The Celtics capped a dramatic week with a 105-101 win over the Knicks on Friday night at the Garden behind a triple-double from Rajon Rondo, who had 10 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 24 assists. The win leaves the Celtics 2-1 after the first week of the season, which also included a hyped win over Miami, a letdown loss against the Cavaliers and a locker room fight between Delonte West and Von Wafer.

 

Von Wafer tried to downplay the incident that occurred between him and Delonte West at practice Friday. "I don’t know what’s going on but you’ve got to talk to Doc [Rivers] and Danny [Ainge] about that," Wafer said before the Celtics game with the Knicks. "What happened?" Pressed further, Wafer continued to deny that an altercation took place. "I don’t know nothing about it," he said. "First time hearing about it." 

 

In speaking with the Boston Herald on Friday, Danny Ainge confirmed that Delonte West and Von Wafer were involved in an altercation during practice, but called reports suggesting that the team would release West incorrect.

 

"There was something that happened, and we're handling it internally," Ainge told the Herald. "We're happy with Delonte and Von and how they've been playing, and today was unacceptable."

Update (4:02 p.m.): Celtics GM Danny Ainge confirmed to the Boston Herald that a fight occurred, but that the team did not plan to release Delonte West. 

 

“There was something that happened, and we’re handling it internally,” Ainge told the Herald. “We’re happy with Delonte and Von and how they’ve been playing, and today was unacceptable.”

Paul Pierce joined Dale and Holley to talk about the Celtics first two games, whether he would have left Boston if Doc Rivers had not returned and the impact of Shaquille O'Neal both on, and off, the floor. "I love Shaquille in the locker room," Pierce said. "The one guy he’s making better on and off the court is Kevin [Garnett]. You can just tell with Kevin’s attitude, he’s a lot more loose than he’s ever been.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined Dennis & Callahan for his weekly visit and talked about the loss to the Cavaliers, the win over the Heat and the longest second in his life. It's been a whirlwind beginning to the season, but Rivers likes what he sees from his team. "I enjoy this group," he said. "I enjoy coaching them. We've got to solidify ourselves as a group, as a team. I think we're on our way to doing that. I think we have a chance to be really special, but we're not there yet and we have work to do." 

 

And on the next day, the Celtics played Cleveland. What a strange, eerie feeling it must have been to be back in the place where they caused so much devastation last spring.



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One night after playing the most hyped opener in NBA history, the Celtics got caught on the back end of a back-to-back on the road in a 95-87 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs trailed by five entering the fourth quarter but rallied to take an 89-84 lead with 1:33 remaining. The Celtics had a chance to tie the game, but Ray Allen missed a 3-pointer. Allen went 0-for-5 from 3-point range.

 

Tuesday night's Celtics-Heat game scored a 5.6 overnight rating for TNT, a 75 percent improvement from last season's opening game between the Celtics and Cavaliers. The second half of the TNT doubleheader featuring the Lakers and Rockets also had a solid boost from 2009, drawing 40 percent more viewers to register a 3.5. Overall, TNT averaged a 4.5 for the doubleheader, making it by far the most-watched NBA opening night in TNT history.

 

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ESPN's Tim Legler joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to dissect the Celtics' season-opening victory over the Heat on Tuesday night at TD Garden. Legler said the debut of the Heat's Big Three was a clear failure.