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Pierce, KG are in town, but get night off with rest of Nets starters

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None of the guys on this new Sports Illustrated cover will be playing when the Celtics wrap up their regular season tonight.  Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will be around town, but they won’t be at The Garden

At the event, Pierce talked with Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News and confirmed that he will not be playing in Wednesday night’s preseason game against theBoston Celtics — neither will Kevin Garnett —  but he did say he will be making the trip to Boston to “enjoy” some of his “favorite restaurants.” He then said he will not attend the game.

We knew they wouldn’t be there, but now we know they’ll be in the city.  I wouldn’t be shocked to see them show up at the World Series game.

I know we all have a little bit of a Nets obsession right now (and maybe, for some people, the whole season), but Danny Ainge says everyone involved is moving on.

“I think that we’re already there,” Celtics president Danny Ainge said on the phone this week. “I think they’re there and we’re there. They’re moving forward and they’re expecting to win a championship, and we’re moving forward in our direction.”

That direction is the dreaded “r” word, as in “rebuilding.” Ainge has done it before, and he has no compunction about doing it again — even though he’s aware there are no guarantees it will work out as famously or as quickly this time around.

“I don’t know exactly how much pain there will be, but I think that another thing that this time gives us an advantage is the fact that we have a lot more draft picks and better young players as we start this process,” Ainge said. “Ownership, management and coaching communication is great, so that’s huge that we’re all on the same page.”

Some fans will hate Ainge for where the Celtics are right now, but I’m with the “moving on” mentality.  I’ll shed my sports tears for Pierce in January when he returns, but other than that, I’m focusing on the now.  The team will be bad, but that’s necessary to later become good.

Meanwhile, one former Celtic is making a return tonight.

That’s right, Jason Terry will be there tonight.  I wonder what kind of reception the 15 people who attend will give him.  Basically, this game will be a way to root out those few Bostonians who don’t care for baseball or the Red Sox.

If you DO care about the Red Sox, be sure to check out our Sox blog TedsArmy.com, and follow @TedsArmy on Twitter (hey, it’s never a bad time for some self promotion, right?)

As for the Celtics, expect them to take the game a little more seriously.  Whatever lineup they throw out there will likely be the opening night lineup.  This will be a bit of a tuneup for the opener, and after Gerald Wallace called them out, I’d expect them to go out with the intent to not lose to the Nets scrubs.  I expect the Celtics to come out and play harder than they have, and actually win this game.

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  • eddysamson

    Does DWills have his initials tattooed on his forearm? Wow dude, into yourself much?

    • bill_nair

      My uncle who does tattoos always said unless you cant remember your name, never get it tatted on you.

  • LA Flake

    If I was in Boston and saw PP at a restaurant or wherever, I’m giving him a standing O. KG, too.

  • Screamin Jay

    This game is on national TV tonight, one of the few all season. ESPN is the place to be for all of us who don’t live in Boston. You Bostonians will get your Celts fix this year in your local market, so it’s not important to you.

    I’ve always wondered why, if you are a Comcast customer, that you aren’t allowed to pay a bit extra to get one of their “local” sports channels that isn’t local to where you actually live. A lot of people in this country are fans of sports teams that are from a different area than where they live.

    • eddysamson

      Wiziwig.us or thefirstrow.eu (or google first row sports) both sites allow you to stream ANY sports game that is currently being aired.

      Only thing is you need to know how to close the ads/popups that are a pain on those sites. I’ve used them for 2 years without viruses, you just have to be careful with the ads and if they download anything just delete it.

      • Screamin Jay

        yeah…I use both those (I find wiziwig to provide better streaming, less freeze ups), but I still have to sit in my uncomfortable desk chair and watch on a 20 in monitor. TV is so much better…

        Regarding the pop up ads…there is some good free software you can download that keep those ads at bay. I think one of the companies is called Adfender. Since I downloaded ad block software I don’t have problems with pop ups anymore.

        • KGino

          Buy a cable to connect that 20 in monitor to your tv… I know they make them. The picture quality won’t be as good as normal tv, but at least it won’t be on a 20 in screen.

          • Screamin Jay

            I really need to do that. I’m 55 years old, so I’m in that group that finds all this tech shit daunting. It’s not really when I take the time to focus on it, but the problem is taking the time to focus on it. Think I’ll go look for a cable today!

          • KGino

            You got this screamin jay… Just think of how much your life will improve when you’re watching the Cs on a nice 40 inch!

          • Screamin Jay

            Went looking for a cable yesterday….ayecarumba were they ever expensive (I needed about 20 ft of cable, and a 6 footer was 40 bucks)…discovered a wireless device that will do the same job as a cable, only cost $35, it’s called Chromecast if you want to look into it. It’s only been out since July, it’s made by Google I believe.

        • eddysamson

          When I first started using firstrowsports it would actually block my stream out if it detected I was running the firefox AdBlock plugin. I haven’t tried to use one since but I’ve been hearing of people using them and it working so I guess I can try that again.

          But yeah like KGino said, so long as you have a somewhat modern TV (last 10-15 years), you can probably directly connect it to a computer like its a normal monitor with the same cables. Any new flatscreen will have HDMI, DVI, and VGA adapters which are all commonly used with computers. Check the back of your TV and you should see either the Blue VGA or White DVI, HDMI is a bit different, looks more like a USB.

  • bill_nair

    I hate everything about that magazine cover. Miss you Paul.

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