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05/31/2010 - 4:00pm
Pierce: Another title could solidify my legacy

WALTHAM -- Celtics captain Paul Pierce made no secret of how desperately he wants to win another NBA championship before leaving for Los Angeles Monday afternoon for the start of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. 

 

"It means everything," Pierce said following practice. "It will probably solidify what I've done in my career in Boston. Hopefully, it can move me up the ranks as one of the top Celtics players of all time and maybe NBA history, if we win another title." 

 

The Celtics will practice on Tuesday at UCLA in Westwood, Calif., with Game 1 set for Thursday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

 

For much more, including video from Monday's practice, visit the Green Street blog. 


05/31/2010 - 3:57pm
Rondo, Wallace limited at practice

Rajon Rondo and Rasheed Wallace were both limited at Celtics practice on Monday. Rondo missed most of the first half during game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals after falling hard on his back and hip while driving to the basket in the first quarter. "Rondo felt pretty good, he went 75-80 percent of practice, "said head coach Doc Rivers.

 

Rasheed Wallace experienced back spasms during game 5 and left in the fourth quarter of game 6 after his back condition worsened. Doc Rivers acknowledged he had some concern about Wallace, "Rasheed is not right yet, he did the skeleton offense stuff, but other than that, we didn't allow any contact. So if we have a concern right now with anybody, Wallace would be the only one."

 

For more Celtics news, click here.


05/31/2010 - 3:18pm
Rivers: Jackson 'best to ever coach the game'

Although he holds a 1-0 head-to-head edge in the NBA Finals, Doc Rivers on Monday had nothing but praise for Lakers coach Phil Jackson. This is Jackson's 13th trip to the finals, and he has won 10 championships.

 

"Like I've always said, I don't even look at that factor," Rivers said when asked to evaluate the coaching matchup in the series. "If you're comparing me to Phil, we're in trouble. He's got 10 rings, I got one. I think, obviously, if you go by his record he's the best coach to ever coach the game. I'm not going to challenge that. I told our players they have to be better than me with Phil. For sure."

 

For more Celtics news check out the Green Street blog.


05/31/2010 - 2:57pm
Doc on Perk: 'I'm concerned' about 7th tech

Doc Rivers met with the media following Celtics practice on Monday. Among the questions asked was if Rivers is worried about Kenrick Perkins -- already with six technical fouls in the playoffs -- picking up another technical. A seventh postseason technical would result in an automatic one-game suspension.

 

"Well, our talks [with Perkins] haven't worked yet, so maybe I should have another one," Rivers said.  "I'm concerned by it, honestly. What I'm concerned by with this is that it's going to be a physical series. There's going be guys that get tangled up under the basket, and there are going to be officials who are going to want to clean the game up. Perk may be in that. And the double technical -- that's why I've been on the double technical thing for a month now. This double technical thing should not be part of the seven techs, it really shouldn't be. But it is and it's a factor. And I wouldn't be surprised if it's a...

05/31/2010 - 12:55pm
LA Times removes Pierce stabbing post

Guest columnist Ted Green wrote on Sunday, in a blog post for The Los Angeles Times, a list of reasons to hate the Celtics. In the post, he suggested that Paul Pierce’s "idea of a fun night is going clubbing and getting stabbed. Good times!"

 

In 2000, Pierce was stabbed 11 times in his neck, back and face. He was rushed to New England Medical Center, where lung surgery was needed. William Ragland was convicted of assault and battery in the stabbing and sentenced to 7-10 years in prison, while Trevor Watson was given a one-year sentence.

 

The blog post was removed by the LA Times around noon EST, although it remained on the website of Green's current employer, television station KTLA. WEEI.com attempted to contact...

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