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11/04/2010 - 11:53am
Allen on D&H: No problem with trash talk

In Ray Allen's appearance on the Dale & Holley show, the All-Star guard talked about what it means to score 20,000 points, whether he seriously considered leaving the Celtics this past summer and his reaction to the Kevin Garnett-Charlie Villanueva controversy. "I know Kevin and Charlie were going at it," Allen said. "One of the things people don’t know about Kevin is he wanted to go to UConn. He talks so much trash about UConn now because I went there. Charlie was the recipient of that trash talk because he went to UConn. I thought it was all in good fun. I don’t think he said anything that was out of bounds.
 
"So many people say so many things," Allen continued. "So I don’t know if Kev said it to the extent of what [Villanueva said], but at the same time, that’s all within the lines. We’re trying to play basketball. I can only imagine what the guys in the NFL say to each other....

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 The 32-year-old Irons had withdrawn from a tournament in Puerto Rico because of an illness related to dengue fever, according to his sponsor, and his illness apparently worsened during his flight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...

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