Pierce: Who says it has to be pretty?

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Pierce: Who says it has to be pretty?

BOSTON -- One of the last words to describe the Boston Celtics Game 3 overtime win over the Atlanta Hawks is pretty.

There were 103 missed field goals between the two teams (Celtics shot 32-for-79, Atlanta went 34-for-90), a combined 8-for-33 three-point shooting effort, and 30 turnovers.

Isnt that what gritty playoff basketball is all about, though?

It wasnt pretty, said Paul Pierce (21 points, 3-12 FG). But who said it has to be pretty? At the end of the day, we have to win four games and we won two. It got tight there.

The Celtics and Hawks will face off again on Sunday at the TD Garden. And if Friday was a grind-it-out-type game, a critical Game 4 shouldnt differ.

Its just experience as far as us being in those situations a number of times, said Pierce. The coaching staff has been in those situations a number of times. They dont panic and they understand what it takes. We just try and find a way, and we did.

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Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games by NBA for drug policy violation

Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games by NBA for drug policy violation

NEW YORK - Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

The NBA announced the suspension Saturday, saying Noah tested positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 – something that can be found in over-the-counter supplements.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first reported the suspension.

Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and was likely to miss the Knicks’ final 10 games this season because of a knee injury. The NBA said Noah’s suspension will begin with the ”first NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play.”

Noah is in the first year of a four-year, $72 million contract. He and the Knicks (27-45) have been a disappointment this season. He averaged 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season, and has been limited to 75 games over the past two seasons.