Paul Pierce was fined $15,000 by the NBA for throwing an object into the stands against the Pacers last week. The incident happened early in the first quarter after Pierce was called for his second foul, which sent him to the bench. The NBA also announced a $35,000 fine for Magic coach Stan Van Gundy for comments he made about the refs after a game with the Knicks.


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About three hours before Glen Davis bricked a 3-pointer in the closing minutes of an 83-81 loss to the Hornets, Friday afternoon, Doc Rivers talked about players not trying to do more than they should.



After scoring just 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds in 36 minutes of an 83-81 loss to the Hornets Friday, Paul Pierce was not about to make excuses for a team that was missing Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett. As a matter of fact, he put most of the blame squarely on his own shoulders. 


"Maybe Paul Pierce has to do a better job in stepping up his game," Pierce said in third person. "I really didn’t come to play to today, evident when you look up, six turnovers, but we only lose by two. The responsibility is on the guys out on the floor.

Playing their first game since Kevin Garnett injured his right calf and without Rajon Rondo and his injured ankle, Doc Rivers said his team shouldn't feel "good" about staying close in the 83-81 loss to the Hornets. 


"We can't let it get to us. We're not going to be healthy the next game," Rivers said. "I told the guys, 'I'm angry. We should've won the game. Don't sit back and feel good, you lost by lost the game by two because you have three starters out or whatever. It doesn't make me feel any good.'


Doc Rivers was livid at Glen Davis in the closing moments of Friday's 83-81 loss to the New Orleans Hornets for taking an ill-advised 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining and the Celtics trailing, 82-79. Afterward, Rivers explained why he was so upset.


"Yeah, we had some hero ball, there's no doubt about that," Rivers said. "And you lose when you do that. So, we lost." 


Speaking after his team's 83-81 win over the Celtics, Friday at TD Garden, New Orleans point guard explained that he didn't know prior to the game if Rajon Rondo would be in the starting lineup for the Celts, and that it wouldn't have changed his mind-set.


The Hornets overcame an seven-point, fourth-quarter deficit and a 18-0 run by the Celtics to grind out a 83-81 win in a New Year's Eve matinee at TD Garden. Ray Allen missed an off-balance three-pointer with five seconds remaining that would have given the Celtics the win. Trevor Ariza hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:34 left to put the Hornets up for good, 80-77. It was the first full game the Celtics played this season without Kevin Garnett, out for two weeks with a strained right calf. 


All things considered, the word from Celtics president Danny Ainge on The Big Show that Kevin Garnett will miss a couple of weeks with a strained calf muscle was greeted wit



Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Thursday and talked about the injury status of Kevin Garnett. Garnett was forced to leave Wednesday night's game vs. the Pistons after injuring his right leg following a dunk in the first quarter. Garnett limped off the court and did not return. 


There was some concern at first that this might be related to Garnett's surgically repaired knee, but Ainge told The Big Show that this injury isn't nearly as serious.


Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo are among the starters for the Eastern Conference in the latest round of All-Star balloting, released Thursday by the NBA. Garnett and Rondo both ranked second at their positions (behind Miami’s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, respectively).


Orlando center Dwight Howard has the most votes of any Eastern Conference player, with Shaquille O’Neal in second at the center position.