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11/04/2010 - 9:59am
Doc: Villanueva broke 'unwritten' rule

During his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, Celtics coach Doc Rivers explained his view of the situation involving Kevin Garnett and Detroit forward Charlie Villanueva, in which the Pistons' player said on Twitter that Garnett called him a "cancer patient" during the Celts' Tuesday night win in Auburn Hills. Rivers supported his player's assertion that Garnett was referencing Villanueva's presence on his team, not any medical condition.

 

"Kevin Garnett called him a cancer. What he said on the other end, I can't vouch for. But yelling from our bench, everybody on our bench could hear him yell, 'You're a cancer! You're a cancer!' Rivers explained. "Trash-talking happens so much in the game, so the way to handle it is you play them the next day, the next time and you try to beat them.

 

"The only thing I thought, and I told Kevin this, is why are you talking to him? You can actually...

11/04/2010 - 7:58am
Mashup: Surfing champ's death a shock

The surfing world is in shock following the death of three-time world champion Andy Irons, who was found dead Tuesday morning in a Dallas hotel room during a layover on a trip to his home in Hawaii. The 32-year-old Irons had withdrawn from a tournament in Puerto Rico because of an illness related to dengue fever, according to his sponsor, and his illness apparently worsened during his flight home. Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


11/04/2010 - 12:34am
Pierce on 20K: 'Not going to downplay it'

With the TD Garden crowd rising in anticipation, Paul Pierce became just the 36th player in NBA history to score 20,000 points when he made the first of two free throws with 13.3 seconds left in overtime during the Celtics' 105-102 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday night. Pierce followed that by converting the second to put the Celtics up four points, giving them a cushion they would need to win their third straight. 

 

"You know it was an emotional moment for me, tough for me to swallow," Pierce said afterward. "I was just thinking about all the years I have been here and you don’t see it to often where a player accomplishes that kind of feat playing with one team. It is a great accomplishment. The fans seeing my ups and downs throughout the years and sticking with me, just to be able to accomplish this type of feat, it means a lot to me I am not going to downplay it.”

 

Pierce, who came...

11/04/2010 - 12:20am
Garnett: 'I'm a passionate player'

In the last 24 hours, Kevin Garnett has been accused of calling Charlie Villanueva, "a cancer patient," while responding that he actually said that Villanueva was a cancer on his own team. He's also helped the Celtics win two games including a 105-102 overtime victory over the Bucks Wednesday night that featured a small scuffle between him and Andrew Bogut, which resulted in double technical fouls. After Garnett dunked on Bogut, Garnett threw an elbow and Bogut responded with a shove.

 

"I’m a passionate player," Garnett said. "With all these rules I’m trying my best to get out of situations. I’m definitely not trying to invite them. The game is passionate and I play with a lot of energy for the 15, going on 16 years I’ve played this way. If you like my style that’s what you’re going to love about me. I leave it out there 100 percent on the court. I make no ends about it. I’m a...

11/03/2010 - 11:09pm
Milestone win: Pierce, C's outlast Bucks

Paul Pierce had 12 of his 28 points in overtime and Rajon Rondo had another stellar game as the Celtics overcome a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 105-102, Wednesday night at TD Garden. Pierce joined Larry Bird and John Havlicek as the only players in franchise history to reach the 20,000-point plateau in a career. He has 20,005 and reached the mark late in overtime. Rondo dished out another 15 assists and scored 17 points, making 7-of-10 from the field for the Celtics, who won their fourth straight. 

 

After blowing the lead, the Bucks reclaimed the advantage on Ersan Ilyasova's put-back. But the Bucks came unglued when Andrew Bogut became entangled with Kevin Garnett under the Bucks basket with 2:30 remaining in regulation. Garnett pushed and Bogut threw an elbow back and the two had to be separated. Both received double-technicals but remained in the game. 

 

Garnett, who issued a...

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