Billy Hunter, the executive director of the NBA player’s union, said in a statement that the union would mount a legal challenge against the league’s crackdown on technical fouls. Hunter added that the players were not consulted about the rule change before it was implemented.


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Paul Pierce gave himself a birthday gift. The 33-year-old Celtics veteran's jump shot just inside the arc broke a tie with eight seconds left, leading the Celtics to a 104-101 preseason victory over the New York Knicks.


Playing without Kevin Garnett, who was ejected early in the second quarter, the Celtics trailed much of the second half -- until Nate Robinson made a pair of three throws to tie the game, 101-101, with 1:09 left. Pierce's classic pull-up jumper with time winding down gave the C's the lead for good.


Kevin Garnett received two technical fouls and was ejected from the first half of the Celtics exhibition game with the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.


Garnett was protesting a call made against Jermaine O'Neal who was whistled for an offensive foul. After O'Neal received a technical foul from official Kane Fitzgerald, Garnett picked up two quick technicals from Fitzgerald and was tossed.


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Delonte West is returning to Boston from New York to undergo further tests on his ailing back, Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters prior to Wednesday night's preseason game against the Knicks.


West has been suffering from back spasms throughout much of training camp. According to reports, he is not scheduled to play in Toronto on Friday and remains questionable for Saturday's rematch against the Knicks in Hartford. West is suspended for the first 10 games of the regular season, which begins on Oct. 26 against the Heat.


Celtics captain Paul Pierce sat down with Dennis & Callahan at C's media day for an interview that aired Wednesday morning. Pierce said he's still working on getting past the loss to the Lakers. "I still haven't gotten over it," he said. "You think about the what ifs and all of that. I don't think you ever forget it."


Playing without Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Shaquille O'Neal and Delonte West, the Celtics lost 103-92 to the 76ers Tuesday night. It was the Celtics first loss of the preseason. Nate Robinson led the Celtics with 26 points, while Luke Harangody added 11 on 4-for-5 shooting. Rookie Avery Bradley also made his debut, scoring two points on 1-for-6 shooting in 12 minutes.


The Celtics are in the middle of a five games in seven days stretch and will play at New York Wednesday.


Glen Davis is entering his fourth season with the Celtics, and during that time he’s learned a few things. The most important thing he’s learned is that he didn’t know anything.



Doc Rivers said Monday that he would rest Shaquille O'Neal Tuesday night when the Celtics play at Philadelphia in their fourth exhibition game. Rivers didn't stop there, electing to rest Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett as well as Delonte West (back spasms), according to a Tweet from the team's account.


Doc Rivers plans to sit Shaquille O'Neal Tuesday night when the Celtics play at Philadelphia and there's a chance he may decide to rest several more players as the Celtics begin a four-games in five days road trip.


Shaq sat out Saturday's practice with soreness in his hip. O'Neal said after Sunday's game with the Raptors that he has arthritis. The move is said to be precautionary and one of the reasons why Rivers in on record as saying it's not realistic that O'Neal will play all 82 games during the regular season.


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.