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Rivers concerned about Celtics' rhythm after blizzard canceled practice

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Rivers concerned about Celtics' rhythm after blizzard canceled practice

BOSTON Doc Rivers' son Jeremiah was in town and had never been in a snow blizzard before, so Doc thought it would be a good idea to give him a taste of what one is like.

"We walked about a half a block," Doc Rivers said, "and he wanted to turn around. That was disappointing."

Just as disappointing was the weather's impact on the Celtics' game plan for tonight's matchup with Denver.

Having played back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday, Rivers had planned on giving his players Friday off and resuming practice on Saturday.

However, weather conditions prevented the team from practicing on Saturday and it has created a sense of uncertainty for Rivers as to how his team will respond.

"We tried everything we could yesterday (to practice), even into the evening," Rivers said. "Our (director of security), Mr. Phil Lynch, thought it would be very dangerous which he was right -- I hate to say that. So I'm very concerned."

Rivers even gave serious thought to having practice this morning, which is unusual to have on game nights that have an earlier start.

"It's just tough with two days off," Rivers said. "And what concerned me more was Denver played last night (at Cleveland). You knew they would come in with rhythm. But it's nothing you could have done about it."

The one change Boston did make was they arrived at the TD Garden earlier than usual for their pre-game walk-thru.

"I don't know what that does, but it makes me feel better," Rivers said.

Hayward dons his Celtics uniform in Instagram post

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Hayward dons his Celtics uniform in Instagram post

After a summer full of Photoshops of Gordon Hayward rocking the Celtics green No. 20 jersey, he finally donned the real thing and posted a shot of him in his new work clothes on Instagram.

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The photo also provides a glimpse on another first for the C's uniform - a corporate logo. The General Electric logo will be added to the Celtics new Nike uniforms. So far, 12 NBA teams' uniforms will have corporate logos with likely more to follow suit. 

 


 

Report: Celtics to retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 this season

Report: Celtics to retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 this season

In a surprise to no one, Paul Pierce, the former Celtics captain, and second all-time leading scorer, will have his No. 34 retired by the C's sometime this season, C's co-owner Steve Pagliuca tells the Boston Globe. 

Pierce signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Celtics last month so he could officially retire with the Green, with whom he played 15 seasons and helped bring a 17th NBA title to Boston in 2008. Pierce was traded, along with Kevin Garnett, to the Brooklyn Nets in 2013 in a deal that's still paying dividends for Boston.

Pierce final TD Garden appearance as a player came this past Super Bowl Sunday, when he hit a final 3-pointer for the Los Angeles Clippers in their loss to the Celtics.

No. 34 going to the Garden rafters led WBZ Radio's Adam Kaufman to speculate which game would be appropriate for a Pierce ceremony.