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Monday, December 30, 2013
Practice: Wallace stumps for Green

By Chris Forsberg

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Gerald Wallace doesn't believe in New Year's resolutions. He figures most of them are lies. But forced to make one, he went in a selfless direction Monday and said he'd like to see teammate Jeff Green make the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

Wallace is doing his part, not only by stumping for Green, but pushing him on the court.

"He has so much upside. He can get so much better," said Wallace. "He's so explosive at his size and the position he plays. Just the little things that I can help him with that I've been through in my career and try to add to his game. I try to give him advice about his game that he can do better, and he's taken huge advantage and continued to get better every day."

Green was ninth in voting among members of the Eastern Conference frontcourt during the latest returns. He might not win the popularity vote, but there's the chance that Boston could net an All-Star via coaches' vote or injury replacement before next month's midseason showcase in New Orleans.

Wallace is a former All-Star, but has seen his playing time scaled back in Boston. The 13th-year veteran is averaging 4.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists over 22.7 minutes per game in 30 appearances. Wallace remains a key cog in the second unit, often spelling Green when he's off the floor. But Wallace's primary role at this stage of his career might be veteran leader.

"I think it’s been great," Wallace said reflecting on his first two months in Boston. "I think it’s just a different situation for me. A situation that I’m still kind of adjusting to. It’s been fun, my teammates are great, being able to be around them and watch them develop, watch the team develop, the way we are playing and the progress we’ve made as a team. It’s been a great year for me so far.

"I always try to lead by example out on the court. I’m not out there as much, so I have to do a lot more talking than I’ve been comfortable doing. These guys here, they are great. They listen. They are encouraged by what I say and they often come to me with questions."

Wallace sat out the second half of Saturday's win over the Cleveland Cavaliers after getting hit in the face in the face, but showed no lingering effects and returned to practice on Monday.

Said Celtics coach Brad Stevens: "Gerald was fine. [Keeping him out in the second half Saturday was] very precautionary."

Some more quick hits from Boston's late-morning session: