Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Thursday. Ainge was first asked about Greg Oden, who will will undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee Friday and miss the rest of the season. Oden -- the first pick of the 2007 NBA Draft -- has played in just 82 regular-season games in his career. Many thought that the Celtics would have selected Oden if they had landed the top pick in the 2007 draft lottery.

 

Jeff Van Gundy, who provides analysis for NBA games on ESPN and ABC, joined The Big Show Thursday to talk about the early-season struggles of the Miami Heat. It was Van Gundy in August who claimed that the Heat would have "a great chance" to break the 1996 Chicago Bulls record of 72 wins in a season. With the Heat at 7-4, Van Gundy is willing to reconsider his offseason prediction.

 

Wednesday night's Celtics-Wizards game drew a 7.4 rating, making it the most watched regular-season broadcast ever on Comcast Sports Net, according to a tweet from the Celtics. The C's rolled to a 114-83 victory.

 

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Celtics forward Kevin Garnett joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday morning to talk about his resurgence this season. Garnett has returned to form after struggling for much of last season following knee surgery in May 2009.

 

Talking during his weekly radio appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that center Jermaine O'Neal will be able to offer some value to the team after taking time to rest and rehab his injured knee.

 

It might have been the lowest moment of a season that was spinning rapidly out of control when young Andray Blatche walked into the Garden and dropped 31 and 10 on Kevin Garnett last April.



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Delonte West had the ideal scenario to return to the court on Wednesday night and he took advantage, scoring 12 points, grabbing five rebounds and handing out four assists to lead the bench in the Celtics' 114-83 win over the Wizards at TD Garden. 

 

Paul Pierce led all five Celtics starters in double figures with 23 points while Rajon Rondo added 12 points and 13 assists as the C's routed the Wizards, 114-83, Wednesday night at TD Garden. 

 

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama named fifteen recipients of the 2010 Medal of Freedom. It is the nation's highest civilian honor and is, according to the White House press release, "presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

 

One of the 2010 recipients is Celtics legend Bill Russell. Here is the official White House announcement:

 

Marquis Daniels has returned to the Celtics after being away from the team for personal reasons and will play tonight against the Wizards. Daniels was in the locker room, sitting at his locker as usual before the Celtics played the Wizards.