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Marbury, Allen sent home from practice

Posted by Marc J. Spears, Globe Staff  April 9, 2009 01:23 PM

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Stephon Marbury and Ray Allen were sent home from practice this morning with what the team is calling a stomach virus. Had there been a game however, the Celtics are confident they could have played in it.

Allen and Marbury's departures left the injury-riddled Celtics with just nine players available to practice. And as anyone who's ever tried to get a pickup game going knows, it's tough to get a full game going with nine players.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers also said there was a chance injured big men Kevin Garnett, Leon Powe, and Brian Scalabrine could take part in drills on Saturday, but could not take part in 5-on-5 drills.

In addition, Rivers said he has not received calls from anyone who might be interested in assistant coaches Tom Thibodeau and Armond Hill for head coaching positions, but he hoped his assistants would get that chance sometime soon.

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