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  1. Birth of a rivalry: a Heat-Celtics primer

    Oct 26, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Media Day

    The Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year’s season opener, 95-89. They would go on to defeat the Cavaliers in six games, paving the way for Cleveland’s end as a contender. They began LeBron James’ year by beating him and they ended his year by beating him. Coincidence? Okay, yeah, probably so. When…

  2. Dwyane Wade practices, Miami Triad returned to full power

    Oct 23, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Yes, Mike Miller is on the shelf. And yes, they are bringing in Jerry Stackhouse to fill a role on the team. But in South Beach, as Dwyane Wade said this morning, the “band is back together.” “We’re excited about having the band back together,” Wade said after the two-hour, non-contact session. “It felt great.…

  3. On the eve of the season, one more trip back to the finals

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

    The last Friday night before the season starts. A chance to kick back, relax and take one more walk through last year’s NBA finals. Before it officially becomes history and we start watching the path to the next championship.

  4. Paul Pierce still The Truth, has new ink to prove it

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

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    Paul Pierce is ready for the season, ready for another serious run at a ring. How can we tell? Because he got a new tattoo. Of course. What, you thought we could tell because he leads the Celtics in scoring this preseason with 14 points a game on 51.7 percent shooting? No. It’s preseason, what…

  5. Paul Pierce hits game winner so he can make postgame dinner reservation

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

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    Who says veteran players don’t have motivation in the preseason? Paul Pierce lobbied to stay in the game then knocked down a 19-foot jumper with 8 seconds left to give the Boston Celtics 104-101 win over the Knicks in Madison Square Garden Wednesday night. Why would he do that for a preseason game? “I got…

  6. The Celtics bond in the shadow of the Green Monster

    Oct 10, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

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    The Celtics are getting back to that whole “chemistry first” thing that took them so far in 2008. That’s been a primary focus for them at camp and in the preseason, trying to get close to one another like the “Ubuntu” crowd was two years ago.  They’ve spent a lot of nights just doing team…

  7. Kevin Garnett admits he's an ass%&@$ (plus talks Heat and losing Game 7)

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett is a private person. Not unreasonable, but on a team that now has Nate Robinson and Shaquille O’Neal, it stands as a stark contrast. The KG we see is the one on the court — focused and intense. He makes no apologies for that. And if you want to use another, more direct…

  8. Kevin Garnett is rested and healthy. Fear the Celtics.

    Sep 25, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett is still the beating heart and key player for the Celtics. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce are crucial. Rajon Rondo’s importance grows daily. Kendrick Perkins and the O’Neals matter in the middle. Donkey and Shrek matter off the bench. But last season, Garnett’s health determined the Celtics fate. Which is why this quote…

  9. Quote of the day: Paul Pierce on the look in Tom Thibodeau's eyes

    Sep 17, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    “Coach Thibs has square eyeballs from watching so much videotape.” –Boston’s Paul Pierce, on the work habits of former Celtics assistant and now Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. From Bulls.com.

  10. NBA Season Preview: The Boston Celtics

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Last season: 50-32 during the regular season, but 17-17 down the stretch as key players got rest and healthy for the playoffs. Then they played like the 2008 Celtics in the postseason and advanced all the way to Game 7 of the NBA Finals before falling. Head Coach: Doc Rivers, back for what may well…

  11. Brandon Jennings: "I guess in three years, me, Tyreke Evans, and Stephen Curry should team up, too."

    Aug 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings has weighed in to TMZ on all the team-ups going on and it’s about what you’d expect. He says that all these team-ups that are going on (and he lumps Boston in with Miami) are bad because it lowers the competition, that “everyone’s trying to play together instead of competing.” He mentions he’s…

  12. Paul Pierce thinks the Celtics need some 'special time' in training camp

    Aug 22, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Ubuntu. You remember Ubuntu, don’t you? The magical phrase that Doc Rivers used in 2007-2008 to bring the Celtics together under a team concept of sacrifice and unity. And though the “Ubuntu” tagline was phased out as the years went on, it’s been the formula for all the success Boston has achieved since the Big…

  13. Paul Pierce wants to play one year in Europe before he retires

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    If you talk to Mychal Thompson — the former No. 1 overall pick who may be best known for being part of the back-to-back champion Showtime Lakers — he speaks glowingly about his time playing in Greece. A lot of players do, they like the overseas experience. Paul Pierce wants that experience and told Comcast…

  14. If Doc Rivers hadn't returned, the band would have broken up in Boston

    Aug 19, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers gave very serious consideration to walking away, taking a season off from basketball to hang with his children and decompress. But he decided to give it one more shot. If he had deciding something else, the rest of the Celtics core would have splintered as well, Paul Pierce told Comcast New England (via…

  15. Paul Pierce wonders if Miami's big three can make the sacrifices Boston's stars did

    Aug 19, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    In the summer of 2007, the Boston Celtics put together three superstars to form a championship team, not completely different than Miami did this summer. However Boston’s stars were older and could see the end of their careers, they were past their physical primes but still were (and are) high caliber players. They were guys…

  16. Paul Pierce thinks Sheed could come back in February. Sheed disagrees.

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace is going to be like Elvis this year. Jim Morrison. Tupac. He will not be dead and there will be sightings of him — and the return of his career — all over the place. Particularly Boston, as Sheed will still be living in the city. The first one of those came from…

  17. Can Boston start an all future hall of famers lineup?

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    We said it before — if this were 2000 the Boston Celtics would be an unstoppable force. And yes, I know Rajon Rondo would have been 14 at the time, wouldn’t have mattered with Shaq, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in their primes. But it is a decade later, and the Celtics have…

  18. Paul Pierce realizes that the status quo may not be good enough for Boston

    Jul 16, 2010, 7:47 PM EDT

    The Boston Celtics are getting the band back together. The band that made it all the way to Game 7 of the NBA finals. Good band. Next year, the band may not be good enough — there is an arms race in the East. And Paul Pierce knows it (as reported at ESPNBoston). “I thought…

  19. Ray Allen is a patient man

    Jul 5, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce is back. Doc Rivers is back. Kevin Garnett never left. Ray Allen… is taking his sweet time. As he should. Ken Berger explains over at CBSSports.com. Ray Allen will give the Celtics “every chance of re-signing him,” but has been in contact with the top-tier free agents and wants to wait until they…

  20. Celtics, Pierce finally hammer out details, agree to deal

    Jul 4, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

    After a few days of haggling over how much it will cost the Celtics to get out of this deal in three years, Boston and Paul Pierce have come to an agreement that keeps the team’s talisman in green. Pierce now has a four-year, $61 million deal agreed to with the Celtics, according to Ken…

  21. Paul Pierce reaches framework of deal to stay in Boston

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    This was never about leaving Boston, this was always just about business and a deal that would extend into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Paul Pierce has agreed to the framework of a deal to remain with the Boston Celtics — it’s a four-year deal at about $61 million (according to CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger), although…

  22. Paul Pierce talking to Celtics, no one else

    Jul 1, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    Can you really picture Paul Pierce in colors other than green and white? Pierce apparently can’t either. He has opened talks with the Boston Celtics on a new contract — and only the Boston Celtics. That according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Pierce just opted out of the last year of his contract, worth $21.5 million.…

  23. Could Boston get a max player? Almost, but would they jettison Pierce to do it?

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Can you picture Dwyane Wade as a Celtic? Chris Bosh? Even that other big name? Reshaping the Celtics around that player and Rajon Rondo? It’s not impossible. But it’s not very likely either. Here’s how it shakes out. The Celtics have more than $15 million in room under the cap on paper, but not in…

  24. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: The time for strategy is past, now is about execution, desire

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    Formal game plans have been drawn up. Film has been broken down and shown to the teams. Xs and Os will be on the greaseboards in the locker rooms. The coaches will go through the motions because they are creatures of routine and structure. But by Game 7 of the NBA finals, it is no…

  25. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: In Boston's own words

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

      Doc Rivers knows somebody needs to step up and be the man tonight with Kendrick Perkins out (Sheed, we’re looking at you). Paul Pierce loves him some pressure. And Kevin Garnett loves everything but playing point guard.

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