10:49 am ET
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It is now open season on Rasheed Wallace after Bill Simmons ripped him apart in an ESPN column. It’s convenient to blame all the Celtics woes on Wallace, who has not played well at all this season, and most of Simmon’s critique was completely fair.

The subtext to everything is that Wallace has somehow infected the Celtics with his own unique blend of overconfidence and laissez-faire attitude. That’s both impossible to prove and equally as difficult to disprove.

Wallace isn’t responsible for Ray Allen’s inconsistent shooting in the first half of the season, Kevin Garnett’s limited mobility or Paul Pierce’s long list of injuries. There are many reasons for the Celtics lackluster play and Wallace has certainly contributed to a lot of it with his beyond-awful 3-point shooting, shoddy rebounding and wayward attention to help-side defense

What we do know is that Wallace hasn’t left himself any wiggle room. The only way he escapes this season without any further damage to his reputation is if he plays lights out in the playoffs. The same could be said for the rest of the Celtics.

WIZARDS (24-54, 4-6 last 10)

Points Per Game: 96.0

Points Allowed: 100.9

Differential: -4.9 (26th)

Offensive Efficiency: 104.0 (25th)

Defensive Efficiency: 109.3 (18th)

Pace: 91.6 (21st)

Likely Starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Nick Young, Fabricio Oberto, Andray Blatche

Injuries: Randy Foye (Wrist), Josh Howard (Knee), Quinton Ross (Back)

CELTICS (49-29, 5-5 last 10)

Points Per Game: 99.3

Points Allowed: 95.3

Differential: +4.0 (10th)

Offensive Efficiency: 107.7 (15th)

Defensive Efficiency: 103.3 (4th)

Pace: 91.8 (20th)

Likely Starters: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins

Injuries: None. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rondo talks winning in cover story 04.08.10 at 11:17 pm ET
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This month Rajon Rondo is featured on the cover of Dime Magazine, his first national cover story. Rondo discusses his competitive nature, dedication to winning, and drive to be the best. Check out a video from the photo shoot and excerpts from the article:

On staying hungry: ‘€œAfter I won the first ring, I just wanted to get another one. Stay hungry and never settle. Most people don’t get to experience that feeling, so I want to try and feel that way again. Especially with the team that we have, most people can’t say that they can compete each year for a ring, and for the last three years, we’ve been able to contend. Might as well seize the opportunity while I can.”

On inspiring work ethics: ‘€œNow, KG. Actually, KG and Ray. They’re future Hall of Famers. And right now as we speak, you know they’re down there working out. They never settle, so why should I? I’ve accomplished nowhere near what they’ve accomplished. They’re perennial All-Stars. That’s one of my goals as I continue getting better.”

On being the best: ‘€œWhat makes me want to keep getting better is that I just love being the best. I know other point guards like Deron Williams and Chris Paul aren’t settling; Steve Nash continues to get better as he gets older. I’m in love with trying to be the best person I can be, the best player on the court, the best point guard in the league.”

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