4.22.2018

C's Lose for 2nd Time in Three Games?

1/14/2008

C's Lose for 2nd Time in Three Games

WASHINGTON - After a long, successful ride, the Celtics finally hit a roadblock.

Boston's road winning streak was snapped at 10 with an 85-78 loss to the Wizards at the Verizon Center last night. The Celtics (30-5) lost for the second time in three games for the first time this season. Boston is 14-3 on the road after enduring their first road loss since Nov. 27 at Cleveland.

The Celtics' star trio of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce was held in check as they combined for 42 points on 15-of-40 shooting; they shot only 11 free throws. Boston was outrebounded, 49-30, gave up 26 second-chance points, and allowed 30 points in the paint. The Celtics' road winning streak tied for the second longest in franchise history.

A "Let's go, Celtics" chant rang loud through the arena early in the fourth quarter. But two free throws by Washington's Caron Butler tied the game at 68 with 6:27 remaining and fired up the home fans. A 3-pointer by James Posey gave Boston a 71-68 lead with 5:17 left and the Celtics chant started again. Another 3-pointer by Posey gave Boston a 74-70 lead with 3:56 remaining.

After missing 15 of their first 16 3-pointer attempts, Antonio Daniels nailed a 3-pointer to give Washington a 75-74 lead with 1:51 remaining. After being fouled by Pierce on a 3-pointer attempt, DeShawn Stevenson made all three free throws to give Washington a 78-74 lead with 1:14 left. After two missed Boston 3-pointers, Brendan Haywood made one of two free throws with 34.2 seconds left to make it 79-74.

Garnett made one of two free throws with 27.5 seconds left to slice Boston's deficit to 79-75. Butler nailed two free throws with 22.1 seconds left to give Washington an 81-75 lead. Pierce nailed a 3-pointer with 15.8 seconds left to make it 81-78. But Stevenson helped seal the Wizards win with two free throws with 15 seconds remaining.

Celtics guard Rajon Rondo missed the game with a back injury he suffered Friday night at New Jersey. Tony Allen started in Rondo's place, his fifth start of the season. Rookie point guard Gabe Pruitt was activated. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said his team was limited in the offensive sets it could run without Rondo.

The Wizards were also without three-time NBA All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas, who has been out indefinitely since having left knee surgery Nov. 21. Washington is now 16-11 without Arenas.

Tony Allen wasn't in the game long in the first quarter as he picked up his second foul with 9:18 remaining and Boston up, 4-3. Allen went to the bench and was replaced by sharpshooting Eddie House. A House jumper sliced Washington's lead to 14-12 with 4:13 left in the first. A 3-pointer by House brought Boston within 19-17 with 54 seconds left. A Darius Songalia 20-footer gave the Wizards a 23-19 lead with three seconds left in the first.

A House 3-pointer tied the game at 27 with 8:08 left in the second quarter. Washington went on an 8-0 run to take a 35-27 lead with 5:26 left in the half. The Celtics responded with a 9-1 run to trim their deficit to 37-36 after two free throws by Tony Allen. Paul Pierce's 18-foot jumper with 1.9 seconds before halftime brought Boston within 41-40. The Celtics outscored the Wizards, 21-18, in the second.

Celtics forward Kevin Garnett had 12 points and his team shot 46.9 percent in the first half. Washington shot 33.3 percent from the field, but scored 15 second-chance points off 13 offensive rebounds. The Wizards outrebounded Boston, 26-12, in the half.

Boston opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run, capped by a Garnett free throw at the 9:17 mark to take a 47-41 lead. Garnett's lean-in dunk on a fast break gave the Celtics a 58-59 lead. Ray Allen's 3-pointer with 3:18 left in the period gave Boston a 61-52 lead. Kendrick Perkins's dunk with 21.3 seconds left gave the Celtics a 65-60 lead. Boston outscored the Wizards, 25-19, in the third quarter as both teams made 7 of 16 shots.

The Celtics, however, nailed two 3-pointers and nine free throws.

4.21.2018

Agent -0- Changes his Tune

1/14/2008

Agent -0- Changes his Tune

There is praise, with no trash-talking, about the Celtics from the outspoken Gilbert Arenas this time. There is no Jordanesque scorer for Boston to worry about tonight, rather an entire team that had the Celtics' number Saturday night. But even though tonight's rematch against the Wizards at the Garden will be a challenge for the Celtics, it won't be the same without the entertaining, three-time NBA All-Star guard in uniform.

4.20.2018

C's Lose at Home to Raptors

1/24/2008

C's Lose at Home to Raptors

While the Celtics might have entered the game as the NBA's top team in defending the 3-point shot, you surely wouldn't have guessed it last night.

4.19.2018

Big Al Returns to Gahden as Timberpuppie

1/25/2008

Big Al Returns to Gahden as Timberpuppie

Former Celtics forward Al Jefferson described his return to TD Banknorth Garden tonight as just another road game for the Timberwolves. Celtics forward Kevin Garnett sees his first regular-season game against his team of the previous 12 years as no big deal, either.

4.18.2018

C's Steal Win from Minnesota

1/26/2008

C's Steal Win from Minnesota

With former Timberwolves star Kevin Garnett lying on the ground with the ball, he saved the game for his Celtics against his old team.

4.17.2018

KG Injures Abdomen in Win

1/26/2008

KG Injures Abdomen in Win

Kevin Garnett said last night he has been bothered by an abdominal strain, but typical of the Celtics forward, he never bothered to share the information with his coach.

4.16.2018

Employee #8 Checks In

1/26/2008

Toine checks in

Few were more critical of Danny Ainge through the years than the main player in the director of basketball operations' first major trade - Antoine Walker.

After helping Miami win the NBA title two years ago, Walker even expressed sympathy for the predicament of former teammate Paul Pierce.

But the roles finally shifted last night. Walker, traded to Minnesota by the Heat at the start of the season, is struggling to find a role in a Timberwolves rotation that is committed to youth.

The ultimate irony is that so many of those players were Pierce's teammates when Walker sent his sympathy card.

But regardless of how he may still feel about Ainge, Walker has to admit that the oft-criticized plan finally bore fruit.

``I'm happy for those guys - Kevin (Garnett), Ray (Allen) and Paul,'' Walker said before last night's game. ``After winning a championship, you get excited for guys who are able to get that same feeling.

``It's good for the organization and the city. Everyone in Boston has been patiently waiting. It's going to be exciting for them.''

The irony of this role reversal isn't lost on Pierce.

``I feel for him in his situation,'' Pierce said, using words similar to those Walker once used to describe him. ``I can relate to what he's going through. After winning a championship and tasting that success, that's definitely not the situation that you want to end up in.''

Walker, who has two years left on his contract, has no idea what his future holds with the Timberwolves. He has started once in 35 games and is averaging 20.1 minutes.

``It's been tough for me,'' said Walker, who scored three points in 14 minutes last night. ``We just have to figure out how I can benefit the team. But right now, the coaches and management are trying to figure everything out. ``The only thing I can do right now is try to play it out. I'm looking forward to getting a chance in my situation.''

4.15.2018

January Doldrums Snag C's

1/27/08

January Doldrums Snag C's

Some of the worst, most uninspired basketball in the NBA is played in January.

As the Celtics openly admit, they have been just as prone to trouble over the last 26 days as any other contender.

4.14.2018

KGless C's Lose to Magic

1/28/2008

KGless C's Lose to Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. - Often during Celtics games forward James Posey yells from the bench, "We got Tickets," in tribute to forward Kevin Garnett after he makes a big play.

Yesterday, for the first time this season, Posey couldn't yell anything about "The Big Ticket," as Garnett missed the game with an abdominal strain. But the Magic still needed a 25-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer by Hedo Turkoglu to defeat the battered Celtics, 96-93, at a sold-out Amway Center.

"We had tickets, but we didn't have 'Tickets,"' Posey said.

Said Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy: "They didn't have Kevin Garnett and we hit a miracle shot at the end. It was enough to win."

Garnett was hurt in the fourth quarter of a win over Minnesota Friday night but returned for the end of the game. While he still had hopes of suiting up during the bus ride to the arena yesterday, he was told firmly by coach Doc Rivers that he would not play.

"I knew we were going to come out and play hard," said Celtics forward Paul Pierce, who had a team-high 24 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block. "This group has a lot of resiliency regardless of who is on the court. There are no moral victories. But this was a game we could have seen ourselves winning regardless to who was on the court."

The Celtics are dealing with their worst string of injuries this season.

Forward Brian Scalabrine had 1 point and one rebound in 22 minutes in place of Garnett in the starting lineup after missing Friday night's game with the flu. Point guard Rajon Rondo (15 points, 6 steals) went to the locker room for a bit early in the third quarter to have his slightly sprained right ankle taped.

Posey had 16 points, four 3-pointers, and six rebounds in his return after missing three games with a sprained finger on his right hand. Reserve guard Tony Allen (2 points) played with a right eye scratch suffered against Minnesota and left the arena with a Band-Aid over the eye. Center Scot Pollard is out indefinitely with a right ankle sprain.

"We are banged up right now," Rivers said. "When Rajon went down, I grabbed them and said, 'Hey, I got great news for you. No practice Monday because we don't have enough bodies, so you might as well lay it on the line.' They started laughing.

"I figured at that point we might as well break the ice. Everyone was feeling a little bit sorry for themselves."

The Celtics led, 46-43, at halftime after receiving 19 points and six rebounds from Pierce. Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard had 10 of his 18 points, 10 of his 16 rebounds, and 2 of his 5 blocks in the first half.

Orlando shot 60 percent from the field and nailed five 3-pointers in the third quarter to outscore Boston, 32-19, to take a 75-65 lead. Magic reserve forward Brian Cook scored 11 points and hit three treys in the quarter.

Boston opened the fourth with a 16-7 run finalized by two Posey free throws to trim its deficit to 82-81 with 5:49 remaining. The Magic responded with a 9-3 run capped by a 20-foot jumper by Turkoglu (a game-high 27 points) to take a 91-84 lead with 2:41 left.

Ray Allen's lay-in sliced Boston's deficit to 91-88 with 1:13 left but two free throws by Turkoglu gave Orlando a 93-88 advantage with 58.9 seconds remaining. Rondo's lay-in with 43.9 seconds left got the Celtics within 93-90, and after Rondo's athletic steal of a pass from Orlando guard Carlos Arroyo, Ray Allen nailed a 3-pointer in front of the Magic bench to tie the game at 93 with 14.1 seconds remaining.

"I kept telling them to hang in there, hang in there, cut the lead, and when it got closer and you're on the road the home team gets tight, not the road team," Rivers said. "I just kept telling them, 'One basket at a time."'

Howard and Rashard Lewis (15 points) are viewed as the Magic's stars. But with 24 points at that point, the Magic turned to Turkoglu. He responded by nailing a deep 3-pointer over Pierce's outstretched hand.

"I didn't want to settle on a jumper," Turkoglu said. "I just tried to go to the hole and take a foul. But they had good defense and forced me to take a tough shot.

"It was a tough shot to take over Pierce and it was from long range. I'm glad it was right there today and I was able to make it."

Rivers, the Eastern Conference All-Star coach, joked that he was going to call the NBA to take back his All-Star vote for Turkoglu.

"We played well enough to win," Rivers said. "A guy makes a fadeaway from 4 feet behind the [3-point line] on the last play. I was really proud. I thought we took them out of what they were trying to run. Turk turned around and made a tough shot. I can live with that."

4.13.2018

The Alien Rumors Begin

1/28/2008

The Alien Rumors Begin

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Celtics appear to be taking their time on Damon Stoudamire. At their current rate, the Celts may run out of time.

Having been bought out by the Memphis Grizzlies, the veteran point guard will clear waivers on Wednesday, which is a formality, as he has no contract to pick up.

According to league sources, the Celts are checking out other possibilities and it's believed they may have interest in another player, thought to be Sam Cassell of the Los Angeles Clippers. That matter would require time to work out, but the C's will have to move quickly on Stoudamire if they want him.

Aaron Goodwin, Stoudamire's representative, plans to have his client make a quick transition to his new club. Goodwin acknowledged his client has interest in the Celtics, as well as San Antonio, Phoenix, Toronto and Denver, but time is of the essence.

``We want to have him to be able to join his new team and be ready to go the following day,'' Goodwin said. ``This isn't about money or anything. Damon knows he's going to be getting the veteran minimum. He just wants a chance to play and an opportunity to go for a championship. That's all that's important to him at this point. The clubs we're talking about all afford him that opportunity, so we're confident he'll be in a good situation by Thursday.''

Celtics director of basketball operations Danny Ainge had no comment, other than to say he likes his roster. But others insist the Celts are looking at the marketplace and would like some help or insurance at the point.

4.12.2018

Pat Riley: Give Danny Some Credit

1/29/2008

Pat Riley: Give Danny Some Credit

MIAMI - Pat Riley understands how a franchise can step on the gas pedal and pull into the fast lane. He was the one who got Shaquille O'Neal from the Lakers to the Heat. That move was key in getting Miami from 42 to 59 wins in the first season and to an NBA championship in the second.

4.11.2018

C's Crush Heat without KG or Jesus

1/30/2008

MIAMI - Maybe Paul Pierce should have taken the night off, too, just for kicks.

Without Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, the Celtics blew out the Heat, 117-87, last night at American Airlines Arena. While the Celtics are known for having the "Big Three," on this night they had a surprising big scoring foursome in Rajon Rondo (23), Tony Allen (20), Leon Powe (25), and Eddie House (20), who combined for 88 points.

4.10.2018

Leon Who?

1/31/2008

Leon Who?

After seeing only mop-up duty over the first 2 1/2 months of the season, Leon Powe has become one of the rocks in the Celtics rotation.

And Kendrick Perkins has a theory.

4.09.2018

C's Down Dallas without KG

2/1/2008

C's Down Dallas without KG

The Celtics had a ready-made excuse for not getting it done when they took the court against Dallas last night. Without Kevin Garnett to provide his usual set of skills - and to deal with Dirk Nowitzki - the C's were at a clear disadvantage.

But Doc Rivers wasn't giving his club the easy way out.

4.08.2018

Posey Comes Up Big

2/1/2008

Posey Comes Up Big

Forward James Posey wasn't a member of the Celtics when they were dependable cannon fodder for the powerful Dallas Mavericks.

4.07.2018

Cavs Down C's in Cleveland

2/6/2008

Cavs Down C's in Cleveland

CLEVELAND - The Celtics came into last night's game against the Cavaliers leading the league in defense. They left it shaking their heads.

On a night when most everything was going right for them - at one end of the floor - the Shamrocks couldn't find a way to make 113 points and 57 percent shooting add up to a victory.

4.06.2018

Rondo Guides C's to Win over Clippers

2/7/2008

Rondo Guides C's to Win over Clippers

With the starters, for the most part, sitting calmly on the bench, the Celtics' reserves did most of the dirty work during the final 12 minutes last night.

4.05.2018

The Alien to Danny: "I think I'd be a Nice Addition"

2/7/2008

The Alien to Danny: "I think I'd be a Nice Addition"

Clippers point guard Sam Cassell is literally willing to pay the price to join the Celtics.

Cassell said yesterday that his agent, David Falk, has had conversations with the Clippers about a potential buyout and he is interested in joining the Celtics if that happens. The 38-year-old is making $6.15 million in the final year of his contract.

4.04.2018

New Three v. Old Three? Parish Say No Comparison

4/13/2008

Parish: No Comparison between New and Old Big 3 . . . Yet

NBA Hall of Famer Robert Parish won three NBA titles with the Celtics as part of the original "Big Three": himself, Larry Bird, and Kevin McHale. The Chief also played on the Bulls' 1997 championship team, led by a star trio of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman.

4.03.2018

Leon Pow(!) Strikes Again

2/9/2008

Leon Pow(!) Strikes Again

MINNEAPOLIS - There were no words spoken by the Minnesota Timberwolves' all-time leader in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks last night. But the first-year Celtics star's gestures and smile spoke volumes when he waved hello to Wolves fans for the first time since saying goodbye.

4.02.2018

C's Move to 16-0 against Western Conference

2/11/2008

C's Move to 16-0 against Western Conference

CELTICS DOWN SPURS WITHOUT KG OR PERKINS

There was a big road win against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. The home victory over the Mavericks wasn't bad either. But with their three tallest players out, the Celtics might have earned their most impressive victory this season against the reigning NBA champion Spurs yesterday.

4.01.2018

W Ends 11-Year Home Losing Streak

2/11/2008

W Ends 11-Year Home Losing Streak

The Spurs, or what's left of them, made their annual visit to Boston yesterday. The Celtics, or what's left of them, ended a home losing streak to San Antonio that stretched to Jan. 8, 1997, when Tim Duncan still was enjoying the pleasures of Wake Forest, Tony Parker was a teenager, and Bruce Bowen was league-hopping three times, including a stop in renowned hoop hotbed Besancon, France (he somehow averaged 25.5 points a game there; that is not a misprint.)

And, as always when the Spurs are around, the talk turns to defense, and the outcome hinges on which team can make the stops in a close game. San Antonio always used to be that team when it played the Celtics. Yesterday, even without Kevin Garnett to anchor things, the Celtics were that team.

In the end, the Celtics made the stops in a 98-90 victory. In the end, the Celtics made the hustle plays. In the end, the Celtics got a welcome, if surprising 33-minute stint from Glen Davis that had everyone in black and silver throwing bonbons his way following a 9-point, 8-rebound performance. The Celtics now have a two-game winning streak over a team that, until last St. Patrick's Day, hadn't lost to a Boston team in a decade.

Kind of overnight, the Celtics have become the Spurs. They brought in defensive guru Tom Thibodeau ("He's a master," lauded Bowen). They brought in Garnett ("By osmosis, his energy and effort rubs off. He makes his teammates play hard and they don't want to mess up and have to hear it from him," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said). At times yesterday, the Spurs must have felt like they were playing against their old selves. The Celtics allowed them very few uncontested shots and 0 (as in zero) fast-break points in the game.

"Defensively they were solid," Duncan said. "They are always solid."

Now that qualifies as high praise.

The stats say the Celtics have been, from Day 1, the best defensive team in the league. The Spurs were always among the top two or three teams in the two big categories - points allowed and defensive field goal percentage. Yesterday, they walked onto the TD Banknorth Garden floor No. 3 in points allowed (behind Boston and Detroit) but, ahem, 14th in defensive field goal percentage (behind such defensive juggernauts as Indiana and Phoenix). And the Celtics shot 46.5 percent, higher than what the Spurs usually allow.

"I had noticed watching some of their games before and then looking at the stats that they were the top defensive team in the league," the Spurs' Manu Ginobili said. "You gotta give them credit. They play hard. They do it consistently."

Or, as Popovich noted, perhaps somewhat plaintively, "They play harder and more aggressively, more physically, than anyone, than any other team in the league on a consistent basis. That's what makes them special."

The Spurs were without Parker and Brent Barry while the Celtics were without Garnett and Kendrick Perkins. While Garnett is a huge absence, so is Parker, for the Spurs have trouble scoring without him, and that puts even more pressure on their defense. Yet they were within a spin of the ball of tying the game in the final minute when Michael Finley's 3-pointer went in, went down, and still somehow spun out.

But even with that, the Celtics' plays at both ends showed a maturity and a focus that, well, we always saw from the Spurs when San Antonio came through town and left with the obligatory W. There was Big Baby grabbing an offensive rebound in a 2-point game, outmaneuvering Duncan, and going right back up for a layup. "You don't see that too often in a rookie, especially going up against a four-time champion and an MVP," Paul Pierce said of Davis. "But he wanted the challenge."

There was Rajon Rondo, getting a key offensive rebound and registering a double-double that did not include points (12 assists, a career high, and 11 rebounds). Said Duncan of Rondo, "He was great." There was Ray Allen getting his hand on a rebound off a missed free throw and James Posey forcing two big turnovers.

"Too many mistakes that bit us in the butt down the stretch," Duncan lamented. He saluted the work of Davis. "Glen did a great job of using his wide body, cutting down my angles. He played well."

It's hard to get a real read on either team from this game, other than the obvious - they're both pretty good. Perhaps they will be whole again when the Celtics meet the Spurs in San Antonio on - yup - St. Patrick's Day. By that time, every Eastern Conference team will have passed through San Antonio except Boston. By that time, Parker's sore left ankle and Garnett's abdominal strain should be healed.

But regardless of who plays, you probably can look for another defensive grinder, given the decade-old slant of the Spurs and the newfound orientation of the Celtics.

The Spurs didn't win four titles firing away and living on the edge in the Wild, Wild West. And if the Celtics are lucky enough to get that far this year, it won't be for that reason, either. You know what they say: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

3.31.2018

Maybe C's Do Have a Bench

2/12/2008

Maybe the C's Do Have a Bench

One big question Celtics coach Doc Rivers had entering this season was how his bench would perform in a time of need. As of late, it has given him a positive response.

3.30.2018

Powe-Davis Bookends Proving their Worth

2/12/2008

Powe-Davis Bookends Proving their Worth

In an NBA season when major trades are ruling the day, the Celtics are still on record with the biggest - the two-trade flurry last summer that changed the face of the organization.

3.29.2018

Celtics Earn 40th Win of Season

2/13/2008

Celtics Earn 40th Win of Season

INDIANAPOLIS - The Celtics became the first member of the NBA's 40-and-over club last night with a 104-97 victory over the Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.

3.28.2018

C's Limp to Win over Knicks

2/14/2008

C's Limp to Win over Knicks

All you could say after this one? Thank God for the All-Star break. Both teams played like they were already there.

3.27.2018

Ainge Still in No Rush to Deal

2/14/2008

Ainge Still in No Rush to Deal

With Jason Kidd on his way to Dallas last night in a blockbuster deal, the Western Conference continues its game of high stakes poker. Phoenix saw the Lakers' pickup of Pau Gasol and raised them a Shaquille O'Neal, and now the Mavericks are getting into it.

3.26.2018

KG Rusty in Return

2/20/2008

KG Rusty in Return

DENVER - Kevin Garnett technically returned to the Celtics lineup last night, but no one watching believed it was the real KG.

Not after 25 days on the shelf.

3.25.2018

C's Fall to 0-2 Since Break

2/21/2008

C's Fall to 0-2 Since Break

OAKLAND, Calif. - Baron Davis nailed a 20-foot jumper with 0.3 seconds left over Tony Allen to seal Golden State's 119-117 victory over the Celtics last night in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,711 at Oracle Arena, handing Boston rare back-to-back defeats.

"He hit a big shot," said Allen. "I couldn't get the stop, unfortunately."

3.24.2018

C's Make It 3 Straight, Losses, That Is

2/23/2008

C's Make It 3 Straight, Losses, That Is

HOENIX - Three is a magic number the Celtics have avoided - until now.

Boston lost its third straight game for the first time this season last night at US Airways Center, dropping an 85-77 decision to the Phoenix Suns.

3.23.2018

Doc's Got Bench

3/1/2008

Rondo: Cassel's a 2

Sam Cassell should be here for dinner on Monday, and so the great Celtics renaissance continues. Once, they all ran from Boston. Now, they cannot wait to visit.

This is the move that Danny Ainge can make now, seven months after the life-altering experience that was the Kevin Garnett trade. This is the move the Celtics director of basketball operations needs to make, too. The one glaring weakness on this team is the absence of a backup veteran point guard, with all respect to Eddie House, a shooting guard who was being asked to do something he should not have been asked to do.

3.22.2018

#5 Looking Pretty Solid

3/3/2008

#5 Looking Pretty Solid

You can call him KG. Or Big Ticket. Or, as many of his teammates do, simply Ticket.

We learned again yesterday, however, that Kevin Garnett answers to ``Kev'' when he's talking to himself. This piece of invaluable knowledge was available to those in the lower sections of the Garden's east end when Garnett began yelling at himself during the second quarter last night.

``Shoot the ball, Kev,'' he said. ``Shoot the (expletive) ball.''

3.21.2018

The Alien is in the Fold

 3/4/2008

The Alien is in the Fold

Sam Cassell is a Celtic. Almost. While the team would say officially only that it's ``fully anticipated he will become a Celtic'' when he arrives in town today, sources confirmed the obvious.

3.20.2018

Boston: The New Free Agent Hot Spot

3/4/2008

Boston: The New Free Agent Hot Spot

It is said that perception is reality, but in the Celtics' case, reality has body-slammed conventional wisdom during the last several months.

3.19.2018

Seems Like Old Times

3/5/2008

Seems Like Old Times

Back then, the Celtics had more notable rivalries. But nobody seemed to stoke the Celts' ire quite like the Detroit Pistons.

3.18.2018

Big 3 vs. New 3

3/5/2008

Big 3 vs. New 3

When Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were acquired last summer by the Celtics to join forces with Paul Pierce, comparisons were immediately made to the Celtics' original Big Three of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish.

3.17.2018

Shall We Do this Again?

3/6/2008

Shall We Do this Again?

You forget sometimes what the captain has endured.

Paul Pierce is the afterthought of the New Wave Celtics, the resident star who has chugged along, doing what he's always done: take (and make) big shots.

3.16.2018

C's are KG's Team

3/6/2008

C's are KG's Team

This was Kevin Garnett's team from the day he arrived, and it will be Kevin Garnett's team until the day he departs. And so last night, unsurprisingly, the Celtics lined up behind Kevin Garnett.

3.15.2018

PJ Brown Debuts in C's W

3/8/2008

PJ Brown Debuts in C's W

After the Celtics passed the ball around the horn to four players, Ray Allen nailed a 3-pointer to give them a 51-36 lead in the second quarter. Seconds later, the concerned Bulls called time out.

3.14.2018

2008 C's Second Fastest to 50

3/11/2008

2008 C's Second Fastest to 50

PHILADELPHIA - Back in the 1991-92 season, the Celtics enjoyed Larry Bird's swan song and a 50-win campaign. Now, 15 years later, they are enjoying the arrival of Kevin Garnett and first the first 50-win season since Bird departed.

3.13.2018

The Beast is Becoming a Force

3/12/2008

The Beast is Becoming a Force

Paul Pierce was in the midst of a quiet discussion about Kendrick Perkins and his recent statistical surge. In the process of going over the numbers, Pierce stopped and offered a proclamation.

``If he plays like that, we won't lose. I promise you that,'' Pierce said.

3.12.2018

C's Subdue Sonics

3/13/2008

C's Subdue Sonics

You had the feeling this one was going to be over in a hurry. Seattle had lost five straight and nine of 10, was playing on the second night of a back-to-back, was finishing up an Eastern swing of seven games, and, well, is one of the worst teams in the NBA. The Celtics, meanwhile, had won nine straight, were unbeaten in March, had won 10 in a row at home, and had the best record in the league.

3.11.2018

1986 Anyone?

3/13/2008

1986 Anyone?

The omens are beginning to come into alignment for the Celtics. One game after clinching their first 50-win season since Larry Bird's last year in the league, the renaissance roundballers won their 10th straight.

3.10.2018

Celtics' resurgence a sight to behold

3/14/2008

Celtics' resurgence a sight to behold

There are so many components to the resurgence of the Boston Celtics worth celebrating, it's difficult narrowing it down to a Fave Five.

Of course, any conversation of this nature begins with the obvious - the almost surreal sight of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in Celtic green, a vision that, truthfully, I still have trouble believing is real.

3.09.2018

C's D deserves an A

3/14/2008

C's D deserves an A

At first glance, it would seem only natural to credit the Celtics' offensive touch for their longest winning streak in nearly 22 years, due to an average victory margin of 16.7 points.

3.08.2018

Jazz End Celtics' Streak at 10

3/15/2008

Jazz End Celtics' Streak at 10

The Utah Jazz got the revenge they had been waiting for in a 110-92 victory over the Celtics last night at TD Banknorth Garden.

Boston (51-13) saw its 10-game winning streak snapped, as well its season-best 11-game streak at home. Utah guard Deron Williams had a game-high 32 points to go with 7 assists and 5 rebounds. The Celtics missed 11 of 14 3-point attempts, didn't have a player score more than 15 points, and lost by a season-high margin.

3.07.2018

104-59: Any Questions?

1/30/2007

Kevin Garnett was sent to the bench for good with 5:47 left in the third quarter last night, having scored only 8 points. No, he wasn't hurt, nor did he foul out. In fact, the unselfish Celtics couldn't have asked for anything better than this.

3.06.2018

Celtics' Set to Pay NBA Hefty Check

 3/15/2008

Celtics' Set to Pay NBA Hefty Check

Once the season ends, the Celtics will write a hefty check to the NBA. However, the ownership won't have a problem with it because they knew such would be the price for having a contending team.

The Celtics' payroll is approximately $75 million following the recent additions of veterans Sam Cassell and P.J. Brown. Since they are about $7 million over the luxury tax, they will be assessed a dollar-for-dollar tax after the season. But managing partner and governor Wyc Grousbeck said all of the owners were comfortable with the additions of several high-priced players since last season. And with All-Stars Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen leading the team to the NBA's best record, the Celtics are getting bang for their buck, too.

"In trading for Kevin Garnett and extending his contract, we added to what we did to Paul Pierce by extending his contract [in 2006]," Grousbeck said. "With Garnett's extension this summer and then going to the luxury tax to add [James] Posey, [Eddie] House, and [Scot] Pollard, it made a statement that this is the time. We're not going to look back and say, 'If we only had one more player.' So, my partners and I talked about it and made a group commitment to support this team to the hilt.

"What I'm most proud of is veterans like P.J. and Sam, who have a lot of integrity and know how to win, chose our organization. We're proud of that and proud of what it says about the Celtics."

Said general manager Danny Ainge: "Successful franchises have good ownerships and our ownership has let our players, coaches, and management succeed and put winning as a priority."

3.05.2018

C's Bounce Back with W

3/16/2008

C's Bounce Back with W

MILWAUKEE - After a tough 18-point loss to Utah at home Friday, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce strongly stated there would be much better focus in their next game. It's safe to say Garnett was pleased with the outcome, as he went to each player on the Celtics' bench to slap them five in appreciation of a 99-77 blowout victory over the Bucks last night at the Bradley Center.

"Good game, C's," Garnett told his teammates.

3.04.2018

Texas Triangle to Test C's Gaudy Record against West

3/17/2008

Texas Triangle to Test C's Gaudy Record against West

There will be no Southern hospitality for the Celtics this week.

Boston faces its toughest road challenge of the season over the next four games against Western Conference power teams that have at least 43 wins. The Celtics open the trip against reigning NBA champion San Antonio tonight and follow with games against Houston, Dallas, and New Orleans.

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