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  1. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 4: Rajon Rondo puts on a show while LeBron James doth defer too much

    May 9, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

    We finally got a close one. And the Celtics finally have a hero besides Rajon Rondo. Tony Allen came in and played a huge game for the Celtics, who evened the series at 2-2 after a 97-87 win in Boston. Allen had 18 points off the bench and finished consistently off Rajon Rondo’s drive and…

  2. Last Night in the Playoffs: Classic defenses torn asunder

    May 8, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    For the past three seasons, the San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics have been pillars of defensive excellence in the NBA. They’ve consistently managed to find victory by shutting down their opponent. The blueprint was always the same. Consistent terrific help on any perimeter penetration, effective, smothering doubles on post-players, and a persistent maintenance…

  3. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 3: Witness the power of this fully operational elbow

    May 7, 2010, 9:18 PM EDT

    The pendulum swings both ways. Tonight, LeBron James swung it through the Celtics’ fortress walls and left their homecourt advantage in ruins. James took over in a way we haven’t seen, maybe since his Game 5 performance against the Pistons in 07, completely dominating at both ends of the floor while getting his teammates involved.…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Celtics look to put the knife to Cavs' elbow…er, throat

    May 7, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT

    Things change just that quickly. Four weeks ago, the Celtics were meekly limping into the playoffs, looking like nothing but a stepping stone for whoever would contend for a title. The Cavaliers looked very much the best team in the league, and once again looked like this would finally be their their. Things can change…

  5. Jeff Van Gundy: What's so wrong about a serious head coach?

    May 6, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    “We need a guy who can relate to today’s player.” You here variants of that sentence in so many coaching searches, teams looking for a guy who can relate to, joke around with and get through to players that way. Jeff Van Gundy wants to know why? In talking about why Boston assistant coach Tom…

  6. Celtics benched Nate Robinson, saved themselves a cool $2 million

    May 6, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    Nate Robinson came over to the Celtics with some hype bordering on the delusional — this was going to be the guy to change the Boston bench, provide that much-needed scoring punch, change the dynamics. The reality is that Nate Robinson was Nate Robinson — he scores a lot some days but he shoots a…

  7. NBA playoffs: Celtics crash Cavs' Game 2 MVP party, send series back to Boston tied 1-1

    May 3, 2010, 10:18 PM EDT

    There have been more embarrassing games by a number one overall seed at home after having their franchise player win the MVP. Well, one at least. But the performance by the Cleveland Cavaliers was so pathetic, and that of the Boston Celtics so dominant, this one is likely to leave a lingering stench in the…

  8. NBA Playoffs Celtics Cavs Game 2: Celtics attempt to charge the gates once more

    May 3, 2010, 6:19 PM EDT

    Celtics fans: “Okay, guys, just do what you did in the first half of Game 1, but for the WHOLE GAME THIS TIME. Got it?Ready…break!” Cavs fans: “Let’s not toy with them this time, okay guys?” The Cavs came out in the first half of Game 1 and looked shellshocked. They had no answers for…

  9. Tom Thibodeau may finally be off the coaching carousel

    May 2, 2010, 11:44 PM EDT

    For several years Tom Thibodeau has been riding the coaching carousel, interviewing for head jobs. He’s been on it so long that the unicorn has his vomit stained on it and he’s permanently lost his sense of balance. But finally, mercifully, his merry-go-round may be coming to an end. The Boston Herald is reporting that…

  10. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 1: The rematch begins

    May 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    It’s right that it should go this way. These two never faced one another last year, and now that the Celtics are at full strength and the Cavaliers are ruling the roost, we need to settle this. The 2008 Champions, seeking to regain what they feel is their rightful title. And the Cavaliers, aiming to…

  11. Kobe Bryant still king of NBA Jersey sales, LeBron is queen, Celtics fans will buy anything.

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant. Love him or hate him, you buy his gear. Admit it. The Lakers sudden defensive stopper topped the sales chart at NBA.com and the NBA Store in Manhattan for the second straight year, according to a league announcement Wednesday. LeBron James was second, because really the NBA is all about LeBron and Kobe…

  12. NBA Playoffs Heat Celtics Game 5: Celtics move on, Heat move to summer of mystery

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:04 AM EDT

    The rumors of the demise of the Boston Celtics have been greatly exaggerated. The Celtics didn’t dominate the Heat in Game 5 of their first round series in Boston, but they left no doubt. They are still a contender, and Miami is not. Boston, looked at by many, including your devoted author here, as a…

  13. NBA Playoffs Celtics Heat: Anatomy of a heart-breaker

    Apr 27, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade talked to his hand and destroyed the Celtics to get the Heat a game in Miami. But most people consider this series to have ended when Paul Pierce stuck the dagger in in Game 3. It was a maelstrom of both the Celtics’ excellence and the Heat’s failure to execute. The Heat watched…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Dwyane Wade isn't quite ready for his season to be over, goes bonkers in the fourth to down the Celtics in Game 4

    Apr 25, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade had six turnovers, missed eight shots, and botched five free throws in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics. Other than that, he could do no wrong. An enormously impressive 46-point, five-rebound, five-assist performance stands testament to that, and Wade’s performance was capped off brilliantly by scoring 17 of Miami’s 30 points in the…

  15. NBA Playoffs: We're pretty sure the Celtics beat the Heat so bad they won the series in two games

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:07 AM EDT

    Some people, I won’t name names, thought the Miami Heat would not only challenge the Celtics in the first round, but would win the series. Those people look incredibly foolish after the first two games of this series. (I was very much one of those names.) The Celtics, without Kevin Garnett due to suspension, thoroughly…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Celtics turn back the clock to take Game 1 over Heat, but may lose Kevin Garnett to suspension

    Apr 17, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    It looked like the same old Celtics we’ve seen this season. Outworked, outhustled, down double digits in the third quarter. And then all of a sudden, they hopped in the Hot Tub Time Machine during a timeout. And out popped the Celtics from the 2008 Championship run to lock down the Heat and take Game…

  17. NBA playoffs: East difference-makers could be the change they wish to see in the world

    Apr 16, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    While the Eastern Conference playoffs may lack the volatility of the West in the first round, there are still all kinds of characters scrambling about looking to cause mayhem. There’s something to be said about being in a series with no expectations, and underdogs looking to seize the moment can have a field day if…

  18. Is the Celtics locker room fractured?

    Apr 15, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    The Celtics success in 2008 was based around Ubuntu. It was about team first. Unity and chemistry making the whole better than the sum of the parts. Got them another banner. On the court, the Celtics clearly do not look the same. Do their problems extend into the locker room, is it fractured? Boston Globe…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Celtics still have championship recipe, even if they have to improvise on ingredients

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    The Celtics won it all two years ago, you know. They were hungrier then, and healthier, too. James Posey-er, even. But that team, with a Rajon Rondo that wasn’t quite this impressive and absolutely depressing depth at center. Paul Pierce was more prolific then, Kevin Garnett was more productive then, Ray Allen was more consistent…

  20. Celtics taking on interesting variations of former selves

    Mar 3, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    The Celtics defined their 07-08 championship run with high-character players who understood their role built around the big three. That was what made the 2008 team so dominant, the perfect management of ego and talent. A combination so brilliantly naturally dynamic even Doc Rivers couldn’t screw it up. But since then, they’ve started to take…

  21. The end is nigh, Nets beat Celtics

    Feb 27, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Earlier, we told you of the sign that appeared in the Celtics’ locker room, proclaiming that individuals win games, but teams win championships. Today, at least, the Boston Celtics were neither individuals nor teams, apparently. The New Jersey Nets beat the Boston Celtics in Boston 104-96. This isn’t the end of the world for the…

  22. Celtics face 'win or blow-up' scenario

    Feb 27, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

    It was all worth it. You have to tell yourself that, Celtics fan or no. The offseason that brought Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to Boston next to Paul Pierce was a success, because it brought a banner, and there’s nothing that can be done to refute that. The NBA’s ultimate prize is worth the…

  23. Celtics post ridiculously obvious sign in locker room

    Feb 27, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    They have All-Star appearances, MVPs, All-NBA marks, franchise records, places in history, and an NBA title. Yet apparently they still needed to be reminded of cliche platitudes to perform to a level befitting their salary. Today the Celtics found a new sign in their locker room (via the Boston Globe), that said: “INDIVIDUALS WIN GAMES…

  24. Study: Winners touch a lot. Appropriately. We think.

    Feb 23, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    A recent study of the NBA outlined in the New York Times this morning states that there is a high correlation between the frequency of touching between teammates on the floor and their performance. From the NYTimes: In a paper due out this year in the journal Emotion, Mr. Kraus and his co-authors, Cassy Huang…

  25. Rondo's not exactly thrilled about the Krypto-Nate infusion

    Feb 20, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    Turns out Deron Williams isn’t the only player who wasn’t a fan of his team’s deadline moves. Rajon Rondo expressed some uncertainty about moving veteran Eddie House for Nate Robinson, in an article for NBA.com. Courtesy of Bryan Chu: “I don’t know, I don’t know,” said Rondo on whether the team needed to make a…

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