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The injuries keep piling up for the Celtics. Already without Kevin Garnett and Brian Scalabrine, the C’s lost Paul Pierce for a time because of a dislocated thumb. The captain later returned with his thumb wrapped up, but it was not enough in a 93-91 loss against the Clippers.
Pierce led the team with 20 points (7-19 shooting) with three rebounds and four assists. Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo each finished with 17 points, while new Celtic Mikki Moore had four points and two assists in 14 minutes.
The Celtics really can’t blame injuries in this loss though. They can blame 20 turnovers, which turned into 21 points for the Clippers. No matter how good you are, it’s difficult to overcome turnover numbers that high, even against a weak team like the Clippers, who earned only their 15th win of the season. The Celtics took their 13th loss.
“We were awful. We absolutely did not deserve to win that game,” said Doc Rivers. “I thought we played slow all night, we pouted all night, we just thought we could show up and win a game—and we didn’t. I just didn’t think we played with the type of spirit we played with on this entire trip.”
Zach Randolph led the Clips with 30 points and 12 rebounds, while Marcus Camby finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocked shots.
Pierce seemed confident he will be fine.
“I dislocated (the thumb) a couple of times, but the X-rays are negative, so it should be all right,” Pierce said. “I don’t know if it really affected me. I mean, it was definitely sore, but it was manageable. It’s never happened to me before.”
The Celtics finally return home Friday night against the Pacers, where Stephon Marbury could be in uniform (though that’s unlikely to happen that quickly).