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03/03/2011 - 11:29am
Rivers: Green 'talented enough to be All-Star'

Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday, a day after a 115-103 Celtics win over the Suns. Rivers was asked if his players -- in particular the key veterans -- understand that this is now a better offensive team following last Thursday's trade that sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City in exchange for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.


"I think they do," Rivers said. "I think our guys knew that from the beginning. Listen, everyone was upset. But we talked to our players -- at least three or four of them -- before we made that deal. And they all thought it was a good move, but they all knew it would hurt if we did it. And it did."


Green played 17 minutes in the win Wednesday night, scoring six points. Rivers cautions that Green is adjusting to a new system and a return to the small forward spot after playing out of position in Oklahoma City, but...

03/03/2011 - 11:13am
Beckett to throw simulated game Friday

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Josh Beckett felt "really good" according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who said the pitcher is slated to pitch a three-inning simulated game in the bullpen at City of Palms Park Friday afternoon. The plan is to have the starter make his next regularly scheduled start Tuesday.


Beckett has been recovering from a mild concussion after being hit in the head with a baseball during batting practice Monday. He had participated in long-toss Wednesday.


"He's going to have a normal day today. He feels really good," said Francona during his morning meeting with the media. 


"I think we thought he was OK, but when you start talking about concussions and things like that … But he looked clear-eyed right from the beginning. I know he had that headache, but he never seemed cloudy or anything like that."


Beckett brought...

03/03/2011 - 8:26am
Mashup: NHL enforcer Probert had CTE

Longtime NHL tough guy Bob Probert, who died last July of heart failure at the age of 45, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease that has afflicted a number of NFL players. Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy made the diagnosis this week after examining Probert's brain tissue. "In my heart of hearts, I don’t believe fighting is what did this to Bob," Probert's widow, Dani, told The New York Times. "It was hockey — all the checking and hits, things like that."


Read more about that story, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.

03/03/2011 - 12:31am
Davis will have MRI on strained left knee

Glen Davis will have an MRI on his left knee after suffering what the team called a strained patella tendon. Davis said he knew something was wrong before he finished his dunk late in the fourth quarter of the Celtics 115-103 win over the Suns. Davis has been playing in pain for most of the season. "[It's] been bothering me all year," Davis said. "That’s why I don’t jump that high. That’s why I missed that dunk [against Miami]. I can’t jump. My knees hurt."


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03/03/2011 - 12:22am
Garnett: Gentry was asking for playoff tickets
By: DJ Bean

Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and Suns coach Alvin Gentry had words for one another in the final seconds of the C's 115-103 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night. Things escalated when Rajon Rondo then attempted a three-pointer with the C's holding a 10-point lead, which led to a technical foul from Jared Dudley. 


"Alvin Gentry was asking me for tickets for the first round of the playoffs," Garnett said after the game. "I told him I'll hook him up, so that's what that was." 


Celtics coach Doc Rivers shared his opinion on the exchange, saying he doesn't believe in such behavior from coaches. 


"I thought their bench, their coaches were talking," Rivers said, "which I don't think you should ever [do] if you have a suit and tie on and and actually can't play. I don't think toy should be doing a lot of talking to the players on the floor. It's just my...

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