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Bowl for Charity with Pierce and the Celtics

11.16.08 at 6:24 pm ET
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On a rare day off from the Boston Celtics demanding schedule, Paul Pierce is hitting the lanes for charity.

On Monday, November 17 at 6pm, Pierce is hosting his star-studded bowling tournament, “The Truth Strikes Again,” at Kings Lanes (50 Dalton Street) in Boston. Pierce, his teammates, members of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, as well as other celebrities will be bowling to raise money for Pierce’s foundation for disadvantaged youth, The Truth Fund.

At this event Pierce will launch his newest initiative, “The Truth on Health,” which promotes healthy living and exercise to inner city youth in the Boston area.

Limited tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com/truth. Pierce is also hosting an online raffle at www.netraffle.org in which one grand prize winner will receive 16 tickets to a Celtics game in Pierce’s luxury suite, a meet-and-greet with the Celtics captain, and an autographed jersey. Raffle tickets cost $2.00 each and can be purchased online until Monday, February 24 at 9am.

More information on Pierce’s Truth Foundation is available at www.paulpierce.net.

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Sounds of the game… Nuggets 94, Celtics 85

11.15.08 at 2:49 pm ET
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Call it fatigue. Call it sluggishness, or being outplayed or a combination all three. But the Denver Nuggets showed the Celtics Friday night that they are human on their home court. They hadn’t lost at home in the regular season since last March 26 to Philadelphia, a string of 11 straight wins on the parquet. But that changed when the Nuggets closed the game with a 10-1 run. Now the focus is on the Bucks in Milwaukee, where the Celtics are right now, trying to make sure one bad night doesn’t turn into two.

Denver coach George Karl said his team played with the eye of the tiger.

Chauncey Billups said the Nuggets didn’t panic when the Celtics when they made their runs or made big plays like when Kevin Garnett slammed one home to tie the game at 82-82 with three minutes left.

Ray Allen, who scored 18 of his game-high 26 in the first quarter, said the Green has to do a better job with the little details to make sure losses like Friday don’t happen again.

Kevin Garnett said the Celtics were just a step slow.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers really doesn’t want to use fatigue as an excuse.

Rivers said falling behind finally burned Celtics.

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Celtics Assign Giddens to D-League

11.15.08 at 11:35 am ET
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In a move that seemed inevitable, the Boston Celtics assigned rookie J.R. Giddens to their NBA Development League affiliate Utah Flash on Saturday.

The Celtics selected Giddens out of New Mexico with the 30th overall pick in this year’s draft. That night Celtics president Danny Ainge and head coach Doc Rivers praised his athleticism and defensive intensity.

However only 12 players can suit up every night and there have been minimal opportunities for Giddens. He averaged 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.5 minutes during preseason play but has been on the inactive list the entire season.

The Celtics demanding schedule has not allowed Giddens to get in quality practice time.

‘€œWe haven’t had any really so it’s really tough,” Rivers said before Friday’s game against the Denver Nuggets. “It’s tough for all those guys right now.’€

Giddens is the Celtics first assignment to the D-League this season.

‘The Most Miserable 8-2 Team You’ve Ever Seen’

11.14.08 at 9:42 pm ET
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That was Doc Rivers after the Celtics 94-85 loss to the Nuggets, Friday night. Miserable because, as Rivers elaborated, “We’re not happy with the way we’re playing. We’re winning games, but we’re not playing well enough to be the winner.”

There are those who will say it was bound to happen. That after seven games in 10 days, and two epic fourth-quarter rallies this week that the legs just weren’t there and that the signs of fatigue were evident: slow rotations, short jumpers, etc. To their credit, the Celtics won’t say it: “We’re not going to use fatigue as an excuse,” Kevin Garnett said like it was a mantra.

And to an extent, KG is right. Fatigue, while certainly a factor, is not an excuse. Not in this league. Not when the Nuggets flew in from a big game with Cleveland in the wee hours of the morning. There are other issues for the Celtics to concern themselves with. Issues that are somewhat more befitting a team that is 4-6, rather than a ‘miserable’ 8-2. Read the rest of this entry »

Powe Sprains Hand in Celtics Loss

11.14.08 at 9:14 pm ET
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On Friday night against the Denver Nuggets, Leon Powe sprained the thumb area of his left hand. X-rays were negative. Powe already sprained his left hand during preseason action against the Cleveland Cavaliers when his hand got caught in another player’s jersey.

Celtics-Nuggets Game Blog: Fourth Quarter

11.14.08 at 7:57 pm ET
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Final Score … Nuggets 94 , Celtics85

The Boston Celtics could not overcome an early deficit and lost 94-85 to the Denver Nuggets. This is the Celtics first home loss of the season and they fall to 8-2. Ray Allen led all scorers with 26 points while Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony scored 18 apiece for the Nuggets. The Celtics end this homestand 2-1.

- Could this be the end of late game heroics? The Celtics have found themselves in a double-digit deficit with just over a minute to go. Pierce is scoreless in the fourth quarter, for the record.

- Heart. Toughness. Intensity. Focus. Home Court. The words flashed on the Jumbotron during a highlight video set to KG’s favorite, “In the Air Tonight.” Then Nuggets came out of the timeout with a Billups three-point play. Talk about a mood kill.

- Pierce is back and and KG welcomed him to the court with a huge dunk. Scal got so excited he nearly ran from the bench to the player’s tunnel. With the Big Three on the court and 2:30 to go, we’ve got ourselves a ball game. Timeout Denver, Nuggets 86 – Celtics 84

- The Celtics are staying in this game with their long-range shooting. They have hit 9 of 21 from three-point land. The Nuggets on the other hand are just 4 for 12. Ray Allen and House are a combined 7-for-15.

- A Nuggets fan just got doused in Silly String. She jumped around basking in her glory of the crowd’s disapproval and now she’s posing for pictures.

- Pierce, who is scoreless in the first five minutes of the quarter, has just come out of the game. Interesting since he has single-handedly taken over the previous two games in the final 12. Doc’s got KG back out there now with Ray Allen, House, Powe, and Tony Allen.  KG quickly got to work, getting tied up with Anthony Carter for a jump ball. I think Garnett’s got this one in the bag.

- Tony Allen and Melo are on the sidelines waiting to come in. The Cs are going with defense, the Nuggets with offense with the score Nuggets 74 – Celtics 70 at the eight minute mark.

- Let’s take a look at who’s on the court:

Celtics: House, Ray Allen, Pierce, Davis, Powe
Nuggets: Carter, Kleiza, Smith, Balkman, Martin

At the start of the fourth quarter … Celtics 65, Nuggets 64

The Celtics have followed suit and got hot in the third quarter after a slow start. Pierce is entering the final stretch after scoring 12 minutes in the last 12 minutes. Let’s see if they can continue this trend of comeback wins …

Celtics-Nuggets Game Blog: Third Quarter

11.14.08 at 7:24 pm ET
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We’re back for the second half with the C’s down 48-42. This will be yet another interesting second half as I am becoming more and more intrigued by the Celtics ability to dig themselves out of a hole. It’s not the way you want to play every night, obviously, and I know the myth is “It’s the NBA, everybody makes a run,” but this kind of digging deep, for lack of a better cliche, is becoming a team characteristic.

With the exception of the Chicago game back on Halloween they haven’t really played a complete game yet, and they’re still 8-1. At some point it’s going to bite them. We’ll see if it’s tonight. Onward… Read the rest of this entry »

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