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  1. Boston’s hit that special time of year where they don’t care again

    Mar 26, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

    Ah, the early weeks of spring. Winters still lingers at the edge, nipping at heels. The NCAA tournament provides all sorts of drama. And the Celtics completely and totally stop giving a flying crap about their effort in regular season games. It’s become a yearly tradition to see the powerhouse contender tail off their efforts,…

  2. Wade’s stat stuffing brings Heat closer to 2nd seed

    Mar 26, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    The Heat brought it in the fourth against what you may not know is a surprisingly good Philadelphia 76ers squad in a 111-99 win. Sure, they’re not going to be headlining any Sunday afternoon nationally televised romps, but Doug Collins has put together a good team with solid chemistry, role players that can produce and…

  3. Jermaine O’Neal set to return by the end of the month

    Mar 25, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

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    Kendrick Perkins is gone, but the sky isn’t falling for Boston’s defense. Even with only one true center (if Nenad Krstic even qualifies) in the rotation, the Celtics have posted two fantastic defensive performances in a row, holding both the Grizzlies and the Knicks to under 97 points per 100 possessions. That’s a remarkable level…

  4. Report: Shaq to return to Celtics by April 1. No fooling.

    Mar 24, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

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    Boston just needs to get everyone back and healthy for the playoffs, then everything will be just fine. That’s the mantra, so say it with me. Everyone back and healthy for the playoffs. But they could use to get their big men back a little before that. Just to remember what everybody looks like, work…

  5. Marquis Daniels to have surgery on bruised spinal cord

    Mar 24, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    Marquis Daniels collapse to the floor when the Celtics were playing the Magic — on a relatively harmless looking play — was one of the scarier moments of the season. But it was part of an ongoing medical issue Daniels faced — because of his spinal cord when he would get his neck bent certain…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where Boston got dominated along the front line

    Mar 24, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    What you missed while mourning Elizabeth Taylor… Grizzlies 90, Celtics 87: This is why teams out west would like to avoid Memphis in the first round (even without Rudy Gay) — Memphis outscored Boston 52-26 in the paint. Memphis grabbed the offensive rebound on 25 percent of their missed shots. The vaunted Boston front line…

  7. Coming lockout might help Celtics retain Doc Rivers

    Mar 23, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    As we told you last weekend, the general consensus within the coaching community is that Doc Rivers walks away from the Celtics after this season and becomes a helicopter dad that Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t know how to get rid of. (Rivers’ son Austin is a Duke recruit that starts in the fall.) But what if…

  8. Celtics assistant Frank “consultant” in Tennessee job search. Right.

    Mar 23, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    And now the spin starts…. Yesterday we told you how Celtics lead assistant coach Lawrence Frank was an early front-runner in the search for a new head coach at Tennessee. Frank used to be an assistant coach there before going on to the NBA. Now the spin comes back that university officials were only talking…

  9. Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank named front-runner for Tennessee

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Wanted: A head coach for a primarily football school to follow in the footsteps of the best, most charismatic coach the university has had in half a century, a guy who won and connected with fans. A guy who bought tickets. Oh, and you’ll have to duplicate that despite sanctions coming from the NCAA. So,…

  10. Video: Celtics show the Knicks how to run the break

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:05 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    Since the Knicks aren’t running anymore, we thought we’d show them a little clinic on how it is done. Although, they saw this clinic up close and in person Monday night courtesy the Boston Celtics. You don’t see Kevin Garnett get out and run the break a lot like this anymore (he never ran the…

  11. The Knicks have stopped running, stopped winning

    Mar 22, 2011, 8:29 AM EDT

    Chauncey Billups, Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

    There’s no making some Knicks fans happy, they expect the team to win two Larry O’Brien trophies a season and anything short is a failure. But it’s more than the losing that is making them unhappy lately. Talk to Knicks fans, check out the message boards and you hear that it’s the way they are…

  12. Knicks’ slide continues as Celtics come from 15 down to win

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

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    Because there might be a little rivalry between the two cities when it comes to sports, we’re rooting for — and could see — a New York/Boston first-round matchup. Boston is deadlocked with Chicago for first, and New York is comfortably in the seventh spot, with no reason to believe that the team will be…

  13. Winderman: Still time to add good player (or Eddy Curry) to playoff roster

    Mar 21, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

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    Yes, there still is time. With all of its deadlines, be it the mid-February trading deadline or the March 1 buyout deadline, the NBA is surprisingly lax when it comes to its playoff-roster deadline. Spend at least one game on the roster prior to the postseason and you’re playoff eligible, provided you were not on…

  14. Rondo admits to injured hand during slump, re-aggravates it

    Mar 20, 2011, 8:03 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    And now we know what has been going on. During Rajon Rondo’s two-week slump he has been battling an injury to the pinky finger on his right hand — that’s his shooting hand — he admitted to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England. Rondo has shot 37.8 percent in his last 10 games because…

  15. Stumbling to the playoffs in the East

    Mar 19, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

    Interesting post put up at Hoopdata, simply looking at playoff team’s records since the All-Star Break (coming into Saturday’s games). What you notice is some team’s stumbling to the finish line in the East. Chicago 11-3 Philadelphia 10-4 Boston 8-5 Orlando 8-5 New York 7-7 Miami 6-7 Indiana 6-9 Atlanta 5-9 We knew the Bulls…

  16. Is Doc Rivers ready to walk away from Boston after season?

    Mar 18, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

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    Doc Rivers almost left the Boston Celtics last season, but after coming within a quarter of an NBA title, and with the core of his team back, he decided to return and make another run at it. But will he walk away this summer? A lot of people in the coaching fraternity think he will,…

  17. Danny Ainge most concerned that Celtics get healthy, rested

    Mar 18, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    There’s Rajon Rondo’s slump. There’s Shaquille O’Neal’s health and skills. There’s getting the No. 1 seed in the East. There’s a couple tough road trips ahead. There’s plenty of things that Celtics GM Danny Ainge could worry about. But what he is most worried about is getting the Celtics healthy and rested headed into the…

  18. Garnett: Rajon Rondo is playing hurt

    Mar 17, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo was 0-2 shooting with no points Wednesday night, the latest bad line in a slump that has been going on for a couple of weeks. Rondo looks slow and banged up. Kevin Garnett stood up for Rondo, saying he is doing all he can right now, as reported by WEEI: “Rondo’s playing hurt,”…

  19. NBA playoff picture slowly starting to come into focus

    Mar 16, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

    At this point, nothing would really surprise me when the NBA playoffs start in a month. Well, Indiana winning the NBA title — heck, more than one game — would surprise me. So that is not totally true. But it’s hard to remember a more wide-open year. Every potential contender has enough strengths that you…

  20. Should the Celtics be worried about their defense?

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

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    This season, every contender has shown a chink in their armor. We talked about the Spurs defense struggling lately. Miami and Los Angeles have had ugly losses to weak teams. Chicago is untested and unproven in the playoff cauldron. And Boston’s defense may be a concern. Ever since the Kendrick Perkins trade there was the…

  21. Delonte West back Wednesday, says he will not be 100% all season

    Mar 15, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

    Delonte West

    The good news is Delonte West is expected to return to Boston Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers. That sigh of relief you just heard was a very tired Rajon Rondo, happy to hear the cavalry is coming over the hill. He needed some backup help at the point. But it’s not all good news,…

  22. Doc Rivers confirms Rondo is human – and don’t call it a slump

    Mar 15, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Deron Williams outplayed Rajon Rondo last night. Pretty badly. D-Will is one of the games elite point guards so there is no shame in him getting the better of a player, but Rondo didn’t look elite in his 1-for-10 shooting (with nine assists). As noted over by our man A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New…

  23. Video highlight of the night: Nets fan in a pink shirt

    Mar 15, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v New Jersey Nets

    Trying to describe this clip really doesn’t do it justice. Let’s just say this is one happy Nets fan after Deron Williams dagger three against the Celtics. And he’s wearing a pink shirt. Of all the things last night — Nets winning, Lakers handling the Magic, NCAA tournament — this guy was the meme of…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Back-to-backs not sitting well with Boston

    Mar 15, 2011, 2:41 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    What you missed while checking out the Cheezsculpture at South By Southwest… The Heat returning the beat down favor to the Spurs was our game of the night. Nets 88, Celtics 79: When the winning team shoots 39.7 percent, you got yourself one ugly game. The first half the Nets shot 32 percent, the Celtics had…

  25. Perkins to debut Monday for Thunder, already throwing elbows in West

    Mar 14, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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    Kendrick Perkins will make his debut as the center for the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday. The guy brought in to bring the defense and toughness along the back line that the Thunder have lacked will start in his first game for the Thunder and is not on minutes restriction, coach Scott Brooks said (via Royce…

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