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  1. Kevin Garnett has calf strain, out only a couple weeks

    Dec 30, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    Garnett injured

    UPDATE 5:56 pm: Via the Celtics Web site, here are the quotes from Danny Ainge on the injury. “Kevin had an MRI and a thorough examination (on Thursday) and it’s the same as last night,” said Ainge. “It’s just a muscle – I say just – but it’s a muscle injury, a strained calf. It’s…

  2. While we wait for an MRI, Doc Rivers speaks on Garnett

    Dec 30, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Garnett injured

    There will be no real Kevin Garnett injury news until the results of the MRI are release later today, but we are not a patient people. Celtics coach Doc Rivers was on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan Morning Show and talked about KG, which the brilliant Celtics Blog transcribed for the rest of us. “Well, I…

  3. Kevin Garnett leaves game with right calf injury

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:18 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    UPDATE #3 11:18 pm: Here is a post-game quote from Doc Rivers on Garnett, via the Associated Press: “It is a muscle injury, not a knee,” Boston coach Doc Rivers said. “You always worry when a guy goes down without anyone around him, because those always seem to be severe injuries, so that was the…

  4. Winderman: This season, to the conference winners go the spoils

    Dec 29, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    No, this is not the NFL, where regular-season dominance translates into a playoff bye. But this season, there just might be a similar reward forthcoming in the NBA. With all due respect to the Bulls and Jazz and others teams perhaps outplaying their expectations to this point, each conference appears to have three prime championship…

  5. Shaq’s reaction to $35,000 fine: “WHYYYYYY”

    Dec 29, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

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    As you can see from the video below, Shaquille O’Neal is terribly broken up about the $35,000 fine he got for ripping the referees after he fouled out in 12 minutes on Christmas. Just devastated. (Please re-read that sentence with your best sarcastic voice.) (For the record, it apparently wasn’t the refs on Christmas as…

  6. Tony Allen is a charter member of the Paul Pierce fan club

    Dec 28, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 5

    Tony Allen spent the first six years of his NBA career in Boston before signing a three-year deal with the Grizzlies this summer. That is six years along side Paul Pierce, defending Pierce in practices and watching how he works. Watching him win games for the Celtics and shoot them out of others. Allen soaked…

  7. How Nate Robinson hurts the Celtics

    Dec 27, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

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    It was clear at the end of the Celtics Christmas Day loss to Orlando how much Boston misses Rajon Rondo. In a tight game late, the Celtics were not getting the shots they wanted (and missed the couple they did get). Part of that was Orlando’s defense, which pushes you out of your comfort zones,…

  8. Big surprise, Kendrick Perkins wants to return earlier than expected

    Dec 26, 2010, 10:46 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Media Availability

    Kendrick Perkins doesn’t strike me as a patient type guy. He seems pretty insistent in what he wants and thinks. So you can expect a pretty severe clash between he and the coaching staff in the next few weeks. You see, Perkins’ expected return date was late January, early February, somewhere in there. Perkins, though,…

  9. How stacked were the 80’s, really?

    Dec 25, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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    When LeBron James came out and said that he thinks it would be great if great players on bad teams were able to go to good teams because their teams didn’t exist anymore (but he didn’t say the word contraction!), everyone nodded along in agreement. When he hearkened back in the conversation to those classic days…

  10. Paul Pierce still considers Hedo Turkoglu a difficult matchup

    Dec 25, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Hedo Turkoglu, Paul Pierce

    Even though the rest of the known world may use Hedo Turkoglu as a punchline, Paul Pierce — Turkoglu’s positional matchup in today’s game between the Celtics and Magic — still seems to have enormous respect for the man. From Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel (via Evan Dunlap): “Hedo is going to be great…

  11. LeBron, Doc Rivers don’t want to play on Christmas either

    Dec 23, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

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    Yesterday it was Phil Jackson sounding like the Grinch to basketball fans, wondering why teams have to play on Christmas day. Particularly his teams. But as we always suspected, there is more than one Grinch — one man with a heart two sizes too small could not do it all alone. LeBron James and Doc…

  12. Boston still beasts of the East (and they’re enjoying it)

    Dec 22, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Why did the Orlando Magic dramatically reshuffle their roster last weekend? The Celtics. Orlando’s brain trust realized their current roster was not going to beat Boston come May. The Celtics knocked the Magic out of the playoffs last season and this season that gap widened. Orlando had to do something — and in doing so…

  13. It’s not just the Heat, NBA television ratings up 30 percent

    Dec 22, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

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    Make no mistake, LeBron James and the Miami Heat are the hottest story still going in the NBA — the team’s games broadcast on TNT and ESPN have seen ratings increases of 69 percent compared to Heat games a year ago. But taken Miami out of the equation completely and ratings are still up 23…

  14. Larry Bird congratulates Dirk Nowitzki for passing him on all-time scoring list

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

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    When Dirk Nowitzki entered the league as a skinny German kid he became a bit of a sensation for the reasons he is a legend now — the guy can flat out shoot the rock and is 7-feet tall. But if you said he’d end up scoring more points than the Larry Bird you would…

  15. Kendrick Perkins getting closer to return

    Dec 21, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    The good news just keeps on coming for the 22-4 Boston Celtics. According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, Celtics starting center and defensive specialist Kendrick Perkins is participating in on-court activity and may be able to return to full-contact practice by January: Center Kendrick Perkins participated in his most heightened on-court activity since undergoing…

  16. Video: Shaq conducts the Boston Pops

    Dec 21, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 2: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Shaquille O’Neal, classical music conductor. You can add that to the list that includes NBA center, All-Star, rapper, policeman and statue. As you can see from the video below (via the Boston Pops) Shaq did quite well conducting the holiday standard “Sleigh Ride” with the Pops. Because the orchestra really needed a conductor on this…

  17. Tyson Chandler is to Dallas as Kevin Garnett is to Boston? Dirk says true.

    Dec 20, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Last season, 26 games into the season, Dallas was 19-7 and it went on to a 55-win season. This season their offensive production is almost identical, but the Mavs look like a different, better team. One you might really be scared of come the playoffs. They are 21-5 heading into a showdown with a rejuvenated…

  18. NBA Power Rankings, cue Glenn Frey because the Heat is on…

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where Mavs fans are going climb on me for dropping them down to five, and I get that. I just think the four teams above them are better. 1. Celtics (22-4). They’ve won 13 in a row. Remember how we have said that Doc Rivers is willing to sacrifice regular…

  19. Shaq is back and there is a party in Boston, complete with alley-oops

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

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    You can watch the video below to see Shaquille O’Neil throw down the alley-oop over Jeff Foster. On the fast break. And if you want you can pretend that Shaq ran the fast break and didn’t just cherry pick while you watch it. And you can pretend that Paul Pierce didn’t cherry pick as well,…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Lakers and ex-Lakers all get wins

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic, Joe Johnson

    What you missed while watching Santa dance to Breakbot… Nets 89, Hawks 82: Sasha Vujacic finished with a game-high +23 in this one and had 10 points. Sasha was the butt of plenty of jokes in Los Angeles and was not a locker room favorite, but I will say this for the guy — he…

  21. LeBron James understands why Orlando brought Hedo Turkoglu back

    Dec 19, 2010, 10:01 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns

    When the Orlando Magic reacquired Hedo Turkoglu this weekend in their batch of megatrades, the biggest reaction was confusion. Why would they bring back Turkoglu, who had been let go in 2009 because the Magic felt his skills would erode with age, and then that exact thing occurred? He was a washout with Toronto after…

  22. To start off the weekend right, watch Nate Robinson flip over Paul Pierce

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Really, nothing will get you more in the mood for a fun weekend than watching Nate Robinson try to recreate his Shrek and Donkey move with Glen Davis from the finals by jumping on the back of Paul Pierce. And Pierce keeps right on running, doing his airplane thing. And Robinson just drops. Enjoy. Well,…

  23. Rajon Rondo out a couple of weeks with ankle injury

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

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    It looked bad when it happened Wednesday night — Rajon Rondo wanted to drive the lane against the Knicks, went right and tried to plant for a cut and his ankle just rolled. About as far as an ankle can roll. He came back in and played, but those things are often worse the next…

  24. Video: Mike D’Antoni talks about loss to Boston

    Dec 16, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    The Knicks were about as happy as a team could be after a heartbreaking loss. Consider it the dreaded moral victory if you want, but they went up against a title contender and stood toe-to-toe. Granted, a title contender without key parts of its front line, but still a contender. You take the victories where…

  25. Video: Paul Pierce’s game winner, Stoudemire’s almost answer

    Dec 16, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

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    It was one of the most dramatic endings to a game this season — and worth watching again. Paul Pierce with the veteran move trying to drive, getting his body into Stoudemire then hitting the step back. Stoudemire answering with a three to win the game — but just about .02 seconds too late (and…

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