Atlantic Notes: Celtics, Hollins, Garnett, Knicks

Last night the Sixers took care of the Celtics at home, winning 99-86 thanks in large part to a 37 point outburst in the third quarter.  More importantly, Mickael Pietrus has been cleared to travel after his scare in Philly.  Here's more out of the Atlantic division..

  • Celtics coach Doc Rivers is pushing the newly acquired Ryan Hollins to improve his rebounding, writes Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.  For his part, the 7-footer said that joining the C's was a no-brainer upon released by Cleveland.
  • Rivers told CSNNE's Greg Dickerson that he absolutely wants to see Kevin Garnett back with the Celtics next season.  The soon-to-be 36-year-old has surprised many with his strong play this season as he's averaging 15.3 PPG and 8.3 RPG.
  • Knicks big man Tyson Chandler says that the team didn't quit on coach Mike D'Antoni, writes Al Iannazzone of Newsday.  As for the Knicks' recently improved play under Mike Woodson?  "Sometimes you hear the same message from a different person,'' the center said, "and for whatever reason it registers."

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