Joining The Big Show, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge spoke on a variety of issues during his weekly appearance, including LeBron James' return to Cleveland and the Miami Heat's early season struggles.
 

"Sometimes it takes a little longer to gel and figure things out," Ainge said.
 

When asked about the Miami Heat going forward, Ainge said, "They are very scary and they are very talented ... Erik Spoelstra is an excellent coach ... I think that team will be a team to be reckoned with."
 

Joining The Dennis & Callahan Show, Celtics coach Doc Rivers defused the rumors suggesting he would eventually be the coach of the Miami Heat.

 

"I really don't have any thoughts about that. As far as I'm concerned, I'm a Celtic and I plan on being that for a long time, as long as I'm coaching," Rivers said.

 

Celtics forward Kevin Garnett missed five minutes in the third quarter when team doctors had trouble closing up a wound under his chin that required five stitches. He took an elbow from Portland point guard Andre Miller that resulted in his departure from the game at the 7:47 mark. It was not until there was 2:24 left in the third quarter that Garnett got back on the court.

 

For the Celtics, the absence of Garnett seemed interminable. Coach Doc Rivers felt as if it was a road game while Celtics trainers worked with Garnett's wound.

 

So, here was the situation. The Celtics had somehow managed to turn a 16-point lead into a one-point advantage with just 28 seconds left after not scoring a point for almost five minutes.



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The Celtics have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 14-4 following their win over the Trail Blazers Wednesday night at TD Garden. But that great record is coming with a price - nagging injuries. 

 

Paul Pierce scored a game-high 28 points, drilling 9-of-11 shots from the floor, including all four from 3-point range, while Glen Davis was 7-of-9 and finished with 16 off the bench as the Celtics barely won their fifth straight, 99-95, over the Portland Trail Blazers at TD Garden. The Celtics led, 96-80, with 5:22 left on a Kevin Garnett turnaround. The Blazers went on a 15-0 run, only to fall short as Ray Allen drilled a 3-pointer from the left baseline to seal the win with 10.7 seconds left. 

 

The updates on injured center Jermaine O'Neal have been sporadic since he suffered a knee injury, but Doc Rivers said before Wednesday's game that O'Neal may start working out next week. "I talked to Jermaine today on the phone and he was hoping to work out next week," Rivers said. "That’s the first time I’ve heard that, so that’s a good sign." 

 

Doc Rivers was selected by the NBA as the league's Eastern Conference Coach of the Month. San Antonio's Gregg Popovich received the top honors in the Western Conference.

 

Rivers led the Celtics to a 13-4 mark through November, tied with Orlando for the best record in the conference. The Celtics also recorded two wins over the Miami Heat in much-hyped showdowns and beat Oklahoma City on the road. The Celtics are 7-1 at TD Garden and 7-0 against the rest of the Eastern Conference.

 

Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 23 points while also dishing out 11 assists to lead the Celtics to a convincing 106-87 victory in Cleveland over the Cavaliers. Five other Celtics also reached double digits, as Boston shot 50.6 percent from the field while holding the Cavs to a meager 39.0 percent.

 

Delonte West underwent surgery to repair a displaced right wrist fracture Tuesday morning at New England Baptist Hospital, the team announced. The surgery was performed by Dr. Drew Terrono and Dr. Hervey Kimball and assisted by Celtics Team Physician Dr. Brian McKeon and was deemed successful by the team.