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C’s say Giddens knee surgery successful 02.02.10 at 4:35 pm ET
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The Celtics announced Tuesday afternoon that guard J.R. Giddens underwent successful left knee arthroscopic surgery at the New England Baptist Hospital. The surgery was performed by team physician, Dr. Brian McKeon and assisted by John Rand. No timetable has been set for his return. Giddens, a 6-foot-5 guard, has appeared in 21 games for the Celtics this season and registered season-highs of six points and seven rebounds against New Jersey on Jan. 13. In four games on assignment for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League this season, he averaged 18.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 31.8 minutes per game.

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Pierce to have X-rays on foot 02.01.10 at 10:59 pm ET
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Paul Pierce will have X-rays taken on his left foot on Tuesday, he told the media following Monday night’s game against the Wizards. Pierce injured his foot during the first quarter when he fell to the ground fighting for a loose ball against Caron Butler. He left the game but later returned. Pierce scored 12 points in 28 minutes.

“The foot is sore, so sit on it tonight, get some X-rays tomorrow, come back, see how I feel,” Pierce said. “But I think it’€™s not going to be too bad. I mean, I would have known by now. I have a really good sense of my body and usually how I feel and injuries. So I think it’€™ll be all right, but we’€™re going to go get the X-rays tomorrow.”

The Celtics‘ next game is Wednesday against the Heat in Boston.

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Fast Break: Celtics vs. Wizards 02.01.10 at 9:51 pm ET
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The Celtics snapped their three-game losing streak with a 99-88 come-from-behind win over the Wizards in Washington, D.C. on Monday. After leading after the first quarter, the C’€™s trailed by as many as nine points. They chased the Wiz for the second and third quarters before reclaiming the lead in the fourth and holding on for the victory.

But this win was not without an injury scare. With two minutes to go in the first quarter, Paul Pierce collided with Caron Butler fighting for a loose ball. Both players fell to the ground and Pierce suffered a mid-foot injury. He left the game and later returned, but was limited to 27 minutes. He scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Player of the Game: Rajon Rondo deserves recognition for recording his 21st double-double of the season. He posted 17 points and 12 rebounds in 35 minutes. But the honors go to Kevin Garnett, who scored a team-high 19 points and had one of his best offensive performances of the season. Garnett shot a near-perfect 8-for-9 from the field. Nearly all of them came outside the paint, where he had his shooting streak going for 31 minutes.

Turning Point: Ray Allen, who missed a game-winner against the Lakers, drained a 3-pointer to reclaim an 81-80 lead halfway through the fourth. It was the Celtics first lead since the end of the first quarter when they led 28-27. The Wizards took a quick 82-81 lead but the Celtics scored on the following possession and never looked back.

Tony Allen followed up his best game of the season with another solid performance. Allen posted 14 points in 25 minutes against the Lakers. On Monday, he scored 10 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes against the Wizards. But his best contributions came on the defensive end. Allen came up with two key plays in the fourth quarter that maintained the Celtics lead. First he blocked a potentially game-tying jumper by Earl Boykins with 5:26 left. Minutes later he stole the ball from Caron Butler, kicked It out to Rondo for the fast break, and then finished it off with a floater.

– The Wizards entered the game averaging more than 42 points her game. The Celtics held them to 35 while nabbing 39 of their own.

– The Celtics improved to 30-16. They will return to Boston for a three-game homestand against the Heat, Nets, and Magic.

Third Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. Wizards 02.01.10 at 9:04 pm ET
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Third Quarter: Wizards 78 – Celtics 74

Rajon Rondo recorded his 21st double-double of the season during the third quarter. He has posted15 points and 11 assists through three. Kevin Garnett also continued to find his shot and has scored 14 points off of 6-for-7 shooting.

But the Wizards staved off a late third quarter push by the C’€™s and still lead by four. Up by three, the Wiz pushed their lead back up to six when Butler drew a three-point play against Brian Scalabrine. Rondo was called for an offensive foul driving on Boykins the next trip down the court, and Butler drained a long jumper in Scalabrine’€™s face. The Celtics are 4-10 when trailing after three.

Second Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. Wizards 02.01.10 at 8:21 pm ET
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Second Quarter: Wizards 54 ‘€“ Celtics 48

The Celtics lost their one-point first quarter lead and trailed by as many as nine points in the second quarter. Both teams shot 52.9%from the field, but turnovers (9-6) and personal fouls (13-9) hampered the Celtics.

The quarter ended on the same note as the first. Pierce and Butler collided as they were heading down the court. Pierce appeared to have stepped on Butler’€™s foot as the two fell to the ground. Both players lay on the court for a few moments before Pierce ran off, somewhat hobbled.

Pierce, who scored all 11 points in the first quarter, is the game’s leading scorer.

First Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. Wizards 02.01.10 at 7:51 pm ET
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First quarter: Celtics 24 – Wizards 23

The Celtics headed to Washington looking to snap a three-game losing streak. The Wizards did not want to be the reasons why they turned their luck around.

The 16-30 Wiz looked eager early on. Antawn Jamison attempted seven field goals in nine minutes while his team took three more shots than the C’s overall. The Wizards also challenged the Celtics on the board, as they have a reputation of doing so, and the two teams grabbed 11 rebounds apiece.

The Celtics faced an injury scare with two minutes to go in the first. Paul Pierce was taken out of the game ‘€“ but did not go to the locker room ‘€“ after injuring his left ankle with two minutes left in the first quarter.  He chased after a loose ball with Butler, and Butler landed on Pierce’€™s ankle as they hit the floor. He had scored 11 points and 4 rebounds in 10 minutes.

It was reported Pierce suffered a mid-foot injury and is expected to return.

Ian Thomsen on D&C: C’s need to adjust game 02.01.10 at 11:08 am ET
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Sports Illustrated NBA writer Ian Thomsen made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Celtics‘ recent woes. He explored the team’s current struggles, whether the Big Three still has the legs to mount a championship run, whether the team might consider a major deal along the lines of a trade of Ray Allen or whether a move to acquire a player such as Kirk Hinrich of the Bulls could help the team to pull out of its current funk.

Following is a transcript. To hear the interview, click here.

How quickly is the window closing?

It’s going to close fast if they don’t make the adjustments they need to make. They aren’t themselves, and I’m talking about [Kevin] Garnett especially, and [Paul] Pierce a little bit, and even Ray Allen. They’re just going to need to adjust the way they play, to try to make the best of it while they get through this transition. If they still think they can win a championship, they can’t do it the way they are playing now. They have to sort of do a transitional style to get them to March and April with a chance to win it.

Meaning what? Get new people?

Garnett needs to be more of a center right now. He’s not himself. He’s not beating guys down the floor in transition. [Lakers coach] Phil Jackson brought that up yesterday. He needs to be more that post-up guy, play a little bit more inside, they can play the ball through him. He needs to figure out what he can do and do that. Because what he’s doing now isn’t very productive.

They’ve been outscored in the fourth quarter in 12 of their last 14 games. Is that age and injury?

It’s age and injury, and I really think they’re asking too much of Rajon Rondo in his [fourth] year to be doing so much, to be carrying them, playing a lot of minutes, and then to lead them in the fourth quarters the way he’s been having to do. I think he’s come a long way, he’s a terrific player, he’s going to be even better in a couple of years. But right now they’re asking too much of him.

A lot of it just doesn’t make sense. The team doesn’t make sense, when you look at the hierarchy. Think about two years ago. When you looked at the stats for the season, it just all made sense the way the shots were divvied out, the order of things. And they don’t have that order right now. Rondo’s a big part of the offense as a point guard who is not a great shooter. Really, it all just comes down to not having Garnett be himself, and he’s got to figure out some way to be productive right now.

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