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.

 

Wizards rookie John Wall won't play against the Celtics and is still day to day with a sprained left foot. Wizards coach Flip Saunders said Wall was making progress, but that the team wasn't going to take any chances.

 

This is the second straight game that Wall has missed. Forward Yi Jianlian is also not playing tonight. He has a bruised knee.

 

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If Doc Rivers had one great concern about his team’s mindset heading into the year it was that they would take the wrong lesson from their postseason-turnaround. He feared that they would assume that everything would be fine once they got to April, because it worked last year.



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Now that his 10-game NBA suspension is behind him, Delonte West is looking forward to returning to the lineup when the Celtics play the Wizards Wednesday at TD Garden. “I know what I can do,” West said. “I’m very confident in what I’m able to do out on the basketball floor. They’re not asking me to do anything I can’t do. They’re not telling me to post-up and get 30 rebounds. It’s time to go play my game. That’s the best feeling ever.”