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04/12/2012 - 12:39am
Doc: 'Worst game we've ever won'

After watching his team commit 12 turnovers in the first half and 23 over four quarters and overtime, Doc Rivers was just happy to get away with an 88-86 win over the Hawks Wednesday night at TD Garden. Adding to the ugliness were the disqualifications of Kevin Garnett and Greg Steimsma in overtime, as both big men fouled out while Paul Pierce was called for an offensive foul with 5.3 seconds remaining in overtime, sending the Garden crowd into a near riot. 

“I gotta [say] that was the worst game we’ve ever won," said Rivers, who watched as Rajon Rondo recorded his 19th career triple-double, and sixth this season. "And you thought I’d say something else…I mean, we didn’t play well. I mean, we just kept hanging in there. You could see the fatigue and it’s amazing how things backfire. You rest Kevin and you get a good break and then all of a sudden he has to go in overtime. Rondo was sensational; didn...

04/12/2012 - 12:34am
Rivers: 'We've got great character'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers didn't know how his team was going to beat Atlanta on Wednesday night on the second night of a back-to-back and the fourth game in five nights, but he figured if it could just keep the game close, the rest would take care of itself.

"We’ve got great character," Rivers said. "Tough-minded group. You could see, they wanted to win that game so bad."

Rivers went so far as to call this is the toughest team he's coached during his tenure with the Celtics. 

"This team has resolve. They do," Rivers said. "On paper, all that stuff, you know who we are. But they figure it out. They like each other and I think that allows us to win games on certain nights that we shouldn’t win. I really believe it.

"I had one in Orlando [that was as tough] but we couldn’t win any games. This team, they’re just tough. I don’t know why. I wish I knew. Once we went...

04/11/2012 - 10:49pm
Gut-check: C's beat fatigue, calls for win

Rajon Rondo collected his 19th career triple-double and sixth this season while Mickael Pietrus made a stunning comeback from his concussion as the Celtics overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to beat the Hawks, 88-86 in overtime, Wednesday at TD Garden. Rondo finished with 10 points, 10 points and 20 assists, his 19th straight game with double figures in assists. Amid several controversial calls in the final minute, including two fouls on Greg Steimsma and an offensive foul on Paul Pierce, the Celtics forced a turnover with 1.3 seconds remaining to improve to 34-24 and stay three games ahead of the Sixers in the Atlantic Division. 

Before fouling out with three minutes left in overtime, Kevin Garnett had a monster game, with 22 points and 12 rebounds in 33 minutes as the Celtics played without Ray Allen, who missed the game nursing his sore left ankle. The Celtics lost another player to fouls, as Steimsma fouled out with 40 seconds left and the...

04/11/2012 - 9:45pm
Pats reportedly lose Molden to Giants

Cornerback Antuwan Molden, who played in 16 games with the Patriots last season, has agreed to terms on a free-agent contract with the Giants, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN. The 27-year-old Molden finished the season with 36 tackles (25 solo) this past year, with three passes defensed and two interceptions. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Molden, who spent three seasons with Houston before joining the Patriots, was a third-round pick out of Eastern Kentucky in 2008. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


04/11/2012 - 7:06pm
Pietrus cleared for return, Allen out

Just days after passing his first baseline test following a concussion in late March, Mickael Pietrus was cleared for a return in limited action Wednesday. Doc Rivers said he would be available off the bench and play between five and 10 minutes against the Hawks.

"He's been cleared," Rivers announced less than an hour before tipoff Wednesday. "The sooner we can get him on the floor the better. I didn't expect it."

Pietrus, who told reporters before the game that he would try to make the trip to Toronto for Friday's game, was cleared to return immediately and could take the place of Ray Allen on the Celtics bench. Allen was ruled out by Rivers before Wednesday's game with the Celtics to rest his sore left ankle. 

"It was scary," Pietrus said of his March 23 whiplash in the second quarter against the 76ers. "It's been a tough two weeks for me. It's fine now. It's perfect."

Pietrus also told...

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