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Lakers emphasize green not their color 06.20.10 at 11:20 pm ET
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After defeating the Celtics to win the 2010 NBA championship, Kobe Bryant admitted he had downplayed the significance of beating the Lakers’€™ storied rival during the finals series.

‘€œI was just lying to you guys,’€ he said after Game 7. ‘€œWhen you’re in the moment you have to suppress that because if you get caught up in the hype of it all, you don’t really play your best basketball.’€

Now that Bryant and the Lakers have won the trophy, there is no hiding his feelings.

The Lakers recently appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in celebration of their victory. When asked if he talks to or is friendly with any of the Celtics, Bryant quickly replied: ‘€œNo.’€

Derek Fisher added, ‘€œIt’€™s just different. If you’€™re a Laker, it’€™s really hard to like anything green. Period.’€

See the clip below at the 2:04 mark.

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What Ray Allen needs to ‘learn real quick’ 06.04.10 at 6:10 pm ET
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LOS ANGELES – Throughout the postseason, players have studied Ray Allen’s game to learn how to defend the veteran sharpshooter.

Now Allen has his own assignment – finding a way to stop Kobe Bryant without getting into foul trouble.

Allen was whistled for five fouls in the Celtics Game 1 loss. He was limited to just 27 minutes and knows he has to stay on the court in Game 2.

“That’s a good lesson that I need to learn real quick,” he said prior to practice on Friday. “Because even on a couple of calls … I try to read the referees and how they call the games and they establish control early, so trying to figure that out without being a sieve on defense. Right now I’ve got to make that adjustment going into Game 2.”

Bryant scored a game-high 30 points on Thursday night. He shot 10-for-22 from the field and 9-for-10 from the line, a result of his aggressiveness at the basket.

“He just attacks,” said Allen. “He’s going to attack our defense, but I think primarily if he’s attacking that means he sees gaps.”

Whatever game plan Allen and the Celtics devise, Bryant is preparing for it.

“It’s not really a match up with me and Ray,” he said. “It’s really me trying to find gaps and holes in their defensive scheme and the help they provide.”

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Pierce’s daughter has his back 05.20.10 at 1:29 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Whenever the stuff hits the fan for an athlete, he can always turn to family for support.

And it’s no different if you’re a superstar captain of the 17-time world champion Boston Celtics. Paul Pierce was asked before practice on Thursday if he had heard any grief from teammates, coaches or anyone else for that matter, for telling ESPN after Boston’s Game 2 victory that the Celtics were coming home to ‘close it out’ against the Magic and Celtics fans wouldn’t let the home team not get the job done on their home court.

“Did I get any feedback? Haven’t gotten any feedback,” Pierce said. “Yesterday I was pretty much home with my daughter all day and she didn’t say anything.”

Two-year-old Prianna Lee Pierce and the Celtics are just hoping the Magic stay just as quiet as Game 3 is set for Saturday night at TD Garden, with C’s just two wins from their second trip to the NBA Finals in three seasons.

Before heading out to practice on Thursday for Game 3 of their series against the Magic, Paul Pierce denied disrespecting the Orlando Magic with a tweet following Boston’s Game 2 win on Tuesday.

“I think you guys [media] know more than me on that. I guess somebody said I said, ‘Break out the brooms.’ I’m not going to say that on the tweet,” Pierce said. “I think that’s pretty unprofessional. That’s not something I would say like that. I’ll probably talk some trash and say some things on the court I wouldn’t say here [to media] but I definitely didn’t say that.”

After a twitter post of ‘Anyone got a BROOM?’ from Pierce’s account, the Celtics captain denied it and said his account was hacked. Game 3 is set for Saturday night at TD Garden in Boston, with the Celtics leading the Eastern Conference finals, 2-0.

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Report: Cavs fire head coach Brown 05.14.10 at 1:53 pm ET
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired head coach Mike Brown a day after being eliminated the by Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, according to SI.com. Brown’€™s management of the team was criticized throughout the six-game series. Yahoo! Sports reported there are talks of University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari being named the Cavs next coach, but Calipari tweeted that he would not be leaving the school next year. Si.com also reported Danny Ferry will remain general manager of the Cavs ‘€œfor the forseeable future.’€

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Paul Pierce meet David Ortiz 05.10.10 at 4:32 pm ET
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WALTHAM — So maybe Paul Pierce is just getting the David Ortiz treatment.

After scoring just nine points in 31 minutes on Sunday in the 97-87 Celtics win over Cleveland that evened the series, 2-2, everyone wants to know if Paul Pierce is physically fine.

And if he is, as he told reporters following Monday’s practice, why then is he having such trouble getting his offensive game going?

‘€œI’€™m not a rookie, you guys. I’€™m not a rookie,” Pierce said with a painful smile very similar to the one a certain Red Sox slugger sported after getting grilled about his woes just TWO games into the season.

“It is my 12th year. I’€™ve been in every situation, regardless. Whether it’€™s foul trouble, not playing, things not going so well for you, I know how to get through those times, mentally. It doesn’€™t affect me like it used to when I was a younger player where I had two or three fouls and not really playing the kind of basketball I want to. But the key is to keep focused and doing what you can to help the team win.’€

And about your physical condition Paul?

‘€œThere’€™s nothing wrong me,” Pierce said. “The key for me is being focused and giving my team what they need to win. So there’€™s nothing wrong with me.’€

‘€œNo, Paul’€™s fine, Paul’€™s fine,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers added. “Obviously, we want more out of him but we’€™re getting a lot out of him. I think unfortunately for Paul, he’€™s an offensive player and that’€™s what everyone sees in him and he has a defensive part in this series so they’€™re going to look at his offensive numbers so that’€™s the bad part of being Paul Pierce, really.’€

Specifically, it was the early foul trouble in Games 3 and 4 at the Garden that Pierce pointed to as the main culprit in robbing him of offensive rhythm.

“If you’re a scorer, you’re a scorer for life,” Rivers said. “It’s like you’re in a gang, a scoring gang. I think scorers still think, ‘OK,’ and then once they get into it they realize, ‘Wow, this is tough.’ We just keep telling him to be aggressive. The one thing I did tell him was I thought I did think we got the right matchups for him he wasn’t looking to score. When we do get those situations, we need him to morph back into Paul.”

‘€œWe don’€™t want to sacrifice the entire offense or the team just to get Paul involved,” added Rajon Rondo. “Paul is just an unselfish player so he’€™s not complaining about shots or that he’€™s only scoring 11 or 12 points. As long as we’€™re winning, he knows it’€™s a team sport. He’€™s very unselfish. It’€™s about sacrifices. Yesterday, I think Ray [Allen] got 21 shots up and myself. Maybe Paul gets 22 shots and maybe Ray and I only shoots four. It varies each game. If a guy has it going, you keep going to him.’€

Pierce said he will not let games of 13, 14, 11 and nine points take him out of his focus of doing what it takes to help the team win the series, namely defend and help on LeBron James.

‘€œAll that other stuff goes out the window, being frustrated,” Pierce said. “You really have to concentrate on the game when you’€™re not in the game so that when you go back in the game, you can finish it.

‘€œI’€™m digging myself a ditch as far as my fouls but I think they’€™re good fouls I’€™m getting, some bad ones but that’€™s the way the game goes. It’€™s nothing I’€™m really worried about. I know I can do a better job and control. No matter how I’€™m doing offensively, as long as we win, that’€™s all that matters to me.’€

And winning Game 5 in Cleveland Tuesday is Job No. 1.

‘€œWe definitely have a sense of urgency going into Game 5,” Pierce said. “We have to treat it like a Game 7, trying to gather some momentum, like we’€™ve been trying to do. We know it’€™s going to be a tough place to play back in Cleveland, trying to get two wins. It’€™s going to be very difficult. I think we’€™re going to put our hard hats on and clean up some of things we didn’€™t do right last night and in Game 3, and hopefully, try to steal another win.’€

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Thomsen: Celtics considered Perkins trade 05.07.10 at 1:52 pm ET
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According to SI’s Ian Thomsen, Ray Allen wasn’t the only Celtic shopped around at the trade deadline. Thomsen said there were discussions of a Kendrick Perkins for Carlos Boozer deal, which would have changed the landscape of the Celtics roster.

“Everybody had heard they were looking to deal Ray Allen for Caron Butler,” Thomsen said. “It turned out that was never going to happen. The Wizards were going to send Caron Butler to Dallas. But if the Celtics would have been able to make that deal they would have taken some of what they got from Washington and turned that around with Kendrick Perkins and made a deal for Carlos Boozer with Utah. That’s what they were looking to do. I’m not sure if it ever would have gone through, but they were seriously pursuing that end.”

That would have left the Celtics with a starting five of Kevin Garnett, Boozer, Paul Pierce, Butler and Rajon Rondo. Thomsen said it would have been a good move, but one that would have been pricey.

“It would have made them younger and it would allow them to contend for years going forward,” he said. “But it also would have made them even more expensive than ever. I think it just says a lot about the ambition of the franchise and the willingness to spend money if they think it’s going to pay off. That goes against the trend of other teams we’ve seen in the NBA right now.”

To listen to the interview, CLICK HERE.

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No Celtics Named to All-NBA Teams 05.06.10 at 2:29 pm ET
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A day after Rajon Rondo was named to the NBA’€™s All-Defensive First Team, none of the Celtics were named to First, Second, or Third All-NBA Teams. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade were named to the First Team, the league announced on Thursday.

Last season, Paul Pierce was named to the Second Team and received 330 points, including 27 First Team votes. This season, he received a total of six points. Rondo led the Celtics this season with 47 points, 45 more than last season.

Teams were chosen by position by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Points were awarded on a 5-3-1 scale.

See how the Celtics fared in voting from last season to now:

2008-09
Paul Pierce: 330 points
Kevin Garnett: 72 points
Ray Allen: 6 points
Rajon Rondo: 2 points

2009-10
Rajon Rondo: 47 points
Paul Pierce: 6 points
Kevin Garnett: 1 point

Click here for a complete list of First, Second, and Third Team members.

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