Celtics coach Doc Rivers confirmed before Wednesday's game with Oklahoma City that Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins would both be in the starting lineup. Pierce suffered a 'stinger' to his right shoulder on Sunday night and again on Tuesday in practice but was cleared by the team's training and medical staff while Perkins has missed the last two games with left knee tendinitis. For more, including pregame video from Rivers, visit the Green Street blog. 

WALTHAM -- For the second time in three days, Paul Pierce injured his right shoulder. This time, the injury happened midway through Celtics practice when he ran into a back screen and fell to the ground. Rivers said trainer Ed Lacerte said if it's just a stinger, Pierce should be fine to play. "He actually got hurt again," Rivers said. "It's a stinger. It was the same exact reaction. It looked worse today.

Before the game, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the Spurs were a team he wanted the Celtics to emulate.



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Kendrick Perkins missed his second straight game with tendinitis in his left knee on Sunday. Following the Celtics loss to the Spurs, he told WEEI.com he expects to practice on Tuesday and play on Wednesday against the Thunder. “I feel good,” he said, adding, “[I’m getting] a lot of rest, hitting the weights, pool, so it’ll be alright.” Even though he has his return in sight, that didn’t make watching the Celtics 94-73 loss from the bench any easier. “It sucked,” he said.

It’s not a big secret that the Celtics have patterned themselves on the San Antonio Spurs and the parallels between the two teams are numerous.



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Manu Ginobili had a game-high 28 points and the Celtics were held to their lowest point total of the season in a 94-73 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Sunday night at TD Garden. Paul Pierce finished with 18 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field. Kevin Garnett had 12 points and Shelden Williams added 11 as the Celtics had their five-game home court winning streak snapped. The Spurs ran off the first 12 points of the third quarter and built their lead to as many as 25 in the rout. The Celtics are off until Wednesday when they host Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder at TD Garden.

Kendrick Perkins will miss his second straight game with tendinitis in his left knee, Celtics coach Doc Rivers announced before the Sunday night game against San Antonio. Rivers sounded optimistic that Perkins would be able to return on Wednesday against Oklahoma City. "He's not going to play but I'm pretty sure he's going to play Wednesday," Rivers said. Rasheed Wallace starts in place of Perkins. The Celtics will have the services of Nate Robinson off the bench as his left ankle responded to treatment after a sprain on Friday night and he has been cleared to play.

The Sacramento Kings came into Boston without their leading scorer and main ballhandler, Tyreke Evans, and off a loss to the Nets.



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Celtics coach Doc Rivers said following Friday's win over Sacramento that center Kendrick Perkins has been fighting tendinitis in his left knee for some time and finally needed to sit down and rest it. Rivers added that Perkins will likely also miss Sunday night's home game against San Antonio. As for Nate Robinson, he sprained his left ankle in the second quarter and did not return. Rivers said if his ankle responds to treatment, he is still no better than '50-50' to play against the Spurs.

Rajon Rondo became the Celtics' all-time single-season steals leader and moved into second on the team's assist list with a career-high 18 assists as the Celtics held off the Sacramento Kings, 94-86, on Friday night at TD Garden. Paul Pierce had 22 and Ray Allen added 20 to offset the game-high 30 of Carl Landry, the brother of Celtics' Marcus Landry. The Celtics clinched their third straight Atlantic Division crown before the end of the game when Carmelo Anthony beat the buzzer in Toronto, as Denver beat the Raptors.