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Celtics announce signing of Greg Monroe to 10-day contract

Celtics announce signing of Greg Monroe to 10-day contract

Greg Monroe is back in Boston.

The Celtics officially announced the signing of the big man to a 10-day contract prior to Sunday night's matchup against the Spurs.

The presence of Monroe, who played in 26 games with the Celtics last season, provides much-needed frontcourt depth with Al Horford (left knee soreness) and Robert Williams (low back contusion) both out vs. San Antonio.

With the playoffs looming, having Monroe on board will allow Boston to rest both Horford and Aron Baynes, who is recovering from a left ankle sprain.

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Celtics injury report: Marcus Smart, Guerschon Yabusele both out

Celtics injury report: Marcus Smart, Guerschon Yabusele both out

The Boston Celtics' injury report isn't very long, but they are going to be without a couple of players against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

The Celtics are operating without Marcus Smart, who could be out for the first two playoff series after suffering an oblique injury late in the year, but the team also won't have Guerschon Yabusele. Yabusele is dealing with a sore back, so he will be out.

In his place, Jonathan Gibson, who was signed by the C's late in the year, will suit up.

Yabusele's absence won't have much of an impact on the Celtics in this series. He has only played 28 seconds so far through three games in the series, and it's likely that he would stay buried on the bench. He is behind big men like Aron Baynes, Daniel Theis, and probably rookie Robert Williams in the pecking order, but still, losing interior depth is notable.

Gibson played in four games for the Celtics last season and averaged 8.5 points per game in those contests. However, he is likely to be the last man off the bench, so he probably won't play unless the game turns into a blowout.

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Paul Pierce doesn't mind debate: 'It doesn’t bother me one bit'

Paul Pierce doesn't mind debate: 'It doesn’t bother me one bit'

Paul Pierce has been in the headlines quite a bit more than a long-retired player usually is during the final stretch of the NBA season.

The Boston Celtics legend caught some flak after claiming that he was a better player than Dwyane Wade during Wade's retirement tour. Pierce sparked an intense debate among sports fans on social media about who was the better player.

Since the debate, Pierce has been ridiculed by fans of the Miami Heat and Wade. At Wade's final game in Miami, the crowd started a loud "Paul Pierce sucks" chant. Recently, Pierce spoke to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe about the attention he has received, and he mostly brushed it off and claimed that he's used to the negative attention.

“You know I don’t care about stuff,” Pierce said. “I don’t know how this happened. You know me, you know that stuff don’t bother me. As a player I was the same way, that’s what made me who I am. People can say what they want to say but I’ve always been a villain in this league. I’ve always been booed on the road.

“It’s nothing new. It doesn’t bother me one bit.”

This is probably the right attitude to have, especially considering that Pierce is now a prominent NBA analyst for ESPN. He's going to say what he thinks, as he always has, and he won't let the negative attention get to him.

Of course, it does help that Pierce's cause that he does have some positive remarks coming his way. Danny Ainge weighed in on the debate and backed up Pierce's assertation with the use of analytics. And there are plenty of Celtics fans who agree with him as well.

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