WALTHAM, Mass. -- A collection of news and notes after the Boston Celtics practiced Friday afternoon at the Sports Authority Training Center at HealthPoint in preparation for the start of their first-round series against the Miami Heat:
The rundown (a quick look at the practice headlines)
Rondo sits with flu, expected to play in Game 1
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is battling flu-like symptoms and the team sent him home from Friday's practice session, but he is expected to play in Saturday's Game 1 against Miami.
"Yeah, [Rondo is] pretty bad," admitted coach Doc Rivers. "[Glen Davis] missed [Thursday's session], he's been sick, so whatever Tony has, it's spread around the team right now. Rondo, we had him do film, then we did a walkthrough and then we told him go home.
"He's going to play. I don't know how he's going to feel. I don't anticipate him feeling great, he's throwing up and everything else last night and all day today. I know we sent him to the hospital to do IV work and stuff like that. other than that, it is what it is."
Allen missed the final two games of the regular season due to the flu and Davis battled it the final game against the Bucks on Wednesday. Both were well enough to participate in Friday's session and both are expected to play Saturday.
It's ironic that Rondo, the team's posterchild for H1N1 prevention, is the one to come down with the flu. As Rivers noted, it's hard to avoid once the first player gets it.
"It's too late [for precautions]," said Rivers. "These guys fly together and live together, for the most part. So there's not a lot you can do."
'Sheed's confidence high despite "so-so" season
Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace sounded off on a season he said was "nothing to write home about," and noted he's not playing to please the fans.
"I’m going to be me, no matter," said Wallace. "Half the people like me and half the people don’t. I’m not out here to please the fans or whatever, I’m here to win a title. Some of the fans are mad with me, some of the fans cheer for me, I can’t worry about that. I can’t play my game off that. I’m going to go out there and do what I’ve got to do and get the W."
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KG and Pierce on being ready for the playoffs
Celtics forward Kevin Garnett spent a few minutes with the media after practice and discussed a handful of hot topics:
* On increased playing time in postseason: "Whatever Doc needs me to do. If I have to die out there on the court, that’s what it is. Postseason play is all about giving all you have, I’m no exception to that."
* On Michael Beasley: "One of the more difficult matchups in the league. He's lefthanded, but he can go with his right hand. He can finish strong, he's powerful, and he's got youth. The youth element is on his side."
* On playing in the postseason after missing last year's playoffs due to injury: "I’m very much looking forward to it. Obviously, you all know the past history for me and my injuries, so to be in postseason is big for me."
Celtics captain Paul Pierce kept it short and sweet with the media, but expressed great confidence in his team, noting on multiple occasions that he considered this team a championship-caliber squad. Other highlights:
* On having a healthy Garnett: "Our goal all year long was to get to the playoffs healthy. We've been able to accomplish that goal. It's been a bumpy season, a lot of injuries, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of inconsistencies. But our No. 1 goal was to get to the playoffs healthy and now we have."
* On what he likes about this year's team: "We have great depth and we've been together -- we have the chemistry, the know-how and the experience. We've got all the qualities that you need to win a championship."