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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 98, Clippers 91 (end 3rd): Los Angeles got its deficit as low as 4, but Isaiah Thomas (24 points, 6 assists) trying to keep the Clippers at arm's length. Both teams shooting over 50+ percent from floor and 43+ percent beyond 3-point arc.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics say Kelly Olynyk has a bruised right shoulder and will not return vs. the Clippers.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk, who retreated to the locker room with a team doctor late in the first half, is not on the bench to start the second half. Fellow big man Amir Johnson is wearing a wrap around his back and did not start the second half with Boston going small with Marcus Smart playing alongside Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, and Jared Sullinger.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 71, Clippers 64 (half): For the second time in as many home games, Boston put up 70+ first-half points. Boston shot 53.5 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent beyond the 3-point ac. Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas with 13 points apiece to lead five Celtics in double figures for scoring. Clippers shot 57.1 percent overall and 60 percent beyond 3-point arc.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Clippers 37, Celtics 33 (end 1st): Old friend Paul Pierce hit a couple of early 3-pointers and DeAndre Jordan added 11 points (making 3 of 4 free throws, even when the Celtics went to Hack-a-Jordan late in the frame). Jared Sullinger with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to pace Boston.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas gets his All-Star jersey from owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca before Wednesday's game vs. Clippers.

Red Sox's farm system remains in top 10

Boston has graduated a number of highly-ranked prospects and lost two top-100 prospects in the trade for Craig Kimbrel. Big international spending and productive drafts keeps its system in the top 10. Ranking all 30 farm systems (Insider)

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Paul Pierce on if he ever truly considered the Celtics as free agent this summer: "The Celtics were a rebuilding team. Young and up-and-coming. I think my career here ran its course. I had a great career here, 15 years. What more could you ask for? I was able to win a championship here. I've had my fun."

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Pierce, Clippers travel to Boston

Los Angeles can complete its 4-game road trip at a perfect 4-0 with a win in Boston tonight. This could be Paul Pierce's final game in Boston. Follow live

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul Pierce on if this could be his final season and final game in Boston: "It could be. I'm not 100 percent sure."

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Next stop: Spring training

The Red Sox equipment truck left Fenway Park on Wednesday en route to spring training in Fort Myers, where it was 63 degrees and sunny. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 18.

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Celtics have pieces to make a big move

The Celtics are not only surging in the Eastern Conference standings, they have perhaps the best portfolio of draft picks to offer at the trade deadline. The question is, will Trader Danny make a big splash?

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It's Truck Day, Red Sox Nation!

The 18-wheeler carrying the Red Sox equipment 1,480 miles from Fenway Park to Fort Myers, Florida, gets on the road Wednesday.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Doc Rivers on coaching against Brad Stevens: "It's tough. He's good. He's a heck of a coach, I think, one of the best coaches in the league. I love his offense. I love his movement. I just like everything about him. He's a great guy. He's one of the best."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers on the state of the Celtics current rebuild: "I don't know what I expected, but they are in a great spot. They are playing winning basketball. They are tough to play because they are 12 deep and they clearly have a lot of decisions to make in the next year or two. They are in a really good place. I think when you look at them compared to other teams that are in a rebuild' it's not even close. I just think they are in a really good place to take a huge next step."

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