Preseason is a time for experimentation. It’s a time to work on different combinations and lineups and a time to get a feel for what works and what needs work.



Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal sat out practice Saturday with what was described as a bad hip. Doc Rivers said that it was something the team would monitor throughout the season and that the C's had a plan to give the big man rest. Asked about it after Sunday's preseason win over the Raptors, O'Neal said, "My hip is good. Got a little arthritis, a lot of pounding. We’ve got a great staff here. I’m getting a lot of rest. I’ll be fine." 


Talking after his team's 91-87 preseason loss to the Celtics on Sunday night at TD Garden, Toronto forward Reggie Evans suggested that his former teammate, Chris Bosh, would be using the motivation derived from being kicked by Paul Pierce during a dunk in the midst of a Nov. 27 game last year at the Garden when Bosh's new team, the Heat, face off with the Celts in the teams' season-opener.


The Celtics beat the Raptors 91-87 Sunday night at TD Garden to stay unbeaten during the preseason. Nate Robinson led the way with 13 points, while Marquis Daniels and Delonte West each had 11 points off the bench. The Celtics had eight eight different players score at least eight points in the win. They also held Toronto below 40 percent shooting, but they turned it over 23 times, which kept the score close.


There has been speculation that Doc Rivers would be Pat Riley's first choice if he were to make a coaching change at some point with his new South Beach juggernaut. Rivers downplayed that Saturday. "I’m not getting into that," Rivers said. "The only guy on [Riley's] list is Erik [Spoelstra] and that’s the only guy that should be there. I’m not going there."  


The Celtics welcomed back Jermaine O'Neal to practice Saturday, but they were without Shaquille O'Neal who was resting his hip. "That will be an issue on and off at times," Doc Rivers said of Shaq. "We’re prepared for that." 


Led by Delonte West and Glen Davis, the self-proclaimed Celtics “bench mob” led a second-quarter surge that erased a nine-point deficit and put Boston up for good in a 96-92 victory against the Nets in the second game of the preseason.


Appearing in studio on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck talked about his excitement regarding the C's entering the new season, saying, "It's not only a fun team, it's fun to beat people senseless."


"I just saw camp, and based on camp, these guys know it's right in front of them," Grousbeck said. "We all want to get back there."


MANCHESTER, N.H. – As far as first impressions go, the 2010-11 version of the Celtics couldn’t have asked for much more than what they showed Wednesday night in their exhibition opener.



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.