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Game 71 -- Bobcats at Celtics

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  March 25, 2011 04:29 PM

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Paul Pierce didn't want to make touches an issues after Wednesday night's loss to Memphis


Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Celtics (50-20), Bobcats (28-42)
Broadcast info: CSN, WEEI
Officials: David Jones, Kane Fitzgerald, Michael Smith

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Glen Davis is putting the second unit's success on his shoulders.


Probable starters: Celtics: PG: Rajon Rondo SG: Ray Allen SF: Paul Pierce PF: Kevin Garnett C: Nenad Krstic

Bobcats:
PG: DJ Augustin
SG: Gerald Henderson
SF: Dante Cunningham
PF: Boris Diaw
C: Kwame Brown

Storylines:

O'Neal back in the boot: ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg reported that Shaquille O'Neal was back in a walking boot after taking a cortisone shot yesterday but expects to return by April 1. He'll miss his 23d straight game tonight.

Glen Davis thinks it through: The last few possessions of the Celtics' loss to the Grizzlies were questionable. Doc Rivers second-guess whether he should have called a timeout before Rajon Rondo missed a floater. The Celtics got two chances at 3-pointers to tie it, but both missed. Glen Davis took one of them, and yesterday said he should have known better. "Even though I went to LSU, I've got a high IQ," Davis joked. "Instead of shooting that ball, being in the moment, I should have called a timeout." Davis took responsibility for finding a way to get the second unit in shape. "Me being one of the leaders on the second group, being the guy that plays the most on the second group, I need to be more of a leader to organize and to make sure that we know what we’re doing out there and just to make sure we have a collective effort on the defensive side.”

Paul Pierce's touches: Pierce didn't want to make an issues of it, but Rivers emphasized that Pierce needs to be a more active part of the offense. He took just three shots in the first half of the Grizzlies game, but scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half. He's been efficient all season, shooting 49.5 percent from the floor. But the most shots he's taken in his past five games were the 13 he took in the Celtics win over New York. Pierce averaged 20.4 points on 13.1 shots in January, then 18.1 points on 13.4 shots in February, and now in March he's down to 16.6 points on 10.4 shots.

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