The much anticipated Game 3 between the Celtics and Cavaliers could change the balance of the league, according to ESPN's Michael Wilbon, if the Celtics were able to come out on top and take the series lead. 

 

When last we left this series, the Celtics were embarrassing the Cleveland Cavaliers on their home court on the same night LeBron James was being awarded his second MVP. <



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WALTHAM –Kevin Garnett returned to Celtics practice Thursday and by all accounts, enjoyed a quick recovery from what the team called a right mid-foot strain. “I’m feeling really good,” Garnett said. “Went through practice today. It was pretty hard. Good day. I’m not injured. I just banged my foot, got on the plane and it blew up on me.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was fined $25,000 by the NBA for tossing a towel in the air to distract J.J. Hickson during a free throw attempt in Game 2 of the Celtics-Cavaliers Monday night. The league punished Ainge for "creating an unauthorized distraction and for conduct detrimental to the game." Ainge talked about the incident during his appearance on The Big Show Wednesday afternoon.

University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Antoine Walker will work out with some of his players in the next few weeks in hopes of making a comeback to the NBA, according to an Associated Press report. The former Celtic hasn't played in the NBA since 2008 and has had financial and legal problems since then, including charges of passing bad checks to settle enormous casino debts in Las Vegas.

 

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and provided an update on the status of injured big men Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins. Rivers said Garnett isn't likely to practice Thursday so he can rest his foot and ankle, but he shouldn't miss any game action. "I do think he'll play on Friday, and I think he'll be OK," Rivers said. "Perk will be fine. Kevin's the only concern."

 

Coming off an impressive performance in a Game 2 rout of the Cavaliers, the Celtics suddenly have some new concerns. Mainly, the healthy of Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins, both of whom missed practice Wednesday. Garnett has a right mid-foot sprain while Perkins has a hyperextended right knee. Garnett's injury is the one that appears to be more serious. "Honestly, [Wednesday], if we had a game I don’t think he could have played," coach Doc Rivers said. "We just have to wait. I doubt if he’ll practice [Thursday]. We’ll see.

Paul Pierce has the most unenviable job in the playoffs.



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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show on Wednesday and talked about the controversy surrounding his actions in the second half of Monday's Game 2 victory over the Cavaliers. Ainge was seen throwing a white towel in the air from behind the basket in an attempt to distract Cavs forward J.J. Hickson during a free throw attempt.

 

Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins sat out Celtics practice Wednesday as both players are dealing with injuries. Garnett strained his right foot late in Game 2 against the Cavaliers and was told by Doc Rivers to shut it down after he came out for practice. Rivers said he didn't think Garnett could have played if Wednesday was a game day. Perkins suffered a hyperextended right knee during Monday's shootaround. He also did not practice, but that was more precautionary.