The Celts have frequently been indicated as old, grizzled veterans - their "large three" of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce have 44 many years of National basketball association experience included in this.

But Saturday evening in Game 1 of the National basketball association playoff series, they switched back the time to help keep pace having a fast and youthful Philadelphia 76ers squad, winning, 92-91, at Boston Garden.

In nearly a replica of his last bet on the very first round from the Atlanta Hawks, Kevin Garnett performed inspired basketball, scoring 29 points (a season high),

and added eleven defensive rebounds. Also, he obtained the Celtics' first six area goals.

Boston also received an remarkable performance from guard Rajon Rondo, who accomplished his eighth career triple-double (13 points, 12 rebounds and 17 assists).

In giving Garnett and a few of the other "bigs" time for you to relaxation at key times in the overall game, Boston coach Doc Rivers' selection changes stored the 76ers constantly off balance - keeping their momentum going even while they rotated inside a more compact selection with three pads.

Actually, Boston demonstrated the greater nimble and opportunistic team in transition - scoring 14 points to Philadelphia's 13. Rondo and fellow guard Avery Bradley were

instrumental here.

Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen continues to be unsure if he'll have the ability to participate in the playoff opener from the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

Allen hasn't performed in 2 days due to an aching right ankle. He was shooting around before practice using the team on Saturday and stated he'd be a part of a few of the "more compact parts" from the workout. But coach Doc Rivers stated Allen wouldn't practice and that he did not think he'd play in Game 1, either.

The 36-year-old shooting guard stated he received a cortisone shot on Wednesday. Whether it were not for that 2010 nfl playoffs, he stated, he'd be getting surgery.

Everybody else around the Celtics reported in healthy for that final practice prior to the team leaves for Atlanta.