It was late in the second quarter when San Antonio’s George Hill found himself all alone under the Celtics basket about to cruise in for an easy two points. Out of nowhere Rajon Rondo appeared for a no-way, no-how clean block.



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Following his most productive night of the season in the scoring column, Glen Davis said coach Doc Rivers continues to give him plenty of tough love this season. But Davis - with 23 points in a 105-103 win over the Spurs - added that Rivers is working with him this season harder than ever to get the most out of him. 

 

Paul Pierce blocked Manu Ginobili's jumper as time expired to preserve a 105-103 win over the NBA-leading San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night at TD Garden. 

 

It's been a week since Kevin Garnett left the Celtics game with Detroit with what turned out to be a strained calf muscle. At the time the team put a two-week window on his possible return, although it should be noted that the timeframe was only a rough estimate and is very flexible. Garnett has done his part, getting up shots after practice and working on conditioning with trainer Bryan Doo. "What was the time frame we gave you, two weeks?" Doc Rivers asked. "Is it next Wednesday? So hopefully back in two weeks." 
 

The deadline for nonguaranteed NBA contracts to become guaranteed contracts is Jan. 10, but because of procedural matters, players would have had to have been waived today. The two Celtics in that position are Delonte West and Von Wafer, both of whom are on one-year minimum contracts. Guaranteeing West's deal West was a no-brainer, but Wafer's status was in some doubt until today.
 

For almost a half of basketball, Paul Pierce had something of an identity crisis.



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The Celtics wouldn’t have found a way to win this game last season. Luke Ridnour wouldn’t have traveled. Nate Robinson wouldn’t have sank both free throws with four seconds left.



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Calling it a big step, Delonte West had the hard cast protecting his healing right wrist removed on Monday, the first step of what he hopes could be a return on or shortly after the All-Star break. 

 

"It's feels stiff but it's not painful," West said. "I got great news from doctors. They said maybe three weeks [then] rehabilitation. I've already started out conditioning, ball-handling. I'm left-handed anyway. Today is Day 1. I got a lot accomplished.

 

Rajon Rondo had the go-ahead basket with 1:35 left in the fourth quarter and then hit a clutch jumper with 44.9 seconds remaining as the Celtics held on for a 96-93 win over the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night at TD Garden. The Celtics trailed for most of the game before finally taking the lead on a put-back by Shaquille O'Neal with just over two minutes left. 

 

Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo are in the Celtics starting lineup for their game against the Timberwolves, Doc Rivers said. Rondo returned Sunday after missing seven games with a sprained left ankle and played 34 minutes. Pierce landed awkwardly on his right ankle late in the game. "Everybody's good," Doc Rivers said. "I'm sure Rondo's sore today, but he said he felt pretty good."

Minnesota guard Jonny Flynn, who also has a sprained ankle, is expected to play for Minnesota. He's only played nine games this season after undergoing hip surgery.