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

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 16, 2010, 7:47 PM EST

    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…

  3. Ray Allen is a patient man

    Jul 5, 2010, 4:23 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 4, 2010, 12:11 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:03 AM EST

    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…

  6. Paul Pierce talking to Celtics, no one else

    Jul 1, 2010, 6:42 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:37 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

      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.

  10. Tonight the end of an era for Boston

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:36 AM EST

    It’s never going to be the same again. This era of the Boston Celtics — The Big Three era — comes to an end tonight. Win or lose. Things will be changing in Boston, evolving. When the Celtics went out and got Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce, everyone knew this era…

  11. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 6: Blogbook thinks the C's have 'Tremors'

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:29 AM EST

    A collection of thoughts on Lakers-Celtics Game 6… You’re all familiar with “Tremors“, right? Classic mid-90’s comedy horror film about gigantic sand-worm-like creatures that come up from the ground and suck people into the earth, eating them? Yeah, the Lakers were a lot like that tonight. They overwhelmed Boston from the beginning, and you could…

  12. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: For Boston, it is win now or never

    Jun 15, 2010, 1:20 PM EST

    There’s the math, and then there is the reality. The math says Boston needs to win just one of the two games in Los Angeles to win the title. They won Game 2, they’ve proven they can win on this floor. History says they can do it — the won a Game 7 in Los…

  13. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Who is the MVP?

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:41 PM EST

    Usually five games into an NBA finals, we have a pretty good idea who is going to get the finals MVP award. This finals? Good luck. You’d have an easier time naming all 11 starters on the Slovenian national soccer team. Really, the only consistently good player on both sides has been Kobe Bryant. The…

  14. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Boston making the big plays, Lakers not defending

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:51 AM EST

    Boston was talking about the big plays they made while the Lakers were talking about the defense they didn’t play after the game.  

  15. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Boston's signature play

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:53 AM EST

    If Boston closes out this series — if they just keep playing like they have been — then this late-game inbound play will become the constantly-replayed signature plays of the series. Another one in the long history of amazing Celtics plays.

  16. NBA finals Celtics Lakers Game 5: Blogbook will not be sitting next to Kobe on the ride home

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:03 AM EST

    A collection of thoughts on Lakers-Celtics Game 5: Ron Artest and Derek Fisher were a combined 4-18. Let’s just let that one sit for a minute. And what’s even more stunning, Artest my have actually played worse than his shooting line indicates. At one point, he pulled off another I made the comment during the…

  17. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Note to Phil Jackson, the Celtics can win games in the fourth quarter, too

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:00 AM EST

    This is what Phil Jackson (wearing a mic) told his team during a fourth-quarter time out, as the Lakers were making a fourth-quarter run. “(Boston) loses more games in the fourth quarter than any team in the league. They know how to lose games, and they’re showing us that now.” They also know how to…

  18. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Lakers problems all stem from their defense, or whatever you call that

    Jun 14, 2010, 12:31 AM EST

    Phil Jackson was wrong after the game. He was doing what he had to do — he needed to build up his team’s confidence, not tear them down — but that doesn’t mean he was accurate. When questioned about the Lakers defense he did not seem all that disappointed. “They scored 92 points,” Lakers coach…

  19. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5, halftime, Celtics 45, Lakers 39

    Jun 13, 2010, 9:21 PM EST

    Boston’s defense showed up big time — holding the Lakers to 39 points on 33 percent shooting. Meanwhile, the Celtics are shooting 66 percent and they are getting out in transition. Rajon Rondo has 10 points, Paul Pierce had 15 and the bench did well again. Yet the Celtics lead only by 6, 45-39. That…

  20. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 5: Rajon Rondo may actually be a weakpoint?

    Jun 13, 2010, 2:26 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo has arguably been the MVP of the playoffs up until the Finals. He has been brilliant, dominant at both ends of the floor. He’s been so good that smart, reasonable people, like myself, lost their minds and actually started wondering if Rondo was the best point guard in the league. And he’s been…

  21. NBA finals Lakers Celtics: Paul Pierce says 'you can't predict' if he'll get going

    Jun 13, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    The Big 3 have yet to have a game where they are all clicking the finals. Typically, this kind of element elicits one of two reactions from the players in question. Either a Kobe-esque “We’ll be fine. Next game, we’ll come out and take care of business” or a more focused “We have to step…

  22. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 4: Blogbook drools like a Big Baby

    Jun 11, 2010, 3:48 AM EST

    A collection of thoughts on Lakers-Celtics Game 4… If Glen Davis is a Drunken Seal, tonight was the big show at Sea World and everyone clapped for him. Davis was a beast, and his ability to create shots against the Lakers’ bigs was pretty much the difference in the game. Davis’ emotion seems like a…

  23. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Pierce comes alive as Celtics even series

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:43 AM EST

    In game four, the stifling defense of the Boston Celtics was once again able to keep the Lakers from doing what they wanted to do on the offensive end. For the second game in a row, the Lakers had trouble establishing their post game (Bynum being limited to 12 minutes certainly contributed to this), and…

  24. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4, halftime: Lakers lead after ugly half of basketball

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:24 PM EST

    There comes a point in a seven-game series when the games get ugly. Teams have watched the film, lived the other team for a few games and they now anticipate everything. They know where the next pass is headed, the next cut is going. They can stop things before they happen. We are there in…

  25. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Doc Rivers complains about officiating, dabbles in irony

    Jun 9, 2010, 5:46 PM EST

    Let’s be clear up front: The officiating during the NBA finals has not been good. Fans from Boston to Los Angeles have been complaining as games have been called tight and stars have been in foul trouble. Wednesday it was Doc Rivers turn to flirt with a fine from the league, as reported by ESPN’s…

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