Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and talked about Kevin Durant, the young star who led the Thunder past the Celtics on Wednesday night. "Offensively, he's as good as you're going to get in the league," Rivers said. "I think he is the most efficient offensive player in the league. LeBron and Kobe, they score more points, but he's more efficient at it. He's amazing. ... He's a great young kid. He's everything good about our league. It's really good to have a guy like that in our league."

The crowd in the locker room was sparse when the Thunder came to Boston last season.



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When the season began, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks had a simple goal for his team: He wanted them to play meaningful games in March and April. March is over, April is upon us and his team is 46-28 and a lock for the playoffs.



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After watching Kevin Durant drill all 15 free throw attempts in Oklahoma City's win over the Celtics, Kevin Garnett had his own take on one big reason for the loss. "I thought we were playing Michael [expletive] Jordan tonight the way he was getting the whistle," Garnett said. "Durant damn near shot more free throws than our whole team." Durant, with a game-high 37 points, did make more than the Celtics at the line, as Boston was just 13-of-17 on the night.  For more, visit the Green Street blog. 

Behind 37 points from Kevin Durant and a pair of key 3-pointers in the final three minutes from Jeff Green, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Celtics, 109-104, Wednesday night at TD Garden. Russell Westbrook added 21. The Thunder won the game at the free throw line, converting 28-of-33 while the Celtics attempted just 17, making 13. Rasheed Wallace and Kevin Garnett each had 18 to lead the Celtics, who continue their homestand on Friday against Houston. For complete coverage, visit the Green Street blog.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers confirmed before Wednesday's game with Oklahoma City that Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins would both be in the starting lineup. Pierce suffered a 'stinger' to his right shoulder on Sunday night and again on Tuesday in practice but was cleared by the team's training and medical staff while Perkins has missed the last two games with left knee tendinitis. For more, including pregame video from Rivers, visit the Green Street blog. 

WALTHAM -- For the second time in three days, Paul Pierce injured his right shoulder. This time, the injury happened midway through Celtics practice when he ran into a back screen and fell to the ground. Rivers said trainer Ed Lacerte said if it's just a stinger, Pierce should be fine to play. "He actually got hurt again," Rivers said. "It's a stinger. It was the same exact reaction. It looked worse today.

Before the game, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the Spurs were a team he wanted the Celtics to emulate.



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Kendrick Perkins missed his second straight game with tendinitis in his left knee on Sunday. Following the Celtics loss to the Spurs, he told WEEI.com he expects to practice on Tuesday and play on Wednesday against the Thunder. “I feel good,” he said, adding, “[I’m getting] a lot of rest, hitting the weights, pool, so it’ll be alright.” Even though he has his return in sight, that didn’t make watching the Celtics 94-73 loss from the bench any easier. “It sucked,” he said.

It’s not a big secret that the Celtics have patterned themselves on the San Antonio Spurs and the parallels between the two teams are numerous.



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