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.

Paul Pierce has been named the Eastern Confernce Player of the Week today. He averaged 24.8 points in just 26.3 minutes per game in wins over Detroit, New York, Houston and Dallas last week. The Celtics captain also shot 63 percent from the field in the four victories. Pau Gasol of the Lakers was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.

The Celtics knocked off the Mavericks, 102-93 as Paul Pierce scored 29 points Saturday night in Dallas. It was the fourth straight win for the Celtics and fifth in their last six games. They also completed a road sweep of the Texas teams after beating San Antonio earlier in the year and the Rockets, Friday night. Ray Allen added 21 points and Rajon Rondo had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Read more in the Fast Break.

The Big Three were back on Friday night in Houston.



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