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Pagliuca: 'We have stuck to a plan of trying to win championships'

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Pagliuca: 'We have stuck to a plan of trying to win championships'

Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca joined "Felger and Mazz" in studio and talked about what they would have done if Kevin Garnett had retired.

"If you had gone totally young, would the fans have been accepting of it?," Tony Massarotti asked Pagliuca.

"I think so because Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has proven he can do it," Pagliuca said. "We have stuck with the plan to try and win win championships."

Pagliuca said other teams have made mistakes and tried to bring in an older player or two for a short-term fix, but he trusts Ainge's ability to build a winner.

Still, without KG, would the Celtics have "blown it up?," Michael Felger asked Grousbeck.

"That's hard to say," Grousbeck answered. "We still would have looked a guy like Jeff Green and said this is a guy we have to have for the future."

Eventually, the owners agreed, a rebuilding will have to happen.

"We're not going to have everybody here when they're 45 years old," Grousbeck said.

The owners pointed to the San Antonio Spurs as an example of a team that has been able to remain a championship contender while remaking its roster year after year.

Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

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Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

PHILADELPHIA – For the third time in as many games, the Boston Celtics will field a different lineup.

It will have a domino effect on Boston’s usual starters, but no one more than Al Horford who will slide over to power forward with Aron Baynes inserted into the starting lineup where he’ll be charged with trying to defend Sixers 7-footer Joel Embiid.

Meanwhile, Horford will be assigned to defend Robert Covington who is one of Philadelphia’s better perimeter scorers.

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“I feel like one of my strengths is being able to play multiple positions,” Horford told NBC Sports Boston. “It presents a different challenge for me, which is making sure I do a good job of covering him out on the perimeter, staying between him and the basket.”

In Philadelphia’s 120-115 season-opening loss to Washington, Covington led all Sixers with 29 points which included him going 7-for-11 from 3-point range in addition to grabbing seven rebounds.

While Covington will be Horford’s first defensive assignment, he knows he will also be called upon at times to defend Embiid who ranks among the best centers in the NBA despite having played just 32 games over the course of three NBA seasons.

In the loss to the Wizards, Embiid had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Horford’s defense will be critical for Boston (0-2) to get its first win of the season, but the Celtics will also need him to take advantage of scoring opportunities as well.

“We have some guys down, but that creates opportunities for other guys to step up and contribute,” Horford said. “It’s going to all of us, the veterans, the young players, all of us to get that first win.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens agreed.

“I think that’s how we have to look at it,” Stevens said. “We’re going to have to make a few tweaks on how we do things, obviously. Hey, it’s gonna be something that we’re going to have to do really, really well on the fly.”

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