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CELTICS NOTEBOOK 2009-10-15


CELTICS NOTEBOOK 2009-10-15NEWARK, N.J. - Tonight's preseason game against the Toronto Raptors in Hartford considered, the good people of New Jersey didn't have a chance.

Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were all given last night off as the Celtics posted a 91-88 win over the Nets at the Prudential Center. All three are expected to play for a more local following tonight in Hartford.

The result was a starting lineup of Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins, Rasheed Wallace, Eddie House and Marquis Daniels. Stomach trouble led to Daniels not returning after halftime.

J.R. Giddens replaced Daniels in the second half and, in his most prolonged preseason stint, scrapped for seven points and 13 rebounds while playing the last 24 minutes. Overall, Giddens played a team-high 33 minutes.

But the night belonged to Wallace, who finished with 20 points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes, including three 3-pointers, and Glen Davis, who put up 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Wallace left for good in the third quarter with what was described as a mild right ankle sprain.

The trio of Rondo (17 points, 13 assists), Davis and Giddens brought the Celtics back from a 14-point hole.

Out of tune

Last year's rookie crop had to sing ``Happy Birthday'' to coach Doc Rivers and captain Paul Pierce on the practice court. Lester Hudson, this year's new guy, was forced to endure a particularly gruesome form of anxiety.

The rookie was told he was expected to sing to both men on the floor, with a microphone, before last night's game.

``He asked me about it this morning,'' Rivers said with a delighted grin. ``I've actually told (Nets coach) Lawrence (Frank) about it. But the players told Lester he would have to do it on the floor, that he'd have to take the microphone out of the hands of the announcer, so that's what he thinks he'll have to do.''

A distracted-looking Hudson finally broke into a smile during team introductions when it became apparent that he wouldn't have to perform in public.

Big adjustment

By sitting Pierce, Allen and Garnett, Rivers was able to get a prolonged look at one of the C's more intriguing combinations: a tag team of big men Wallace and Perkins.

``They're going to get a good amount of time that way,'' Rivers said. ``That's good for Rasheed. I like the thought of him playing with Perk. That could be a difficult matchup both ways, for the other team as well as for us, when you starting thinking about who to guard.''

KG's timing

Though he sat out the game, there is little doubt in Rivers' mind about Garnett's readiness for the regular season.

``You want to keep an eye on him, but at this point the problem isn't his knee - it's more the amount of minutes,'' Rivers said. ``But he's ready for the season.''

Read the Celtics Insider at bostonherald.com.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 15, 2009

 

 
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