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Celtics-Bulls Game Blog: Fourth Quarter

12.19.08 at 7:24 pm ET
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After one the lead was 12. After two, it was well, two. After three, it’s 16. So now we have a bench referendum for the final 12 minutes. That’s not entirely fair, but that’s the way this works when a team is 24-2 and on a 15-game winning streak. Obviously, they’re playing great ball, but are they any cracks in the foundation?

Let’s find out… Read the rest of this entry »

Celtics-Bulls Game Blog: Third Quarter

12.19.08 at 6:49 pm ET
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And we’re back for the second half. Don’t you hate it when announcers say, “welcome back” after a commercial break? You didn’t go anywhere. You were trying to drown out the Saved by Zero ad. Sorry about that. It’s been a long day.

Ok, Here we go…. Read the rest of this entry »

Celtics-Bulls Game Blog: Second Quarter

12.19.08 at 6:10 pm ET
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Hey, look who’s back. Jess is out of town on business–yes we do have day jobs–so I will be your host all night. Let’s skip the formalities and get on with it, shall we? Read the rest of this entry »

Celtics-Bulls Game Blog: First Quarter

12.19.08 at 5:34 pm ET
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We are live from the snowbound Garden for tonight’s game between the Celtics and Bulls. The C’s made some unusual travel plans in preparation for the snow with several of the players staying at a local hotel. Ray Allen, for one, arrived an hour and a half earlier than normal. But all are present and accounted for as they go in search of their 16th 17th win in a row.

This one has all the classic makings of a trap game. With an emotional game on Wednesday in Atlanta, what figures to be a smaller-than-normal crowd and the weather affecting the player’s routines, this one could be more dangerous than it first appears. Of course, the Celtics have seemed particularly immune to traps this season.

So, will it be Sweet 16 17 for the C’s? Will it be upset city for the Bulls? Will the crowd top 10,000? Those answers and more tonight… Read the rest of this entry »

This Week in Celtic History

12.16.08 at 10:53 pm ET
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This week the Boston Celtics tied the NBA record for best start through 25 games. The mark was reached during a week rich with Celtics history:

December 17, 1996
Red Auerbach was named one of the Top Ten Coaches in NBA History as part of the league’s 50th anniversary season. Auberach was honored with Chuck Daly, Bill Fitch, Red Holzman, Phil Jackson, John Kundla, Don Nelson, Jack Ramsay, Pat Riley and Lenny Wilkens.

December 19, 1956
Bill Russell signed his first contract with the Boston Celtics. It was a one-year deal worth $19,5000.

December 22, 1949
Boston Celtic Tony Lavelli showed off his accordion skills during halftime of the Celtics-Minneapolis Lakers game. The NBA paid Lavelli $125 per performance to entertain crowds at more than 20 games around the league.

December 22, 1956
Bill Russell made his debut as a Celtic in the Boston Garden. He posted six points and 16 rebonds in the Celtics 95-93 victory over the St. Louis Hawks.

December 22, 1962
The 1,000,000th NBA point was scored during one of three games, including the Boston Celtics-New York Knicks match up.

Also on this date …
The Boston Celtics will take on the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, 12 years to the day after the Hawks set an NBA record for three-point field goals. They hit 19 treys, which has since been topped, in a convincing win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Sounds of the Game… Celtics 100, Jazz 91

12.16.08 at 8:39 am ET
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The Green Machine rolled to their 15th straight win thanks to another All-Star-worthy performance from point guard Rajon Rondo. He poured in a career-high 25 points and was just a rebound and two assists shy of another triple-double. He also had the move of the night late in the fourth quarter when he drove to the basket, got turned around and threw threw the ball over his head. The ball banked off the glass and came down, sending the sellout crowd into a frenzy and sealing Boston’s 23rd win in 25 tries. The Celtics matched the NBA’s all-time best 25-game start. All three previous teams to start 23-2 have won the NBA championship. The last time the Celtics won 15 straight was during their franchise-record 18-game run in the 1981-82 season. Next up, the Atlanta Hawks on the road Wednesday night at Philips Arena.

Doc Rivers on the amazing Rajon Rondo and how ‘English’ on the ball helps his shot – sometimes.

Rivers said Rondo’s speed was the difference Monday because the Jazz didn’t guard him aggressively.

Rondo said he just tried to stay aggressive.

Rondo expects a battle from Atlanta Wednesday night.

Paul Pierce said Rondo is All-Star worthy.

Pierce expects playoff atmosphere Wednesday in the ATL.

Kevin Garnett gave it up for Rondo’s driving layup.

Utah coach Jerry Sloan said the Celtics let his team back in the game but his players were scared.

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Phelps Makes a Splash with Celtics

12.15.08 at 9:42 pm ET
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There was a ruckus coming from the trainers room following the Boston Celtics 100-91 win over the Utah Jazz. They weren’t celebrating their win but rather their special guest, U.S. Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps.

“B-More!” Kevin Garnett screamed out of the trainers room.

Sam Cassell rushed in to see the fellow Baltimore native Phelps, who grew up north of Cassell in the suburb of Rodgers Forge. Cassell had met Phelps after his first Olympic run in 2000.

“It’s good, a guy from the suburbs accomplished so much,” Cassell said. “He’s cool, he’s cool. He’s from the suburbs but he does everything a city guy does.”

So who has to fend off more fans in Baltimore? The swimmer or the point guard?

“It depends on which neighborhood we’re in. In my neighborhood they’d attack me because they know who I am. They might not know who he is,” Cassell replied with a laugh.

The prolific swimmer was ushered into the Celtics locker room by an entourage of security and Jared Fogle, with whom he is promoting Subway.

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