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Follow the Nets' return to New York with Newsday's Rod Boone.

Paul Pierce could return vs. Celtics, has no problem coming off bench eventually if need be

Paul Pierce looks on during a game against

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J, -- There was a surprise participant on the PNY Center court Monday as the Nets prepared for Tuesday's game versus the Celtics.

That would be Paul Pierce.

Pierce practiced for the first time since fracturing his right hand 10 days ago in the first half of the Nets' 114-95 loss to the Rockets in Houston on Nov. 29. The team's original timetable had him out anywhere...

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Doc: Trade was tough for Pierce, but should rejuvenate him

Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics argues a

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Doc Rivers could tell Paul Pierce was emotionally hurt, trying to come to grips with the notion that he was no longer wanted in Boston.

Pierce bled Celtics’ green courtesy of playing 15 years with the franchise that plucked him out of Kansas with the 10th selection in the 1998 draft. He was attached to the Celtics, a part of the team’s interwoven fabric.

But the proverbial...

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Report: Celtics denied Nets permission to talk to Doc

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers reacts to

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Scratch Doc Rivers' name off the Nets' wish list.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge denied the Nets permission to speak to Rivers about their head coaching gig, according to ESPNBoston.com.

There's been speculation about Rivers' future in Boston since the Celtics were eliminated by the Knicks in the first round of the playoffs earlier this month. Rivers, who still...

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Deron: With Gerald hurt, it's next man up

Nets' Gerald Wallace loses his balance as he

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Call it a weird phenomenon.

Seems like as soon as the Nets get one of their key injured players going again, someone else gets hurt. That was the case again Wednesday night in Boston, when Gerald Wallace went down in the second quarter.

The veteran small forward, who has been struggling mightily offensively since the All-Star break, suffered a left heel contusion and...

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Gerald Wallace fined for flopping

Miami Heat guard Norris Cole goes up for

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The NBA has hit Gerald Wallace in the pocket book once again.

Less than a week after slapping the Nets swingman with a $35,000 fine for escalating the altercation between the Celtics' Rajon Rondo and Kris Humphries, the league slapped Wallace with a $5,000 fine for his second flopping violation. The play occurred in the Nets' loss to the Heat in Miami Saturday night.

The Nets are the...

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Sprained foot sidelines Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez celebrates a fourth quarter basket against

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Brook Lopez is banged up. Again.

The Nets announced Thursday that their starting center has a mild sprain in his right foot, an injury he suffered sometime in Wednesday’s 95-83 win over the Celtics at TD Garden. The primary cause for concern stems from the fact that it’s the same foot Lopez injured on two separate occasions last season, which caused him to play in just six...

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Three Pointers: No More Beantown Bullying

Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo of the Boston

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- They were wearing their black road uniforms, not ripped jeans and crusty old white T-shirts that Steve Lombardi sported during his latter days in the WWF.

But the Nets still played the role of the Brooklyn Brawler in Wednesday night’s 95-83 win over the Celtics at TD Garden, refusing to back down when Rajon Rondo went hard at Kris Humphries at the end of the first half. That...

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Gerald Wallace is finally back, will start vs. Kings

Gerald Wallace takes a few shots during a

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Nets finally have their veteran swingman back.

Gerald Wallace will officially make his return to the lineup Sunday when the Nets square off against the Kings here in Northern California at Sleep Train Arena. The small forward has missed the past six games as he recovered from a sprained left ankle suffered in the Nov. 3 season opener versus the Raptors.

Wallace...

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Three Pointers: Boston Breakthrough

Joe Johnson tries to drive past Paul Pierce

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Less than 90 minutes before they threw the ball in the air at the Barclays Center Thursday night, Avery Johnson was talking about needing a signature victory.

Johnson thought a win over the Celtics would do wonders for the Nets’ psyche, providing them with an early-season breakthrough moment. They had beaten Boston only once in the previous seven tries and just twice in 20 meetings entering...

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Rivers, Pierce praise Nets' makeover

Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) drives against Brooklyn

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Doc Rivers knows a thing or two about pro basketball in this city, given his two-year stint with the Knicks during the 1990s.

Even he could never imagine in his wildest dreams that the Nets would not only move into the city, but become this chic team that's garnering lots of attention.

"No, I didn’t," the Celtics coach said before tonight's game when I asked him what he thought...

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