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Ainge: Pietrus To Make Celtics Debut In Two Weeks

Celtics president Danny Ainge said Mickael Pietrus should be ready for game action by the middle of January after July knee surgery.

“It feels great [to be in Boston],’’ Pietrus said. “Since I have been in the NBA, my goal has always been to win a championship, and I have a chance to win one so I’m going to give it everything I’ve got with my new teammates. So hopefully at the end of the year, we get what we want.’’

Pietrus injured his right knee in March while playing for the Phoenix Suns. The Suns were close to trading him to the Raptors earlier this month, but Toronto called off the deal when Pietrus’s knee did not test at full strength.

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Pierce Makes 11-12 Debut, Boston Record Not A Factor

Paul Pierce will play for the first time this season on Friday night against the Detroit Pistons in the 11-12 home opener for the Boston Celtics. He missed the team’s first three games, all losses, with a bruised right heel.

“Not a lot,” Doc Rivers said of the minutes Pierce will play. “We’ll just go with our eyes. He’s had just one practice and that was, what, three weeks ago?

“We will build him up each game.”

Rivers added that the Celtics could switch from their zone defense back to man if Pierce has trouble due to the lack of repetitions in practice/games because of his injury.

He added that the team’s 0-3 record had nothing to do with the decision to activate Pierce for Friday night’s game.

“Nah, we could be 3-0 and I’d be playing Paul tonight,” Rivers said.

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM

Pierce Close To Return From Heel Injury

Paul Pierce is impatient to make his season debut, possibly tonight for the Celtics’ home opener against Detroit.

“I’m close very very close,” he tweeted last night.

On Wednesday, Pierce admitted it’s been difficult to watch the start of the season from the bench.

“It’s tough, man, because I can see how my teammates need me,” he said before the Celts’ 97-78 loss to the Hornets. “But I think they’re doing all right out there in a lot of ways.”

Via Mark Murphy/Boston Herald

Garnett Obtains Stake In Roma Football Club

Boston Celtics All-Star forward Kevin Garnett is about to become a small shareholder in the American-owned Roma football club.

Roma has confirmed that Garnett accepted an offer from James Pallotta, one of the four Boston executives that closed a deal in August to become the first foreign majority owners of a Serie A club.

Pallotta is also a minority owner of the Celtics.

Via Associated Press

Green Vows To Return Stronger For Celtics

Jeff Green intends to return stronger from surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm.

“I’m in a good place right now. I know the whole procedure, and I know when I come back I will be stronger than ever and be a lot better," Green said.

“And when the doctors give me the go, I’m going to take it to another level."

Green has been around the Celtics since his diagnosis and said it has been therapeutic.

“I’m very relieved, because I can play basketball again,’’ Green said before the Celtics lost to the Heat, 115-107, last night at American Airlines Arena. “It’s a blessing that it was found because you never know what could happen.’’

Via Boston Globe

Celtics Aim To Improve Offensive Rebounding

Under Doc Rivers, the Celtics have never finished any better than 15th in offensive rebounding.

Because the Celtics have been so consistently weak in this area, there has been a perception that this is something that Rivers doesn't stress. Not true, he says.

"We always wanted to do that," Rivers said. "That's been one of the most misunderstood things about us. We've always told our bigs, 'If you're under the basket and we shoot, how about going to get it?' "

Via A. Sherrod Blakely/CSNNE.com

Rivers: This Is The Rondo We Want

Rajon Rondo had an outstanding 31 points, 13 assists and five steals (27.6 FIC40) in Boston's Opening Day loss to the Knicks.

"This is the Rondo we want," Doc Rivers said after the game. "This is what we talked about last year. Getting to the free-throw line. Taking the shots when they're open. I thought he was the aggressor in the game. I don't know if [he] can do that every night, but overall, that's the Rondo that we want. It was terrific."

"He attacked. He attacked early. He set the tone, got into the paint, softened up their defense," Ray Allen said. "It's a great sign for us."

"I was just trying to get us into transition," Rondo said. "Trying to get us to the line. Trying to get us some easy looks, get them in the penalty early. But it's only one game. When P [Pierce] gets back, obviously, some of the shots will go to P. Whatever the team needs, whatever Doc wants me to do, that's what I'll do."

Via Peter May/ESPN

Pietrus Signs With Celtics

Mickael Pietrus, who negotiated a buyout with the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, cleared waivers Saturday night and as expected, signed on with the Boston Celtics.

"His skills as a perimeter defender and an outside shooter provide great versatility to the roster," Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge said in a statement released by the Celtics.

The Celtics only have the veteran's minimum available.

That means the eight-year veteran would receive a pro-rated salary of about $1.2 million.

Via A. Sherrod Blakely/CSNNE.com

Knicks Have Highest Average Christmas Day Secondary Market Ticket Price

The Knicks have the highest average ticket price of the five Christmas Day games.

Here are the averages, according to information provided by TiqIQ.com:

Celtics @ Knicks: $516.09
Bulls @ Lakers: $466.02
Heat @ Mavs: $395.97
Magic @ Thunder: $295.71
Clippers @ Warriors: $104.95

Via Ian Begley/ESPNNewYork.com

Celtics Extend Minimum Contract Offer To Pietrus

Mickael Pietrus agreed to a buyout with the Suns and is now in the NBA’s two-day waiver period before deciding whether to accept Boston’s minimum contract offer.

“I think Mike likes the Celtics very much and likes that option very much,’’ said Pietrus’s agent, Bill McCandless. “I guess we’ll open up the present tomorrow at 6:30. There’s one team that was interested in trading for him and it did come down to the wire. I think there’s a 15 percent chance of a waiver claim.’’

Pietrus averaged 7.4 points in 38 games with the Suns last season after being traded from Orlando.

Via Amalie Benjamin, Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

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Pierce 'Doubtful' For Season Opener

Paul Pierce is unlikely to play on Sunday’s opening day game against the Knicks.

Source: Pietrus Leaning Toward Joining Celtics

Mickael Pietrus was bought out by the Suns and is expected to clear waivers Saturday.

Rivers Encouraged By Early Results Of 5-5-5 Minute Allotment For Garnett

Doc Rivers plans to utilize Kevin Garnett in 5-minute increments.

NBA Season Ticket Sales Hold Steady

Ten NBA teams have season ticket bases over 10,000

Rivers Will Look To Marquis Daniels, Sasha Pavlovic To Fill In For Green

Marquis Daniels and Sasha Pavlovic will see plenty of playing time with Jeff Green sidelined for the season with a heart condition.

Jeff Green Out For Season, Contract Likely To Be Voided

A heart ailment will sideline Jeff Green for the entire 2011-12 season.

Green, Celtics Still Awaiting Results Of Stress Test

Jeff Green has not practiced with the Celtics thus far this season because of preliminary results of a stress test.

Veteran Celtics Express Disappointment With Rushed Start Of Season

Kevin Garnett expressed his disappointment for the rushed training camp into a 66-game season.

Phil: Shortened Season Could Lead To Unlikely Champion

Phil Jackson believes the truncated season could result in a dark horse champion.

Posey's Agent To Talk To Celtics

James Posey's agent Mark Bartelstein plans to talk to the Celtics about a reunion.

Rivers Open To Expanding Regular Rotation

Doc Rivers may play as many as 10 or 11 players in his regular rotation.

Jeff Green Undergoing Tests For Undisclosed Medical Issue

Jeff Green has yet to practice this season.

Delonte West Agrees To One-Year Deal With Dallas

Delonte West has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mavericks.

Reggie Evans In Talks With Raptors, Blazers, Celtics, Nets

Reggie Evans is receiving interest from the Raptors, Blazers, Celtics and Nets.

David West To Celtics Dead, Signs With Pacers

A deal that would send David West to the Celtics via sign-and-trade fell apart, leading him to sign a two-year, $20 million deal with Indiana.

Pacers Making Progress With David West

The Pacers and David West are making progress on a two-year, $20 million deal.

Pacers Ready To Sign David West If Boston Deal Falls Apart

Indiana has been in talks with David West on a two-year deal that would pay him a higher annual salary than what the Celtics can offer.

Jeff Green Re-Signs With Celtics

The Boston Celtics announced that they have re-signed forward Jeff Green.

Celtics, Bulls, Clippers Also Expected To Pursue Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard has requested a trade from the Magic.

West To Boston Deal Remains On Hold

JaJuan Johnson and E'Twan Moore, rookies with the Celtics, have been mentioned in discussions.
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