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Pierce, Shaq will play tonight vs. Suns

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Pierce, Shaq will play tonight vs. Suns

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

PHOENIX The streak continues.

Paul Pierce, one of only two Boston Celtics (Ray Allen is the other) to start every game this season, will be in the starting lineup tonight against the Phoenix Suns.

Pierce suffered what team officials described as a right thigh bruise against Portland on Thursday.

He left the game with about two minutes to play, and it was unclear if the injury would prevent him from suiting up tonight.

In addition to Pierce, the Celtics also welcome back Shaquille O'Neal.

O'Neal, who will start tonight, has missed the last three games with a sore right hip injury.

Shortly after the injury, both O'Neal and the Celtics targeted tonight's game for his return.

But don't get too used to seeing O'Neal on the floor tonight.

C's coach Doc Rivers said O'Neal will play limited minutes.

There's no timetable for when his backup, Kendrick Perkins, will replace him in the starting lineup.

"He'll start whenever we get to the point where we feel he can play not only 30 minutes, but 10 minutes in a row without any problems the next day," Rivers said. "I don't know when that's going to come."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn.

Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.