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Rivers doesn't see any trades on the horizon

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Rivers doesn't see any trades on the horizon

Imagine working your hardest and best all week while in the back of your mind there was a chance you'd be shipped off to the other side of the country on a moment's notice.

It would be tough, wouldn't it?

OK . . . now imagine you're getting paid millions and millions of dollars to do it.

Not so tough anymore, huh?

That's the case every season with the NBA trade deadline, and over the years the Celtics have been relatively active.

Regardless, it's pretty clear that if it were up to Doc Rivers, no Celtics players -- or at least the starting unit -- would be traded this season. He has stood by his players multiple times this season, when it would be easy to put the blame on him for some pretty bad losses. Speaking on WEEI Wednesday morning, Rivers again said he'd be surprised if any major moves came.

I dont expect anything big to come down," Rivers said. "I wouldn't be shocked if nothing came down, to be honest."

Rivers isn't sitting shotgun next to Celtics president Danny Ainge when it comes to trading, but if something becomes more serious, he will get the word.

"Danny brings it to me when it's at a point where it can be discussed and it's a possibility," Rivers said. "I really don't want to be involved in all the different scenarios. Every once in a while he'll come in and say, 'Hey listen, this may not happen but there's a chance we can do this. Would you go further with this?'"

But with all the talk around this time, are players letting it get to them?

"I don't think so. You don't hear much about it," Rivers said. "You know, when the whole Rondo stuff was up there was a lot of talk, obviously. But other than that, the guys are pretty good. Now listen, the guys that people are talking about are veterans. You hear Ray Allen's name, you hear Paul's name. And honestly I don't think any of that will happen. So they've been through it through their career. So it probably bothers them less than it would some of the younger players."

But with this year's Celtics team, a game like Wednesday night's doesn't give much hope to a run at the playoffs. But at the same time, they had four solid wins before Wednesday night. The lockout-shortened season isn't ideal for this veteran squad, but Rivers feels like getting to the playoffs -- and hopefully avoiding that seventh or eighth seed -- is all the C's need, and suddenly they get on a less hectic playing schedule.

"This is a tough year to try to judge. And I think it's tough really guys because of the season. The amount of games, I don't think you see the best quality every night. I think with us it affects us more in some ways because of our age and who we are. But we also know that if you get to the playoffs, and you're healthy and rested -- because the playoffs you get more rest.

Bruins spoil Julien's return to Boston with victory over Canadiens, 4-1

Bruins spoil Julien's return to Boston with victory over Canadiens, 4-1

BOSTON – It was a nice night for Claude Julien in his return to Boston with a well-done video montage and a warm ovation from the still-appreciative Bruins fans. But that’s where it ended for the Habs coach as his hockey club pretty much no-showed for the game and rolled over in a 4-1 win for the Bruins at TD Garden on Wednesday night. 

The Canadiens scored the game’s first goal just 31 seconds into the game when a Jakub Jerabek perimeter shot bounced off Zdeno Chara in front and skipped past Tuukka Rask. But it was all Black and Gold after that with David Pastrnak tying things up six minutes later, and the Bruins outshooting the Habs by a 13-7 margin in the second period while extending their lead. 

This time it was Ryan Spooner taking the puck to the net and watching as his centering pass attempt bounced off Jonathan Drouin’s skate and into the net. It was three goals in his last four games for Spooner, who had to feel a pretty big sense of satisfaction at netting the game-winner against a coach he clearly didn’t see eye-to-eye with early in his B’s career. 

Brad Marchand added a necessary power play strike in the third period to give Boston the insurance marker that they needed, but it didn’t really matter against a Canadiens team that was pretty lifeless for long stretches of the game. 

Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots and went into lockdown mode after the first goal allowed, but truth be told the Canadiens didn’t have much in the way of quality chances throughout the game. David Krejci added the empty net goal late in the third for icing on the cake in a pretty one-sided affair for a Boston/Montreal rivalry game. 

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Isaiah Thomas likes video of Jalen Rose calling Paul Pierce 'petty'

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Isaiah Thomas likes video of Jalen Rose calling Paul Pierce 'petty'

Just when all the video tribute controversy between Isaiah Thomas and Paul Pierce seemed to be dying down, Jalen Rose heated it right back up.

Live on ESPN's "NBA Countdown," Rose called Pierce "petty" for his comments on the Celtics potentially holding a video tribute for Isaiah on Feb. 11 when Pierce gets his jersey retired.

Jalen Rose called Paul Pierce petty right to his face... 😳

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Thomas tweeted on Tuesday that he (again) declined the Celtics' offer to hold the tribute for him so it wouldn't interfere with Pierce's night. But if you look at the likes on the Instagram video above, posted by dimemagazine, you'll see Thomas appears to agree with Rose on the matter.

It doesn't look like the video tribute drama is going to end until the Feb. 11 matchup between the Celtics and Cavaliers is over with.