WALTHAM -- Paul Pierce said he was happy to hear that Dwight Howard was not getting suspended for Game 3 after his flagrant 1 foul in the second quarter of Game 2 that resulted in a pair of scratch marks on Pierce's forehead above his left eye.

 

"My reaction to him not getting suspended is a good reaction because we want the team's best," Pierce said. "In order to be the best, you want to get their best. If they lose Dwight Howard, obviously they're still a good team but that's not the best team they put on the floor. We just want their best."

The Celtics issued a consumer advisory Thursday asking fans to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets. “The organization has received numerous reports of counterfeit playoff tickets being sold to consumers in the Boston area,” the team said in a press release. Fans are urged to be cautious and aware of the situation. The release went on to say that the only guaranteed authentic tickets are ones that are purchased through the team website, Ticketmaster, the Garden box office or Ticketmaster’s exchange program.

WALTHAM -- Before heading out to practice on Thursday for Game 3 of their series against the Magic, Paul Pierce denied disrespecting the Orlando Magic with a tweet following Boston's Game 2 win on Tuesday. 

 

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and warned that the Eastern Conference finals are not over just because the C's lead the Magic by two games as the series shifts to Boston. "They've been up here twice [this season] and won," Rivers cautioned. "You can say they've won the last three times they've been in our building, so they're probably feeling pretty comfortable."

 

Magic center Dwight Howard will not be suspeneded for the Flagrant 1 foul he delivered to Paul Pierce in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, ESPN's Henry Abbott reported. The NBA reviews all flagrant fouls to determine the severity, but ruled the play would "stand as called." 

 

The father of Boston Celtics guard Marquis Daniels was shot by a Taser gun and arrested during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Amway Arena on Tuesday. 

 

Willie L. Buie, 55, was charged with resisting arrest with violence.

 

Police reports indicate that officers responded to a disturbance in Section 106-107 around 10:55 p.m. The officers tried to remove Buie from his seat, but Buie refused. With the help of several more officers Buie was finally removed from the arena and into a security area. 

 

ORLANDO — There is a formula for winning playoff games on the road. Generally, it takes a strong defensive effort, a collective mental resolve and the good fortune to have some breaks go your way.



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ORLANDO — At some point during his postgame press conference, a post on Paul Pierce’s Twitter page appeared that read: "Anybody got a BROOM?" A reporter picked up on it and asked Dwight Howard in his press conference about it, to which Howard replied, “Am I supposed to comment on that?” Pressed for a comment Howard said, “Pride comes before a fall. Just know that.” However, it appears that Pierce's account may have been hacked.

ORLANDO -- After the Celtics beat the Magic to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals, Paul Pierce addressed the criticism the Celtics took during the regular season. "It doesn't matter what people said about us, what people wrote about us, what people said on television," he said. "We know that the team we have is championship-caliber and it's coming together at the right time. But the things that were said were probably deserved. We didn't play well. We didn't play consistent. A lot of the flak we got was probably deserved."

Paul Pierce had 28 points and Rajon Rondo added 25 as the Celtics beat the Orlando Magic, 95-92, to take a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. It is the first time in their illustrious history that the Celtics have won the first two games of a series on the road. Vince Carter missed a pair of free throws with 31 seconds remaining and Jameer Nelson missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Celtics head home for Saturday night's Game 3 in complete command of the series.