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Wednesday's Celtics practice update

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  December 14, 2011 05:22 PM

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The Celtics still have not fielded a full squad so far in this shortened training camp as Jeff Green, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo missed practice with injuries.

*Green particpated in non-contact drills Tuesday but missed practice completely Wednesday as he has yet to be cleared to participate because of a abnormality with his stress test. Celtics coach Doc Rivers called it a "big concern" and a final determination could come tomorrow.

*Pierce (sore right heel) will be shut down for a couple of days, but the injury is not considered serious. He did practice Tuesday before sitting out the conclusion.

*Rondo (sprained right ankle) will also miss the next few days just to make sure he doesn't tweak the injury. It is uncertain if either he or Pierce will play Sunday against Toronto.

*Rivers said Kevin Garnett had a strong practice after the team worked out for nearly four hours.

*Rivers said he is concerned because Keyon Dooling, Sasha Pavlovic and Marquis Daniels are spelling Pierce and Rondo with the starters and aren't getting experience playing with the fellow reserves.

*Rivers also added that he cares little about the two preseason games, "I won't or will not mention Toronto. I'm more concerned about us. If Toronto was the opening night (of the regular season), that would be something different."

*Jermaine O'Neal has made a positive impression on Rivers, "He just looks great. It's amazing the difference watching him this time last year in camp. Just the fact that he knows stuff and he's comfortable."

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