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  1. League to rescind one Rondo assist from Monday — because it wasn’t

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo had 13 assists on the score sheet after the Celtics won in dramatic fashion over the Magic on Monday… except he only really had 12. Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated pointed it out this morning (caught first by Mark at Sham Sports): On the Celtics first play of the game Monday night Rondo…

  2. Video: Kevin Garnett saves the day

    Jan 18, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    It was a fitting end to the Celtics and Magic — if Kevin Garnett had not been back in this game, the Celtics would not have won. Less for any specific play he made than the different, more intense energy the Celtics have when he is on the court. This was the best game of…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Martin Luther King Day games

    Jan 18, 2011, 8:33 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    What you missed while listening to the “I have a Dream” speech… The Lakers defeating the Thunder in a contest that looked a lot like last-year’s playoffs was our game of the night. Celtics 109, Magic 106: Kevin Garnett is back. Is he ever. It was a full slate of 13 NBA games Monday and…

  4. Garnett says Celtics should learn lesson from Patriots loss

    Jan 17, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 4

    You’d think fine people in Boston would be used to losing sporting events to teams from New York by now. But apparently not as most of New England is in stunned silence about the Patriots loss to the loudmouth New York Jets on Saturday. Kevin Garnett, writing on his blog in China (for his shoe…

  5. Kevin Garnett set to return Monday against Magic

    Jan 16, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic

    The Celtics have been struggling without their defensive and emotional leader, Kevin Garnett, since he was sidelined with a calf injury (which looked a lot worse at first glance). Garnett provides them offensive balance in the post as well as his patented defensive lunacy. He’s been expected back for about a week now, but of…

  6. Jermaine O’Neal seeks second opinion before deciding on surgery

    Jan 15, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    I’ve had three family members go through cancer in the last few years. So the fear of an athlete when he goes to a doctor to find out if his season is over or not doesn’t exactly pull as much on my heartstrings as it used to. But just because it pales in comparison to…

  7. How do contending teams perform in the fourth quarter?

    Jan 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Always Be Closing. That’s the name of the game, isn’t it? Great teams close out strong. They finish well together. They’re able to end games with finality. It’s that ability to lock down in the fourth quarter and finish teams off that separates the men from the boys. Young, weak teams can’t get it done,…

  8. Nate Robinson’s tweets in song

    Jan 14, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson Marquis Daniels

    You were just thinking: What music do I need to put on while I get ready to go out on Friday night? What music will bring the funk and the fun? How about Nate Robinson‘s tweets set to song? Meet Kath, who can fry up some eggs and put the delicate poetry that is Nate…

  9. Celtics’ Jermaine O’Neal trying to play through knee pain. It’s not working.

    Jan 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    When the Celtics signed Jermaine O’Neal, he seemed like a good bridge from the start of the season to the return of Kendrick Perkins. He would provide more offense, he can play some defense, he and Shaq meant the Celtics were even better along the front line. The reality is that Jermaine O’Neal has had…

  10. Why did Stoudemire get so many All-Star votes? NY star power.

    Jan 13, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    There are a lot of perks to being the star of the New York Knicks. For one, every game you get to see what Clyde Frazier is wearing up close. You get to hang with Spike Lee and ask him to explain why he made “She Hate Me.” You probably never pay for a slice…

  11. Fans send Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett to bench in latest All-Star balloting

    Jan 13, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Detroit Pistons, Game 6

    Apparently Boston sports fans have been so focused on what Tom Brady is going to do to the Jets secondary they forgot to vote for the NBA All-Star Game starters. How else do you explain the latest release of NBA All-Star voting which drops two Celtics from the starting lineup? Chicago’s Derrick Rose has leapfrogged…

  12. Kevin Garnett out Wednesday, likely Friday as well

    Jan 12, 2011, 11:03 PM EDT

    Garnett injured

    This was the week that Kevin Garnett was expected back from the calf injury that sidelined him two weeks ago. But we all know the overly-cautious MO of the Celtics when it comes to injuries in the regular season, so we should have expected it might take longer. Along those lines, Garnett did not suit…

  13. Stephen A. Smith says Rasheed Wallace will return to Celtics

    Jan 11, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

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    UPDATE #2, 5:08 pm: Rasheed Wallace’s agent is now the latest to say his return does not appear likely, although like a good agent should Bill Strickland left the door open a crack when talking to FanHouse: “I don’t think that’s the case — for now anyway,” Strickland told FanHouse. “He has a period of…

  14. Players poll picks Lakers to win championship. Again.

    Jan 11, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant has ongoing knee issues. Pau Gasol has seemed slow in his decision making. Matt Barnes is having major knee surgery. Derek Fisher has looked old and Steve Blake has lost his shot. Ron Artest is, well, Ron Artest. This year’s Lakers don’t seem as intimidating as past seasons. But ask NBA players who…

  15. Heat take over top spot in East, Celtics should be worried

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Boston Celtics

    Last season it was all about Boston being healthy. Doc Rivers sacrificed games — Boston was 11-11 in their last 22 — to get healthy and have players rested for the playoffs. Boston fell to the four seed, but Rivers got the physically ready veteran team he wanted. They came within a quarter of getting…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Celtics don’t bother with defense

    Jan 11, 2011, 2:27 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

    What you missed while watching a national championship game that lived up to the hype… Rockets 108, Celtics 102: There are some fighters — whether boxing or MMA — that you just never look good fighting. It’s clenching and grappling and just no flow, and it takes you out of your game. That is what…

  17. Garnett questionable for Monday, blogs about frustrations

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Garnett injured

    Boston is one of the few teams playing on Monday night, with the NBA not scheduling much against the BCS championship game. Actually, Boston hopes that its game against Houston is lower scoring than Auburn vs. Oregon. Kevin Garnett did not go through shootaround Monday morning. While he is still officially questionable for Monday’s game,…

  18. Celtics’ Garnett could be back Monday; Perkins three weeks away

    Jan 7, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Doc Rivers had all sorts of good news for Celtics fans in his pregame press conference on Friday night before his team took on the Raptors. The first, slid in to his comments almost casually, is that Kevin Garnett could be back from his calf injury on Monday. That would fit with the two-week timetable…

  19. Ray Allen says maturity an issue with gambling on team flights

    Jan 7, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

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    Gambling is a long-standing tradition for traveling professional sports teams in just about every sport, dating back to baseball teams on trains in the early 1900s. Fights over money won-and-lost is a tradition that started about 5 minutes later. In today’s NBA, these are ultra-competitive people and that energy carries over to everything, including a…

  20. Celtics, Spurs prove the antidote to the L.A./Miami show

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:57 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

    This was a basketball’s fan’s matchup. It wasn’t about the hype or the reality shows, it was about the game. With all the focus on Los Angeles and Miami, too many have missed that Boston and San Antonio have played the best basketball and have the best records in the league. It is far too…

  21. Kevin Garnett back on court shooting

    Jan 5, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Garnett injured

    Kevin Garnett will not be on the court when the Celtics take on the Spurs Wednesday at the TD Garden. Not that we should be reading much into January games in the first place, but that really squashes any thoughts of “the two best teams battle” giving us much to chew on. But Garnett is…

  22. Shaq on Letterman show

    Jan 5, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Shaq_dunk

    We know you didn’t watch David Letterman last night because you were busy watching the Tonight Show, but if you had you could have caught Boston’s Shaquille O’Neal. trying to squeeze into a seat built for normal sized humans. Play the video below to see Shaq’s sport coat with a hoodie and his response when…

  23. Doc Rivers: Michael Beasley could lead the league in scoring

    Jan 4, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Michael Beasley has got the ball in his hands in Minnesota, creating his own shots and being the go-to guy. And thriving in that role. With one shot to tie the Boston Celtics Monday and send the game into overtime, the Timberwolves called Beasley’s number. Everyone in the building knew that’s what was going to…

  24. Kendrick Perkins still hopes for late January return

    Jan 4, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    Ultimately, it is the doctors who get the final say on when Kendrick Perkins can return from a traumatic knee injury suffered during last June’s NBA Finals. Traumatic enough that seven months later he is finally back on the court working out but may be a month or more away from playing. Perkins reiterated to…

  25. Video: Paul Pierce dunks like he’s 25 again

    Jan 3, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

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    Paul Pierce certainly didn’t look like a crafty veteran when he took it to the rack against the Raptors on Sunday — he looked like the younger, athletic version of himself we sometimes forget. Pierce turned the corner after a high handoff from Rajon Rondo then took advantage of what passes for defensive rotations with…

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