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    Dim expectations don’t bother Gerald Wallace

    WALTHAM — The over/under for the Celtics’ 2013-14 regular-season win total is 27 ½, according to Bovada Sportsbook in Las Vegas.

    Bovada lists only five other teams with lower over/unders: Charlotte (26), Utah (25), Orlando (24), Phoenix (21), and Philadelphia (17).

    Entering a rebuilding season, the expectations surrounding the Celtics, who are 1-5 this preseason, are low, though you don’t need a sports bookie from Vegas to tell you that.


    Gerald Wallace said he’s ignoring such noise.

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    “If it ain’t in the Xbox, I ain’t reading it,” the veteran swingman said after practice Saturday before the Celtics left for Montreal, where they’ll face the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday at the Bell Centre as part of the second annual NBA Canada Series.

    But Wallace didn’t deny that few expect much from the Celtics this season.

    “Our main thing is we want to try to get better,” Wallace said. “We know nobody is picking us to win the championship; nobody is picking us to make the playoffs. Our main thing is we’ve just got to continue to get better.

    “I told the guys, we’re like a sleeper team. We’re that team that everybody’s looking at on their schedule like, ‘OK, we can get a win,’ [or] ‘We can rest, this might be a night off for us.’ We can surprise some teams and do some things . . . a lot of teams are not going to be expecting it.”


    Wallace is expected to play against Minnesota, as is forward Kris Humphries, who sat out of the Celtics’ last preseason game with a sore foot.

    Point guard Phil Pressey (ankle) is questionable.

    “[The ankle] feels a lot better than it was a couple days ago,” Pressey said. “[Saturday] was the first day I actually ran on it and jumped on it. It’s getting better. But more ice and more treatment.”

    Wallace has sat out on the second game of the Celtics’ last two back-to-back sets this preseason — but only to rest, coach Brad Stevens said.

    Stevens said that he doesn’t plan on resting the 31-year-old on the second night of back-to-backs when the regular season starts, though.


    Wallace has 12 NBA seasons under his belt, the most of any current Celtic, and hasn’t been shy about sharing advice with his younger teammates.

    “He told me the other day, he tries to start the game off as aggressive as possible, so everybody knows that he’s ready to play,” Pressey said, “so that’s the big thing he told me and I try to carry that over to the game.”

    Taking it seriously

    Though the Celtics’ have just two preseason games left, Stevens said he’s not treating them as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, which begins Oct. 30 against the Raptors in Toronto.

    “I don’t plan on changing anybody’s approach, I hope our approach stays the same,” he said. “What’ll change as we get into the regular season are the minutes, but that probably won’t change a whole lot in the last two exhibition games.”

    When asked about the starting lineup for the last two games, Stevens said, “I think the people that’ll pay most attention to who starts and who doesn’t are probably the people who write about it, to be honest. I think it’s going to be based a lot more on who complements one another, and who finishes games.”

    Ex-stars won’t play

    Brooklyn forwards Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will not play in Wednesday night’s preseason game against their former team at TD Garden, Nets coach Jason Kidd told reporters.

    It’s unlikely that either Pierce or Garnett, both traded to the Nets this summer as part of a blockbuster swap, will even make the trip to Boston.

    Former Celtics guard Jason Terry, who was also included in that trade, is expected to play against Boston.

    The Nets visit the Celtics for the first time in the regular season on Jan. 26, when both Pierce and Garnett are expected to make their first return to TD Garden.

    Who’ll take last shot?

    Pierce got the last shot. That’s how it was for so many Celtics seasons. The shot clock was winding down and fate and the ball rested in No. 34’s hands.

    With Pierce gone, it’s unclear which Celtic will take over that late-game role.

    “It could be really fun to be on a team where you don’t know who’s going to get the last shot, because you might be riding a hot hand that night, you know?” Stevens said. “Maybe somebody is 0 for 6, but has to step up and make a big one because they’re not being guarded in certain situations.”

    Globe correspondent Michelle Fenelon contributed to this report. Baxter Holmes can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @BaxterHolmes.