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  1. Rondo thinks this year’s Celtics are “our best shot”

    Oct 9, 2012, 10:07 AM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Optimism is running very high in Boston. Last season the Celtics made a run all the way to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, then this summer the Celtics added Jason Terry and Jeff Green — they got deeper and better. So expectations are high. And Rajon Rondo is talking them up. Here is…

  2. Andrew Bogut wants his team to fight. Each other.

    Oct 6, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    andrew bogut

    Andrew Bogut has what you might call a false positive ID for being injury-prone. While it’s true that Bogut has lost a huge number of games over the  past three seasons to injury, much of that has stemmed from a serious of freak injuries. He doesn’t have the worrisome food problems that plague so many…

  3. NBA Season Preview: Atlanta Hawks

    Oct 4, 2012, 3:58 PM EST

    Josh Smith

    Last season: Just another Hawks season. That’s the best way to put it after a year where despite losing Al Horford for the vast majority of the season, Atlanta managed to land a top four seed in the East. They had this bizarro season underneath the headline of “Boring.” They would look awesome one night,…

  4. Paul Pierce actually thought about leaving Celtics

    Oct 3, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Paul Pierce

    It’s kind of hard to picture Paul Pierce in anything but Celtics green. For 14 seasons he has worn only the Boston uniform. He’s going to retire a Celtic. He has been there through the rough seasons and a title season. His number will end up hanging from the rafters in the Garden. But after the…

  5. Rondo says this Celtics team more talented than 2008

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:51 AM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    There is a whole lot of optimism in Boston about this Celtics team. Because they made a run all the way to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, then brought back Kevin Garnett (who played fantastically in the playoffs), then got deeper and better with the addition of guys like Jason Terry and Courtney…

  6. Ray Allen brushes off Kevin Garnett’s barking while enjoying the beach

    Sep 30, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Ray Allen

    There are some players and stories that in order to get the real feeling for how intense the situation is, you have to divide the hype by about 10. Others, though, you have to multiply by 10 to get a real sense of the bad blood. Ray Allen vs. the Celtics is a multiplier situation.…

  7. Differing views of Jeff Green’s big contract in Boston

    Sep 27, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    Jeff Green

    Jeff Green signed to a four year, $36 million deal with the Celtics last summer. The fourth year is a player option and it contains a number of incentive clauses that could take it up to a $40 million deal. That for a guy that Oklahoma City wanted to move and who missed last season…

  8. Rondo says Celtics are one of five contenders (and other stuff)

    Sep 26, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    How many realistic NBA title contenders are there right now? Rajon Rondo thinks there are five, and he plays on one of them. Here is what he told Marc Spears of Yahoo in an interesting interview. “We won a championship and that’s great, but I don’t want to settle,” Rondo said. “I have a lot…

  9. Doc Rivers doesn’t know what to expect from Darko, either

    Sep 26, 2012, 11:42 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    If Darko Milicic were taken, say, 25th in the 2003 NBA Draft, you would think the Celtics made a good signing bringing him in this summer — a serviceable big man to bring in off the bench, a guy who for 12 minutes a night will not suck and give guys like Kevin Garnett some…

  10. NBA Season Preview: Boston Celtics

    Sep 19, 2012, 1:58 PM EST

    Celtics' Garnett talks with Rondo during a time out against Knicks in the second half during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Last season: They went 39-27 and won the Atlantic Division, which was nice but in Boston division titles are not how a team is measured. They handled the Hawks as expected in the first round of the playoffs, then in the second round ran into a plucky but inexperienced Sixers team and Boston won in…

  11. The Inbounds: Why players and their agents should consider a franchise’s spending history in free agency decisions

    Sep 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler react to a call in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston

    Two and a half weeks ago, Business Week released a study on the “smartest spenders in the NBA.” Kurt talked about the top and bottom ten here. It’s nothing shocking. The Lakers spend really well! The Wizards and Kings spend really badly! Turns out there’s a high correlation between “being a really good team” and…

  12. We know experience matters in the NBA, but the question ‘Why?’ lingers

    Sep 15, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Mavericks forward Marion, guard Kidd, guard Terry and forward Nowitzki stand with the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy before their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    There’s a certain contrast when it comes to how people view age in the NBA. Coaches and players like, trust in, and believe in experienced veterans, while fans like young players. Younger players represent upside and potential, the unknown, athleticism and possibility to fans. But to coaches and veterans, they represent mistakes, sloppiness, a lack…

  13. The Inbounds: The NBA Hierarchy of Needs Part I, the Star-Builder

    Sep 12, 2012, 12:50 PM EST

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. The following is a work of theory and more of a thought exercise than anything else. It’s not based on…

  14. The Inbounds: Rajon Rondo and a game of art not science

    Sep 6, 2012, 12:40 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Over Labor Day, I had an opportunity to share a beach house with both a scientist and an artist. (Don’t get jealous, we were pretty much living off our friends’ generosity, it’s not like I’m skipping off to the Hamptons every other weekend.) A social situation involving people on opposite ends of the conceptual spectrum, particularly in…

  15. Rajon Rondo is not taking the bait on Ray Allen questions

    Sep 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    In a fascinating (albeit brief — it’s Rondo, after all) interview with Rajon Rondo Friday, Ethan Sherwood Strauss of Bleacher Report asked the Celtics’ dynamic point guard a number of fascinating questions. He did touch on the big question everyone wants to know, whether Ray Allen took his talents to South Beach because of his…

  16. New high-tech data shows challenges Knicks, Carmelo face

    Aug 31, 2012, 8:30 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    I’m a big proponent of teams getting information — use traditional scouts, use advanced stats, both coaches and general managers should be getting as much data as they can to help inform their choices. But that information doesn’t always provide easy answers. Just ask the New York Knicks. One wealth of new information some teams…

  17. Rondo says he wants to be greatest Celtics point guard ever

    Aug 28, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    I like that Rajon Rondo is thinking big. Like “the Celtics are my team” big. Look what he said while in the Philippines (where he is helping at a Red Bull sponsored youth Clinic), as reported by Interaksyon.com (via SLAM). “I hope I can end my career as the greatest point guard in the history…

  18. Kevin Garnett has made more in NBA salary than anyone. Ever.

    Aug 27, 2012, 1:53 PM EST

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett calls out to his team mates as the Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Kevin Garnett took a pay cut to come back to the Boston Celtics this year. It’s three years, $34 million. We’d all like a pay cut like that. But it was still enough — with his new contract Kevin Garnett passes Shaquille O’Neal as highest career earner in NBA history. WarriorsWorld tweeted out a new…

  19. Who starts for Boston with Avery Bradley out?

    Aug 27, 2012, 12:52 PM EST

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    Most of Boston’s starting five is set. Rajon Rondo is the point guard, Paul Pierce is the three, Brandon Bass at the four and Kevin Garnett is the five. Jason Terry is the first guy off the bench. Locked in. At the two… that’s more complex. Someone tweeted CSNNE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely and asked who he…

  20. Friday And-1 links: Can Kobe and Nash coexist as leaders?

    Aug 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Steve Nash Kobe Bryant

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like these guys love Alex Morgan. • Interesting post by the always… well, at…

  21. Avery Bradley thanks Ray Allen for being a good tutor

    Aug 8, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    We know what kind of reception Ray Allen is going to get from the fans when he returns to Boston as a member of the Miami Heat. We know how Paul Pierce feels about Allen bolting for the enemy. But Avery Badly, the guy who basically took Allen’s starting job, he feels differently. He was…

  22. The Inbounds: Indiana and defense of second

    Aug 6, 2012, 12:38 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Welcome to the Inbounds, touching on one big idea, story, or discussion point of the day.  It’s fine to think the Celtics were the second best team in the East in last year’s playoffs (factoring the Bulls post-Rose injury). I mean, they finished second, right? They pushed the eventual NBA champions to seven games, and…

  23. Paul Pierce says he’ll consider playing beyond 2014, and maybe not in Boston

    Aug 4, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Boston Celtics' Pierce is defended by Miami Heat's Wade and James in Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    Paul Pierce was drafted a Celtic. He has been a Celtic in good times and bad. From Ricky Davis to Antoine Walker, to Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, Pierce has been a Boston Celtic and has defined the franchise since the turn of the century. But the end is in sight for Pierce, and he’s…

  24. Pierce “a little bitter” Ray Allen went to Miami, but they’re still “brothers”

    Aug 3, 2012, 3:26 PM EST

    paul-pierce--ray-allen-game-4-of-the-2008-nba-finals

    I think Paul Pierce and the Celtics players are handling Ray Allen’s departure to the Miami Heat better than some of the fans. That doesn’t mean they are really happy about it. As example A, I bring you what Paul Pierce told Celtics.com when asked if he had talked to Allen since he signed with…

  25. The Inbounds: Saint Anthony and America’s war on isolation

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Today, a bonus segment. So Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points in an Olympic basketball game Thursday, and based on probability,…

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