Do you believe yet? Are you ready to put that lackluster regular season behind you, or do you still want to see more before you get back on that Celtics bandwagon?



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Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning. Rivers said he, like other Boston sports fans, enjoyed watching the exciting finishes at TD Garden and Fenway Park Wednesday night. "I watched both overtimes [in the Bruins' victory]," he said. "These games go a little too long for my liking. I don't know anything about hockey. I just know what I was watching was exciting. So I did watch it. And I keep a watch on the Red Sox because of Terry [Francona]."

 

The young ballplayer made his way over the to gym with his father and brother, the same trip they had taken every weekend for nearly a year. They arrived before 10 a.m. to secure a spot on the sign-up sheet. It was ideal to face the first two or three teams — guys got tired out by the sixth or seventh game — and this was the best pick up basketball around.



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The playoff fate of the 2009-10 Boston Celtics remains very much in doubt.

But after Tuesday, two things seem to be clear when you consider how the rest of this postseason will play out for the Celtics.



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There is no secret formula for the Celtics. No magical concoction or spiritual chant that can be used to summon the spirit of a once-proud team.



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Kevin Garnett has a reputation of getting into his opponents’ heads.

On Tuesday, the Celtics did the job without him.



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The Celtics defeated the Heat by a final of 106-77 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series on Tuesday night. The Celtics had a 21-0 run in the second quarter and an 18-0 run in the third to set the tone in the rout. Miami shot just 38.2 percent in the loss.

 

Ray Allen connected on seven three-pointers and finished with a team-high 25 points. Glen Davis started in place of the suspended Kevin Garnett and scored 23 points with eight rebounds.

 

 

Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins confirmed that Glen Davis will start in place of suspended Kevin Garnett in Tuesday's Game 2 first-round contest vs. the Heat.

 

"It is Baby," Perkins said following this Tuesday morning's shootaround in Waltham. "He's been there before. We have got trust in Baby so we know he's going to come out and play hard and do what he has to do."

 

Davis played well in the 2009 postseason, averaging 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds. Garnett missed the entire 2009 playoffs with a knee injury.

A report in the New York Daily News indicated that New Jersey Nets president Rod Thorn might have interest in Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau for his team’s head coaching vacancy. According to the report, Thorn didn’t mention Thibodeau by name, but he did say he was looking for "somebody who has a defensive presence."

 

It was said in the immediate aftermath of the Kevin Garnett elbow that launched a thousand blog posts that the Celtics and Heat are officially, “in a series now.”



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