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Pierce, Garnett press conference 04.01.10 at 12:15 am ET
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A disappointed Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett speak to the media following the Celtics’ 109-104 loss to the Thunder at TD Garden.

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Pierce and Garnett press conference, 3/24 03.24.10 at 11:23 pm ET
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BOSTON — Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett speak to the media following their 113-99 win over the Denver Nuggets.

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Rondo getting the point of Paul and KG 03.17.10 at 11:16 pm ET
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No one – not even Doc Rivers – needs to remind Rajon Rondo just how important it is to get Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett playing at their peak come April.

Rondo knows if Pierce and Garnett play like they did on Wednesday, whether it’s the lowly Knicks or the mighty Cavs, the Celtics become a whole different beast.

Even with two early fouls, Pierce finished with 29 points and Garnett added 22. Most impressive were the open looks Rondo was getting the pair – one major reason Pierce made 11 of his 17 shots and Garnett 9-of-his-11.

“I do [take pride in setting up],” Rondo said. “You know you can’t leave out Ray [Allen]. He’s a jump shooter, so you got to get them looks early. Paul and Kevin create their shots anytime on the court. Get them looks and transitions I think is key. Get them easy looks an going to the free throw lines, and aggressive. I think that both of those guys, talking to Paul and Kevin early on in the game.”

After the game, Rivers said it was Rondo who stepped up his scoring when he could, getting to the basket and taking more open shots.

That’s all changed now and Rondo said he is more than happy to revert to just running the show and getting the team’s scorers involved.

“When I feel like I need to score,” Rondo explained, “I try and do it but otherwise, you know we are rolling. Take shots that’s fine with me, as long as we win. Getting assists better for me than scoring.

“First and for most. Everybody is back by now, and guys are playing well. Paul played well tonight. You we are winning so be it, regardless of the outcome of how many shots I take, as long as we win.”

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Kevin Garnett Press Conference, 3/17 at 10:21 pm ET
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BOSTON. — Kevin Garnett talks to the media following the Celtics win against the Knicks on St. Patricks Day.

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Doc on Pierce, KG: C’s need them at ‘their peak’ 03.12.10 at 8:13 pm ET
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Kevin Garnett was happier with the results of Friday's game than with a suggestion that he and Paul Pierce rest down the stretch. (AP)

Kevin Garnett was happier with the results of Friday's game than with a suggestion that he and Paul Pierce rest down the stretch. (AP)

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he is thinking of sitting Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, having them miss games and practice more to help them find their rhythm and conditioning as the playoffs approach.

“If that means working more in practice and missing games, then that’s what we have to do,” Rivers said. “Let’s just be honest, if they’re not at their peak, it’s going to be very tough for us to do anything. We have to have them playing at their peak.”

Pierce has been recovering from an injured left foot, while Garnett has continued to deal with his injured right knee. Yet both players indicated a strong desire following Friday’s game to continue playing and not occasionally sit out games along the lines of what Rivers suggested.

“I’m not really feeling that idea, but hey, this is the ‘Doc Rivers Show’ and we are just guests on it,” Garnett said. “So whatever he feels is best, you know Paul and I, I think I speak for both of us we don’t really feel that.”

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Second quarter wrap: Celtics vs. Grizzlies 03.10.10 at 8:45 pm ET
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The Celtics continued to play like a team that was exhausted from playing halfway across the country 24 hours earlier. The TD Garden didn’t take any sympathy on them, as they showered them with boos coming off the court.

Memphis took a 55-33 lead to the locker room, matching their largest advantage of the game. One fan even urged Kevin Garnett to “Wake up!” as Garnett missed all three shots and finished with no points in 16 minutes. But that plea could go for the entire team, which allowed Memphis to make 53.3 percent of their shots while shooting just 39 percent themselves.

But in a game where the younger Grizzlies are clearly showing their superior energy, the biggest margin is on the glass where Memphis is doubling up Boston, 28-14.

The 33 points is a low for the Celtics in the first half this season and the 22-point hole is their biggest at halftime this season.

As the Celtics continued to struggle, looking for any spark at all, coach Doc Rivers stayed with his second unit for the first six minutes of the second quarter.

Rudy Gay leads the Grizzlies with 15 points while no one in white and green is even in double figures. Rajon Rondo leads the Celtics with 9.

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Garnett: Ray is playing ‘beautiful basketball’ 03.08.10 at 1:02 pm ET
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Ray Allen’s clutch performance on Sunday night was a thing of beauty – to fans and teammates alike.

Just ask Kevin Garnett who watched as Allen’s back-to-back 3-pointers helped the Celtics erase a 13-point-hole in the final six minutes and come away with an 86-83 win over Washington.

“A huge weapon,” Garnett said. “You know him and P [Paul Pierce] can put up a lot of points in a hurry. That’s big. We have to get them open. You know our job is to get them open. I thought that once he got into a nice, little rhythm, I think that everyone else, you know fed off of that a little bit. When it was time to really get him opened for the three, we got him open, and he hit a big shot.”

Garnett has seen Allen suddenly get hot after the All-Star break, carrying the Celtics offense while Pierce nursed a sore thumb.

“I can just say that each player has their time where they play up and down,” Garnett said. “That is the nature of the season. You know, you guys don’t know but he deals with a lot of different things with injuries, you know we all deal with different types of physical stuff. He is no different than that. At the same time he had talks of business, about where he was going to be in his future and stuff. I can just tell that he is a lot more healthier. Everything that he is doing is a lot more fluid. He is not thinking a lot, he is just reacting and his beautiful basketball.”

Paul Pierce had a slightly different take.

While happy with the win, Pierce realizes the team should have had that intensity all along against a Washington team that has just 21 wins this season. Read the rest of this entry »

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