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The Boston Celtics signed reserve guard Kelvin Upshaw Tuesday...

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics signed reserve guard Kelvin Upshaw Tuesday to a contract through the rest of the season.

Upshaw, who was waived by the Miami Heat in January, has excelled for the Celtics at the point-guard position, averaging 8.0 points and 5.1 assists in eight games with Boston.

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The 6-foot-1 guard was playing for the Celtics under a pair of 10-day contracts.

'We are very pleased with his performance to date,' said Celtics general manager Jan Volk. 'He's worked very hard and met our expectations. His hard work and determination really showed.'

Upshaw, who spent parts of the last three seasons in the Continental Basketball Association, fits the fast-break style that coach Jimmy Rodgers has been implementing. With Jim Paxson's wrist injury, which resulted in surgery on Tuesday, Upshaw's importance to the Celtics has risen and he is now being used in the closing minutes of games.

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