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Marcus Landry assigned to D-League

03.06.10 at 11:39 am ET
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The Celtics assigned Marcus Landry to the Maine Red Claws, their D-League affiliate. Landry has played just two minutes since arriving from the Knicks as part of the Nate Robinson trade.

With the signing of Michael Finley, the Celtics have 14 players on the roster and Landry was certainly going to be inactive as long as they have 12 healthy players. Finley is expected to make his debut Sunday against the Wizards.

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Fast Break: Celtics vs. 76ers

03.05.10 at 9:36 pm ET
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The Celtics defeated the 76ers 96-86 on Friday in Philadelphia. They took the regular season series 3-1 and improved to 38-21.

Rajon Rondo took over the game (see below), but it was Kevin Garnett who led the C’s with 22 points (8-11 FG, 6-6 FT). The Celtics shot better than 50 percent and also outrebounded the 76ers, 41-30.

Player of the Game: Rajon Rondo recorded his 31st double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 assists. He did all of his scoring in the second half to give the Celtics the edge they needed to outlast the 76ers.

Turning Point: Rondo hit his first basket of the game until 3:45 into the third quarter. He then scored 14 points over the next eight minutes. Rondo tied the game at 52 apiece and put the Celtics up 74-67 heading into the fourth.

Ray Allen and Elton Brand kicked off the game with an offensive duel. Brand scored 12 points in the first quarter alone and Allen was right behind him with 11. Brand finished the night with 17 points; Allen scored 16.

– The Celtics committed 12 turnovers in the first half. They were called for just five turnovers in the second.

Kendrick Perkins and Marreese Speights were issued technical fouls in separate incidents. Perkins picked up his 13th T of the season. While talking whistles, Pierce was on the receiving end of a tough foul. He drew a charge against Willie Green, fell to the ground and the paint, and was applauded by Garnett before being helped help (translation: KG slapped his hands repeatedly and yelled in applause).

Tony Allen sat out with a sore hip that he suffered in Wednesday’s game against the Bobcats.

– The Celtics will return home to Boston to face the Wizards on Sunday night.

Third Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. 76ers

03.05.10 at 8:50 pm ET
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Rajon Rondo was quiet in the first half. But once he finally scored in the third, he didn’t stop. Rondo scored 14 points in just over eight minutes. He and Kevin Garnett combined for all but six of the Celtics points in the quarter.

The Celtics have their largest lead, 74-67, going into the final 12 minutes. They did not commit a single turnover in the third. Garnett and Ray Allen are tied with a game-high 16 points. Elton Brand still leads the 76ers with 15 points.

The C’s are 31-7 this season when leading or tied after three quarters.

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Second Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. 76ers

03.05.10 at 8:10 pm ET
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The Celtics second unit of Nate Robinson, Marquis Daniels, Glen Davis, Brian Scalabrine, and Rasheed Wallace outscored the 76ers 14-9 to give the veteran starters a break. Paul Pierce sat out the first 4:30, Kevin Garnett rested the first six, and Ray Allen got a seven-minute breather.

But the Sixers stayed in this game behind 14 points by Elton Brand and another combined 14 between Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams. The Celtics lead 46-43.

Kendrick Perkins and Marresse Speights issued technical fouls in separate incidents. Perkins picked up his 13th T of the season. Pierce was on the receiving end of a tough foul. He drew a charge against Willie Green, fell to the ground and the paint, and was applauded by Garnett before being helped help (translation: KG slapped his hands repeatedly and yelled in applause).

First Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. 76ers

03.05.10 at 7:38 pm ET
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A scoring duel is brewing in Philadelphia. Elton Brand started the game a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor. He leads all players with 12 points. Ray Allen is right behind him, however, with 11. Allen tied Wednesday’s total (3 points) just over a minute into the game.

The 76ers opened the first quarter with a 3-point play by Andre Iguodala. They jumped out to a quick 9-3 lead but Kevin Garnett scored six consecutive points to propel a 10-2 Celtics run. Once the C’s tied it up, they kept the 76ers away from the line, committing just one foul in the quarter.

The Celtics trail 25-23 after the first.

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Preview: Celtics-Sixers

03.05.10 at 10:57 am ET
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A question that has been hanging in the air during this Celtics season: Should they be more aggressive? Should the Celtics be a little more (choose your adjective here) physical, punishing, nasty?

Paul Pierce certainly thought so. “That’s who are, truthfully,” he said after Wednesday’s game that featured a minor run-in with Stephen Jackson. “We’re a team that usually intimidates.” Pierce was quick to add that he didn’t advocate crossing whatever arbitrary line is drawn in the NBA sand these days regarding physical play.

Certainly the Celtics aren’t about to emulate the 90’s “no layups” Knicks, mostly because the rules have changed to the point where no one can play that kind of rough and tumble basketball without getting half the roster suspended. The Celtics are up among the league leaders in technical fouls with 77 (Orlando of all teams is the leader in the clubhouse with 79), but that’s more agitation than intimidation.

They’ve been called bullies and trash talkers before, but that’s a different thing, as well. The Celtics have played 59 games and they still seem like a team that is searching for an identity. Perhaps their old one fit just fine.

SIXERS (22-38, 3-7 last 10)

Points Per Game: 97.6

Points Allowed: 101.0

Differential: -3.4 (21st)

Offensive Efficiency: 105.6 (21st)

Defensive Efficiency: 109.2 (22nd)

Pace: 91.8 (21st)

Likely Staters: Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Sam Dalembert

Injuries: Elton Brand (Achilles, questionable), Mareese Speights (Knee, questionable), Allen Iverson (Personal)

CELTICS (38-21, 6-4 last 10)

Points Per Game: 98.7

Points Allowed: 94.1

Differential: +4.6 (7th)

Offensive Efficiency: 107.1 (13th)

Defensive Efficiency: 102.1 (2nd)

Pace: 91.7 (22nd)

Likely Starters: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins

Injuries: None.
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Meet Michael Finley

03.04.10 at 10:46 pm ET
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Proven veterans have become the norm on the Celtics, and Michael Finley looks to become the next one to add his playoff experience to the team. “It’s official now,” Finley told “I’m soon to be a Celtic.” Finley has never played for an Eastern Conference team, but he comes to Boston with several links to the C’s. Here are a few quick facts to know about Finley:

Position: Guard-Forward
Height/Weight: 6-7, 225 pounds
Birthdate: March 6, 1973
NBA Experience: 15th season

Class of ’95: The Suns selected Finley with the 21st overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. That year Rasheed Wallace and Kevin Garnett were chosen with the fourth and fifth picks, respectively.

Before Beantown: Boston will be Finley’s first stint in the Eastern Conference. He played over a season for the Suns before being traded to the Mavericks as part of the Jason Kidd deal in 1996. He spent over eight years in Dallas, then signed with the Spurs as a free agent in 2005.

Most Recently: This season Finley played 25 games, including two starts, for the Spurs before being bought out on Monday. He averaged 3.7 points (38.1% FG, 31.7% 3PG) and 1.5 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game.

Title Run: In 2007, Finley won a championship with the Spurs. That postseason he posted 11.3 points in 26.9 minutes over 20 games. He also led the Spurs in three-point field goals and attempts (44-for-105). Finley has a career postseason average of 13.6 points (39.1% 3PG), 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists in 111 games.

Long-Range Momentum: Finley is averaging 37.4% from long range over his career. He currently ranks ninth among all active players in three-point field goals, trailing Paul Pierce by ten treys. He ranks eighth among all active players in three-point attempts. (Ray Allen is the leader in both categories.)

Major Minutes: He led the league in minutes in 1998, 2000, and 2001, averaging more than 41 per game in each of those seasons. He currently ranks fourth among all active players in total minutes played (37,683), behind only Jason Kidd, Shaquille O’€™Neal, and Kevin Garnett.

All-Star Accolades: Finley is a two-time NBA All-Star. He played on the Western Conference team in 2001 and 2002 with Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace.

Dunking Duel: Finley faced off against Ray Allen and former Celtic Chris Carr in the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest. He finished third in the finals that year. The previous year, Finley came in second place to Brent Barry.

School Ties: Finley attended the same high school as Celtics coach Doc Rivers, Proviso East HS in Maywood, Illinois. He played college basketball at the University of Wisconsin, the same school as recently acquired Marcus Landry.

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