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  1. Celtics try to balance regular-season dominance with rest

    Dec 13, 2010, 6:39 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    The Celtics are very good. The Celtics are also very old. Last season, the Celtics coasted to a 50-win season before flipping the switch in the playoffs and running through the Heat, Cavaliers, and Magic before pushing the Lakers to seven games in the NBA finals. This year the Celtics have been taking the regular…

  2. Baseline to Baseline Weekend Edition: The hits just keep on coming

    Dec 13, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What happened while you were falling backwards into the endzone…. Friday Bulls 88 Lakers 84: I’m just saying. At some point, maybe, if the Lakers are in a one-possession game with less than 40 seconds remaining, two-for-one or no, maybe the Lakers should work for a quality shot instead of giving Kobe Bryant the ball…

  3. Heat stealing offensive sets from the Lakers, Celtics

    Dec 10, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    During those dark, ugly games at the start of the season the Miami Heat offense seemed more like taking turns than some kind of actual offensive sets your high school coach would be proud of. Now that they are winning… there is still a lot of simple sets. Against Utah the other night there was…

  4. Video: Kevin Garnett with the game winner. Thanks Rondo.

    Dec 10, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 4

    It was an interesting play call. With the game on the line the Celtics got the ball to Rondo, ran Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett up to set screens, and when Rondo went right he didn’t try to drive the lane, he waited for the expected switch (everybody switches late in games) so that Jrue…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Why do people keep leaving Ray Allen open?

    Dec 10, 2010, 2:46 AM EDT

    Ray_Allen_stares

    What you missed while Jim Morrison was getting pardoned for a 31 year old indecent exposure charge… Celtics102, Sixers101: Probably the most entertaining ending minute of a game this season. It started with what looked like a dagger three from Ray Allen (followed by the staredown) with 1:04 left that put the Celtics ahead. How…

  6. Rajon Rondo to play, Shaq to sit for Celtics Thursday

    Dec 9, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Oneal_peace

    Remember all that talk about resting Rajon Rondo’s sore hamstring and him taking some games off? Forget we ever said that. What we meant was Shaquille O’Neal was going to take a night off. That is what is happening Thursday against Philadelphia — Rondo is in and Shaq is out. Paul Pierce also is going…

  7. Carmelo Anthony out against Boston with sore knee

    Dec 8, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    Boston is catching some breaks this season. When they faced Oklahoma City Kevin Durant was out, when they faced Washington John Wall was out… And when Denver came into the Garden tonight, Carmelo Anthony was out. He had an inflamed right knee, according to Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post. It was bothering him last…

  8. Shaq to play in Turkey next season?

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

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    Well, it’s not even noon but we have our winner for weirdest story of the day locked up. My work here is done. You all remember how Allen Iverson is playing basketball in Turkey right now (and sitting the fourth quarters). Well that has apparently emboldened his Besiktas general manager to start approaching other NBA…

  9. Among Rajon Rondo’s many injuries the hamstring is the worst

    Dec 8, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo may not go Wednesday night for Boston, taking another night off to rest his laundry list of injuries. There’s the plantar fasciitis in his foot, the knee pain, the sore hamstring. So, which one is the worst, ESPN Boston asked coach Doc Rivers? “[An extended break] may come at some point. I don’t…

  10. Delonte West’s return to Celtics will be faster than anticipated

    Dec 7, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    West_Celtics

    When Delonte West fell and broke his right wrist, the talk was of him maybe missing the rest of the regular season. Less than a week after surgery, it is looking like he might be back much sooner, he told Comcast New England (via Celtics Blog). “Even though we’re (six) days out of surgery, I’m…

  11. Doc Rivers might consider sitting Rajon Rondo for a stretch

    Dec 6, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    We saw this attitude last season — Boston’s Doc Rivers was willing to sacrifice regular season games to keep his guys healthy and rested come the playoffs. It worked. Sunday, Rajon Rondo sat out for the Celtics, a last-minute scratch due to a sore hamstring. But hamstrings can be slow to heal and Rondo has…

  12. NBA Power Rankings, ones that will make Mark Cuban smile

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

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    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings. Dallas, Boston and Denver all on seven-games or longer winning streaks… and the Knicks could join them this week. 1. Mavericks (16-4). Winners of nine in a row, they are getting fantastic play from Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd… which makes you wonder if they can keep it up as…

  13. Kevin Garnett hints if there is a lockout he could walk away

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O'Neal

    Kevin Garnett has two years left on his contract, this season and $21 million next season. But what if there is no next season? Not likely, but with a looming lockout it’s possible. There are some owners pushing for a hard line and major changes to NBA finances, which could lead to a doomsday scenario.…

  14. Baseline to Baseline Weekend Edition: Knicks Gone Wild

    Dec 6, 2010, 3:45 AM EDT

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    What you missed this weekend while worrying that your extra virgin olive oil isn’t such a virgin… Celtics 104 Bulls 92 (Friday): I know the Bulls thought they were an elite team. The Celtics, however, are currently the only Eastern team (and maybe the only NBA team) at that level right now. If we’re looking…

  15. Rajon Rondo’s rare feat: averaging more assists than points

    Dec 5, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo sat out today against the New Jersey Nets, his hamstring still sore and the team wanting to play it safe. Why safe? Because Rondo is having a historic season. So far, Rondo is averaging 14.1 assists and 11.4 points per game, orchestrating a more balanced Celtics attack. In a great note at the…

  16. Kevin Garnett gets all chatty after running the Bulls out

    Dec 4, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Had the Bulls beaten the Celtics last night, this post would not be happening. Kevin Garnett personifies almost all the things we want our athletes to be and almost none of the things we want our fellow citizens in every day life and public figures to be. What I mean is that Garnett’s a good…

  17. Quote of the Day: Doc Rivers wants to keep coaching in Boston

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

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    “As far as I’m concerned, I’m a Celtic and I plan on being that for a long time, as long as I’m coaching.” —Celtics coach Doc Rivers on WEEI radio in Boston, talking about the rumors Pat Riley will come after him to coach the Miami Heat next year. He again said he expects Erik…

  18. Doc Rivers the next coach in Miami rumors still floating around

    Dec 2, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    riversheat

    Who is going to be the next coach of the Miami Heat has become almost as fun a guessing game in NBA circles as where will Carmelo Anthony land. And there are a number of people around the league who have been saying the answer may be Doc Rivers next season. The Miami Herald says…

  19. Delonte West has wrist surgery Tuesday morning

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Delonte West

    Delonte West went under the knife Tuesday morning so doctors could surgically repair his broken wrist, according to ESPN Boston. Afterwards we should have a better recovery timeline for West. Last time he broke this wrist, with the Cavaliers two seasons ago, he missed a little more than two months. Doc Rivers has said he…

  20. Raptors Reggie Evans breaks foot, out for extended period

    Nov 27, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Jarrett Jack, Reggie Evans

    Toronto’s Reggie Evans is rebounding better than anyone in the NBA — he is grabbing 26 percent of the available rebounds when he is on the floor (Kevin Love is second at 23.4 percent). Evans is getting better than one in four rebounds. It was that presence inside that has allowed Andrea Bargnani to do…

  21. Shaq calls Celtics “the best team I’ve been on”

    Nov 25, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Oneal_peace

    Does anybody take digs at the places he’s been quite like Shaquille O’Neal? The latest was a comment, courtesy WEEI,  sure to go over well in Boston and no so well in Los Angeles and Miami. “This is a great team. The best team I’ve been on. They’ve got a lot of weapons on this…

  22. Delonte West breaks wrist, maybe out for season

    Nov 24, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    Delonte West

    Already without Rajon Rondo, the Boston Celtics have now lost Delonte West with a broken wrist suffered against the Nets, according to a tweet from Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. After the game, Doc Rivers said West could miss the rest of the regular season. If not, he certainly will miss a lot of…

  23. Quote of the day: Shaq is like laundry

    Nov 24, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O'Neal

    “Shaq is like paradise, man. You ever wash your sheets and then go outside and hang them out, and the sun dries them? You ever smell the sheets? That’s what Shaq is, Shaq is like.” —Kevin Garnett, talking about what it’s like to play with Shaquille O’Neal, via the Boston Herald.

  24. Could Pat Riley really step in for Erik Spoelstra? Phil Jackson thinks so.

    Nov 23, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Stan Van Gundy had the Miami Heat and their big stars Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal off to a decent but behind expectations start of 11-10 when Pat Riley canned him and stepped in to take over as coach. They won a ring. This season’s Miami Heat are off to a decent but behind expectations…

  25. Kobe Bryant calls Michael Jackson his mentor

    Nov 23, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant is a complex man. We like to paint our athletes into easy to define boxes — Kobe learned his drive by watching Michael Jordan — that are not always accurate fit. They often are not with Kobe. For example, he told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo he learned his drive by his friendship with…

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