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  1. Shaq likely play tonight against Miami

    Nov 11, 2010, 2:40 PM EST

    Oneal_peace

    Shaquille O’Neal went through morning shoot around with the Boston Celtics and Doc Rivers said after practice there is a “good chance” he will to play Thursday night in a marquee showdown against Miami. Jermaine O’Neal did not go through anything with the team this morning. So while both O’Neals are listed as game time…

  2. Miami ready to push back on physical play

    Nov 11, 2010, 10:34 AM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    The first edition of the “how to beat Miami” book is out around the league — and there is a whole chapter on “pushing them around.” Being physical. Miami is ready to push back, they told ESPN. “You have to anticipate that teams are going to be physical with us … are going to try…

  3. Joakim Noah on Kevin Garnett” “I don’t like him”

    Nov 11, 2010, 9:40 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics, Game 2

    There was a time — old timers will tell you a better time, I’m not so convinced — when the players didn’t shake hands before the game, didn’t hang out together and workout together in the offseason, didn’t know or really like each other. Joakim Noah is a bit of a throwback that way, as…

  4. Tons of Steve Nash trade chatter, none of it from Phoenix

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:09 PM EST

    Steve Nash

    Suddenly everybody wants to talk about where Steve Nash is going to end up, he is second on the “most discussed trade” hit parade, right behind Carmelo Anthony, and everyone is speculating about an end destination. How about Phoenix? For all the talk, there are a number of reasons that the Suns are just not…

  5. Dallas sags off Rajon Rondo for the win

    Nov 9, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    O.J. Mayo said recently that Rajon Rondo is the player he’d most want to play with because of how he sets teammates up. During the Nuggets broadcast last night, Kenyon Martin came on for a while and during that time said that Rondo is a better point guard than Derrick Rose. But Dallas didn’t fear…

  6. NBA Power Rankings, where the Hornets are all the buzz

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:07 PM EST

    CPaul-layup

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where we are starting to believe in the Hornets but not the Hawks. Oh, and just bench Baron Davis. 1. Lakers (7-0). Best offense in the NBA so far, defense is solid (10th in league in defensive points given up per possession) and all that without Andrew Bynum. The schedule…

  7. Celtics Jermaine O’Neal had minor “procedure” on his knee during season

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:18 AM EST

    JOneal_rebound

    Jermaine O’Neal played 21 minutes for the Celtics in their win over the Thunder. He pulled down nine boards but shot just 1-for-5. He has not moved well this season and admitted to Sherrod Blakely of Comcast Sports New England that he had a “minor procedure” done on his sore left knee. During the season.…

  8. Rajon Rondo has plantar fasciitis. That’s bad.

    Nov 6, 2010, 4:40 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics

    There are worse words to hear regarding your starting All-Star point guard. “Torn ACL.” “Fractured tibia.” “Turned into Baron Davis.” But right up there is “plantar fasciitis,”  a foot condition that is a remarkably troublesome problem for NBA players. The condition is both sincerely painful to the point of distraction, yet not debilitating to keep…

  9. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Friday night is for nail biters, apparently

    Nov 6, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

    Pierce_Garnett_highfive

    What you missed installing your all-in-one toilet paper roll holder and iPod Dock… There are more notes from the Hornets 96-93 win over the Heat here. Celtics 110, Bulls 105 (OT): I could have sworn I saw Ray Allen dunk in the overtime. I must be hallucinating. Give the Bulls credit, down 16 in the…

  10. Quote of the day: Kevin Garnett is a little Chihuahua

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:58 AM EST

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    “I’d love to see Charlie (Villanueva) and KG (Kevin Garnett) in the ring. I’d pick Charlie  I’ve seen KG get his ass whupped. … He’s always barking, and when it’s time to get physical, he’s always been a little chihuahua…. I ain’t never seen him bark up a bear. He’s always being a little chihuahua.…

  11. It’s Danny Ainge’s turn to stick up for Kevin Garnett

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:12 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    Just when you were hoping the whole Kevin Garnett/Charlie Villanueva/”cancer patient” controversy had run its course, Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge jumps in the fay. Ainge has a weekly radio show on WEEI in Boston and — shockingly — backed his player Garnett 100 percent, as transcribed by ESPNBoston. “There’s one thing that I know…

  12. Rajon Rondo not just getting record assists, getting key ones

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:34 PM EST

    Rondo_dooling

    Rajon Rondo, assist machine. So far this season, Rondo is assisting on about 60 percent of his team’s baskets when he is on the floor (his assist rate). He has racked up more assists through the first five games of the season than any player in history has done in that same stretch. More than…

  13. Shaq’s return in limbo

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

    Shaq_dunk

    Shaquille O’Neal could play Friday night when the Chicago Bulls come to Boston. Or, he could sit out all four games of next week’s road trip, which includes a rematch with Miami. Doc Rivers and crew simply don’t know when he’ll be back, as he told ESPNBoston.com. “He’s not going to play (Wednesday night) and…

  14. Rivers defends Garnett, adds that in-game comments shouldn’t be tweeted

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:14 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 6:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Not shockingly, Doc Rivers stuck up for his star Kevin Garnett in comments made before the Celtics took on the Bucks. Last night, Detroit’s Charlie Villanueva accused Garnett of calling him a “cancer patient” during the matchup between the two. Garnett denied this. Doc basically sounded like our own Ira Winderman with his comments to…

  15. Charlie Villanueva says Garnett called him a “cancer patient,” and CV is ready to fight

    Nov 3, 2010, 8:10 AM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    Kevin Garnett talks a lot of smack on the court, sometimes going a little over the top with it all. The Piston’s Charlie Villanueva has had enough and tweeted about it after the game. KG talks a lot of crap, he’s prob never been in a fight, I would love to get in a ring…

  16. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where the Lakers, Heat and Celtics dominate.

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:41 AM EST

    Wade_basket_Pullup

    What you missed while you were watching the election results roll in, then drinking to celebrate or drown your sorrows… Sixers at the Wizards — better known as No. 1 John Wall vs. No. 2 Evan Turner — was our game of the night, get the details here. Magic at the Knicks was postponed due…

  17. What is up with Austin Daye?

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:31 PM EST

    Daye_dunk

    There are a lot of things not working for the Detroit Pistons right now. A lot. But Austin Daye may be the most glaring. Last season coming primarily off the bench he gave them a solid if not spectacular 13 minutes a game, but you could see the athleticism and potential. Then in the preseason…

  18. One O’Neal in, one O’Neal out for Celtics

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:29 PM EST

    Shaq_dunk

    There will be an O’Neal starting at center for the Celtics Tuesday. But it won’t be Shaq, Doc Rivers said he will sit out Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons, according to a tweet from Gary Washburn at the Boston Globe. Shaq has been dealing with knee issues that are slowing him down. Celtics fans,…

  19. Dwyane Wade as Justin Timberlake and other NBA Halloween stories

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

    Wade_Timberlake

    Oh social media, how you bring us photos we would never have otherwise seen. We love you for that. For example, there is Dwyane Wade going whiteface Justin Timberlake to his Halloween bash in Miami. If that costume comes with Jessica Beal, then it is brilliant and not at all creepy. We also can check…

  20. Delonte West on locker room fight: nothing to see here, move along

    Nov 1, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

    Delonte West

    Delonte West addressed the media on a locker-room brawl with Von Wafer last week, saying it’s all good. Don’t know why you’re all worked up about it. It was no big deal that I just jumped a guy in the locker room. Not sure I can swallow all of that, but are the quotes, via…

  21. Doc Rivers talks Celtics locker room fight. Was Von Wafer the leak?

    Oct 30, 2010, 5:54 PM EST

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    Boston is not a locker room with a lot of leaks. Their entire team identity is built on team unity, they don’t talk about each other behind their backs. The front office doesn’t talk about details much, as you can tell from the Doc Rivers clip above — Delonte West and Von Wafer got in…

  22. Rajon Rondo dropin’ dimes

    Oct 30, 2010, 12:43 PM EST

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    Rajon Rondo had 24 assists last night as the Knicks went away from the old “make Rondo the shooter” book. And the Knicks lost. Somebody wrote the book for a reason. On another note: Are the first two clips here really assists? He makes the pass then the player (Pierce then Davis) put the ball…

  23. Delonte West, Von Wafer fight after Celtics practice

    Oct 29, 2010, 6:46 PM EST

    Delonte West

    UPDATE#2 6:46 pm: In pregame interviews, Von Wafer told the Boston Globe, “I don’t know nothing about it. First time hearing about it.” Doc Rivers said that there was a fight, “and that’s all you need to know.” UPDATE 4:35 pm: Speaking with the Boston Globe, Celtics GM Danny Ainge confirmed that there had been…

  24. Winderman: Contraction not a bad idea, just bad negotiations

    Oct 28, 2010, 7:43 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Contraction as collective-bargaining threat is lamentable on so many levels. In does little to advance the process, offers a solution to nothing. But contraction as a means toward competitive renewal? It is an option that should not be summarily dismissed, albeit one better debated at a time other than amid the expiration of a CBA.…

  25. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where the Clippers are fun to watch

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:27 AM EST

    BGriffin_dunk

    Our game of the night was Kevin Durant doing Durant like things all over the Bulls in the closing minutes. Which was a great choice because after the slog of ugly basketball that was much of Heat/Celtics opening night we needed new energy. But that wasn’t the only good show Wednesday night. Blake Griffin’s first…

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