Daniels likely to be cleared for Game 2

Updated: June 6, 2010, 3:52 AM ET
By Peter May | Special to ESPNBoston.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Relief may be on the way for the depth-challenged Boston Celtics. Coach Doc Rivers said before Saturday's practice at the Lakers' training facility that Marquis Daniels may be able to play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.

Daniels
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Daniels sustained a concussion on May 26 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Orlando Magic. He missed the series clincher two days later and also sat out Game 1 of the Finals, when the foul-plagued Celtics could have used him.

Rivers said Daniels was scheduled to practice with the team Saturday and, barring anything untoward or unforeseen, would be cleared to play Sunday night.

"We're going to make him go through [practice] live, so that's a big surprise for us,'' Rivers said. "That's good for us. I thought he was out for the playoffs personally, so that's a good thing. I can't guarantee [he'll be cleared for Game 2], but I think there's a good chance."

No change in Rondo

Celtics GM Danny Ainge told Boston radio station WEEI on Friday that he thought Rajon Rondo may have "tweaked" his back in Game 1.

Asked about Rondo's condition, Rivers said, "He [Rondo] didn't tweak it. It's the same injury that he's had throughout the playoffs, and it's not really his back, it's his butt. His glutes are tight. They've been tight. You see him do this stretch almost every chance he gets. He's been doing that throughout the playoffs, though."

Gasol on media: 'Pathetic'

Pau Gasol said he found the media overreaction to his Friday assessment of Kevin Garnett to be "pretty pathetic."

Gasol had said he thought Garnett had lost some explosiveness over the years. The media quickly tried to turn that into a dis on Garnett.

"The way it was played and put down, it was pretty pathetic," Gasol said. "But I'll make no more comments on that because it's not worth it."

The magic number

The Celtics are 0-5 in the playoffs when they allow 100 or more points in a game -- and 12-1 when they don't. The only time they've lost while holding an opponent to fewer than 100 points was when they dropped Game 4 to Orlando, 96-92 in overtime … The last time the Celtics faced a two-game deficit in a playoff series was in 2004, when they were swept by the Pacers in the first round. This current group has lost two straight games in the playoffs only four times -- to Atlanta in the first round in 2008, to Cleveland in the second round in 2008, to Orlando in the second round in 2009 and to Orlando in this season's Eastern Conference finals … Paul Pierce noted that the Celtics are generally not accustomed to having Ray Allen in foul trouble. Allen had five fouls in Game 1. He fouled out of Game 4 against Cleveland and he had five fouls in the last two Miami games. The difference? Allen was in early foul trouble against the Lakers and stayed in foul trouble, managing a playoff-low 27 minutes. His previous low was 31. "I never got in the flow,'' Allen said Saturday. "It was like I was on the outside looking in." In the game he fouled out against Cleveland, he went 38 minutes. In the two Miami games, he went 40 and 34 minutes.

Longtime Celtics reporter Peter May is a contributor to ESPNBoston.com.

Peter May

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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