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Starting Five - 10/2

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Improved conditioning has helped out big men -

"Perk’s been phenomenal," Rivers said. "He’s in great shape. He’s just playing well, doing all the things that you’re used to seeing him do. He’s scoring a little bit more on the post. He’s been really good." As for Davis, the coach said, "I notice that his feet are moving better. It’s clear Baby’s weight’s down. He can stay in front of people. It will allow us to do more switching than we could do last year, so it’s a good sign for all of us."

Celtics all a-Twitter -

When Shelden Williams isn’t on the basketball court, odds are you can find him in front of his computer. The Celtics [team stats] power forward estimates that he spends six hours a day on the social networking site Twitter.

Daniels has no reservations - The Boston Globe

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Daniels has been handling the point guard duties, freeing House. "People don’t know, but that’s what he did, in Dallas that’s all he did,’’ Rivers said. "He knows how to play and makes great decisions. He’s been phenomenal, taking Eddie off the ball. Eddie can run the court and be the 2-guard a lot of the times when he’s with Marquis.

Truth be told, Paul Pierce likes new role -

"It’s great having stars around you because you feel less pressure," Pierce said. "You know that on any given night you’ve got guys that can carry you. I pick times when I need to step up for this ballclub, but when you’ve got this type of supporting cast and All-Stars around you, it makes it great. With the kind of players I have around me, it’s a no-brainer to want to share the load."

This one a chip off the old Doc - The Boston Globe

Austin Rivers, who has committed to Florida, is considered by some the best high school senior guard in the country.

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