|Rasheed: We had guys step up||01.03.10 at 3:01 am ET|
Rasheed Wallace has been around the NBA long enough to know not to get discouraged even when times look most bleak.
Another valuable lesson was taught Saturday night and it was Wallace and the Celtics schooling the Toronto Raptors, making the visitors North of the border look woefully unprepared for the woefully undermanned Celtics. Even without Paul Pierce [right knee], Kevin Garnett [right knee] and Rajon Rondo [left hamstring], the Celtics led virtually from the beginning of the game.
Here’s a sample of what Wallace and Celtics coach Doc Rivers had to say after they snapped a three-game skid with a 103-96 win over the Raptors.
|Another bump and bruise for T.Allen||at 2:24 am ET|
The last thing the Celtics needed was another injury to a player who is already filling in for an injured starter. Tony Allen said he hyperextended his left shoulder when he collided with Marcus Banks, who was setting a screen as Allen was going for a steal on Hedo Turkoglu late in the fourth quarter of Boston’s win over Toronto at TD Garden on Saturday night.
“It hyperextended when I tried to get the steal and Marcus Banks came in with the screen,” Allen said. “I don’t think he meant anything bad by it.”
Allen, who started in place of Rajon Rondo, said he will come in and get stimulation treatment on the shoulder on Sunday and should be ready to go for practice on Monday in Waltham.
|No rush for KG return||01.02.10 at 7:56 pm ET|
Celtics coach Doc Rivers hinted on Saturday night that Kevin Garnett could be out at least another 10 days with soreness in his right knee, adding that he would probably miss the next five games.
“At least you know it’s going to be a lot longer than that, but you don’t know how quickly he can come back from that.”
Entering Saturday’s game, the Celtics were 2-3 in the five games without Garnett in the lineup.
|Doc on KG: ‘He wasn’t thrilled’||12.22.09 at 11:37 pm ET|
Doc Rivers was asked the most obvious question in his post-game news conference on Tuesday.
What was the deal with the late scratch of Kevin Garnett from the lineup with a right knee bruise and was it related to the knee injury of last year?
“Well I made up – I didn’t tell the players at all,” Rivers said. “I never told them. They were – it was funny, because I don’t think they realized it, maybe until the starting lineup and until Kevin didn’t come out on the floor. I just didn’t think it was anything – I didn’t want them thinking. I just wanted them to go out and play. And I decided when we went in that walk-through right before. Just the way he was walking. And I just told Rasheed (Wallace) and Kevin to switch spots. And I hadn’t told Kevin at that point. I just told him to go to the second unit; let Rasheed walk through the stuff. And then after that I told him that I was shutting him down.
Rivers admitted that Garnett wasn’t too happy with not playing.
“Ah, he wasn’t thrilled with it, but I think he’s better this year than he was last year,” Rivers said. “You know, yesterday he actually sat down in the practice and Paul (Pierce) walked over to him and said, ‘Wow, someone’s growing up.’ You know, instead of fighting through it. He’s such a – has that warrior mentality, sometimes it’s to his detriment. And yesterday he did a good job. You know he wanted to fight it today and then he kind of just said, ‘You’re right.’”
And when did Garnett get hurt?
“Since Memphis,” Rivers added. “He said that’s where he got it hit. And of course he hadn’t told anyone until I think today, or yesterday he told (trainer) Eddie (Lacerte).”
|Rescinding Rasheed||at 8:06 pm ET|
Tuesday was a big day for Rasheed Wallace.
Not only did he make his first start of the season – giving Kevin Garnett the night off to rest his right thigh – he caught a break on Tuesday when he had one of his 10 technical fouls removed from the official record. On Nov. 29 in Miami, Wallace said, “and one!” after he thought he was fouled after making a basket at the end of the first quarter.
He was assessed the technical by Bennett Salvatore.
“He said [he would rescind] right away,” Rivers said on Tuesday. “He said it at halftime that they would rescind it. He told me something I didn’t know. When they rescind a tech, it still has to go to the league and it still has to be approved. They don’t have to rescind it.”
But taking away the one tech didn’t satisfy Wallace. He feels there are several more that need to be reviewed.
“No, I’m not happy because there’s still some more that hopefully they can look at,” Wallace explained. “That wasn’t the only one we were talking about. That one got rescinded that fast because it was referee who said he was going to do it. I’m still seeing what the outcome is on the others but I know it won’t be anytime soon for the simple fact they’re in [collective bargaining agreement] meetings. I’m not worried about it yet.”
Wallace was rung up twice for arguing and ejected from the game against Philadelphia on Friday, a game the Celtics lost, 98-97.
Those two remain on the record, now giving Wallace nine for the season. An automatic suspension is levied at 16 technicals and every two technicals after.
|Daniels has surgery on left thumb||12.09.09 at 10:42 am ET|
Marquis Daniels could miss up to two months following surgery this morning at New England Baptist Hospital to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. The procedure was performed by Celtics Team Physician, Dr. Brian McKeon and Dr. Drew Terrono.
Daniels has appeared in 19 games for the Celtics averaging 5.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game
Daniels confirmed the surgery on Wednesday and expressed his appreciation for support on his twitter account.
“Thanx 4 everyones prayers my surgery went well, I’ll be back better than before I had been, I’d like to say thanks to all dat prayed 4me,” Daniels tweeted.
Head coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine are expected to pick up the minutes for Daniels, who was second off the bench behind Rasheed Wallace. Daniels posted a season-high 10 points against Utah on Nov. 11.
|C’s trying to get the point of rebounding||at 12:02 am ET|
Celtics coach Doc Rivers knows his team, even in the midst of an eight-game winning streak, can’t go on rebounding like they are if they are to have any chance of hanging an 18th banner from the rafters.
On Tuesday night, the Celtics went on a very late 7-0 run to pull away from the Milwaukee Bucks, 98-89, for their eighth straight and a very gaudy 17-4 record.
What’s not so gaudy are their rebounding numbers.
They were outrebounded 44-35 by a younger, quicker Milwaukee team, including 14-5 on the offensive glass. The Celtics entered the game 29th in the NBA, or next-to-last, in rebounding. They are dead last in offensive rebounding.
Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo both took responsibility afterward, saying the guards must pick up the pace when it comes to rebounding.