C’s Shorthanded for Knicks Game

WALTHAM - With the exhibition season about to start in earnest, the Celtics are finally gearing up for some real game action again. But they'll have to do it shorthanded as Scot Pollard is out and Tony Allen is doubtful for Wednesday night against the New York Knicks.

Pollard is still receiving treatment on his left ankle, and there's still no timetable on his return. Meanwhile, Allen didn't practice Tuesday and told reporters he was "being too aggressive" on the defensive end in practice Monday and took an elbow to the right eye.

In the old days, you probably wouldn't want to play the Knicks, an Atlantic Division rival, in an October exhibition. But according to Head Coach Doc Rivers, there are "no secrets in this league anymore" and he'd actually prefer the benefits of a light travel schedule for exhibition games rather than flying six hours to play a Western Conference opponent.

Earlier this week Rivers said that rather than focusing on their opponents in the exhibition games, the team is more concerned with getting it's system in place and roles defined in time for the regular season.

"I'm just focusing on getting better and getting ready for November 2," Rivers reiterated on Tuesday, referring to the Celtics regular season opener at the Garden against the Washington Wizards. And with that in mind, Rivers also said he's not interested in what pundits -- or opponents, for that matter -- may have to say about the new look Celtics and how three superstars like Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett will mesh together.

"If I was on the other team, what would I say, that it's gonna work?" asked Rivers. "I don't care about that. If we can use it for motivation, we will. But at the end of the day, it's going to come down to us wanting to do it and making it work and it doesn't matter what anyone says. It's going to come down to us."

So will negative comments make their way to the bulletin board in the Celtics locker room?

"Yeah, I'll use anything. Not now, but any chance I get to use something I'm going to use it. So does everybody. But a lot of times you don't have to. They see it. They hear it," Rivers said. "Twenty years ago, there wasn't ESPN. The locker room material actually went further because you had a chance to use it. Now it's used for you most of the time."

No Roster News

Despite noting yesterday that camp cuts could come as soon as before Wednesday's game, Rivers said that the club had yet to make a move and he wasn't sure when cuts would be made.

"We haven't done anything yet. We may tonight and we may not. I don't want to say anything one way or the other," Rivers said.

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