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Four Celtics among most popular NBA jerseys 04.28.10 at 11:01 am ET
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Four of the Celtics ranked among the top 15 most popular NBA jerseys this season, while the Celtics ranked second in team merchandise, the league announced Wednesday.

Kevin Garnett (third), Paul Pierce (eighth), Nate Robinson (11th), and Rajon Rondo (15th) made the list, which was topped by Kobe Bryant. The Lakers earned the top spot for most popular team merchandise.

The results are based on sales from the start of the 2009-10 season through April at the NBA Store in New York City and NBAStore.com. Both stores are experiencing record sales years and a combined increase of 20 percent over last year.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys

1. Kobe Bryant, Lakers
2. LeBron James, Cavaliers
3. Kevin Garnett, Celtics
4. Derrick Rose, Bulls
5. Dwight Howard, Magic
6. Dwyane Wade, Heat
7. Chris Paul, Hornets
8. Paul Pierce, Celtics
9. Kevin Durant, Thunder
10. Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets
11. Nate Robinson, Celtics
12. David Lee, Knicks
13. Brandon Roy, Blazers
14. Pau Gasol, Lakers
15. Rajon Rondo, Celtics

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise

1. Lakers
2. Celtics
3. Cavaliers
4. Bulls
5. Knicks
6. Nuggets
7. Magic
8. Heat
9. Spurs
10. Suns

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Kevin Garnett press conference 04.28.10 at 1:58 am ET
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Kevin Garnett speaks to the media following the Celtics‘ series-clinching win over the Heat on Tuesday night.

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Pierce, KG, Rivers on Glen Davis 04.28.10 at 1:54 am ET
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Members of the Celtics react to the great performance from Glen Davis and his play in Game 5 when he drew a charge on Dwyane Wade.

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Paul Pierce press conference 04.28.10 at 1:51 am ET
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Paul Pierce speaks to the media Tuesday night following the Celtics‘ series-clinching win over the Heat in Game 5.

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Doc Rivers press conference 04.28.10 at 1:46 am ET
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Coach Doc Rivers speaks to the media following the Celtics‘ series-clinching win Tuesday night.

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Davis plans on attacking the Kingdom 04.28.10 at 12:31 am ET
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Glen Davis was speaking for the Celtics when he characterized the match-up with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers starting this Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

“It’s going to be tougher, we know that,” Davis said. “We’ve got to go there and grind it out. We go to them first. We just have to make sure we go there with the mentality of attack first. It’s just like in every kingdom, sometimes you’ve got to go to the fight, you’ve got to bring it to them, attack their fortress and bust down their wall with a wooden tree and go attack it. That’s how it is.”

Davis and the Celtics will have Wednesday off before returning to practice Thursday afternoon. Game 1 is Saturday while Game 2 will be Monday in Cleveland before the series shifts back to Boston for Games 3 and 4.

While Dwyane Wade had another big game with 31 points in Game 5 Tuesday night, it was Davis who helped keep the rest of the Miami starters in single digits.

‘€œOur defensive presence was just there,” Davis said. “Game 4 we kind of backed off of that a little bit and D-Wade had a big game, some of the other players on their team. One of the reasons we closed this out is because of defense and kind of [containing] people round D-Wade.”

Davis said the five-game series against Wade and the Heat might just be the perfect tune-up for James and the Cavs beginning Saturday on the shores of Lake Erie.

“It’€™s just great practice for us against Cleveland,” Davis said. “We had good practices. D-Wade is a great player. LeBron’€™s a great player and he has good players around him and he makes them better. We have to stop the ones around him.

‘€œWe could do better,” Davis added. “We’€™re a better team, we’€™ve been together for a long time and we still make some of the same mistakes. We can always be better.’€

Starting Saturday, Davis and the Celtics have little choice if they plan on advancing.

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Richardson: ‘Paul’s a great NBA player’ 04.27.10 at 11:10 pm ET
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Just a week ago, Quentin Richardson made his feelings toward Paul Pierce very clear.

‘€œI don’€™t like them and they know it,’€ he said of Pierce and Kevin Garnett following their Game 1 altercation.

But on Tuesday, Richardson shared a different opinion after the Heat’€™s elimination in Game 5.

‘€œPaul’€™s a great NBA player,’€ he told WEEI.com. ‘€œThat’€™s the only opinion that really matters, his NBA game. He’€™s a good NBA player.’€

Even though Richardson referred to Pierce as ‘€œan actress’€ in Game 1, he said he never knocked his talent. That’€™s something that, in spite of their differences on the court, Richardson cannot deny.

‘€œI’€™ve always respected his game, never not,’€ he said. ‘€œI mean, he’€™s an All-Star, he’€™s a Finals MVP, he has his accolades, and he well deserves them. I take my hat off to him as a basketball player. Nothing will change that.’€

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