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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. ‘€œThat’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.

‘€œIt feels great to get out of this cast,’€ he said. ‘€œThen 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.

‘€œOh 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. ‘€œIt’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, ‘€œIt’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.

‘€œYou 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. ‘€œBut 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.

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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1. (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.

2. (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.

3. (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.

4. (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.

‘€œTo 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.

‘€œHe 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.

‘€œIt’€™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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KG: ‘Rondo and I have a connection’ 11.12.09 at 4:10 pm ET
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WALTHAM  –  Kevin Garnett had a polite warning following Thursday’s practice for all of those who think he might have lost a step and is not as dangerous on his patented alley-oop play with Rajon Rondo.

Just try us.

“Rondo and I have a connection where I don’t think you can really play that play because if you go back it’s a pick and roll and if you go up too far, it’s an oop,” Garnett said of the highlight below that happened with three minutes remaining in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s blowout win over the Jazz.

Paul Millsap was the Utah player caught in defensive no-man’s land, as he pinched up. Garnett gave a shake as if he were cutting in front and went behind.

“Then if the guy on the bottom [post] wants to stick his nose in there, he ends up like that guy last night,” Garnett said. “It’s not even a play. It’s more of a read in playing basketball than anything.”

That guy, by the way, would be Kyrylo Fesenko, the player who came from the weak side and appeared to foul Garnett on the play, but none was called.

“It was a foul,” Garnett said. “You don’t have to say it. I’ll say it for you.”

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Doc on Scott firing: ‘That’s our league’ at 3:23 pm ET
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WALTHAM  –  When he heard the news on Thursday that Byron Scott had been fired after a 3-6 start in New Orleans, Doc Rivers couldn’t help but think he had seen this script before.

It was November 2003 and the Orlando Magic decided to make a coaching change after a 1-10 start. It was Doc Rivers who was shown the door.

“That’s too bad,” Rivers said following Thursday’s practice. “It’s amazing that you can make a decision that quickly on a guy that was Coach of the Year a year-and-a-half ago. So, that’s our league.

“He matched me, basically. I was [11], so I lasted [two] longer, unfortunately. It just gave me [two] more losses,” Rivers added with a hearty laugh.

To be completely accurate, this isn’t even the first time this has happened to Scott.

In Dec. 2003, with his team languishing near .500 at 22-20, the Nets replaced him with assistant Lawrence Frank, who now is the second-longest tenured head coach in the East.

What makes it even more similar is the fact that both Scott and Rivers earned coach of the year honors only to be fired later on.

Rivers was coach of the year in 2000 with Orlando, leading a team that was picked dead last in the Eastern Conference to a near playoff berth. Scott earned his award in 2008, ironically the same season Rivers led his team to 66 wins and the NBA title.

That season, Scott led the Hornets to 56 wins and a berth in the Western Conference semis before bowing out to the Spurs.

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