The Celtics will not have the services of center Kendrick Perkins for Friday's game against Sacramento. The big man will rest his sore left knee. The team did not indicate how long Perkins is expected out of action. Rasheed Wallace will start in his place. For more, visit the Green Street blog. 

Michael Holley is back with another edition of his NBA Power Rankings, and he has the Celtics at No. 8. The Cavaliers hold the top spot, followed by the Lakers, Magic and Jazz. Click here to read the full story.

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck checked in with the Dale & Holley show Thursday morning and talked about the Celtics' season. Said Grousbeck: "It has been up and down, we can't hide from that. You have to be honest with people and be honest with yourself. We've always felt, though, inside the team that this team has a chance, and that that was probably a lull in the middle of the season, not from being lazy, but from being tired or conserving energy. ... I think that's what's happened this year. I'm not trying to make make an excuse, that's just my honest opinion."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the state of the Celtics. "We're closer," Rivers said. "I don't think anybody can say they're there right now as a team."

 

The Celtics beat the Nuggets Wednesday night, and you can make a convincing argument that this should not have been a surprise.



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Rajon Rondo had a triple-double and Eastern Conference player of the week Paul Pierce continued his hot play with a team-best 27 points as the Celtics beat the Denver Nuggets, 113-99, on Wednesday at TD Garden. The win officially clinched a playoff berth for the Celtics. Rondo recorded his second triple-double of the season and seventh career - including playoffs - with 11 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds while Kevin Garnett added 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Celtics (46-25) won their fourth straight home game, the first time this season they've accomplished the feat.

Celtics president Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Wednesday and told Glenn Ordway, "I feel good about this team. I think we're finally there." Ainge also touched on a variety of topics, including Antoine Walker, the battle for the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and why the team has played so well on the road but struggled at home.

 

WEEI's Cedric Maxwell, interviewed on ESPN's "Outside the Lines," commented that former Celtics All-Star Antoine Walker was "addicted to gambling." Maxwell's interview was part of a story that focused on how Walker, who has earned over $110 million in his playing career, now is virtually bankrupt. Former Celtics coach Rick Pitino (Walker's first coach in the NBA and at Kentucky) also is featured in the piece.

 

For more on the story, go to the Green Street blog.

For 22 minutes against Utah Monday night, the Celtics played an almost perfect road game. They rebounded better, received superior play from their bench and got to the free throw line at a steadier clip than the Jazz.



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Utah snapped the Celtics' four-game winning streak with a 110-97 win over the C's Monday night in Utah. C.J. Miles scored 23 points for the Jazz and Deron Williams (22 points, 11 assiists) and Mehmet Okur (14 points, 15 rebounds) each had double-doubles. The C's led by 12 late in the first half, but a  a 33-19 third quarter helped Utah take control of the game. Click here for the Three-Pointer analysis of the game.