Two months ago, after the Celtics had put on yet another dispiriting performance in front of the home folks — against the Washington Wizards, no less — Doc Rivers told it like it w



Celtics great and Hall of Famer Kevin McHale, in an NBA TV media conference call on Tuesday, was asked if he was interested in the Celtics' head coaching job should Doc Rivers leave at the end of the season.


"That's down the road, we'll see where it goes," said the three-time NBA champion and long-time friend of Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. "Doc staying or leaving will be his choice."


Here we go. Ranking the MVP chances for each member of the Celtics and Lakers who has played in a postseason game in 2010 (with apologies to Brian Scalabrine).



Speaking on the Planet Mikey Show Monday night, KTLA's Ted Green said that he should "probably apologize for" the line he wrote referencing Paul Pierce's stabbing in his column for the LA Times. Green wrote of Pierce that the Celtics star's "idea of a fun night is going clubbing and getting stabbed. Good times!"


The important thing to understand about Paul Pierce is that he is at heart, a dreamer. When he was young, what he used to dream about was the NBA finals.



WALTHAM -- Whether he wins another title or not, Paul Pierce believes he is playing for one of the best coaches of his generation. Pierce said Monday following practice that Doc Rivers deserves credit for keeping the team focused on the task at hand and never showing panic through the course of a long season filled with many ups and downs. 


"He's definitely taken my career to the next level," Pierce said. "You have to put him up there with the top-five coaches with Phil, Gregg Popovich." 


WALTHAM -- Celtics captain Paul Pierce made no secret of how desperately he wants to win another NBA championship before leaving for Los Angeles Monday afternoon for the start of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. 


"It means everything," Pierce said following practice. "It will probably solidify what I've done in my career in Boston. Hopefully, it can move me up the ranks as one of the top Celtics players of all time and maybe NBA history, if we win another title." 


Rajon Rondo and Rasheed Wallace were both limited at Celtics practice on Monday. Rondo missed most of the first half during game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals after falling hard on his back and hip while driving to the basket in the first quarter. "Rondo felt pretty good, he went 75-80 percent of practice, "said head coach Doc Rivers.


Although he holds a 1-0 head-to-head edge in the NBA Finals, Doc Rivers on Monday had nothing but praise for Lakers coach Phil Jackson. This is Jackson's 13th trip to the finals, and he has won 10 championships.


Doc Rivers met with the media following Celtics practice on Monday. Among the questions asked was if Rivers is worried about Kenrick Perkins -- already with six technical fouls in the playoffs -- picking up another technical. A seventh postseason technical would result in an automatic one-game suspension.