Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and provided an update on the status of injured big men Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins. Rivers said Garnett isn't likely to practice Thursday so he can rest his foot and ankle, but he shouldn't miss any game action. "I do think he'll play on Friday, and I think he'll be OK," Rivers said. "Perk will be fine. Kevin's the only concern."


Coming off an impressive performance in a Game 2 rout of the Cavaliers, the Celtics suddenly have some new concerns. Mainly, the healthy of Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins, both of whom missed practice Wednesday. Garnett has a right mid-foot sprain while Perkins has a hyperextended right knee. Garnett's injury is the one that appears to be more serious. "Honestly, [Wednesday], if we had a game I don’t think he could have played," coach Doc Rivers said. "We just have to wait. I doubt if he’ll practice [Thursday]. We’ll see.

Paul Pierce has the most unenviable job in the playoffs.



Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show on Wednesday and talked about the controversy surrounding his actions in the second half of Monday's Game 2 victory over the Cavaliers. Ainge was seen throwing a white towel in the air from behind the basket in an attempt to distract Cavs forward J.J. Hickson during a free throw attempt.


Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins sat out Celtics practice Wednesday as both players are dealing with injuries. Garnett strained his right foot late in Game 2 against the Cavaliers and was told by Doc Rivers to shut it down after he came out for practice. Rivers said he didn't think Garnett could have played if Wednesday was a game day. Perkins suffered a hyperextended right knee during Monday's shootaround. He also did not practice, but that was more precautionary.

Rajon Rondo was named to the NBA All-Defensive First-Team on Wednesday. 


Rondo received 23 first-place votes and 50 points overall, both totals second to Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard among all players. The fourth-year guard led the NBA in steals with 189, a number that also established a single-seaasn franchise record.


Rondo and Howard were joined on the first team by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Gerald Wallace.



When he played, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was known as a guy who would do anything to win. Apparently, he hasn't lost that edge. During Monday night's game in Cleveland, Ainge, sitting just to the side of the basket, threw a towel in the air in an attempt to distract J.J. Hickson, who was shooting a free throw. An NBA spokesman said "The situation is under review." Check the Green Street blog for more.

What was supposed to be an off day in their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup with the Celtics, turned into a full day of news from the Cavaliers. The team elected to watch film in Cleveland Tuesday, even though they had a scheduled off day. Cavs coach Mike Brown ripped his team’s effort after Game 2 in which the Celtics evened the series with a decisive 104-86 victory.

On a night when David Stern handed LeBron James his second MVP trophy, another coronation took place at



CLEVELAND – The Celtics came into this town in the midst of a coronation. Not for them, of course. They are yesterday’s news. Too old, too unfocused, too whatever the hell their problem has been this season.