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11/03/2012 - 9:10pm
Doc after beating Wizards: 'A win's a win'

Doc Rivers isn't about to complain about the aesthetic value of the Celtics' first win of the season or the fact that his team blew a 16-point lead to the undermanned Wizards.

All the Celtics coach said he was concerned about was getting out of Washington with a victory.

“As always, all year. A win’s a win and we’ll take it," Rivers said after the 89-86 nailbiter Saturday night at the Verizon Center.

Rivers pointed to defense and the energy he saw from his team as the reason the Celtics were able to hold on despite blowing a 16-point lead. The Wizards were stopped on several possessions in the final minute with a chance to take the lead.

“I thought defense all night. I thought third and middle of the fourth our transition D slipped back to where we’ve been all year," Rivers said. "I thought, especially at beginning of the game, I thought, especially at the beginning of the game, we came out...

11/03/2012 - 8:25pm
Breakthrough: C's eke out first win

Paul Pierce poured in 27 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with under three minutes left as the Celtics overcame blowing a 16-point lead to the Wizards to record their first win of the season, 89-86, Saturday night at the Verizon Center in Washington. Rajon Rondo added 12 points and 12 assists, Kevin Garnett chipped in 15 points and Jeff Green had 11 points off the bench for the Celtics who improve to 1-2. 

Garnett forced a key turnover on Kevin Seraphin with 28.2 seconds left as Washington blew a chance to take the lead. Martell Webster missed a desperate shot from the corner with 1.5 seconds remaining as the Celtics escaped with the win. Kevin Garnett missed a jumper with 4.5 seconds left that gave the Wizards the last shot of the game. Jason Terry hit a pair of free throws with 1.3 seconds left to seal the victory. 

After a lethargic effort on Friday night in the home opener, Doc Rivers changed the starting lineup on Saturday...

11/03/2012 - 2:12pm
Aviles dealt again, this time to Indians

Former Red Sox infielder Mike Aviles was traded again, Saturday, just two weeks after being dealt from the Sox to the Blue Jays for manager John Farrell and pitcher David Carpenter. This time Aviles was shipped from the Jays to the Indians along with infielder/catcher Yan Gomes for pitcher Esmil Rogers.

The 27-year-old Rogers pitched in 67 games for the Rockies and Blue Jays last season, totaling a 4.69 ERA. The reliever is known as a hard-thrower, topping out at 99 mph in '12.

It is believed that Aviles could compete for the Indians' starting second base job, which was held by Jason Kipnis last season. The 25 year-old finished hitting .257 with a .714 OPS to go along with 14 home runs. Aviles could also back up shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

For more baseball news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


11/02/2012 - 10:48pm
Rondo: 'I've got to do a better job'

Rajon Rondo pointed to himself as one reason for the Celtics 0-2 start to the season. Rondo finished with 14 points and 11 assists but couldn't get his teammates into any consistent offensive rhythm for a second straight game as the Celtics lost their home opener, 99-88, to the Bucks Friday night at TD Garden.

"Just trust one another defensively," Rondo said when asked what's missing in the Celtics' game right now. "It starts with me. I've got to do a better job on the ball and go from there."

As was the case against the Heat, the Celtics were again beaten in transition throughout the game.

"I don't know [if we trust each other defensively]," said Rondo. "I mean, we can say we do, but on the court it shows, we're not pulling in weak side. But it's a lot of things. We've got to start from somewhere. The good thing about it is we could start [Saturday]."

The Celtics play the Wizards on Saturday...

11/02/2012 - 10:41pm
Pierce: Others 'have to be ready to step up'

While stopping short of completely calling out his teammates, Paul Pierce hinted Friday night after a stunning 99-88 loss to the Bucks in the home opener that others on the team need to step up their play. Pierce went to the bench with six minutes left in the first quarter after his second foul. He returned to the bench after his third foul with just under five minutes left in the second quarter.

In the meantime, the Celtics fell behind by 16 points and trailed 46-30 at halftime. They never recovered in losing their second straight to start the season.

Pierce finished the first half with two points and missed all four shots from the field.  

"It was tough, kind of threw me out of rhythm," Pierce said of his foul trouble. "I was able to sub early and come back in early in the second quarter. But even when that happens, we have to have guys ready to step up. It really wasn't about me, it was about the way our team...

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