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Friday, March 25, 2011
Game 71: Celtics vs. Bobcats

By Greg Payne

(50-20, 29-7 home)     -- vs. --     (28-42, 11-25 away)
at TD Garden, 7:30 p.m. | CSN, WEEI (850 AM)

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GAME PREVIEW (via Stats Inc.)
Charlotte's Stephen Jackson is listed as day to day due to a left hamstring problem that was evident in a 111-88 home loss to Indiana on Wednesday.

Jackson was held to 11 points and didn't have a field goal after the first quarter due to the injury. An MRI on Thursday revealed no tear in the hamstring that has caused him to miss four games this month.

Charlotte forward Tyrus Thomas is also day to day with bruised ribs.

The Bobcats (28-42) have lost four straight and 10 of 12 to drop into a ninth-place tie in the East, three games behind the Pacers for the conference's final playoff spot.

"I'm not going to let them lay down and quit," coach Paul Silas said. "That's not going to happen."

Quitting was what Silas indicated Boris Diaw did Wednesday. Diaw, Charlotte's third-leading scorer, was yanked in the third quarter after passing up a shot in the lane for a behind-the-head pass that was intercepted and led to a basket on the other end.

Diaw never returned after playing 24 minutes without attempting a shot.

"I just told him in all my 40 years in the NBA, I've never seen anyone do that -- not take one shot in 24 minutes," Silas said. "That's something that I've never, ever seen."

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