WALTHAM -- Celtics guard Terrence Williams spoke with reporters Saturday at the team's practice facility here, his first public comments since being arrested earlier in the week in Kent, Wash., after the mother of his 10-year-old son said Williams threatened her with a gun.
Williams is being investigated for second-degree domestic assault, but prosecutors decided to delay bringing charges against him as they continue to investigate the incident, which occurred in a parking lot during a custody exchange between Williams and the woman.
It’s unclear how long it will take before prosecutors make a decision. If convicted, Williams, 25, faces possible jail time and suspension by the NBA.
"We all know there’s two sides to every story," said Williams, who signed with the Celtics Feb. 20, averaging 4.6 points over 13.3 minutes in 24 regular-season games.
"That’s all I’m going to say about that, I’m not crazy. You guys have been around me for whatever 2 ½ months, I’m not crazy at all."
Williams later added, "Before anything, I’m a father. Before anything, my job is to protect my kid. And to be there. It’s so easy as me, just dropping my son off, and something turns bad. It doesn’t affect me, because I’m a father at the end of the day, no basketball, no NBA, no nothing. I’m a father. I’m fortunate to be here, to be able to workout, to be able to come to this facility. Still be on the team now. I can’t let it affect me because the people that are saying the negative things, they don’t really control my life or my future."
According to court documents, Williams told police that while he did have a gun, he didn't point it at the woman, as she told the police that he did.
Williams would not directly answer a question about whether he had a gun, instead pointing to the police reports and adding, "Like I said, I didn’t do nothing wrong, and I didn’t do that the next person, the next man, that would have protected himself or his family wouldn’t do."
Williams admitted being frustrated about the situation and the way he's being portrayed.
"Very frustrating, because I was there, I know what happened, and I know what didn’t happen," he said. "To anybody reading, and everybody that’s writing these stories, it makes me out to be this bandit, whatever that guy’s name is in Public Enemy No. 1, a long time ago, John Dillinger. It made me be like I was him. It’s very frustrating, because I know what happened, and what didn’t happen. All you can do is pray and move forward, that’s what I’ve been doing my whole life (anytime) something happens."
Williams said he was on his way to Boston before he was put in handcuffs. He added that he has talked with Celtics management and they've talked about him being part of the team going forward, which he said was very encouraging.
He also said it's good to be back in a Celtics uniform after seeing photos of himself wearing a red jumpsuit during his court arraignment, where the bail was set at $25,000, which he posted after spending one night in jail in Kent.
"This is my uniform, opposed to the picture that was put out, of me in a different uniform over Twitter," he said. "I feel good. It’s in God’s hands, at the end of the day, two sides to every story. I feel like if I’ve done something wrong, you wouldn’t see me right now."
James Pallotta, president of the soccer team AS Roma and a minority owner of the Celtics, presented a Celtics jersey to Pope Francis at the Vatican Wednesday. Pallotta was there to represent Roma in the Coppa Italia, a match pitting the team against city rival Lazio. The Pope was given Roma gear but also a Celtics jersey with the No. 1 and "The Pope" written on the back. Can banner No. 18 be far behind?
Prosecutors in Kent, Wash., said Wednesday that they need more time to investigate allegations against Celtics guard Terrence Williams before filing charges.
Williams, a Seattle native, is being investigated for second-degree domestic assault.
He was arrested Sunday after a parking lot confrontation in which the mother of his 10-year-old son told police that Williams threatened her with a gun.
Williams spent Sunday night in jail and posted a $25,000 bail Monday. He was scheduled to attend a court hearing Wednesday, the deadline for prosecutors to file charges.
But before the hearing was to take place, prosecutors said they need more time to review the case, one in which Williams and the woman provided differing accounts to police.
“We’re not prepared today to make a charging decision, so additional time will be needed for an ongoing investigation,” said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the King County prosecutor’s office.
It’s unclear how long it will take before prosecutors make a decision.
Williams, 25, who signed with the Celtics Feb. 20, averaged 4.6 points over 13.3 minutes in 24 regular-season games.
Was working on an offseason feature today when a random question popped into my head: If I had to pick between Celtics guard Avery Bradley and Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, whom would I choose?
Both players are defensive stoppers. Shumpert just completed his second season, Bradley his third, and both players have been susceptible to injury. When healthy, both are starters.
Here's how some of the numbers break down:
Height, weight, age: 6 feet 2 inches, 180 pounds, 22 years old
2014 salary: $2.5 million
2013 stats: 50 games, 9.2 points, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals.
Career 3-point percentage: 34 percent
Defensive rating: 103 (points allowed/100 possessions)
Height, weight, age: 6 feet 5 inches, 212 pounds, 22 years old
2014 salary: $1.8 million
2013 stats: 45 games, 6.8 points, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steals
Career 3-point percentage: 35 percent
Defensive rating: 103
Because of his height, Shumpert finds himself guarding forwards like Paul Pierce, while Bradley sticks to guards like Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith. We've seen how spectacular Bradley can be on defense, but Felton exposed him a bit in this year's playoffs. Shumpert's knee injury has lingered and is a concern going forward.
The guess here is that Bradley will bounce back in a big way when playing next to Rajon Rondo. Bradley shot 49 percent from the field playing next to Rondo. He has more upside. Shumpert has more of a classic shooting guard's build, but there's some question as to whether he can regain the explosiveness he lost following ACL surgery. If I had to make a gut call, I'd go with Bradley.
Who you got? Vote in the poll below.
Celtics guard Terrence Williams was arrested Sunday after allegedly making threats to the mother of his child while brandishing a gun, police said.
The Kent (Washington) Reporter reports that police are investigating a domestic violence case involving Williams. At about 1:55 p.m., police were called to the home of the victim, who has a 10-year-old son with Williams, who was there for a scheduled visitation. An argument ensued in the parking lot, and Williams allegedly took out a gun. Williams left before the police arrived but was later found and taken into custody.
"We investigate and treat all cases such as this very seriously regardless of the status of those involved," Kent police detective Melanie Frazier told the newspaper.
The Celtics signed Williams to a 10-day contract in February after the guard spent the first part of the season playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association. The Celtics signed Williams for the rest of the season and for next season, when he is scheduled to earn $947,907. His contract becomes fully guaranteed if he's not waived on or before Oct. 31. Williams averaged 4.6 points, 1.6 assists, and 1.8 rebounds in 24 games for the Celtics this season.
CHICAGO -- After Doc Rivers left the door slightly ajar on the possibility of him stepping down as coach, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge promptly shut it Thursday afternoon, confirming that Rivers will return for a 10th season.
Rivers did not join his cohorts at the NBA Draft Combine because of a strained hamstring suffered playing tennis last Sunday, but Ainge said Rivers is on board with the team's retooling efforts and will be back.
"Yeah (he'll be back), Doc and I are talking about our team next year," Ainge said. "(No suspense) from my perspective. We've got a great coach. We've got a coach everybody would love to have and he's got three years left on his contract and I think Doc likes Boston, too.Coaches get tired, though. It's a hard job.
"You guys are the only one (who made it an issue)."
Rivers said after the Celtics' 88-80 loss to the New York Knicks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference playoffs that he would consider his future in coming weeks. But he never appeared seriously close to stepping down. He signed a five-year contract extension two years ago.
With Rivers back, the Celtics can now begin formulating their roster for next season. Ainge said he has not talked with Kevin Garnett, who will turn 37 on Sunday and is considering retirement.
"I don't think I have the answers that Kevin will want," Ainge said. "So I gotta figure there's a lot to do (before we talk) and I think there's a lot of questions in Kevin's mind as there is every year, to determine whether he's coming back. I'm not ready to answer everything that he will want to know."
Celtics guard Avery Bradley was voted onto his first NBA All-Defensive team in results announced Monday.
Bradley, who is known for his on-ball defense, received 10 first-place votes from NBA coaches, totaling 25 points overall, good for the second team. There's a good nugget here from ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg on Bradley's defense:
"According to individual defensive statistics logged by Synergy Sports, Bradley limited opponents to 0.697 points per play, the lowest in the league among those with at least 475 total defensive possessions. Opponents shot just 30.8 percent against Bradley and scored just 31.8 percent of the time (also a league low using that 475 possession total)."
Here are the NBA's All-Defensive teams (with points received in parentheses):
Guard: Tony Allen, Memphis (53)
Guard: Chris Paul, LA Clippers (37)
Forward: LeBron James, Miami (52)
Forward: Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City (46)
Center: Joakim Noah, Chicago (24)
Center: Tyson Chandler, New York (24)
Guard: Avery Bradley, Boston (25)
Guard: Mike Conley, Memphis (19)
Forward: Tim Duncan, San Antonio (20)
Forward: Paul George, Indiana (27)
Center: Marc Gasol, Memphis (12)
As an aside, Gasol won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award, as voted on by the media, but he did not make the first team.
“As far as the guy in Boston, I don’t know why he catches so much flak for that,” Anthony said after Game 2 of the Knicks-Pacers series Tuesday in New York. “He has the right to vote for whoever he want. LeBron won the MVP. Why is everybody so mad that he didn’t win it unanimously? ... Thank you.”
James was first on 120 of the 121 ballots in the NBA MVP election.
Watch Washburn's explanation of his vote below.
The Phoenix Suns hired Celtics assistant general manager Ryan McDonough, 33, as their new general manager Tuesday.
McDonough spent a decade with the Celtics, first in the film room, then as a scout before rising to become a key member of the front office, where he was an assistant GM known for a dogged work ethic, particularly in player evaluation.
McDonough, a trusted adviser to Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, was instrumental in the team landing All-Star guard Rajon Rondo, whom he had scouted since Rondo was in high school. He pushed the Celtics to draft Rondo out of Kentucky in 2006, and because of a draft-day trade -- with Phoenix, no less -- the Celtics were able to acquire Rondo.
McDonough is also credited with the Celtics' drafting of Avery Bradley in the first round in 2010. Bradley has since become a starter.
"Ryan has been an important part of our basketball operations and will be missed," said Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck. "I personally hired him following a conversation with his late dad Will and Red Auerbach and expected that he would pursue a career in our media department. But he requested a role as junior scout and excelled immediately, working his way to assistant GM and now a full GM job in the league.
"I couldn't be happier for him and I am sure his late dad as well as Red are very proud right now.
McDonough, considered a forward thinker in the new age of basketball analytics, interviewed with the Suns last week.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina, McDonough is the son of late Globe columnist Will McDonough and brother of ESPN play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough. His brother Terry McDonough was director of player personnel for the Jacksonville Jaguars until being let go late last month.
According to the Arizona Republic, other finalists for the position in Phoenix were Milwaukee assistant general manager Jeff Weltman and San Antonio assistant general manager Scott Layden.
Celtics forwards Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett spoke about their uncertain futures following Boston's elimination from the playoffs Friday night.
The Celtics have a decision to make on Pierce. They can keep at his $15.3 million salary, buy him out for $5 million, or trade him. Pierce said earlier this week that if the Celtics moved him in the offseason he would later come back and sign a one-day contract to retire as a Celtic. He said Friday night that he wasn't sure what the future would hold.
"That's hard to say," said Pierce. "I think that's a question for Danny Ainge and this team to figure out. I have no idea."
Pierce did say he'd "definitely be playing" somewhere next season. He was asked if the Celtics could make another run next season with the same unit and a healthy Rajon Rondo.
"That's a decision for them to make," said Pierce. "I've been here 15 years now and there's been changes every year I've been here." He added, "It's a lot of mixed emotions right now."
Garnett's fortunes appear partially tied to Pierce. Garnett is under contract for two more seasons at $11.5 million and $12 million. He said he has not made a decision concerning his future.
"I demand a lot of myself, both in intensity and my skill level," said Garnett. "I'd be lying to you all if I said Paul didn't influence that decision."
The two left TD Garden together Friday night.
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So you're saying there's a chance.
Down 3-0 in the series a week ago today, the Celtics gave themselves a real shot to come back with a 92-86 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in Game 5. The Celtics are back at home, where they're 28-14 this season.
The Celtics will be the first to tell you they don't have to try to win for games in a row. They have to try to win the game at hand. They'll make history by stringing four of those singular efforts together. Celtics guard Jason Terry is expecting a live crowd Friday night.
"It's going to be a Game 7 atmosphere," said Terry. "It's the last one at home if we don't take care of business, so I imagine our fans are ready. They're fired up, and I expect a warm welcome."
No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 series deficit. The Celtics can make things really interesting by forcing a Game 7 Sunday afternoon in New York.
Here are the details for Game 6:
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
Series: New York leads the best-of-seven series, 3-2
Broadcast info:Television: CSNE, ESPN; Radio: WEEI (93.7 FM)
Officials: Ken Mauer, Ed Malloy and Bennett Salvatore
Celtics: PG: Avery Bradley SG: Paul Pierce SF: Jeff Green PF: Brandon Bass C: Kevin Garnett
Knicks: PG: Raymond Felton SG: Pablo Prigioni SF: Iman Shumpert PF: Carmelo Anthony C: Tyson Chandler
Heavy minutes: The Celtics used only seven players Wednesday night; five of them played 35 minutes or more. The biggest worries are Pierce (44 minutes) and Garnett (39 minutes). Playing every other day is good for fans, but it's bad for a team using a limited rotation. It would be difficult for Doc Rivers to use a seven-man rotation again; perhaps Courtney Lee or Jamal Crawford will come off the bench in Game 6.
Adjustments: Here's an alarming stat if you're a Knicks fan:
According to Synergy, #Knicks Carmelo Anthony dropped isos from 34% of his possessions last yr to 26% this yr. Back up to 44.7% in playoffs.— Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) May 2, 2013
Will the Knicks switch their offense up at all in Game 6? Will they give the ball to Anthony in something other than isolation? Will they run more pick-and-rolls with Felton and Chandler?
Pressure on the Knicks: A quick look at the New York Daily News Knicks page tells you all you need to know about how Knicks fans are feeling right now. Anthony, J.R. Smith, Mike Woodson, and New York's entire mental makeup are being questioned, and for good reason. The comparison stories to Red Sox-Yankees in 2004 are already being written. A Game 7 would put a crazy amount of pressure on New York.
Celtics guard Jordan Crawford didn't play a minute in Game 5, but the topic of what he may or may not have said after the game was a focus of the New York tabloids Thursday morning.
What we know is that Crawford appeared to exchange words with Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. Knicks starter Raymond Felton got involved, and Celtics backup big man D.J. White was seen holding Crawford back. After the game, Anthony said, "I'm not thinking about Jordan Crawford right now. I don't even think he deserves for you to be typing about him right now."
Folks in the business of reading lips think Crawford may have said something about Anthony's wife. Whether or not there's a shred of truth there, that story line played out Thursday. Crawford denied the allegations on Twitter:
I would never talk trash about that mans Wife. I don't him........ All I did was respond!!— Jordan Crawford (@jcraw55) May 2, 2013
Anthony's wife, La La Vazquez Anthony, put up an Instragram photo with the words, "Strong Women only intimidate weak men." Underneath the photo she wrote, "Try again. You on the bench for a reason."
Game 6 between the Celtics and Knicks is Friday night at 7 in Boston.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- In the wake of two straight losses after going up, three games to none, the Knicks still seem confident that they can win a game and close out the Celtics, even with the series heading back to Boston for Game 6.
And yet the Knicks are talking about having two games to finish off Boston -- not exactly the best sign. Because, really, do they want to come back to Madison Square Garden for a winner-take-all Game 7?
“Our goal was to host first round and get out of the first round,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said at the team's practice facility Thursday. “That hasn’t changed. We’ve got to figure out how we can win one game -- one out of these two games -- to advance to the next round.
“There’s a sense of urgency. It’s not going to be easy by any means going to Boston and getting a win there. But, again, we still control our own destiny. We have won in Boston, so we’ve got to see what we’re made of now.
“They came in here and took a game on our floor. We’ve got to go get it back.”
Raymond Felton, who was the Knicks’ lone bright spot on offense in Game 5, said, “There’s no panic on our end. We’re up, 3-2. We’ve just got to go try to close this thing out.”
And despite the Knicks' stunt with their all-black, funeral-ready attire on Wednesday, Felton said he didn't think the confidence of his team was a problem.
“There’s no need to get cocky," he said. "I don’t think nobody is getting cocky on this team. We’re just trying to find a way to fight.”
It was a sentiment echoed by his coach.
“I think we’re still confident,” Woodson said. “We’re 3-2 in the series, and still facing a close-out game. So I feel pretty good about it, and our guys feel good. We’ve just got to go get back what we gave away last night.”
NEW YORK -- One team is gritty, the other gutless. One is erratic, the other almost tedious in its methodical approach. The Celtics and Knicks could not be more different, and the clash of styles is beginning to bleed into the series like Curt Schilling's stitched-up ankle into a white athletic sock.
With a win in the hostile environment of Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, the Celtics proved they handle anything the Knicks throw at them. They proved they're the mentally tougher team, but we already knew that. What we didn't know, what we're beginning to find out, is that the inherent style differences between the two squads may override any difference in talent.
Frequent Celtics observers know how often Celtics coach Doc Rivers preaches sharing the ball. We need to make the extra pass. We need to trust one another. Rivers preaches the mantra to the point of boredom. But one of the greatest assets of the Rivers-Garnett-Pierce Celtics is to say something wise and cliched and mean it. The Celtics didn't share the ball in the first three games. They didn't make the extra pass, and they failed to score 80 points in each.
Through the first three games of the series the Celtics totaled 48 turnovers to 46 assists. In wins in Games 4 and 5 the Celtics turned that stat around, assisting on 42 baskets while turning the ball over 31 times. In other words, the Celtics have turned their words into action.
"I thought we moved the ball tonight," Kevin Garnett said after putting up 16 points and 18 rebounds in Game 5. "I thought we trusted each other. We put ourselves in this position, so it's what it is. We've got to trust each other at this point. We have no other options."
That trust was on display in Game 5. In some cases Celtics players waited for things to open up, the result of several extra passes finding Jason Terry or Jeff Green for one of Boston's 11 3-pointers. In others, it was a trust of the system and each other. A reverse bounce pass from Pierce to Garnett in the first half split three defenders and found Garnett for the dunk. An inch one way or the other and that's a turnover, but each player trusted the other to do the right thing. The result was 92 points on 46 percent shooting, the Celtics' highest shooting percentage of the series.
"One-on-one basketball doesn't work against this team," said Garnett. "For us to be successful we have to lean on one another, and that's what we're doing on both ends."
The Knicks, on the other hand, seem content to live and die by the jump shot. Carmelo Anthony had his second straight poor shooting game. He's now 18 for his last 59 shots from the floor. J.R. Smith missed his first 10 shots Wednesday night. The Knicks never adjusted. With a bigger, less mobile Brandon Bass on him, Anthony never went to a pick-and-roll, choosing instead to isolate on Bass and allowing Bass's size to bother his jump shot. What's worse for the Knicks, Anthony didn't seem to realize the strategy was a bad one.
"We're just not making shots," he said. "I don't think Boston is doing anything that they haven't been doing. ... We good."
That kind of bold talk is representative of New York's problems across the board. Smith started the Knicks down the path with his senseless elbow of Terry in Game 3. Kenyon Martin continued it by telling his Knicks teammates to wear black to the arena Wednesday night to prepare for the Celtics' funeral. Both acts of hubris fueled the Celtics, who are nothing if not proud.
"We're here to win games and take care of business," said Jeff Green, who had 18 points in Game 5. "Whatever shenanigans they want to pull, dressing all in black, they can do that."
On the other hand, outside of newcomer Jordan Crawford, the Celtics are saying all the right things.
"Put your hard hats on," Garnett said in yet another of his perfect postgame interviews.
Whether they're up or down, the Celtics prepare the same way, Garnett scowling his way through warm-ups, Pierce offering up wagers for pre-game trick shots. That ability not to get too high or low paid off in Game 5 after the Celtics found themselves down 11-0 early. Rather than panic, the Celtics played their game, methodically chipping away at the lead. Brandon Bass scored nine of the Celtics' first 11 points to keep his team within two points at the end of the first quarter.
"We hung in there," said Rivers. "We talked before the game that we have to fight amazing emotion to start the game, which happened there. We called a timeout and I kept telling them, 'We are fine. We are good, keep hanging in there.'"
The Celtics have used the same approach to climb back into this series. They're treating each game like a Game 7, and they actually mean it. Winning one game at a time really does add up to four straight wins. The C's are halfway out of their hole, and comparisons to the 2004 Red Sox are mounting. New York teams are now 0-6 when holding a 3-0 lead on a Boston team in a seven-game series. But "Why Not Us?", the rallying cry so fitting for the '04 Sox, doesn't fit. For these stubborn old Celtics it's more like, "See, We Told You."
The plan for Game 6 is more of the same. If the Celtics believe they've exposed vulnerabilities in the Knicks, they're not letting on.
"Our mentality has to be all out," said Garnett. "It can't be anything different than that. We're down 3-2. The next game we lose is it. I don't know what everybody's talking about getting comfortable, feeling good. We're down 3-2. It's not like we evened it up and we're going back home. No. We're down 3-2. I don't know what's comfortable about it."
Being taken out of their comfort zone has clearly rattled the Knicks, but the Celtics seem to revel in it. The setup at MSG is such that the teams have to cross over each other on the way to the court. As the teams made their way out for warmups Wednesday night, Garnett and Pierce led the Celtics through the heart of New York's layup line to get the team where it needed to be. The Knicks let them do it. It was a subtle reminder that these Celtics won't be easily pushed aside.
NEW YORK -- Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said his shoulder was OK after getting tangled with Kevin Garnett in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's 92-86 loss to the Celtics.
"I guess he was trying to take my arm away," Anthony said of Garnett. "I got kind of tangled up with him, kind of yanked my shoulder a little bit. I'm fine."
After the game, Celtics guard Jordan Crawford -- who didn't play in Game 5 -- appeared to have some words with Anthony as the teams were walking off the court. The setup at Madison Square Garden is such that the teams must cross over each other on their way of the floor. Crawford said something to Anthony and was held back by Celtics forward D.J. White while Knicks point guard Raymond Felton chimed in.
"Just some words," said Felton. "Nothing serious."
Anthony responded to a question about Crawford in his postgame press conference.
"Im not thinking about Jordan Crawford right now," said Anthony. "I don't even think he deserves for you to be typing about him right now."
In the Celtics locker room, Crawford and White were laughing and talking about the incident while reporters conducted interviews.
A few other notes following Game 5:
-- Wearing black to the game to prepare for the Celtics' "funeral" didn't work out so well for the Knicks in Game 5. Knicks guard J.R. Smith, who was one of the biggest trash talkers this week, shot 3 for 14 in the game.
"We were going to a funeral, but looks like we got buried," said Smith. "I'm done with the black thing."
Said Celtics guard Jason Terry, "You're only buried if the casket is closed so to speak. Us getting that win opened the door just a little bit. Tonight opened it a little bit more. If we can even this thing up then it's everybody's series."
-- Terrence Williams gave the Celtics 17 big minutes off the bench, scoring 4 points and adding 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
"He steadied the ship," said Terry. "He gives us another ball-handler who knows our offense. Defensively he's a strong defender. So he fits right in. For him it's all about confidence. He's a tremendous hard worker, he stays the gym, even often times shooting the nights of the game afterward."
-- Anthony insisted after the game that the Knicks are the cause of their own demise.
"We're just not making shots," he said. "I don't think Boston is doing anything that they haven't been doing. ... We good."
Said Felton, "We're still in a good place, we're still up three games to two."
NEW YORK – Paul Pierce realizes tonight could be his final game as a Celtic. His contract has a team option for next season, meaning the Celtics brass could pay him a $5 million buyout and cut ties with their second all-time leading scorer.
Pierce understands that possibility and discussed his future, which will be one of the Celtics' major topics this summer.
"Truthfully, I haven't put too much thought into it," he said at a shootaround in preparation for tonight's Game 5 against the New York Knicks. "The organization is going to do what they're going to do. It's nothing that's stressing me out. That's what it is. Every year they've got decision to make. Those are their decisions. I leave it to them."
When asked if it's different now that he could be part of those offseason decisions, Pierce said: "I always been a guy that's said things happen for a reason. I was a No. 10 pick, I didn't anticipate that. I just always feel like throughout my whole career everything is going to fall into the right place for me. I don't really put much thought into after the season but I know at the end of the day whatever they do, whatever I do, it's going to fall in the right place for me."
Pierce said he has no plans of retiring after this season.
"Right now it's year-by-year," he said. "I expect to play another year next year and then evaluate after that. I always said I wanted to end my career as a Celtic. But they are the ones (with the decision). I have a year contract for next year but it's not guaranteed so the decision's in their hands. But whatever decision they make, maybe, if they trade me somewhere or I end up somewhere else maybe it could be a situation where I come back for a one-day deal and retire a Celtic."
NEW YORK – The Celtics extended their season Sunday with an overtime win over the Knicks. Wednesday night, they'll look to steal Game 5 on the road and put a serious scare into the Knicks.
We've reached the point in the series where off days are as absurd as they are informative. Knicks guard J.R. Smith and Celtics guard Jason Terry have cranked up the trash talk Tuesday, with Smith claiming he didn't know who Terry was. This follows Knicks forward Kenyon Martin telling reporters Terry was "running his mouth" during Game 4, prompting Martin to instruct the Knicks to wear black Wednesday night as if preparing for a funeral.
It's all a lot of nonsense, though the talk – and Smith's flagrant elbow in Game 3 – seemed to fire up Terry. Neither team has strung together four consecutive quarters of solid play. The Knicks need to shoot better Wednesday night than they did in Game 4. The Celtics need to do a better job of passing out of traps, and they need to get out on the break as often as they can. They need to find a way to get Kevin Garnett the ball.
The Celtics have not lost a first-round playoff series since 2005. They're in danger of doing that Wednesday night.
Here are the details for Game 5:
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
Series: New York leads the best-of-seven series, 3-1
Broadcast info:Television: CSNE, TNT; Radio: WEEI (93.7 FM)
Celtics: PG: Avery Bradley SG: Paul Pierce SF: Jeff Green PF: Brandon Bass C: Kevin Garnett
Knicks: PG: Raymond Felton SG: Pablo Prigioni SF: Iman Shumpert PF: Carmelo Anthony C: Tyson Chandler
Bass on Anthony: Brandon Bass did as good a defensive job as you can do on a player who scored 36 points Sunday. Bass limited Carmelo Anthony to 10-of-35 shooting.
"He's tall," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said of Bass. "It's difficult to shoot over length."
Rivers likes Bass on Anthony, so look for the matchup again. Also look for Anthony to try to get Bass in the air on pump fakes and draw fouls. Anthony got himself to the line 20 times in Game 4.
Turnovers: Paul Pierce has five or more turnovers in each of the first four games of the series. Avery Bradley has more turnovers (nine) than assists (seven). If the Celtics can take care of the ball they have a shot. If not, the game could get out of hand.
Role players: Someone besides the usual suspects is going to step up Wednesday night. Iman Shumpert showed brilliant flashes for the Knicks in Game 4. Terry shined for the Celtics. Jason Kidd has been tremendous at times. Who will it be in Game 5?