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Passing Chemistry 101 02.27.09 at 10:48 pm ET
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Stephon Marbury wasted no time making his intentions known.

‘€œI’€™m not looking to improve my game,’€ he said at his introductory press conference. ‘€œI’€™m coming here to try to help the Celtics win another championship.’€

Wearing a Boston Celtics shirt with a handwritten number eight on the shamrock, Marbury addressed the media prior to Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. (RECAP HERE) He shrugged off talks of selfishness and expressed his willingness to do whatever is asked of him on the court.

Marbury said all the right things as the newest member of an organization driven by chemistry and teamwork.

‘€œThis is a very selfless team,’€ said Ray Allen. ‘€œWe don’t care about individual accolades.’€

Even though Marbury received a standing ovation in his first game, the skepticism of his team-first attitude is not going to go away overnight. He comes to Boston with the baggage of a tarnished reputation, one that isn’t forgotten by wearing a new uniform. The front office explained to Marbury how the team operates, a discussion which is protocol for every new player.

‘€œWe establish what the rules are, how we run things here, and how it’s about the team,’€ Celtics president Danny Ainge told WEEI’s Big Show. ‘€œWe’ve established those rules with Steph. (Head coach) Doc (Rivers) and I had a good conversation with him this morning and I’ve had a handful of conversations with Steph about those things even before now, as the Knicks gave us permission to talk.’€

Marbury wants to look ahead. And so do the Celtics.

‘€œI’m not afraid of Steph, Doc’s not afraid of Steph, and it really comes down to Doc,’€ Ainge said. ‘€œI think Doc understands Steph and can manage him and that Steph will respect Doc, first and foremost.’€

Last season Rivers coached five veteran first-year Celtics to a championship. He knows firsthand that a new environment can turn a vet’s career around.

‘€œThat was New York and wherever else. That has nothing to do with today and tomorrow,’€ Rivers said of concerns about Marbury. ‘€œI’€™ve always had an open mind with everyone who’€™s come in, and you know, we’€™ve done pretty well. Our locker room is very strong and we just have good people. And so, no, I’€™m not that concerned about that at all.’€

The players are on board with personnel. After winning a title with a reconstructed team, the Celtics know that a midseason acquistion (think P.J. Brown) can be the missing piece to success.

‘€œYou’ve just got to welcome him in, make him feel like he’s at home. Other than that, just do things together off the court,’€ said Kendrick Perkins. ‘€œI think [adding so many new players last season] helped us a lot. We’ve just got to keep getting better and help these guys just keep improving as a team. I think we’ll get better as they get to play more games.’€

The key to Marbury’s success with his new team is just that, playing as a team.

‘€œYou never know what’€™s in front of you as far as your basketball career,’€ he said. ‘€œThat’€™s why you just play as hard as you can and do the best that you can.’€

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Pruitt suspended two games at 2:13 pm ET
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The Boston Celtics have suspended guard Gabe Pruitt two games for conduct detrimental to the team. Pruitt was arrested on suspicion of DUI on Thursday morning in Los Angeles following the Celtics loss to the LA Clippers. “I recognize that my behavior was inappropriate and accept the consequences of my action as determined by the Celtics,’€ said Pruitt in a statement issued by the team. Pruitt is averaging 2.3 points and 8.8 minutes per game this season.

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Report: Marbury signs with Celtics at 2:05 pm ET
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Stephon Marbury has signed with the Boston Celtics, according to the Boston Globe. Marc Spears reported Marbury will undergo a physical and is expected to attend a closed practice prior to tonight’s game against the Indiana Pacers. It has not been confirmed whether or not Marbury will be in uniform.

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Report: Marbury to sign today at 8:57 am ET
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Stephon Marbury has told Marc Spears of the Boston Globe that he plans on being at the Boston Celtics shootaround this morning once he clears waivers at 10am. The Globe reports he will sign with the Celtics for a prorated veteran minimum $1.3 million. “This is the happiest I’ve been since being drafted, man,” he told the Globe in a telephone interview. “I’m so happy that it doesn’t even feel real. It feels, it just feels like, it feels different to finally be able to get the opportunity to go play for a team that’s established. Everyone is on the same page. There is one goal, and that’s winning a ring, winning the trophy.”

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Game Preview: Celtics vs. Pacers at 1:24 am ET
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On Friday the Boston Celtics (46-13) will return to the TD BankNorth Garden to take on the Indiana Pacers (25-35). It has been nearly three weeks since the Celtics played on their home court, and since then a lot has changed:

The actual game between the Celtics and Pacers is overshadowed by the question of whether or not Marbury will be a Celtic prior to tip off. While the Celtics may make an addition, both teams are shorthanded. Garnett (knee), Tony Allen (thumb), and Brian Scalabrine (neck) are unavailable for the Celtics. Danny Granger (foot) and Mike Dunleavy (knee) will not play for the Pacers. The Celtics are 2-1 since losing Garnett. The Pacers are 3-1 without Granger.

Tip-off is at 7:30 EST.

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Cavs Wallace breaks leg at 12:37 am ET
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Kevin Garnett’s injury could have created a window of opportunity for the Cleveland Cavaliers to pull ahead in the Eastern Conference. But now they too are down a starter. On Thursday night forward Ben Wallace broke his right leg during a 19-point loss the Houston Rockets. TNT’s David Aldridge reported Wallace will miss 8-10 weeks.

This injury is a blow to the Cavaliers front court. Wallace, 34, is one of the most experienced players on the team. Instead of having his veteran leadership down the stretch, the Cavaliers will have to rely on J.J. Hickson to step up in his rookie season. Wallace was averaging 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 points, and 24.3 minutes per game this season. Hickson is averaging 4.5 points and 2.9 boards in 12.2 minutes per game.

The Celtics will play the Cavaliers next Friday, March 6 in Boston.

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NY Times: Marbury to Boston on Friday 02.26.09 at 3:35 pm ET
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Stephon Marbury has told the New York Times he will sign with the Boston Celtics and be in uniform for Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. Marbury also said that he has already spoken with members of the Celtics.

‘€œThe great thing is that they want me to play with them,’€ Marbury told the Times from his home in Purchase, New York.

The Times also reports that Marbury is scheduled to meet with the media on Friday morning in Boston.

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