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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...

05/31/2010 - 10:40am
Report: Red Sox trade Van Every to Pirates

According to MLB.com, the Red Sox have traded outfielder Jonathan Van Every back to the Pirates in exchange for minor league catcher Josue Peley. The Red Sox had originally acquired Van Every from Pittsburgh on April 24, but then designated the 30-year-old for assignment 10 days ago. In 21 games with the Red Sox this season, Van Every hit .211 with one home run.

 

Peley was a 35th round pick in the 2006 draft, having been converted from middle infielder to catcher in the Pirates' system. The 22-year-old was hitting .179 with the Single A West Virginia Power.


05/31/2010 - 10:32am
Rivers on D&C: 'A responsibility' to beat LA

Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the NBA finals against the Lakers. Rivers said his players do not view themselves as underdogs. "We don't think that way," he said. "We don't care what others think. We believed going into the playoff rounds that we could get here and win it. We thought we needed to be healthy, and we did get healthy. I don't know how healthy we are now, but we're getting closer again. That was key for us. We just believe that the 23-5 team was the real team, at the beginning of the season. The 27-27 the rest of the way was due to different circumstances that had nothing to do with basketball. And we believe that as a group."

 

Rivers talked about the respect he has for the Celtics-Lakers rivalry. "It means a lot," he said. "I know the history. I love the history of the game. To be part of it is huge for me, personally. But you feel...

05/31/2010 - 9:01am
Report: Thibodeau-Hornets talks progress

Reports last week indicated that the Hornets were ready to offer their head coaching job to Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau, and a story by Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo!Sports late Sunday night says the team has begun contract discussions with Thibodeau's representatives at Creative Artists Agency. However, a story out of Illinois' Daily Herald Monday morning notes that the Bulls have interest in him as well, and multiple reports say that Thibodeau plans to remain in discussions for the Nets job.

 

Daily Herald reporter Mike McGraw writes that Thibodeau and former Trail Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks are the favorites in Chicago. But the story indicates that Lakers assistant Brian Shaw (a former Celtic) now is being pushed by LeBron James associate William Wesley, who previously was campaigning for John Calipari. The rumor is that James would be interested in playing the triangle offense made popular by Phil Jackson, and Shaw has...

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