MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Ray Allen scored 14 points and Semih Erden added 13 points as the Celtics beat the Sixers, 93-65 in their first exhibition game of the season. The starters played about 20 minutes apiece, while Doc Rivers played the first five off his bench for another 20. Philly was playing the second game of a back-to-back and was without several starters including Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand.

 

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- When the Celtics take the floor for the preseason opener against Philadelphia Wednesday night, Shaquille O'Neal will be the team's starting center. Jermaine O'Neal entered camp as the starter, but he has been hampered by an injury to his left hamstring.

 

WALTHAM -- Speaking after the Celtics' practice Tuesday, Doc Rivers said that he doesn't plan on rotating Jermaine O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal in the starting lineup depending on match-ups, instead going with one consistent starter until Kendrick Perkins returns from his knee injury.

 

"I doubt it. I don't usually do that," said Rivers when asked if he was going to alternate between two big men. "I usually just go with one, and that's what we'll do. I'm going to wait until the end of camp and the best big wins."

 

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When the curtain lifted on Celtics practice Monday afternoon, Shaquille O'Neal was once again out on the floor with the first unit. The reason for that is Jermaine O'Neal has been limited with a hamstring injury that he suffered at the end of Friday's scrimmage. Doc Rivers said Jermaine O'Neal would be out this week. O'Neal preferred it to term it day to day, but understood the need for precaution.

 

Citing a numbers game, Celtics coach Doc Rivers announced Saturday that the team had waived rookie forward Tony Gaffney from the team on Saturday. The move brings the current roster to 17. 

 

Gaffney, who played as a standout at UMass, was the final cut of the Lakers before last season, before signing on with a team in Israel. He injured his ankle in his first game overseas and returned to the States to rehab. Gaffney and Oliver Lafayette on April 14 to get an extended look at both over the summer. 

 

The Celtics waived training camp invitees Chris Johnson and Jamar Smith Friday, knocking the number of players on the camp roster down to 18.

 

The possibility exists that both players could find a spot on the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics' affiliate in the NBA Development League. A new NBA rule allows a team to place as many as three players cut during camp on its D-League roster.

 

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Celtics guard Ray Allen appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show early Friday morning in an interview that was taped at Celtics media day, and he discussed the Game 7 loss to the Lakers, prospects for the upcoming season, and his plans to run a marathon.

 

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal was asked after practice Wednesday about the prospect of winning a fifth NBA title with the Celtics in 2010-11.

 

Doc Rivers' son Austin, one of the most highly sought-after recruits in the class of 2011 has committed to Duke to play for the Blue Devils next season. Rivers chose Duke over North Carolina and Kansas. 

 

Doc Rivers was asked about the reports after the Celtics' practice Thursday.

 

"He's leaning there [Duke]," said Rivers. "Most likely he'll commit in the next few days, but it's not official yet. I'll wait and let him do it."