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Preview: Celtics-Nets 01.13.10 at 10:33 am ET
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In the aftermath of the loss to the Hawks Monday night, there were many conflicting emotions. Some players didn’t like how the game was called. Others expressed uncertainty about the was the team was handled once Doc Rivers was ejected. But one player refused to pay any of that any mind; Paul Pierce.

“We don’t make excuses,” Pierce said when asked about the officiating. When someone asked about four of the starters playing 40+ minutes, Pierce pointed out that the Hawks had done the same thing.

Pierce is the captain, and in pro sports the whole notion of the captain isn’t nearly as important as people like to think it is. But he is the public face of the franchise and the first person to respond to the media’s questions. In essence Pierce helps set the tone for how the press deals with the rest of the locker room. Pierce was stoic and measured in the face of adversity Monday night and added yet another layer to his leadership credentials.

CELTICS (26-10, 5-5 last 10)

Points Per Game: 100.7

Points Allowed: 93.8

Differential: +6.9 (First)

Offensive Efficiency: 109.1 (10th)

Defensive Efficiency: 101.6 (Third)

Pace: 91.8 (21st)

Likely Starters: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Brian Scalabrine, Kendrick Perkins

Injuries: Kevin Garnett (hyper-extended knee), Rasheed Wallace (foot) Marquis Daniels (thumb)

NETS (3-34, 1-9 last 10)

Points Per Game: 89.8

Points Allowed: 101.1

Differential: -11.4 (30th)

Offensive Efficiency: 97.3 (30th)

Defensive Efficiency: 109.6 (22nd)

Pace: 92.3 (18th)

Likely Starters: Devin Harris (questionable, wrist), Courtney Lee, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Yi Jianlian, Brook Lopez

Injuries: Harris. Read the rest of this entry »

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Doc on Tech: ‘That’s on me’ 01.11.10 at 11:51 pm ET
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Doc Rivers played the role of Bill Belichick on Monday night. He said responsibility for blowing his top and losing his cool while his team was losing the game was on him.

He admitted as much after his team dropped a 102-96 decision to the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden, a game that turned on a dime when the Celtics head coach was assessed consecutive technical fouls for arguing a flagrant foul on Glen Davis when he tried to stop Marvin Williams from a lay-up with 6:16 left in the third and the Celtics up, 67-57.

Afterward, Rivers said losing his cool just before his team lost the game was his responsibility.

Atlanta head coach Mike Woodson said Doc Rivers did what he felt he had to do.

Glen Davis said he was surprised he was called for a flagrant foul for taking out Marvin Williams on a drive to the basket.

Ray Allen didn’t feel it was a foul worthy of a flagrant call.

Allen said Rivers’ ejection was a terrible situation that turned the tide of the game.

Paul Pierce said, technicals aside, Celts didn’t do what was needed to win.

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Sore left foot sidelines Sheed for week at 11:40 pm ET
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The Celtics were without Rasheed Wallace for their game against Atlanta due to a sore left forefoot and could be without the big-man’s services for the next week, according to coach Doc Rivers.

“Looks like a week, maybe. It’s day-to-day but I would say maybe a week. Maybe less. It’s going to be day-to-day.” Rivers said, adding x-rays were negative on the player who was already filling in for another injured Celtic – Kevin Garnett.

The foot began bothering him Sunday night after Boston’s win in Toronto. The team decided to hold him out when it was determined he couldn’t push off.

The team was made aware of it shortly after Wallace came off the court following pregame warmups. Brian Scalabrine started in his place. In addition to Wallace, the Celtics were already without Garnett [right knee] and Marquis Daniels [left thumb].

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Doc tossed at 9:58 pm ET
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Doc Rivers was ejected from Monday’s game against Atlanta when he was assessed two consecutive technicals by veteran official Bennett Salvatore midway through the third quarter after officials whistled Glen Davis for a flagrant foul on Marvin Williams.

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No Sheed for the ATL at 7:27 pm ET
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The Celtics will be without Rasheed Wallace for their game against Atlanta. Kevin Garnett’s back-up is missing the game with a sore left forefoot.

Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss said it wasn’t immediately known when he injured the foot and the team decided to hold him out when it was determined he couldn’t push off. The team was made aware of it shortly after Wallace came off the court following pregame warmups.

Brian Scalabrine started in his place. In addition to Wallace, the Celtics were already without Kevin Garnett [right knee] and Marquis Daniels [left thumb].

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Doc: KG ‘another 10 days’ away at 7:11 pm ET
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Kevin Garnett began working out on Monday and expects him to be out another 10 days as he rehabs and strengthens his sore right knee.

Rivers had indicated around New Year’s Day that Garnett would be ready by the second week in January before revising his timetable a few days later after Garnett was unable to train with the injury.

“I’m hoping in the next 10 days, that area,” Rivers said. “Now, I actually am pretty sure it is in the next 10 days or so. He got to start working out today for the first time.

Now it’s just a conditioning thing. We want to make sure he gets strong and back in shape because he literally hasn’t done anything. We figure 10 days to two weeks, that’s what it’ll take. I think more like 10 days for him because trying to hold him down for those extra four will be very difficult.”

Garnett has been out since Dec. 22 with soreness in his right knee. Since then, Rivers said, Garnett has not been able to do anything more than shooting during practice.

“He literally has not done a thing and for him that’s a minor miracle for him, probably, but it’s been great for him and he feels good,” Rivers said.

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Preview: Celtics-Hawks at 10:23 am ET
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The focus around town has been understandably elsewhere during these early days of 2010, but as you woke up this morning to the reality of a Pats-free January and a simmering Red Sox hot stove (down from a full boil) the Celtics have got what you might call a big one tonight. That’s relative of course. There are no true Big Games in January, but the Celtics have faced the Hawks twice this season and they have been beaten pretty badly in both encounters.

After the latest defeat Friday night, Doc Rivers conceded to the press that the Hawks had been both, “the better team” and “more physical.” There’s little chance that the coach actually believes those two statements to be true in totality, but those have been the facts this season in regards to the Hawks.

The Celtics have a chance to make up for that tonight, which also kicks off a stretch of 10 games where they will play six times against quality teams. If you haven’t been paying rapt attention to the C’s lately, tonight would be a good time to start.

CELTICS (26-9, 6-4 last 10)

Points Per Game: 100.8

Points Allowed: 93.5

Differential: +7.3 (First)

Offensive Efficiency: 109.0 (10th)

Defensive Efficiency: 101.2 (Second)

Pace: 91.0 (21st)

Likely Starters: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rasheed Wallace, Kendrick Perkins

Injuries: Kevin Garnett (hyper-extended knee), Marquis Daniels (thumb)

HAWKS (23-13, 4-6 last 10)

Points Per Game: 103.4

Points Allowed: 97.8

Differential: +5.6 (Fifth)

Offensive Efficiency: 111. (Third)

Defensive Efficiency: 105.8 (12th)

Pace: 91.7 (23rd)

Likely Starters: Mike Bibby, Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Josh Smith, Al Horford

Injuries: None Read the rest of this entry »

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