Exactly How Did Danny Get Garnett and Allen in Exchange for Players not Named Pierce?


Exactly How Did Danny Get Garnett and Allen in Exchange for Players not Named Pierce?

As 2007 turns into 2008, and with the Celtics winning with such proficiency and ease, it is time to salute Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers, and the team's owners. I know they haven't won anything yet. But so far, to borrow a phrase from Mike Huckabee ... shazam!


Another Virtuoso Performance by the Ticket


Another Virtuoso Performance by the Ticket

He's not going to be the MVP. The Garden fans can chant, "M-V-P," when Kevin Garnett goes to the foul line from now till Memorial Day, but they might as well get it into their heads: That one's going to be a Kobe-LeBron knockdown-dragout.

Why don't we just call Kevin Garnett the MVA, as in Most Valuable Acquisition?


Celtics on Verge of Historic Turnaround


Celtics on Verge of Historic Turnaround

The Celtics are on the verge of even more franchise history, with an NBA mark just around the corner.

A victory against New Orleans tonight would give the Celts their 57th triumph, a 33-win improvement from last season's 24-58 dive. That would better the turnaround of the 1979-80 C's, who went from 29 wins the previous year to 61 after acquiring a certain L. Bird.


Wolves' Owner Accuses KG of Tanking


Wolves' Owner Accuses KG of Tanking

HOUSTON - Celtics forward Kevin Garnett is considered by many one of the most intense players in the NBA. But yesterday, his old boss in Minnesota questioned Garnett's desire during his final season with the team.

In comments to Minneapolis reporters, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor accused Garnett of "tanking" the last five games of the 2006-07 season. Taylor's comments came after he was asked about the Wolves having a reputation for tanking games in recent seasons to aid their draft position.


Celtics Improve to 42-19


C's Improve to 49-12

MEMPHIS - Celtics forward Kevin Garnett joined an exclusive club last night that only three other current NBA players have membership to.

Garnett became only the 32d player in NBA history to pass the 20,000-point mark during the Celtics' 119-89 victory over the Grizzlies at the sold-out FedEx Forum.


Ali-Frazier III Beckons


Ali-Frazier III Beckons

It doesn't look like anything special on the official NBA schedule.

March 5 Det @ Bos.




Garnett MVP?

We've been hearing it now for a while. Somehow, Kevin Garnett no longer is a consensus choice for Most Valuable Player because he (a) had the temerity to suffer a serious injury for the first time in his career and (b) his team had the temerity to win seven of the nine games he missed.


Passing Grade for Perk


Passing Grade for Perk

Kendrick Perkins had an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double last night, which is not a big deal anymore for the 23-year-old Celtics center.

His four blocks during the 98-88 win over the Hawks weren't a major event, either. He blocked five shots Friday against Charlotte.

But the career-high six assists Perkins put on the board vs. the Hawks were another matter. That is the true measure of how much he is growing.

``He's always been a pretty good passer,'' Paul Pierce said. ``He has that type of ability. If he does this every night we'll be a scary team.''

Celtics coach Doc Rivers credited Kevin Garnett - the best passing big man in the league - for drawing out Perkins' unselfish flair.


There's a New Sheriff in the East


There's a New Sheriff in the East

In an intense contest between the East's top two teams, the Celtics defeated the Pistons, 90-78, last night in front of a sellout crowd at TD Banknorth Garden.


Brent Barry Anyone?


Brent Barry Anyone?

PHOENIX - The Celtics and several other teams are in the Brent Barry sweepstakes.

The Sonics waived the 13-year veteran combo-guard Thursday after acquiring him the same day in a trade from the Spurs. The 6-foot-7-inch, 210-pounder will become an unrestricted free agent today and is expected to get interest from Boston, San Antonio, Phoenix, Denver, Houston, Golden State, and the Lakers.


C's Move to 44-12 with Win over Cavs


C's Move to 44-12 with Win over Cavs

Barely 24 hours after returning from a long Western trip, the weary Celtics gutted out a key conference victory last night.


PJ Brown, Baby!


PJ Brown, Baby!

The Celtics are now a destination for highly desirable free agents, but that doesn't mean they can eschew the necessary leg work.

Yesterday they signed P.J. Brown - the rugged, tough-rebounding 38-year-old veteran who had been in semi-retirement - after a year-long courtship.


C's Hold Off Bobcats


C's Hold Off Bobcats

While several players talked openly about the likely addition of veteran point guard Sam Cassell, Celtics coach Doc Rivers had a more immediate issue on his mind.

"I'm not worried about it," he said. "I'm worried about [Charlotte]."


Could It Be?


Could It Be?


Don't be surprised if Carmelo Anthony tries to call his fellow Baltimore native, Sam Cassell, about coming to the Nuggets. Or if Steve Nash gets in touch with ex-teammate Cassell about coming to the Suns. Or if Jason Kidd tries to persuade ex-Maverick Cassell to join him in Dallas.


PJ Brown is a Celtic


PJ Brown is a Celtic


After P.J. Brown got double-teamed by the Celtics during All-Star Weekend, it was hard for him to turn down an opportunity to make a title run in Boston.

Brown, 38, was signed by the Celtics yesterday for the prorated $1.2 million veteran minimum for the remainder of the season. The forward/center, who is in his 15th season, is expected to practice today, but it's uncertain when he will make his Celtics debut.


Celtics Prepare for Playoffs in February


Celtics Prepare  for Playoffs in February

The playoffs start in seven weeks, give or take. From here on out, we all know what the Celtics are focused on. No. 17.


C's Finally Secure a W


C's Finally Secure a W

PORTLAND, Ore. - Doc Rivers is not a fan of afternoon games, especially on the road, but he wasn't all that upset about having to play the Blazers at 3 p.m. yesterday.


Cassell Buyout Hits Snag


Cassell Buyout Hits Snag

An NBA source said yesterday that Clippers owner Donald Sterling does not seem interested in buying out the final year of guard Sam Cassell's contract. Cassell's agent, David Falk, has given the Clippers a deadline of Saturday to complete the buyout so the 6-foot-3-inch, two-time NBA champion would be eligible for another team's postseason roster. Cassell is being paid $6.1 million this season, and is believed to be owed about one-third of that total.

The NBA source said the Celtics and possibly the Nuggets, both over the salary cap, would be interested in Cassell if he is bought out prior to Saturday's deadline. Both teams could only offer a prorated amount of the veteran's minimum, around $1.2 million. Falk didn't respond to an e-mail yesterday and couldn't be reached by phone.

Cassell, 38, is averaging 12.8 points and 4.7 assists this season. He has said he would have no problem backing up starting point guard Rajon Rondo if he came to Boston. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has said he is interested in finding the "right veteran point guard."

Another NBA source said free agent guard Brent Barry, who cleared waivers yesterday, is still considering Boston. Barry also is considering the Spurs, but he can't re-sign with his former team for another three weeks. The Celtics are also believed to be interested in free agent guard Flip Murray, who cleared waivers yesterday.


Cassell Watch Continues at Waltham


Cassell Watch Continues at Waltham

"Sam who? Never heard of him," cracked Doc Rivers. That was before Monday night's 104-76 win over the Clippers (in which Cassell didn't play because of a sore right wrist). By the end of the week, Rivers not only might be able to publicly identify Cassell, but also coach him. But for that to happen, the Clippers have to agree to the buyout. As of Monday night, the consensus was that the divorce was all but finished (although owner Donald Sterling said he had no knowledge of it, nor did he understand how it worked).


C's End Road Trip with a W


C's End Road Trip with a W

LOS ANGELES - There was a distinct air of inevitability about this one. These are two teams in different states of health going in opposite directions in the second half of the season. And in a city built on hopes and dreams, there were absolutely no surprises at the Staples Center last night.

The Celtics led for virtually the entire 48 minutes and closed their five-game road trip with a methodically efficient 104-76 victory over the reeling Clippers before a pro-Celtic sellout gathering of 19,328.


Clippers and Cassell Continue to Dance


Clippers and Cassell Continue to Dance

LOS ANGELES - Sam Cassell has been in the NBA since 1993. He has two championship rings. He has played in 115 playoff games for five teams - and he knows he won't get to No. 116 with his current outfit, the Clippers.


Three Losses No Biggie for C's


Three Losses No Biggie for C's

PHOENIX - The Celtics' losing streak continued to grow yesterday, and they paid with a practice. Upon arriving at U.S. Airways Arena for a scheduled workout, Doc Rivers told his players they could have the day off if all of them could beat him in a one-length race down the court. The result? ``I beat half of those (guys),'' Rivers said. ``Uh, you noticed we did have practice?''


Mid-Season Report Card


Mid-Season Report Card

As they pause for the All-Star break, Greenhearts all over must be in some measure of pain. A year ago, their team was diving for pingpong balls. Now it owns the best record in the NBA.

The repeated self-pinchings must be taking a toll.


Best Western


Best Western

The Celtics emerge from the All-Star break with a perfect 16-0 record against the Western Conference, the supposed class of the NBA.

That record will be put to the test starting tonight on the C's annual post-break western sojourn. They will play five games (at Denver, Golden State, Phoenix, Portland and the LA Clippers) in just seven days.

So far, the schedule has been kind: 11 of the 16 games vs. western teams have been at home. But the C's swept a tough four-games-in-five-nights western swing in late December.

Despite beating the defending champion Spurs on Feb. 10, the Celts still haven't faced the current top two teams in the conference: Southwest-leading New Orleans (36-15) and Pacific-leading Phoenix (37-16). The combined winning percentage of the Western Conference teams they've faced so far is .504.

Here's a recap of their 16-0 start:

Nov. 7 at TD Banknorth Garden

Celtics 119, Nuggets 93

Skinny: C's shoot 72 percent in first half; Paul Pierce leads way with 26 points; Allen Iverson held to 22.

Nov. 21 at TD Banknorth Garden

Celtics 105, Warriors 82

Skinny: Bounce back from season's first loss; Kevin Garnett and Pierce both have double-doubles.

Nov. 23 at TD Banknorth Garden

Celtics 107, Lakers 94

Skinny: Rivalry's rekindled: Kobe Bryant gets 28, but Kendrick Perkins has 21 points, 9 boards

Dec. 12 at TD Banknorth Garden

Celtics 90, Kings 78

Skinny: C's improve to 18-2; Glen ``Big Baby'' Davis goes for 16 points, nine boards in first start.

Dec. 26 at Sacramento

Celtics 89, Kings 69

Skinny: C's use 33-5 second-quarter run to open trip in style.

Dec. 27 at Seattle

Celtics 104, Sonics 96

Skinny: It's Ray Allen's homecoming, but Pierce steals show with 37 points.

Dec. 29 at Utah

Celtics 104, Jazz 98

Skinny: Pierce has 24 points and six rebounds - all in second half; C's eclipse last season's win total.

Dec. 30 at LA Lakers

Celtics 110, Lakers 91

Skinny: Big Three combine for 74 points to end trip with a flourish.

Jan. 2 at TD Banknorth Garden

Celtics 97, Rockets 93

Skinny: Garnett scores 11 of 26 points in last 7 minutes; Yao Ming gets 19 points, 13 rebounds.

Jan. 4 at TD Banknorth Garden

Celtics 100, Grizzlies 96

Skinny: Tony Allen sparkles off bench with 20 points as C's don't look ahead to big Detroit rematch.

Jan. 16 at TD Banknorth Garden

Celtics 100, Blazers 90

Skinny: Ray Allen pours in season-high 35 points as C's snap two-game home skid.

Jan. 25 at TD Banknorth Garden

Celtics 87, Timberwolves 86

Skinny: Garnett KO'd with abdominal strain, but returns for game-saving steal vs. former team.

Jan. 31 at TD Banknorth Garden

Celtics 96, Mavericks 90

Skinny: Dirk Nowtizki has 31 points and 11 boards, but Rajon Rondo beats him for late rebound, then hits winner.

Feb. 6 at TD Banknorth Garden

Celtics 111, LA Clippers 100

Skinny: Pierce ailing, Garnett out, but Rondo saves day with 24 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and one bloody nose.

Feb. 8 at Minnesota

Celtics 88, Timberwolves 86

Skinny: Garnett spends homecoming on bench; Leon Powe's put-back at buzzer wins it.

Feb. 10 at TD Banknorth Garden

Celtics 98, Spurs 90

Skinny: Big Baby stands tall vs. Tim Duncan (22 points, 14 boards); Pierce in groove with 35 points.


C's Start Second Half with a Dud


C's Start Second Half with a Dud

DENVER - Even with Kevin Garnett back on the floor, the Celtics' dominance against the Western Conference came to an end last night.


"Benchless" C's Not Hurting for Depth


"Benchless" C's Not Hurting for Depth

They were ripped and ridiculed in the press before they even played a game. They were relegated to a status so far behind their starrier mates that it was hard to see them through the glare of attention being paid to others.


Gasol Acquisition has People Talking Lakers-Celtics Again


Gasol Acquisition has People Talking Lakers-Celtics Again

WALTHAM - The video game NBA Live 08 currently has a television commercial showing a digital version of Celtics forward Paul Pierce dunking on the Los Angeles Lakers. Since both teams have played twice this season, the only way the longtime rivals can play outside of a video game this season is in the NBA Finals. And with the Lakers' surprising recent blockbuster addition of forward Pau Gasol, talk of the Celtics and Lakers meeting up in the Finals is once again a possibility.


C's Look Mortal in Loss


C's Look Mortal in Loss

In the span of a week, the Celtics have gone from phenomenal to mortal.

Last night, they blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter before losing, 88-83, to the Wizards at TD Banknorth Garden.

The Celtics (30-6) have lost two straight - for the first time this season - and three of their last four. They also have lost two straight at home for the first time this season.


Ainge Not Feeling Pressure to Add PG


Ainge Not Feeling Pressure to Add PG

The Celtics aren't in a position where they will turn away from a high-quality veteran point guard should one become available. But the club won't make any panic purchases just because it's had recent problems against pressure defense.


Home Crowd Thinks Garnett is the MVP


Home Crowd Thinks Garnett is the MVP

The sound chamber was locked.

Before last night's plunge to defeat, while the crowd still was swaying to the prolonged wave that Kevin Garnett gave them from mid-court early in the fourth quarter, emotion got the better of everyone.


Big Three Get First Taste of Losing in Boston


Big Three Get First Taste of Losing in Boston

In the unlikely event they had forgotten, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce now are getting a refresher on losing. The significance of this crash course really depends on them.


Shuttlesworth Saves the Day Again


Shuttlesworth Saves the Day Again

"Jesus" saved the struggling Celtics last night.

Boston defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 100-90, at sold-out TD Banknorth Garden and snapped a two-game losing streak thanks to Ray Allen, who is nicknamed "Jesus" by his teammates because he played the character Jesus Shuttlesworth in the movie "He Got Game."


Leon Pow(!)e KOs Sixers


Leon Pow!(e) KOs Sixers

With 3:04 remaining in the third quarter of last night's game, and the Celtics in the process of getting annihilated on the glass and possibly losing yet another home game to yet another ho-hum team, Doc Rivers finally remembered his 12th man and summoned him for help. If that sounds like desperation, well, it was pretty close to that. This was looking like Charlotte redux.


Raef Raves about Celtics


Raef Raves about Celtics

Raef LaFrentz' old Celtics team is now scattered between Minneapolis, Seattle and a small but important bit still in Boston.


C's Talk Trash in Matinee Win over Knicks


C's Talk Trash in Matinee Win over Knicks

NEW YORK - By the disappointment in coach Doc Rivers's voice and face, you would have thought the Celtics were thoroughly beaten yesterday. Actually, they hammered the Knicks, 109-93, at a sold-out Madison Square Garden. But since the Celtics let their mouths do as much talking as their game, Rivers was far from happy.


Posey and Pierce Celebrate Win


Posey and Pierce Celebrate Win

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Paul Pierce showed respect to the Pistons when he spoke after the Celtics' 92-85 victory last night. But according to reports, he was caught up in the hoopla and proclaiming his squad the best team in the league as he left the Palace floor.


Ray Allen has Offnight; Tony Allen? Not so Much


The highlight reel is usually reserved for Ray Allen, not Tony Allen. It was quite the opposite last night.

Ray Allen scored his only 2 points of the Celtics' 100-96 win over the Grizzlies on two free throws with 9.3 seconds remaining. The seven-time All-Star missed all nine of his field goal attempts in 35 minutes. He failed to score in double figures for the first time this season and was limited to 2 points for the first time since April 9, 1999, when he was 0 for 8 from the field and made two free throws for the Bucks at Cleveland.


Ali-Frazier II


Ali-Frazier II

Enough with the Grizzlies and other assorted flotsam and jetsam. Tonight, in Auburn Hills, Mich., the two best teams in the East again meet in what promises to be, as Johnny Most might have said, a real barn burner.


Down Goes Frazier!


Bambino Grande Leads Way to W over Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - A Big Baby grew up during the Celtics' big revenge victory last night.

Rookie forward Glen Davis scored 16 fourth-quarter points by making all six of his field-goal attempts to spark the Celtics to a 92-85 victory over the Pistons at The Palace last night.


For Crying Out Loud: Baby Leads the Way


Baby Leads C's to Win at Auburn Hills

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - And a child shall lead them.

Make that a Big Baby.

Glen Davis scored 16 of his career-high 20 points in a fourth-quarter sneak attack that dumbfounded Detroit and lifted the Celtics to a 92-85 victory in the return match of the best two teams in the Eastern Conference.


Big Game Players Play Big in Big Games


Big Game Players Play Big in Big Games

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - How fitting it was that a rookie, a second-round draft pick, no less, was the difference-maker down the stretch last night in a game between teams stocked with veterans, and one of them oozing in playoff experience.


Pierce earns an A for his D


Odds are, Pierce wasn't named NBA Player of the Week because of his defense (he averaged 27.5 points in four wins). But Rivers noticed. Only three Celtic opponents scored more than 20 points in the four games: Kevin Durant, Deron Williams, and Kobe Bryant. None was Pierce's responsibility. "This is the best I've ever seen him play defense and it's been all year," Rivers said. "So that's where my pride comes in when I talk about Paul."

Bonzi Wells pretty much summed up the mood of the Houston Rockets, who come into the TD Banknorth Garden tonight after Golden State guard Baron Davis took them hostage late in a 112-95 loss Monday. "We played like trash in the fourth," Wells told the Houston Chronicle. "Everything trash consists of, we did that. It was just a trash quarter for us." ... Rockets star guard Tracy McGrady has missed three games with tendinitis in his left knee and is considered day-to-day. "We're going to prepare like he's playing," Rivers said. "And if he doesn't play, he doesn't play."


Rondo's Absence Felt


WALTHAM - It's not as though Rajon Rondo wants to be on the trainer's table, switching between ice and heat on his bum right hamstring. If he could have, he would have played against the Lakers Sunday.

"The lineup card was already turned in," he said.




After Kevin Garnett put the game away with a late jumper, teammate Paul Pierce jumped on his back for a ride. The way the "Big Ticket" carried the Celtics in the fourth quarter, the rest of the team should have jumped on, too.


Odom: Foul on Shuttlesworth Not a Cheap Shot


Lakers forward Trevor Ariza made fun of teammate Lamar Odom during practice yesterday by getting into a three-point football stance. But even though Odom's hit on Celtics guard Ray Allen last Sunday night was better suited for the gridiron, he didn't view the foul as excessive.


Kobe & Phil: C's are Title Contenders


After losing twice to the Celtics this season, Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant and coach Phil Jackson gave them high praise. In fact, Bryant said he wouldn't be surprised to see the Celtics in the NBA Finals. "There are only a couple teams in the Eastern Conference that really stand out: the Pistons and the Celtics," Bryant said. "They're pretty much the cream of the crop of the Eastern Conference."

When asked if the Celtics were the NBA's best team, Jackson said, "They certainly have been with us. I think Detroit is playing really well, too. But [of] the teams we have seen so far, they have shined." Bryant also gave high praise to the Celtics' supporting cast. "It's not just [Allen, Garnett, and Pierce]," Bryant said. "If you just had them, it would be easy to defend those guys because you could always pack it in. They made some great additions. They got great defensive presence coming off the bench. They are all shooters."

The Celtics took yesterday off and resume practice today in Waltham ... Rockets star Tracy McGrady told the Houston Chronicle that he doubts he will play against the Celtics tomorrow because of bone bruise in his left knee.


Big Three have Big Supporting Cast


File this under sights you will see only in La-La land:

Dorchester homey and Celtics regular Donnie Wahlberg and his brother Mark Wahlberg, a reputed Lakers fan, seated next to the Celtics bench Sunday night.

Meanwhile, across the floor, former Celtics/Lakers player-turned-actor Rick Fox hanging out for the entire game with teen golfer Michelle Wie and actress Sharon Stone.


C's Beat Jazz for Third Straight West Coast Win


SALT LAKE CITY - As Paul Pierce walked off the hardwood floor, he poetically chanted over and over again, "Road warriors, road warriors!"

The Celtics advanced to 3-0 on their four-game West Coast trip with a 104-98 victory over the Jazz at a sold-out EnergySolutions Arena last night. Boston improved to an NBA-best 25-3 record, winning its seventh straight road game and fifth straight overall. The loss was only the third at home this season in 13 games for Utah (16-16).


Jerry West Prefers Kobe to Garnett (Big Surprise!)


Forgive Jerry West for being biased. The man who brought Kobe Bryant to the Los Angeles Lakers recently called the high-scoring, high-maintenance guard the best player in the NBA. West made his preference clear with all due respect to Kevin Garnett, though the Hollywood logic behind his choice will likely spark debate in advance of tonight's Celtics-Lakers game at the Staples Center.


Celtics Blowout Lakers in LA with Rondo on the Bench


LOS ANGELES - After his right hamstring felt tight yesterday morning, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo missed last night's game 110-91 victory over the the Lakers.

Rondo suffered the injury late in the first quarter of Boston's 104-98 victory at UtahSaturday night.

The second-year guard said he felt fine following a workout at the Staples Center before last night's game and had hoped to convince coach Doc Rivers to play him.

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