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Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  March 16, 2012 09:17 PM

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Celtics are all assembled and here in Sacramento after the team resisted a trade and now it's back to business, trying to move up the Eastern Conference ladder. The team made it through Wednesday's thrilling win against the Golden State Warriors without any ailments and had a full day off before shootaround this morning.

Kevin Garnett offered his opinions on the trade deadline as well as loyalty in the NBA, a word that's been thrown around often the past few days because of Dwight Howard's decision to stay in Orlando for another season.

“As a team man, you just want to know where you are,” forward Kevin Garnett said. “As a team you want everybody two feet in. You don’t want anybody outside the circle. With all the uncertain you hear the word loyalty in this game and you kind of laugh at it. I don’t think either side has a sense of loyalty no more. I think that’s the way the league is being created through all the (labor) negotiations, all the CBA stuff that’s going on. But who am I? I am speaking my opinion.

"You are very conscious of (a final run), one injury away can kind of having it go in another direction. But there’s different elements that can cause the whole equation to change but you try to focus on what’s in front of you. I think we do a good job of that."

Tyreke Evans (sprained left ankle) is out.

STARTING LINEUPS

BOSTON CELTICS (23-19)

PG Rajon Rondo
SG Ray Allen
SF Paul Pierce
PF Brandon Bass
C Kevin Garnett

INACTIVES: Jermaine O'Neal, Chris Wilcox

SACRAMENTO KINGS (14-29)

PG Isaiah Thomas
SG Marcus Thornton
SF John Salmons
PG Jason Thompson
C DeMarcus Cousins

INACTIVES: Francisco Garcia

OFFICIALS: Tony Brothers, Matt Boland, Scott Twardoski

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