Pierce puts struggles behind him


Pierce puts struggles behind him

BOSTON -- Paul Pierce has been around the league long enough to know you cant get too low about a loss. Learn from your mistakes and improve upon them for the next one.

After shooting 3-for-17 in the Boston Celtics' 87-74 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, Pierce didnt hang his head over his performance. Hes looking to do better the next time on the court.

I felt good, he said. I thought I took a lot of good shots, they just didnt fall tonight. I can live with that.

Pierce scored 10 points in a season-high 37 minutes, a drop from 24 points on Wednesday against the New Jersey Nets and 21 points against the Washington Wizards on Monday.

He was human, said Doc Rivers. I thought he tried to do too much off the bounce, especially early, and then I thought he got frustrated a little bit. Thats going to happen. But thats where somebody else we needed to pick up, and nobody could. Without Ray (Allen) shooting today, we wouldve shot 20 percent.

The Celtics shot 39.4 percent from the field (26-for-66 FG), with Allen scoring a team-high 23 points. Kevin Garnett finished second to Allen with 12 points.

I think both teams really struggled offensively. said Pierce. It was one of those defensive, grind-it-out games, but I think they really beat us on what we like to call the 50-50 plays, where theres loose balls, offensive rebounds, and they made timely baskets.

With a veteran outlook, Pierce is looking ahead to performing better in their next contest. After playing four games since Sunday, the Celtics will not play again until Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks.

This will give the Celtics much-welcomed time for practice, especially for Pierce who missed the first three games of the season with a foot injury.

It will give us a chance to get some good practice time in, he said. I havent had any practice this year, so itll be good for me to get back in and refreshed with some of the things were doing. Add to our playbook, which we havent been able to do because of our lack of practice, plus itll be a good rest for us. Were playing every other day, so get our feet back up under us and regroup and get back on next week.

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.


Larkin provides fourth-quarter spark, Celtics beat Sixers, 102-92

Larkin provides fourth-quarter spark, Celtics beat Sixers, 102-92

PHILADELPHIA – Despite playing its second straight game without a key rotation player, the Boston Celtics did just enough to get their first win of the season, 102-92, over Philadelphia.

Boston (1-2) was led by Kyrie Irving’s game-high 21 points, but it was Shane Larkin's floor game down the stretch that truly catapulted Boston to its first win of the season.

Larkin, who was seeing action in large part because Marcus Smart was out with a left ankle injury, provided a huge spark in the fourth before finishing with 10 points and four assists.

He drained a 3-pointer that tied the game at 75-all, which was part of an 18-9 Celtics run.

The Sixers (0-2) were led by J.J. Redick and Jerryd Bayless who had 19 and 18 points, respectively. Joel Embiid got off to a slow start, but finished with a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Boston played with a lead for most of the first half, but Philadelphia took over with a 7-0 run to end the second quarter and had the Celtics playing catch-up for all of the third and some of the fourth quarter.

Boston was once again short-handed, with Marcus Smart out with a left ankle injury. He replaced Gordon Hayward, whose left ankle injury in the first quarter of Boston’s loss to Cleveland on Tuesday, is expected to keep him sidelined for the rest of the season.

But with players out, that opens up opportunities for others to step up.

Larkin, who walked away from a contract overseas that would have paid about $5 million more than he’s making with the Celtics, was one of those players.

Aron Baynes, who got the start with Smart out, had 10 points and eight rebounds. Boston also got another strong game off the bench from Terry Rozier who had 14 points and seven rebounds