Monday, February 21, 2011

Celtics players got the message

LOS ANGELES — Even during All-Star weekend, the Staples Center crowd sent boos to the Celtics.

Ray Allen heard them, if only slightly. Rajon Rondo got a chorus of them. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were showered with them. And that was just during the introductions.

When the four clocked in together for the East squad midway through the first quarter of the Western Conference's 148-143 victory, the celebrity-studded crowd rained boos on them and the Celtics' stars didn't expect any other kind of reception.

"Do you know how many buildings we walk in and we get booed,'' said Allen. "That's just par for the course.''

On the bench, coach Doc Rivers, his staff, and the Celtics players got a nice chuckle out of it.

"The fact that it was in LA, you knew it wasn't going to be a rousing ovation,'' Rivers said. "That was fine. Our guys expected it. It was fun. Our guy got a good laugh out of it.''


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