WALTHAM -- Ray Allen has been battling the flu and he didn't play in Wednesday's game against the Nets and was asked to stay at home and rest on Thursday when the Celtics met for their first practice since the season began. But Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he thinks Allen will probably play against the Pacers on Friday.
"Ray is feeling a lot better," Rivers said. "We told him to stay away. We don’t need anyone else getting sick. I think he’ll play but, 'I have no idea' is the answer."
Everyone else was available at practice including Mickael Pietrus who has yet to see any live action. Rivers thinks that will change next week when the team has a few open days for practice.
"He’s the great workout guy right now," Rivers said. "He’s doing skeleton already. He looks great by the way. I think next week when we have a couple of days he’ll be able to get out on the floor and...
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Wes Welker missed their second straight day of bye-week practice on the main Gillette Stadium field on Thursday. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who did attend on Wednesday, was also not spotted Thursday as six players were absent for the open media portion at the start of practice.
Also missing a second straight day were three offensive linemen, Sebastian Vollmer, Logan Mankins and Marcus Cannon.
The team held practice in the brisk conditions outdoors in sweats and shells. The team will likely have Saturday and Sunday off for rest as the team readies for its AFC Divisional battle next Saturday night, Jan. 14, at Gillette. If the No. 6 seed Bengals beat the No. 3 Texans on Saturday afternoon in Houston, the Patriots will have an extra day of preparation since they will already know their opponent. If the Texans win, then the No. 1 seed Patriots must wait on the outcome of the Steelers-Broncos game in Denver...
The Pacers are coming to town on Friday, which means the first appearance in Boston for forward David West who chose Indiana over the Celtics in free agency. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he had no issue with West's decision.
"I had no problem with it," Rivers said. "He had two good decisions. He could look at us as a team that was trying to win it right now and then he has a team in Indiana that’s going to be in the thick of it as well, and they’re young and he can grow with them. To me, he was in a win-win situation. It’s a good place to be."
Rivers had praise for the Pacers, who won four of their first five games this season before getting blown out by Miami on Wednesday.
"They’re terrific. I think they’re going to be really good by season’s end and they’re deep," Rivers said. "They’re eight, nine-man deep. They’re a good basketball team....
An obscene hand gesture to a photographer has cost Jets linebacker Bart Scott in the pocket book. The team announced they have handed out the fine after the linebacker, who was speaking with a reporter on the way out of the locker room on Monday, flipped off a photographer who was capturing his departure.
“Bart Scott was fined $10,000 by the team for his obscene gesture to a member of the media. Bart’s actions were inappropriate and unacceptable,” read a team statement on Thursday.
The move is not unprecedented for the Jets, who fined head coach Rex Ryan $50,000 during Super Bowl week in Feb. 2010 season for a similarly obscene gesture at a fan during a mixed martial arts event. The NFL fined Ryan $75,000 for a verbal obscenity at a fan in November at MetLife Stadium as the Jets were getting pounded by the Patriots. The fan allegedly yelled, "Rex, Belichick is better than you," as the team came off the field at...
Paul Pierce checked in with the Mut & Merloni show Thursday, one day after leading the Celtics to an 89-70 victory over the Nets.
Pierce scored 24 points Wednesday, but he acknowledged that he still has a ways to go to get back to form after missing the first three games with a right heel injury.
"I'm coming along slowly," he said. "Remember, I'm coming off an injury, so Doc [Rivers] hasn't been one to push me too hard in my first few games. I haven't had any practice time with the crew. That's pretty much what that's been about [resting in the fourth quarter]. We've been able to get leads through three quarters and that's allowed me to rest and try to get my injury all the way healed."
Added Pierce: "I really didn't have too much of a preseason, but you can see the rust throughout the league on teams getting off to the starts they're getting off to, except for the teams that have probably been together for a...
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