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.



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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.

 

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- When the Celtics take the floor for the preseason opener against Philadelphia Wednesday night, Shaquille O'Neal will be the team's starting center. Jermaine O'Neal entered camp as the starter, but he has been hampered by an injury to his left hamstring.

 

WALTHAM -- Speaking after the Celtics' practice Tuesday, Doc Rivers said that he doesn't plan on rotating Jermaine O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal in the starting lineup depending on match-ups, instead going with one consistent starter until Kendrick Perkins returns from his knee injury.

 

"I doubt it. I don't usually do that," said Rivers when asked if he was going to alternate between two big men. "I usually just go with one, and that's what we'll do. I'm going to wait until the end of camp and the best big wins."

 

Doc Rivers has a simple rule, but it’s the basis for everything that makes the Celtics tick. It doesn’t involve an offensive set or a defensive scheme.



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