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  1. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s Undeserved Reputation

    Jan 14, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we examine some of the criticism surrounding Blake Griffin. As fans, we take on the role of production line workers when new players enter the league. We inspect them quickly, stamp…

  2. Report: Celtics will listen to offers for Paul Pierce. Then probably do nothing.

    Jan 11, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Danny Ainge faces the same question at we start to approach the trace deadline that he did last summer — does the Celtics core have one more run in them? This summer the answer seemed to be yes, when Ainge signed Kevin Garnett to a new deal and got all the band back together save…

  3. Report: Celtics positioning themselves for multi-player trade

    Jan 6, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

    Danny Ainge

    The Celtics waived Jarvis Varnado and rookie Kris Joseph on Sunday, which in itself is unremarkable news. Varnado was expected to be gone before his contract became guaranteed on Jan. 10, but the team parting ways with Joseph was a bit of a surprise, considering the positive view it was believed to have of the…

  4. Rondo frustrated not enough “sore losers” on Celtics

    Jan 3, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Rondo drives to the basket between Memphis Grizzlies' Allen and Gasol during their NBA basketball game in Boston

    You’ve already seen the numbers — the Boston Celtics have lost four in a row and eight out of their last 10. They are 14-17 on the season now and look like a team that will be struggling with Philadelphia and Brooklyn and Milwaukee just to make the playoffs, not pushing the Heat at the…

  5. Latest All-Star voting returns in, Charles Barkley will not be happy

    Jan 3, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    Apparently, you folks have no concern whatsoever for Charles Barkley’s feelings. The day after Barkley said Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett have not played well enough to be part of the All-Star starters, they are both in. Howard solidly, he’s a lock, and Garnett has stretched out his lead over Chris Bosh. Basically, nothing has…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nets, Warriors get statement wins

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Williams drives against Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while figuring out what’s in and what’s out for 2013… Nets 110, Thunder 93: Well, P.J. Carlesimo has his signature win and for a night the Nets looked like the team from the first weeks of the season. Oh, they’re…

  7. NBA’s best crossovers of 2012 (video)

    Jan 1, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    I like a good dunk as much as the next guy, but if you give me my highlight loop of choice it would be crossovers. These are just so much fun. The fine folks at NBA.com have been putting together these year-end compilations, which have been fun. Well, this one wasn’t a lot of fun…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston’s defense has serious issues

    Dec 31, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while in a massive food fight including flour and eggs…. Clippers 107, Jazz 96: The Clippers win streak is at 17 and if you are having an early season MVP discussion and not including Chris Paul in the mix, you…

  9. Want to know if the Clippers are for real? Ask the Celtics (who lost to them by 29)

    Dec 28, 2012, 3:11 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Jared Sullinger

    I’ve done some sports talk radio spots the last few days around the nation and this still seems to be the question on a lot of sports fans lips: Are the Clippers really that good? Like title contender good? Why don’t you go ask Doc Rivers or the Celtics? Or Rajon Rondo? Or Paul Pierce?…

  10. No changes atop latest All-Star voting, but Lin and Bosh could sneak in

    Dec 27, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    NBA fans around the globe love Kobe Bryant. Stunning, I know. The latest update on the NBA All-Star voting is out and there are no changes among the starters for either conference — but it’s starting to get close for a few guys. What is different is that Kobe moved past LeBron James as the…

  11. Brandon Jennings thought he and Rajon Rondo were going to fight during Bucks’ game against Celtics

    Dec 23, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings

    The Bucks got a nice road victory over the Celtics on Friday, one that required overtime in Boston to achieve that desired result. Monta Ellis and Paul Pierce did the heavy lifting for their respective teams in the scoring department, but there was a battle going on at the point guard spot that might have…

  12. Jason Terry takes shot at Ray Allen. Because Boston is doing so well.

    Dec 20, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    Jason Terry

    After losing three straight, Boston got a sloppy win over a Cleveland team without Anderson Varejao on Wednesday night. A win they got because Paul Pierce channeled his 2002 self and dropped 40 points. So Jason Terry thought this was a good time to take a dig at Ray Allen. And maybe LeBron James in…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: That Kevin Durant guy is pretty good

    Dec 20, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

    Thunder forward Durant reacts after a three point shot against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while being more than willing to do your part to fight breast cancer…. Knicks 100, Nets 86: Battle of New York? Not really. The Knick are an elite team that got Carmelo Anthony back and he dropped 31 (that makes it…

  14. Three Stars of the Night: The Truth is Here

    Dec 20, 2012, 3:17 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    The big scorers weren’t messing around tonight, folks. The clocks were turned back in Boston, an ABA type score was dropped in Houston, and the Highlight Factory was invaded (even more than usual!) by a force that even the great Kyle Korver could not stop. Robin Lopez was also on pace for 56 points after…

  15. As Celtics offense falls off map they search for an identity

    Dec 19, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    It’s been this bad — in the last 10 games the Celtics offense has averaged 96.9 points per 100 possessions (via NBA.com’s own stats), which over the course of the season would be 29th in the NBA. Barely better than what’s left of the Wizards. At the other end, Boston’s defense has been inconsistent (it…

  16. Rivers says Celtics not a veteran team like you think they are

    Dec 18, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Houston Rockets

    As we debated whether or not the Celtics should bring back the band for one more run or break it up and start to rebuild, one question we never discussed was “are the Celtics a veteran team?” Because it seems obvious. But Celtics coach Doc Rivers doesn’t see it that way. Rivers told CSNNE.com these…

  17. Nothing shocking here: Kobe, LeBron lead All-Star ballot early returns

    Dec 13, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    We don’t exactly need Nate Silver to break down these voting returns and trends — the players in the lead early in the NBA All-Star balloting almost always stay on top. Occasionally guys close small gaps, but generally what you see now is what you get. In which case — good job public. No glaring…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pierce, Rondo lead Celtics to win

    Dec 13, 2012, 6:57 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the Sandy relief concert and thinking the Who looked really old… Celtics 117, Mavericks 115 (2OT): This game was fun. It entertained. Oh, no it wasn’t pretty at all — Dallas had 27 turnovers — but it had its…

  19. LeBron James back on top, King of NBA jersey sales again

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures during a free throw in the second quarter of Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs against the Boston Celtics in Miami

    The deepest of LeBron James haters didn’t want to hear it but we were telling you this from the day after the decision — win a ring and the public perception of him would change. He’s got a ring, a gold medal from London, he was the NBA regular season and finals MVP — and…

  20. Paul Pierce is playing more like Ray Allen this season

    Nov 25, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    Maybe the answer to the question “how are the Celtics going to replace Ray Allen?” was always there, we just didn’t expect it. How about a little Paul Pierce. If you’ve watched some Celtics games this season you have seen Pierce, a shot creator for most of his career, working more off the ball coming…

  21. Jeff Green finally to face former team… and he yawns

    Nov 23, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

    Jeff Green, Al Jefferson

    Last January, when Kendrick Perkins faced the Celtics for the first time since they traded him away, Jeff Green was home. Recovering from heart surgery, which was a pretty good excuse to skip the game. But that changes Friday when Green takes on the team that moved him in a still-controversial 2010 deadline deal when…

  22. Inconsistent Celtics miss Rondo, also miss win in Brooklyn

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:53 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    When it was all over none other than political stats guru Nate Silver tweeted that this was the “Biggest win in the history of the Brooklyn Nets.” Of course, statistically it had a 20% chance of that (this is only win five in Brooklyn) and as the others were against Toronto, Cleveland and Orlando twice…

  23. Al Jefferson says he would love to return, play in Boston

    Nov 15, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Chris Wilcox, Al Jefferson

    Al Jefferson is going to be a sought-after free agent this summer — big men who can get you 15 points and 11.8 rebounds a game, can pass and bring a good work ethic to the locker room are not that easy to find. Predicting where he will play next season is impossible — if…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Celtics bench gets them a win

    Nov 15, 2012, 6:34 AM EDT

    Jeff Green, Al Jefferson

    Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while thinking at least one drug dealer really cares…. Grizzlies 107, Thunder 97: We told you last week in the power rankings Memphis was for real. Believe us now? Brett Pollakoff broke down this game for us. Clippers 107, Heat 100:…

  25. Doc Rivers wants to keep Rondo’s minutes under control

    Nov 5, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

    Celtics' Rondo looks at head coach Rivers as he walks off the court during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    The Boston Celtics aren’t off the best start this season, posting a 1-2 record in their first three games. In those contests, Rajon Rondo has racked up a lot of minutes. If you ask Doc Rivers, it’s been too many minutes. Since he is in a position to do something about it, he plans to:…

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