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NBA Power Rankings 12/3 12.03.09 at 10:34 am ET
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Los Angeles Lakers1. LA Lakers (7): I had to sip on some of Ron Artest’s Hennessy to put them here without grimacing. They’re a matchup nightmare with all their height and skill, and it doesn’t hurt that Kobe still plays like he has something to prove.

Orlando Magic2. Orlando (3): We all know Dwight Howard is a double-double machine. Question is, how many double-doubles will he accumulate before we see Magic fan Tiger Woods at another game sitting courtside?

Boston Celtics3. Boston (5): I’d be lying if I told you I never thought, “Maybe they’re not that good …” at one point this season. But that was when KG was dragging his leg and looking like Mikki Moore on defense. Since then, he’s barely missed a shot and you can see him gaining more trust in the knee.

Dallas Mavericks4. Dallas (4): If you needed to X and O your way out of a problem quickly and you could call a friend, wouldn’t Rick Carlisle be on speed dial? Man, this guy can REALLY coach.

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Celtics looking for bonding on trip 11.28.09 at 3:36 pm ET
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WALTHAM  –  Doc Rivers laughed when asked to characterize the upcoming road trip through Miami, Charlotte, San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

“It’s an important trip because it’s four good teams, unfortunately all four teams are playing well,” Rivers said. “But that’s what you have to expect when you go out on the road.

Indeed, the four teams have a collective record of 32-28, with only Charlotte (6-9) under .500.

But Paul Pierce, on Saturday after practice, said this is a good chance for the Celtics to start proving what they’re made of.

“This is a time where where you have to concentrate more,” Pierce said. “We understand what being a successful road team is about in the past. It will give us more focus time. I think we understand being on the road, we have to focus a lot more. You can’t play the way we’ve been playing at home on the road because you won’t get those wins.”

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Baby to have hard cast removed 11.27.09 at 6:23 pm ET
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BOSTON — Glen Davis will have the hard cast on his right hand removed on Tuesday and receive a soft cast, the next step in his rehab from a fractured right thumb.

“It’s going to be soft so I can be able to move, be able to shoot, and rehab and get some flexibility back in my hand,” he told WEEI.com on Friday prior to the Celtics-Raptors game. “That’s about it. Then after that, it depends on how I feel.”

Davis injured the thumb two days before the Celtics’ season opener and had surgery to repair it. Since then his mobility has been limited. He has been grabbing putting and squeezing it with his fingers to prevent losing muscle in his fingers. Davis will continue touching one finger to the other to increase his strength.

“It feels great to get out of this cast,” he said. “Then I can at least work to something else. It’s like I’ve been in this cast for so long I haven’t been able to work on anything. But now it’s like upgrading it and it depends on how I feel.”

Davis anticipates it will be a few weeks before he can begin shooting with his right hand and has not been given a timetable for his return to the court. In the meantime he will continue improving his left-hand skills, something he believes will help his game in the long run. Davis has already seen the benefits as Rasheed Wallace shoots with both hands.

“Oh most definitely, most definitely, most definitely. Now I know how important my left hand is, you know? I always realized it was important but when you don’t have your right hand, you understand how important your other hand is,” he said. “It’s going to help me a lot, especially on both sides of the floor, using your hands, hand-eye coordination, and things like that.”

He added, “It’s just been really weird. Every time I’ve used my left hand it just feels so natural now. Like you know sometimes you use your left hand and it’s like ugh. Now I’ve been using it so much and been working on that, it feels natural.”

Davis has been working out with the team and staying in condition for when he is ready to resume basketball activities. He says he is not worried about finding his way back into the Celtics’ system and believes being mentally prepared will help him ease back into playing with his teammates, many of whom joined the Cs this offseason.

“You know, I’m not even worried about that. As long as I’m in shape and mentally I’m ready to play, I think I’ll be fine,” he said. “But one thing is it’s different when you’re on the court. Like you know, different conditioning. So when I get a couple of practices in with the coaches, with the team, probably travel with them, get some more conditioning and hopefully be back again soon.”

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Celtics savor shot at Magical redemption 11.19.09 at 10:26 pm ET
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WALTHAM  –  When last the Celtics saw the Orlando Magic, Kevin Garnett walked out of TD Garden one ticke- off man.

Magic walked of the parquet winners last May.

The Magic walked of the parquet playoff winners in May. (AP)

He had to watch from the bench as his teammates lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“I was [ticked] off. Really just [ticked] off,” Garnett admitted following Thursday’s practice.

“I’m not a miserable person,” Garnett continued. “I’m just looking forward to playing them. Obviously, they’re considered one of the best teams. I’m sure we’re going to rate ourselves and grade ourselves on that and try to play better. We’re a team that’s trying to get better so it should be a fun game.”

The Magic are tied with the Celtics with a 9-3, just behind Atlanta for early-season supremacy in the East.

“It’ll be nice to get to play them,” head coach Doc Rivers said. “They’re the team everyone is chasing in the East. They won the championship of the East last year. As far as we’re concerned, they’re the favorite, Cleveland’s the second favorite and we’re the third, based on the results of last year. It’ll be good to see where we’re at.” Read the rest of this entry »

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NBA POWER RANKINGS – 11/19 at 9:45 am ET
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Atlanta Hawks1. (5): It was a hell of a week for the young Hawks, who outworked the Celtics at the Garden and then swept through home games against the rudderless Hornets, the Blazers and the Heat. By the way, Josh Smith scares me to death. He was never a bad player, yet he’s twice as good now as he was three years ago.

Phoenix Suns2. (1): The fact that Steve Nash is averaging 12 assists per game is impressive enough, but to be doing it at 35 years old is ridiculous. If Nash can maintain this pace — and he can’t — his numbers will be better than his MVP seasons. Look at the top 15 assist men in league history and none of them has had an assist season close to this at 35.

Orlando Magic3. (9): I wonder which Magic player has the most entertaining, profane material on Stan Van Gundy. I’m telling you, despite the wins, they hate this guy. Van Gundy is right not to obsess over stats, but Rashard Lewis won’t soon forget that his head coach held him out the entire fourth quarter when he was a measly assist shy of a triple double.

Dallas Mavericks4. (12): Oh, I know I can be stubborn, but this ranking is also proof that I can prop up teams that I don’t like. It’s not personal. I would never trust this group in a big game.

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Doc: ‘We’ve done a lot of things average’ 11.17.09 at 4:23 pm ET
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WALTHAM  –  Doc Rivers knows his team hasn’t hit its stride yet.

He also realizes there’s 71 games left in the season.

But still, he, like everyone else, had to watch on Friday and Saturday as the Celtics dropped back-to-back games somewhat unexpectedly to the Hawks at home and the Pacers on the road.

The more alarming loss was Saturday when the weary Celts allowed Indiana to shoot 53 percent from the floor and score 113 points in a loss at Conseco Fieldhouse.

“It’s nothing big,” Rivers said following Tuesday’s practice. “We’ve done a lot of things average and we’re not an average team. When you play average on defense on certain things, and offense, you lose. It’s more of that. It’s nothing earth-shattering. It’s nothing we’re going to panic about. We know we have to get better.

“To me, the way we’ve played so far, we’ve been a spurt team. We’re not ready yet to be a 48-minute basketball team, that’s just not what we’ve done yet. We’re working on it.”

Meanwhile, one of the Celtics best defenders of the last two seasons — when healthy — has been Tony Allen. The guard has been out with a right ankle injury since off-season surgery but could be getting closer to returning as he is now practicing with the team.

“He did well actually,” Rivers said. “He moved and played great. He’s moving well. I’m not sure if he’s ready to play yet, honestly. I just don’t know yet because I do think he’s not sure of his injuries. There’s several times he’ll jump and you can see he’s clearly thinking about it and I don’t like putting players on the floor when they’re thinking about it because that leads to something else.”

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Pierce will ‘wait’ on tender left knee 11.14.09 at 12:15 am ET
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Paul Pierce bruised his left knee in the third quarter of Friday night’s loss to Atlanta. Pierce said afterward that he will see how it responds before making a decision on whether to play on Saturday night at Indiana.

“It’s a little tender, I’m just going to wait to see how it feels when it cools down,” he said. “On the play I was falling down and my foot got stepped on, sort of turned it so it was a light sprain in the knee. You know I’m just gonna ice it right now and see how it feels a little bit later.”

Pierce led the Celtics with 24 points, and returned with a soft brace on his knee with just under 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Celtics flew out to Indianapolis following their 97-86 loss to the Hawks at the Garden.

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