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02/09/2012 - 11:53pm
Doc: 'I thought this was an awful game'

A dejected Doc Rivers pulled no punches when asked what he thought of his team's offensive execution and rebounding performance Thursday night in an 88-87 loss to the Lakers at TD Garden. 

"I thought our execution the whole game was terrible," Rivers said. "I thought this was an awful game, except for they won. If we had won it, it would've been an awful game that we had won. That's how I felt. So, just thought our execution was off all night."

Not only did the Celtics make just 38-of-97 shots, they were outrebounded 55-45, outscored in the paint, 24-13 and outscored in second-chance points, 46-38. 

"Give them some credit, some of it was defense," Rivers said. "I thought a lot of it was self-inflicted. We've been very good at just running the floor, ball movement, second and third options, second and third picks. Today, the ball just was not [moving]. It was no fun to watch."

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02/09/2012 - 10:45pm
Another classic: Lakers hold off C's

Paul Pierce had his shot rim out and Ray Allen was blocked by Pau Gasol at the buzzer as the Lakers held on for an 88-87 overtime win over the Celtics Thursday night at TD Garden. Allen scored 22 to lead four Celtics in double figures. Kevin Garnett had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 27 points while Pau Gasol had 25. Andrew Bynum added 16 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. The Lakers outrebounded the Celtics 55-45. 

Bryant and Steve Blake hit shots to open overtime. But the Celtics responded with the next five points, including a Pierce trey with 1:51 left to give the Celtics an 87-86 lead. But Bynum was again a monster on the glass with an offensive rebound and field goal. 

Allen's 3-pointer with 1:08 left in the fourth quarter gave Boston an 82-80 lead before Pau Gasol put back a Kobe Bryant miss with 9.8 seconds left to tie the game, 82-82. Pierce had a wide open Allen on the left wing for a 3-point...

02/09/2012 - 7:50pm
Allen won't compete in 3-point contest

Ray Allen is shooting a career-best 53 percent from 3-point range -- second in the league behind Golden State's Brandon Rush -- and he's competed in the annual 3-point contest six times in his career, winning the title in 2000. But Allen wasn't named to the All-Star team and he said he wouldn't be participating in the contest this season.

"If I'm not going to play in the game, then it's a great opportunity to take the whole week and just relax," Allen said. "It's better on my body and my mind."

A 10-time All-Star, Allen said he wasn't upset about not making the team.

"I would pretty much think that most people wouldn't have thought I'd still be in consideration, still playing good basketball on a team that has a chance to compete for a championship," Allen said. "I know that my impact is being felt and what I'm doing, I've been doing the right things and continue to. Sometimes that's good enough."...

02/09/2012 - 7:36pm
Pierce lone Celtic on All-Star team

Paul Pierce has been named an All-Star for the 10th straight season, but Pierce will be the only Celtic representative on this year's Eastern Conference team. The reserves were announced on Thursday before the Celtics played the Lakers, and as voted by the coaches there were no other Celtics.

Four Celtics were selected last year with Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett joining Pierce. Three were selected in 2010, 2009 and 2008. This is the first time Garnett has not been an All-Star since the 1998-99 season, breaking a string of 12-straight selections.

"It's just change," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "It happens." 

Rivers said this season was especially tough to choose a team, especially after just 24 games. He also said his team's 14-10 record probably played a part.

"I thought that hurt a couple of our guys especially," Rivers said. "Now we're playing well, but the voting was so...

02/09/2012 - 5:41pm
Ainge: Pierce 'one of the greats'
By: DJ Bean

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show Thursday to discuss the team and forward Paul Pierce. The 34-year-old Pierce surpassed Larry Bird for second in all-time points for the C's this week. 

Ainge called Pierce "one of the greats," and noted that the small forward has been underrated in his career. 

"Because he played with bad teams for most of the early part of his career -- I mean, look what he did past his prime," Ainge said. "Everyone wants to say he was MVP of the finals, but no, he outplayed LeBron [James] in Game 7 in that Cleveland series. What he did in that playoff run was spectacular, and thats what it takes to be a championship-caliber team."

The C's have won nine of their last 10 games, and Ainge said the way the team plays in the weeks leading up to next month's trade deadline will determine which moves he might make.  

"We have a long...

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