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  1. Everyone is re-writing draft history with Oden/Durant, except Doc Rivers

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:33 AM EST

    NBA Finals Game 6:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    You hear this all the time around the NBA now, especially the last couple days, “I wanted to pick Kevin Durant over Greg Oden if we had the chance.” It’s crap. At the time almost everybody in the league was going to take Oden. It wasn’t close. True, there was a debate, and sports talk…

  2. Video: Andray Blatche is terrible at defense

    Nov 18, 2010, 5:42 PM EST

    Andray Blatche

    The Wizards are 26th in the NBA in points allowed and 23rd in defensive efficiency. In the next nine seconds, you will figure out why. We’ve known that Andray Blatche is a terrible defender for a long time now, but now there’s conclusive video proof. Blatche guesses that Rondo is going to reject a Kevin…

  3. Celtics great Russell given Medal of Freedom

    Nov 17, 2010, 5:29 PM EST

    Russell Block

    Celtics legend Bill Russell, who won 11 championships in 13 seasons and is almost universally regarded as the best defensive player of all time, was named one of the 15 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Other recipients of the award this year include former president George W. Bush, Warren Buffett, Maya Angelou, Stan…

  4. Dallas’ blueprint for corralling Rajon Rondo

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:34 AM EST

    Rondo_Mavs

    Rajon Rondo is playing so well — assisting on half of his team’s baskets when he is on the floor, pitching in 10.8 points per game, playing great defense — that his name is mentioned in early MVP talks. It’s far too premature to talk about that, but Rondo has been amazing at adapting to…

  5. Celtics Jermaine O’Neal to be out weeks, not days

    Nov 16, 2010, 9:54 AM EST

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    What, you didn’t expect Celtics centers to start getting healthy, did you? Doc Rivers Monday told WEEI not to be expecting Jermaine O’Neal, one of this summer’s free agent acquisitions in Boston, back for a little while. “Two, three weeks would be a guestimate,” Doc Rivers said Monday. “We don’t know exactly. We’re going through…

  6. Defending Rajon Rondo

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:27 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo’s outlandish point guard-ery this season is even more remarkable considering his obvious offensive flaw; Rondo is five years into his NBA career and yet his jump shot is still weaning. There are other wildly successful NBA players with holes in their games, but in some cases, there are institutional limits to prevent teams…

  7. Paul Pierce mocks LeBron in postgame tweet

    Nov 12, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    Paul Pierce, LeBron James

    Just another one of the 82, nothing special about this game… yeah, right. Lest you think the Celtics didn’t get a little extra enjoyment out of last night’s win over Miami, check out Paul Pierce’s postgame tweet: It’s been a pleasure to bring my talents to south beach now on to Memphis LeBron can add…

  8. Rajon Rondo dunks, Chris Bosh has a good view of it

    Nov 12, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

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    Chris Bosh is taking a lot of heat for his general play Thursday night, in particular this defensive rotation, or lack of rotation, that gave Rajon Rondo a clear path to the rim. We’re not going to pile on. We think the embarrassment of getting dunked on like that should be punishment enough.

  9. Game of the night: The running of the Celtics

    Nov 12, 2010, 2:30 AM EST

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    Boston is supposed to be the old men. Miami is supposed to be the young bucks unstoppable in transition. Then why is it that that all night long Boston was the team pushing the ball in transition, getting some easy buckets on the run? Miami was slowed, hesitant. It speaks to where these teams are…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. Shaq’s return in limbo

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

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    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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

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

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:41 AM EST

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    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…

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