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03/25/2011 - 11:51pm
Pierce: 'Hoo-rah' speeches won't cut it

Celtics captain Paul Pierce is not about to stand up on a table in the locker room and yell at his teammates to stop being lazy and bored. He said after Friday's collapse and shocking home-court loss to the lowly Bobcats that every player needs to recommit themselves to the team or the losing will continue. 

“It has to come from all of us," Pierce said. "One player can come out here and say it and “hoo-rah” around the locker room, but it has to come from everybody. We’re all veterans, we’ve all been here before, and we all know what it takes. It’s got to come from each individual to take a look in the mirror, and look inside and decide if that’s what they want to do. We can talk about it everyday, but until we look at ourselves in the mirror, that’s what it’s going to be."

Pierce's comments came just 48 hours after he called the team out for not having 'a sense of urgency'...

03/25/2011 - 11:37pm
Beckett after fourth loss: 'I feel great'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Despite watching his spring training ERA rise to 6.64, Josh Beckett came away optimistic after the Red Sox. 11-8 loss to the Blue Jays, Friday night at City of Palms Park.

Beckett, who suffered his fourth loss in as many decisions, allowed seven runs on 11 hits over six innings, striking out five and not walking a batter. The righty finished his final Grapefruit League start by throwing 91 pitches, including one two-seam fastball which Toronto outfielder Adam Loewen hit for a two-run homer.

"Results aside, I felt like I did some things that we've been working on and I felt like they were comfortable for the first time," Beckett explained, "so I've got to take some positives away from that. But obviously the results are what they are."

Beckett allowed the first batter to reach in each of the first seven innings, including three-leadoff doubles, all of which came on first-pitch fastballs.

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03/25/2011 - 11:19pm
West reinjures ankle, vows to not miss time

Delonte West aggravated his ankle injury in practice on Thursday and it bothered him in Friday's game against the Bobcats. "At the end of the day I keep trying to downplay it," West said. "I’ve had sprained ankles before and it only takes two, three days you’re back in action. I’ve got a chipped bone in there. I think I overdid it the other day in practice. Yesterday I was going super-hard and the ankle swole back up on me." 

West is going to Washington D.C. Saturday morning to officially end his nine-month probation for weapons charges. He plans to join the team in Minnesota in time for Sunday's game. "I think a day or two should be sufficient," West said. "When I say no more excuses, this is the last time you’re going to hear about the ankle from me." 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics
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03/25/2011 - 11:07pm
Rivers: 'We've become very, very selfish'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers didn't mince words after his team blew an 11-point fourth quarter lead and lost to the Bobcats, 83-81 Friday night. "Right now, I think we've become very, very selfish," Rivers said. "Not just as far as trying to get our own, but everything is abouthow we're playing individually, instead of how the team is playing. You can see it. A guy struggles, he pouts, he moans. Everything is me, me, me on our team right now."

Asked if this was similar to last season when the Celtic also struggled in March, he said it was different. "Nothing like this. Last year I shut them down. They were injured. They're not injured. They're not playing well. Last year we lost Game 7 on the road."

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.

 


03/25/2011 - 10:06pm
Collapse: C's blow it in 4th to Bobcats

Dante Cunningham hit a jumper with 33.9 seconds remaining and Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett missed potential game-tying three-pointers just before the buzzer as the Bobcats handed the Celtics a stunning 83-81 loss Friday at TD Garden. The Celtics blew a 13-point fourth quarter lead to the undermanned Bobcats as Paul Pierce had 18 points and Ray Allen added 14. Garnett tied the game, 80-80, on a jumper with 54.9 seconds remaining after the Bobcats went on a 16-0 run to take an 80-75 lead with 2:49 left. 

The Bobcats were playing without injured veterans Stephen Jackson and Tyrus Thomas and the recently-traded Gerald Wallace, who was sent to Portland for Cunningham in a deadline trade. Gerald Henderson, who was huge against his father's former team in the fourth quarter, hit one of two free throws with 15.5 seconds to put Charlotte up three. Henderson finished with 15 points, nine coming in the fourth. 

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