Daniels, Pierce out?

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The Celtics’ first choices to defend Cleveland’s LeBron James in Thursday’s game are Marquis Daniels and Paul Pierce. And both Daniels and Pierce missed practice Wednesday with flu symptoms.

Daniels could be available for the game but Pierce, who also has a sprained thumb, is likely out. Completely joking, Rivers said he’d go out and guard James — if the league still allowed hand checks. Half-joking, Rivers said he’d sic Rondo on him. And throwing out all possibility’s, Rivers said he might match the other piece of the Nate Robinson deal, Marcus Landry, up with James.

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Landry, a 6-foot-7-inch, 230-pounder who played center at Wisconsin, sounded ready to run through walls for Rivers and seemed equally eager about the possibility of guarding James, saying:

“LeBron is a great, great player. I’ve been watching his game, and as they were doing things out here [in practice], I noticed spots that he likes to go to. He’s a great player and it would definitely be a good challenge to me … He’s a great player, you’re not going to keep him from scoring, but you can most definitely make it hard for him.”

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