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Pierce left off All-Star team for first time since 2007

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Pierce left off All-Star team for first time since 2007

BOSTON The Boston Celtics will be well represented during All-Star weekend with a pair of starters in Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.
However, the C's leading scorer Paul Pierce, was not among the seven reserves announced on Thursday.
This will be the first time Pierce has not been selected as an All-Starter since 2007.
"I was hurt that year," Pierce told CSNNE.com prior to the official announcement on Thursday. "If I make it, great. If I don't, I don't."
The last time a healthy Pierce was not selected was 2001.
While there's certainly a tinge of disappointment in not making the team, Pierce understands all too well that no All-Star berth means an opportunity for him to get some much-needed rest for what has to be an impressive run by the C's if they are to have any shot at having the kind of regular season to catapult them into a deep playoff run.
Pierce will use not being selected as added motivation for himself similar to how he -- even to this day -- is fueled to some degree by being selected as the No. 10 pick in the 1998 NBA draft when he was expected to be selected much earlier.
"I've been looked over my whole career," Pierce told CSNNE.com recently. "It just makes me stronger man; it just makes me stronger."
The Eastern Conference reserves, selected by the coaches: Chicago's Luol Deng and Joakim Noah; Cleveland's Kyrie Irving; Indiana's Paul George; Miami's Chris Bosh; New York's Tyson Chandler and Philadelphia's Jrue Holiday.
The Western Conference reserves were Golden State's David Lee; Houston's James Harden; Memphis big man Zach Randolph; Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook; Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge and San Antonio's inside-outside tandem of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.

Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut

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Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut

WALTHAM -- It appears Marcus Morris’ debut for the Celtics will be when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 30.
 
The 6-foot-9 forward confirmed to reporters on Monday that, for now, that’s the target date.
 
Morris spent time after practice playing some one-one-one against rookie Jayson Tatum.
 
“I’m trying to push on it a little more,” he said. “Felt pretty good beating the rook’s ass one-on-one.”
 
The addition of Morris to the lineup can’t come soon enough for the Celtics (1-2).  They have already lost Gordon Hayward (ankle) for the season, and Marcus Smart (ankle) missed Friday’s win over Philadelphia. Smart said he would probably be in uniform for Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks. 
 
Those injuries have forced the Celtics to dig deeper into their roster, resulting in several first-year players seeing action. 
 
Having a veteran like Morris on the floor would bode well for the Celts in their quest to remain among the better teams in the East this season. 
 
Morris, who went through the non-contact portion of practice on Monday, joined the Celtics on Oct. 5, shortly after he and his brother Markieff (who plays for Washington) were acquitted of assault charges involving an incident in Phoenix in January of 2015. He appeared in one preseason game, scoring seven points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field.

Coach Brad Stevens said Morris was having some knee discomfort when he showed up for training camp. That, combined with showing up late to training camp because of his court case in Phoenix, resulted in him not having the level of conditioning he’s used to at the start of training camp. 
 
“It’s not that I’m in bad shape,” he told NBC Sports Boston earlier. “It’s just that I’m not where I expect myself to be conditioning-wise, right now.”
 
Morris echoed similar sentiments on Monday. 
 
“I’m in great condition,” he said. “I just want to be a little better. My conditioning has never been the problem. It’s the soreness in my [left] knee. It’s gotten a lot better over the past 10 days, so I feel I can play now. But be cautious because it’s a long season.”
 
Morris was acquired in the summer by Boston from Detroit, in exchange for Avery Bradley. The move was done to not only ensure there was enough salary cap space to sign then-free agent Gordon Hayward, but also for the Celtics to add a versatile player who can play both forward positions.