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  1. Celtics not impressed by Heat’s 21-game win streak

    Mar 16, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, LeBron James

    The Heat won their 21st straight game on Friday in Milwaukee, and while there’s no easily predictable end to the winning on the Miami horizon, at least one team isn’t lining up to fawn over the defending champs. The Celtics are in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, and are just a…

  2. Friday And-1 Links: Rajon Rondo is better on national television

    Mar 15, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    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 I like a good IPA. Which is a lot. • It’s not a…

  3. Report: Celtics were closer than you think to trading Paul Pierce

    Mar 8, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    The idea of Paul Pierce in an Dallas Mavericks uniform just seems… wrong. Yet apparently it was closer to happening than we knew. Celtics GM Danny Ainge was listening to offers and talking about maybe blowing up Boston and restarting, but the conventional wisdom was he wouldn’t go through with it. But he almost did,…

  4. Three Stars of the Night: Youth is served

    Mar 6, 2013, 2:19 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Darius Morris

    It’s an exciting time in the NBA when some of the league’s fresher faces are able to dominate the headlines at times and, more importantly, lead their respective teams to victory. On a light three-game slate in the Association, we had one of the younger guys playing a key role in all three contests. Third…

  5. Monday And-1 links: Highlights from the MIT SLOAN advanced statistics conference

    Mar 4, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    MIT campus

    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 the guys at MIT like beer. Because all guys like beer. • Last…

  6. Pierce says he’s just going to have to play through neck pain

    Feb 28, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Paul Pierce has a pinched nerve in his neck. So yes, that hurts. The hope is that the Celtics mini-vacation from the schedule makers — after their Monday win over Utah the only other game for a week is Friday against the Warriors (Avery Bradley on Stephen Curry should be fun) — would help Pierce’s…

  7. Three Stars of the Night: Old Man for Rivers

    Feb 26, 2013, 12:43 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, DeMarre Carroll

    The Celtics were already pretty old to start the season. When Rajon Rondo tore his ACL, they got older. When rookie forward Jared Sullinger went out for the season, they were about as young as a men’s rec league team. Older doesn’t necessarily mean worse, of course. Doc Rivers called it when the injuries happened…

  8. Doc Rivers is thinking more about rest than playoff seeds

    Feb 25, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    As we move into the final quarter of the season, we’re going to see the experienced coaches with veteran teams — Gregg Popovich, for example — rest some players. After what David Stern did to the Spurs earlier this season we may have a lot of guys “injured” for a night, but the idea will…

  9. Report: Trade interest in Paul Pierce around league “lukewarm”

    Feb 20, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    Who is looking to pick up a 35-year-old player who is shooting the lowest percentage of his career this season and is due to make $15.3 million next season? When you say the name Paul Pierce we think of the NBA finals MVP and Celtic icon. But GMs see the numbers above, see the increasing…

  10. Report: Celtics say they won’t trade Rajon Rondo

    Feb 20, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    All reports regarding a team’s trade intentions at this time of year should be read very carefully until any deal is actually completed. But this one regarding what the Celtics are planning to do with Rajon Rondo as Thursday’s deadline approches seems as close as we can get to a true assurance. From Sam Amick…

  11. Like every other GM right now, Danny Ainge says not to expect a deal

    Feb 19, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

    Danny Ainge

    If you only believed the public comments of NBA GMs, no trade was ever going to happen in the NBA. To make sure they have some leverage, they all say nothing is likely to happen. They talk but their not interested. Danny Ainge is the king of that — he’s had some conversations about everyone…

  12. Report: Celtics close to signing Terrence Williams

    Feb 18, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    terrence-williams-300x200

    The Celtics have been hit hard with the injury bug lately, losing both Rajon Rondo and Leandro Barbosa for the season to knee injuries. It’s the latter injury, to Barbosa, that has the Celtics exploring their options on the wing, looking for a swingman who could soak up some minutes. It seems the player they’re…

  13. Report: Lakers, Celtics discussed Howard for Rondo swap. Lakers deny it.

    Feb 16, 2013, 2:31 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    UPDATE February 16: 2:31 am: It didn’t take long for this rumor to be shot down by one of the principles involved, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. The buzz started Friday night that the Lakers and Celtics had discussed a Dwight Howard for Rajon Rondo (there would need to be other players). And before you say…

  14. Report: Clippers and Celtics still discussing a Kevin Garnett trade

    Feb 16, 2013, 1:38 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    You may remember hearing some rumblings about this a few weeks back, but apparently the interest hasn’t died down. The Celtics and Clippers have been rumored as potential trade partners before, and that makes some sense. Boston is going to need to rebuild at some point, and the Clippers have a chance at a title…

  15. Chris Bosh to start in place of Rajon Rondo in All-Star Game

    Feb 15, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Bosh descends after dunking in the first half of their NBA basketball game against Portland Trail Blazers in Miami, Florida

    HOUSTON — Eric Spoelstra takes his “positionless” basketball seriously. Given the choice for who would start for the injured Rajon Rondo in the All-Star Game Sunday, the Heat coach went with one of his own. And he knew from the start. “I decided when we beat Toronto and we clinched (back on Feb. 3)…” Spoelstra…

  16. Paul Pierce is playing with a pinched nerve in his neck

    Feb 14, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forwards Pierce and Bass react after a Celtics basket in the final minutes of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Boston

    Paul Pierce has been playing in pain all season. If you saw the slight downtick in his scoring numbers — scoring 18.5 points a game, one less than last year, shooting 41.5 percent, down from 44.3 percent — you could easily attribute that to age for the 35-year-old who still carries a heavy scoring load…

  17. Celtics get good news on Rondo’s knee, bad on Barbosa

    Feb 13, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Boston Celtics

    Okay Celtics fans, you want the good news first or the bad? Good, you got it — Rajon Rondo had successful surgery on his knee on Tuesday. Of course, you pretty much never hear a team describe these surgeries any other way — how many successful surgeries has Greg Oden had? — but still this…

  18. It’s official: Celtics’ Leandro Barbosa tore ACL, done for season

    Feb 12, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Leandro Barbosa

    The Boston Celtics have been beset by injuries this season — and not to their older, veteran guys but rather to their young studs. The latest is Leandro Barbosa — the Brazilian backup point guard tore his ACL in the third quarter Thursday night and he is done for the season, reports A. Sherrod Blakely…

  19. Celtics Leandro Barbosa leaves game with knee injury, it doesn’t look good

    Feb 11, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    Ugh. Already without Rajon Rondo for the rest of this season, the Celtics had been counting on more from Leandro Barbosa off the bench. But late in the third quarter he went to the ground with what looked like a pretty bad knee injury. The MRI will be tomorrow, but nobody seems optimistic, reports A.…

  20. NBA Power Rankings: Finals rematch Thursday could be finals preview

    Feb 11, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Finally, here are the delayed regular Monday PBT NBA power rankings. We said this a lot during the NBA finals last year — if we see the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder face off in three of the next five NBA finals it shouldn’t be a shock. This season looks more and more like…

  21. Another report it is unlikely Celtics trade Garnett, Pierce

    Feb 8, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    In case the 4,871 other times you read that the Celtics are unlikely to trade Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett didn’t sink in, here is one more. This should do it. First, there is what Celtics President and decision maker Danny Ainge told ESPNBoston.com. “Yeah, I think that’s by far the most likely thing. Sure,”…

  22. Report: Rajon Rondo may return sooner than expected

    Feb 8, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Before you get your hopes up Celtics fans, we’re still not talking about this season. But the latest news coming out of the camp of Rajon Rondo is seen as a positive, and if true and the rehab goes according to planned, Boston could see its All-Star point guard return before the beginning of next…

  23. Celtics earn sixth straight win by taking apart the Lakers

    Feb 7, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    The Celtics and Lakers have the most storied rivalry in the history of the NBA. No matter what’s happening with each team individually throughout the course of a given season, whenever the two teams meet, there’s always a special kind of buzz and energy that surrounds those contests. That wasn’t the case in Boston on…

  24. What injury? Kobe challenges Howard to step up with Gasol out.

    Feb 7, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Kobe Bryant is done with the injury excuse. No doubt injuries have set the Lakers back this season, they’ve been part of the reason they have never really coalesced as a team. But the best teams step up when players are injured. The Chicago Bulls are 29-19 and haven’t had Derrick Rose all season. The…

  25. Stan Van Gundy clarifies: John Wall is good, just not a franchise guy

    Feb 7, 2013, 12:30 AM EDT

    John Wall

    How many true franchise players are there in the NBA? Guys that right now you could build a franchise around with them as your star and anchor? In an interview last summer, Bobcats GM Rich Cho said that by his methodology there were less than 10. I think that’s about right — obviously you can…

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