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Friday
Jan202012

Could the Celtics' 'Big Three' Get Dealt?

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Could it be the end of an era in Boston?  Celtics' General Manager Danny Ainge recently said he would be willing to break up the Boston "Big Three" if it would benefit the team.

He saw what happened to Boston in the early 90's, when the C's didn't part with aging veterans Larry Bird, Kevin Mchale and Robert Parish.  That decision was a major reason the Celtics didn't win a first round playoff series from the 1992-1993 season to the 2000-2001 season.

Despite this, Ainge is not totally sold on the idea.

"We've all known that there's a window for this group," Ainge said on WEEI. "We're constantly evaluating that. But I don't have anything on the books. I don't have anything imminent. There's nothing out there that I am actively doing. "I'm being patient with this group of guys. They believe they're much better than they're playing right now. Doc (Rivers) believes they're much better than they're playing right now. I believe that too."

The Big Three consist of Ray Allen, who is 36; Kevin Garnett, who is 35; and Paul Pierce, who is 34.  The three came together in the 2007 off-season. They immediately won the 2007-2008 NBA Championship and were one game away from winning another in 2010.

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Friday
Dec232011

Paul Pierce is Doubtful for Celtics Opener

Boston Celtics/NBA(WALTHAM, MA) -- The injuries keep adding up for the Boston Celtics. First it was Jeff Green. Now it looks like C's captain Paul Pierce will miss the teams season opener with a sore right heel.

The Celtics kick off the entire NBA season Christmas day, when they take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

"It's medical staff decision -- 100 percent a medical staff decision," head coach Doc Rivers said. "I think this year it's really going to have to be that. Because we can't trust [the player] in that. Because if they do play and risk further injury, then miss some games, that's [like] 25 games because it's a shortened season."

Last season, the 34-year-old Pierce averaged 18.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

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Wednesday
Dec142011

Celtics Stars Call Out NBA Commissioner Stern over Shortened Training Camps

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(WALTHAM, Mass.) -- Boston Celtics stars Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce all voiced their displeasure for the crammed training camp that has taken place after the NBA reached a deal to end the lockout in order to start the shortened 66-game season on Christmas day.

Garnett said, "Timing is everything. Chemistry is something that you don't just throw in the frying pan and mix it up with another something, then throw it on top of something, then fry it up and put it in a tortilla and put in a microwave, heat it up and give it to you and expect it to taste good."

Boston has practiced with less than 10 players each of the first three days of camp, only getting a full roster of players on Monday.

"I feel very rushed," Allen said. "I can't say that I've been particularly happy with the way things have transpired over the last two or three weeks, but I think everybody is in a situation where we just have to do the best with what we have."

"This is something that could have been avoided, especially when you see all the different trades falling through, the disorganization of rosters at this point. There probably should have been a period where you had a free-agent signing period and then training camp." Pierce said. "Christmas Day was something that was really pushed amongst the players as a key day, and that's why we've rushed the way we've been rushing."

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