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The Other Side: Boston Celtics


I got it. No, I got it. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)


The Boston Celtics make their first visit to Verizon Center on Thursday riding an eight-game winning streak. The East's hottest team hasn't lost since a Nov. 20 setback at home against the Orlando Magic. The Celtics won their last game on Wednesday, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks, 98-89, as Rajon Rondo messed around and almost got a triple double, with 11 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds. They are 9-1 on the road this season.

Boston has won three consecutive games against the Washington Wizards, including their last meeting, 115-107 on April 15. Here's what else you need to know about the Celtics:

1. Ray Allen is closing in on history. He is 14 points away from being the 37th player to reach 20,000 points in his career. Allen has seen his scoring average come down the past three seasons, but he has been invaluable to the Celtics. He's even become a better defender since joining Boston. He has become more important with backup Marquis Daniels out for the next eight weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb.

2. Kevin Garnett, back after having knee surgery last May, looked scary -- not in a good way -- during training camp when he was caught running/limping on video. He later said his knee wasn't the reason for the limp. He scored 20 points just once in his first 15 games, but Garnett has slowly worked himself back into shape and now he can't miss. Garnett has made 50 of his past 65 shots and was recently named Eastern Conference player of the week after scoring 20 points in three of his past four games.

3. Rasheed Wallace will not be silenced. The newest Celtic brought his bravado with him, bolding claiming in preseason that this team could match the 72-win Chicago Bulls. Now that disgraced former referee Tim Donaghy is making the rounds promoting his book, "Personal Foul," Wallace is supporting some of Donaghy's claims of game manipulation by referees. The reigning Mr. T said that he knew he was targeted for technical fouls all along.

By Michael Lee  |  December 10, 2009; 6:06 PM ET
 
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Comments

Yay!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 10, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

"Rajon Rondo messed around and almost got a triple double"

Man that was so funny, I forgot to laugh

Posted by: Barno1 | December 10, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

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