Ray Allen said the first he heard of the 'Twitter war' between Detroit big man Charlie Villanueva and Celtics star Kevin Garnett was while he was on his way to Wednesday's game against the Bucks. Allen said athletes have to be careful what they say on and off the court, and now online.


"It's a very fragile world that we live in now," Allen said. "You almost have to have people around you to protect everything that you say and do and somebody has to watch you. As athletes, I think we have to be more responsible." 


Doc Rivers said he was standing next to Kevin Garnett when he said whatever it was that he said to Charlie Villanueva Tuesday night and the coach stands by his player's account. "I’m not going to go off on a tangent on this whole thing," Rivers said. "I actually heard what Kevin said. I was standing right there. What he released is what he said. I’m going to leave it at that."


Villanueva wrote on his Twitter account: "KG called me a cancer patient."


Kevin Garnett issued a statement in an attempt to clarify his remarks to Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva Tuesday night. Villanueva said on his Twitter account that Garnett "called me a cancer patient."


In his statement, Garnett said that he told Villanueva, "You are cancerous to your team and our league."


Here's the full statement:


Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva called out Kevin Garnett via Twitter after the Celtics' win over the Pistons Tuesday night. Villanueva said that Garnett called him "a cancer patient" during the game. Villanueva added that he would "expose" Garnett in a fight. From his Twitter feed @cv31


"KG talks alot of crap, he's prob never been in a fight, I would love to get in a ring with him, I will expose him"


With Shaquille O'Neal back in Boston, the Celtics took care of business in Detroit, cruising to a 109-86 victory over the Pistons on Tuesday night. The Pistons never led in the contest.


Kevin Garnett led all scorers with 22 points, with Paul Pierce adding 21 of his own. Rajon Rondo contributed a game-high 17 assists, and has now has at least that many in three of the C's four games this season. 


There are lots of things that Kevin Garnett doesn’t like talking about, but the one thing he really doesn’t like talking about is numbers. Bring up a stat, particularly if it involves him personally, and he’ll scoff. Or scowl. Or curse.



WALTHAM -- Jermaine O’Neal admitted following practice on Monday that he’s been a disappointment so far, in part because of injuries that have affected his conditioning.


The NBA announced that Rajon Rondo was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after dishing out 50 assists, which tied John Stockton for the most assists in a three-game stretch to open the season. Rondo recorded 24 of those assists in a win over the Knicks Friday. Rondo averaged 10.7 points, 16.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds.


Pau Gasol was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.


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WALTHAM -- Shaquille O'Neal missed his second straight practice on Monday with a knee bruise suffered late in Friday's game against the Knicks and likely won't play on Tuesday in Detroit, according to coach Doc Rivers. 


"I doubt if he plays [Tuesday] but we'll see," Rivers said following practice, which didn't include O'Neal. "If he has a chance [to play] he'll make the trip." 


Shaquille O'Neal didn't practice Sunday and it is uncertain whether he'll be ready to play Tuesday when the Celtics play at Detroit. O'Neal banged his fibula against the leg of Amar'e Stoudemire in Friday's game against the Knicks. He limped back to the locker room and didn't return. "I always have a freak injury," he said Sunday. "We’ll be all right." O'Neal said that he hopes to practice Monday and that he is taking it day by day.