In his first blog post in more than 10 days on his shoe company's website, Celtics All-Star forward Kevin Garnett provided a different perspective on the apparent low blow he issued on Channing Frye that got him ejected from last week's loss to the Suns.

 

Jason Kidd drilled a straightaway 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining to give Dallas the lead, as the Mavericks stunned the Celtics, 101-97, Friday night at TD Garden for their seventh straight win. Rajon Rondo's alley-oop to Kevin Garnett sailed out of bounds to end Boston's hopes. Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 of his game-high 29 points in the third quarter. The Celtics had a 95-89 lead with just over three minutes left before Dallas ended the game with a 12-2 run.  

 

Shaquille O'Neal won't play Friday night against the Mavericks, and he may not play Sunday against the Magic either as he deals with his latest ailment -- an inflamed Achilles. As expected, Kendrick Perkins will return to the starting lineup just five games into his comeback from knee surgery. The move was inevitable, but the timetable is a little quick for Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "I wanted to wait a little bit, honestly," Rivers said. "It is what it is."

 

Suns coach Alvin Gentry joined KTAR in Phoenix and discussed Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. He discussed the incident in which Garnett hit Suns forward Channing Frye below the belt in the fourth quarter of an 88-71 Phoenix victory over the Celtics last Friday night.

 

"If you're asking me, yeah, I lost a little respect for him," said Gentry. "I mean, I love his competitive nature, but there's no place for what he was doing in our game."

 

Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo were all named to the 2011 NBA All-Star Game on Thursday night, joining head coach Doc Rivers on the Eastern Conference team. It's the ninth time in NBA history that four teammates have been named to one squad, and the first since 2006 when the Pistons had four. The Celtics have done it three times — 1953, 1962 and 1975. For more Celtics news, check out weei.com/celtics.

Celtics president Danny Ainge joined The Big Show for his weekly visit Thursday and touched on a number of topics, including the win last Sunday over the Lakers and the recent controversy surrounding Kevin Garnett.

 

Ainge was asked if Garnett  -- who was ejected for a low blow on Channing Frye in last Friday's loss at Phoenix  -- is the "most despised" player in the NBA today.

 

WALTHAM  -- Delonte West took another significant step in his attempt to return from a broken right wrist when he went through a full shootaround and skeleton practice with the Celtics on Thursday at their practice facility.

 

"He didn't practice," coach Doc Rivers said. "He just did the shootaround and the shooting and that's about it."

 

WALTHAM -- After getting snubbed by the fans and being left without a single All-Star starter, the Celtics could get their retribution when All-Star reserves are announced Thursday night. The Celtics have four viable candidates in Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. By virtue of having the top record in the Eastern Conference, Doc Rivers will have the honor of coaching the East All-Stars on Feb. 20 in Los Angeles. 

 

Celtics center Kendrick Perkins joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday afternoon and talked about his early return from knee surgery.

 

"I just put in a lot of hard work," he explained. "Every day I was in here making sure I was getting my physical therapy in, making sure I was in the weight room every day. I just wanted to get back. I wanted to get back the smart way."

 

According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Celtics' point guard Rajon Rondo will be named as a reserve on the Eastern Conference's All-Star team. It will be the second All-Star appearances for Rondo, who leads the NBA in assists per game (12.5). The official announcements will come Thursday at 7 p.m. EST. For more Celtics news, go to the team page at weei.com/celtics.