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Boston Celtics will cut roster down to 15; Kris Joseph makes team

BOSTON - With the preseason now complete, the Boston Celtics will make their final roster cuts as they prepare for the regular season opener against the Miami Heat on October 30. Boston will trim its roster (which currently sits at 17) down to 15, according to head coach Doc Rivers, and the cuts could come within the next few days.

One of the players who won't be getting cut is Kris Joseph, the Celtics' second round draft pick out of Syracuse. Joseph played well in "terrible positions," Rivers said, and proved to Rivers and company that he deserves a spot on the team. Joseph played in all eight preseason games and averaged 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game.

With Joseph winning the final roster spot, the signs point to Micah Downs and Rob Kurz being the odd men out. Kurz (1.7 PPG, 1.8 RPG) played in six preseason games while Downs (3.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG) appeared in seven contests for Boston.

The Celtics concluded their preseason with an 88-79 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night. Boston wrapped up the preseason with a 3-5 record and a 2-4 record against NBA opponents.

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