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  1. Report: Kobe, Rondo, Pierce fined for skipping All-Star events

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    When it became clear that Kobe Bryant was not going to show to the media availability session on Friday of All-Star weekend he knew what that meant — he was getting fined. He later said he was sick, something nobody believed. For some players the money is worth it not to attend the stream of…

  2. Atlantic Division lead in balance as Celtics face 76ers

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

    If the NBA playoffs started today, Philadelphia would be the Atlantic Division winners and four seed taking on the Pacers. Boston and New York would be the seven and eight seeds and get the Bulls and the Heat in the first round. Boston and New York need to move up — and the easiest way…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bobcats and Pistons both won. Seriously.

    Mar 7, 2012, 4:02 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while playing a sport where you use stun guns on your opponents… Pistons 88, Lakers 85 (OT): This is why I can’t take the Lakers seriously as a contender — because after each of their big wins this year they turned around the next game and laid an egg (beat Boston lost…

  4. Video: Paul Pierce hits three to send it to overtime

    Mar 4, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Rajon Rondo‘s triple-double is the big story line, but the Celtics still would not have beaten the Knicks without 34 from Paul Pierce, including this awkward three to send the game to overtime. This is why the Celtics, even though they likely will not have home court in the first round of the playoffs, is…

  5. Jeremy Lin who? Rajon Rondo dominates in Celtics victory

    Mar 4, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Jeremy Lin, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks

    All-Star weekend, the Nets Deron Williams (who put up 38 on the Knicks) said all the hype around Jeremy Lin would have other teams’ point guards looking to take their frustrations out on the Knicks. Meet Rajon Rondo. The Celtics point guard had 18 points, 17 rebounds and 20 assists and dominated the Knicks in…

  6. Doc Rivers none too thrilled with Celtics trade rumors

    Mar 2, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    You’ve heard all the rumors — the Celtics are going to blow up the roster, that they aggressively shopping Rajon Rondo, that the real interest is in Paul Pierce and Ray Allen — and probably a few more. The latest hot rumor is Kevin Garnett to Atlanta for Josh Smith. Celtics coach Doc Rivers has…

  7. Report: Pierce, Allen drawing more trade interest than Rondo

    Mar 1, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

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

    All the buzz today on your television and sports talk radio has been the idea that the Boston Celtics are ready to move Rajon Rondo. And they are — GM Danny Ainge isn’t “shopping” Rondo in the sense he is not calling around desperately trying to trade Rondo for a couple role players, the Celtics…

  8. Report: Celtics “aggressively” shopping Rajon Rondo

    Mar 1, 2012, 2:23 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots over Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    You know changes are coming to the Boston Celtics over the next few months — if not at the trade deadline certainly over the summer. The logical progression seemed to be the older “Big Three” — Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett — would be on their way out and Rajon Rondo would be…

  9. Celtics finding other teams interested in Ray Allen

    Feb 28, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Allen drives to the basket defended by Detroit Pistons guard Gordon in NBA game in Boston

    Welcome to the world of breaking up your team, Celtics fans. Fans are talking about trading Rajon Rondo or Paul Pierce for a big piece that can jump start the rebuilding, but that is not who other teams are calling about, reports the Sporting News. While there has been plenty of focus on Celtics point…

  10. Kevin Garnett called players meeting in Boston before break

    Feb 28, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Kevin Garnett says it’s time for the Celtics to step it up. He’s right — I listed them as the most disappointing team of the first half of the season, because they have the talent to be better than they are by a long shot. To address that, Garnett called a players-only meeting before the…

  11. Danny Ainge is still waiting for the Celtics’ identity to emerge

    Feb 27, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    This we know of the 2011-2012 Boston Celtics: They’re inconsistent as hell, and “inconsistent as hell,” doesn’t quite work against the likes of the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls. Boston has a long way to go before their championship prospects are treated with any kind of legitimacy, and the first step in that process is…

  12. The bizarre dichotomy of the NBA All-Star Game

    Feb 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Sunday night, 24 players will amble into the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Many of them will be hungover, sleep-deprived, or both from a night of partying at all the hot spots during the biggest nightlife year for the NBA universe. They will casually go through the media requirements, slowly get dressed, do some casual…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lin, ‘Melo play together well

    Feb 23, 2012, 5:58 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    What you missed while stacking 2.5 feet of pancakes… Warriors 106, Suns 104: We have other details, but you really should just click this link to see Monta Ellis’ game winning shot. Knicks 99, Hawks 82: It was just a second game with everyone healthy on the Knicks, but you could see an improved chemistry.…

  14. Rajon Rondo to replace Joe Johnson in All-Star Game

    Feb 22, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    UPDATE 7:56 pm: The league finally got around to confirming what everybody already knew… It’s official, Rajon Rondo is in for the All-Star Game, replacing Joe Johnson who an MRI confirmed is suffering from tendonitis in his left knee. Which requires rest. so he sits. There are some complaining that Rondo is the guard on…

  15. Charles Oakley pretty much thinks that everybody is a wimp

    Feb 21, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Charles Oakley

    Charles Oakley was on Jim Rome’s radio show today, and the former Bulls big man had some choice words for Kevin Garnett, Charles Barkley, and Kendrick Perkins. Here are the highlights, courtesy of Larry Brown Sports: “Garnett left Minnesota and hollered and screamed and all that but hes not a tough guy,” Oakley said as Sports…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls keep winning without Rose

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Garnett and Chicago Bulls' Boozer react to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    What you missed while you were fascinated with the photo of a shark eating another shark…. Bulls 89, Celtics 80: The Bulls are now 3-1 without Derrick Rose and, as they have through this run (and really the last two seasons), they won this one with defense. Chicago held Boston to 39.7 percent shooting overall…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: There are days the Magic look good

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia

    What you missed while realizing your Valentine’s Day could have gone worse…. Knicks 100, Kings 85: The perfect storm that is Jeremy Lin continues, and it is our game of the night. Hawks 101, Suns 99: Our own Brett Pollakoff was at this game and filed a report. But that doesn’t mean we won’t give…

  18. Kevin Garnett “probable” for Wednesday against Pistons

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant

    Kevin Garnett suffered a hip flexor injury in the Celtics win over the Bulls Sunday and it kept him out of practice on Tuesday, with Doc Rivers saying KG was doubtful for Wednesday night’s game against the Pistons. There was even talk after practice of KG missing a couple games. But Garnett went through shootaround…

  19. Hawks Josh Smith ticked about All-Star Game snub

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Josh Smith of the Atlanta  Hawks walks off the court against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Josh Smith should have been an All-Star. He has stepped up his play with Al Horford out and is giving the Hawks 15.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 blocks per game, and the Hawks are your four seed in the East at 18-10. Hard to look the other way. But the reserve All-Star…

  20. Monday And-1 links: The (largely) Jeremy Lin edition

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Lin is congratulated by teammates Jordan and Fields after win against Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    Here is our daily 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). The picture you have been waiting to see — the couch in Landry Field’s place where Jeremy Lin slept. The real question: Why all the…

  21. Celtics outlast Bulls without Rose, mostly because Rondo is awesome

    Feb 12, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo had 32 points, 15 assists, and 10 rebounds. You’re pretty much not going to beat the Celtics without  a Derrick-Rose when that happens, and the Bulls did not Sunday, as they lost 95-91 in Boston. Was it a good win? Yes and no. The Celtics lead throughout, and only really allowed two significant…

  22. Metta World Peace doesn’t like that Mike Brown relies on stats that prove Metta World Peace is playing badly

    Feb 12, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    Tricky thing about stats. Some of them, you can get away from. “Well, yeah, he had six turnovers, but most of those were drops by his teammates.” Or “Well, yeah, that one player named after a snake shot 28 times and only hit 11, but the offense was stagnant, he had to keep them afloat.”…

  23. Video: Pau Gasol blocks Ray Allen to save victory

    Feb 10, 2012, 10:41 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol drives between Boston Celtics Brandon Bass and Celtics Jermaine O'Neal in the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    Don’t you get the feeling Pau Gasol wants to yell, “who is soft now?” after this. Both Allen and Gasol made the smart play here. Often when a game-winning shots — and Paul Pierce got off a shot he can make — players stand around and watch. Allen got in position to make the play…

  24. Kevin Love says he will compete in three-point contest

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves' Love high-fives fans after defeating San Antonio Spurs in their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    Kevin Love is an All-Star, selected by the coaches as a reserve. He earned it and there was no suspense about whether he would make it. But Love has other plans for All-Star Weekend, too, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune. Love says he also will compete in three-point shooting contest at All Star Game….…

  25. Celtics, Lakers play one that feels like old times

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:51 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant

    On paper this was a battle of seven seeds, a couple teams just a few games over .500 with a lot of potential but not really contenders. But once the ball went up, it felt like it was the 2010 NBA finals again. Or maybe the 2008 finals. Or 1985. Or 1969. Rivalries are what…

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