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Halftime Notes and Numbers

10.17.08 at 6:01 pm ET
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The Celtics and Knicks are tied 56-56 at halftime.

  • Nate Robinson leads all scorers with 12 points.
  • KG leads all players with six boards.
  • The Celtics have already attempted 13 treys and are shooting 46% behind the arc. The Knicks are just 3-for-9.
  • There have been 15 lead changes so far.

Musical Chairs

10.17.08 at 5:38 pm ET
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The middle of the Celtics locker room always seems to be cluttered with a mass of rolling chairs, but rookies J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker have learned there aren’t enough to go around.

‘€œHonestly I was looking for my jersey and then they were like, ‘Rookies got to share lockers,”€ Giddens said.

Giddens and Walker will be lockermates until the Celtics cut the roster down to 15. For now they share space next to Darius Miles and Rajon Rondo.

‘€œWe’re considerate of each other,’€ Walker explained. ‘€œWe come in at different times so there’s never any congestion at the locker.’€

So what will it mean when the rookies finally have their own space?

‘€œIt’s just a locker, but if I had my own chair that’d be the biggest change,” Walker conceded. “I’m sharing the chair with J.R. Five minutes on, five minutes off.’€

Not quite.

‘€œActually we don’t even have a chair,’€ Giddens admitted with a smile. ‘€œThis is somebody else chair.’€

The Celtics better call fives when they leave the locker room.

Read More: Bill Walker, Boston Celtics, Darius Miles, J.R. Giddens

Coach Cassell in Action

10.17.08 at 5:09 pm ET
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In between the first and second quarter Sam Cassell pulled Kendrick Perkins away from the huddle. The point guard demonstrated post up moves to the center, who scored two points and grabbed three rebounds in the first quarter. Despite their difference in size and position, Cassell has been working out with Perkins during shootarounds as well.

Celtics lead 26-22 after 12 minutes.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Kendrick Perkins, New York Knicks, Sam Cassell

Big Three Back in the Lineup

10.17.08 at 4:41 pm ET
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After sitting out of last night’s game in New Jersey, the Big Three are back on the court. Doc Rivers is starting the usual starting five of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Kendrick Perkins. Chris Duhon, Jamal Crawford, Quentin Richardson, David Lee, and Zach Randolph got the nod for the Knicks.

Celtics? We’re playing the Celtics?

10.17.08 at 4:23 pm ET
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Check back regularly tonight for updates as the Boston Celtics take on the New York Knicks at the TD BankNorth Garden

It’s nearly impossible to avoid the 2008 World Champion signs plastered around the Garden. But somehow Knicks head coach Mike D’Antonio was able to block that all out. He has tunnel vision for one team and one team only … even if he is going up against the defending champs.

“None. It’s preseason,” D’Antoni said of the significance of playing the Celtics. “It’s significant if we played the Nets, which we will be on Monday, if it was Philadelphia it’d be significant. It’s significant because we’re worried about the Knicks.”

Tonight’s game is more about getting Eddy Curry adjusted to the system and building chemistry among the players than it is about shutting down Kevin Garnett and upsetting the Celtics at home.

“Boston’s the best team out there ‘€“ I can’t help that one,” D’Antoni said. “But we can worry about the Knicks and that’s what we’ll do in preseason.”

Read More: Boston Celtics, Eddy Curry, Kevin Garnett, Mike D'Antoni

The 15th Man: The Case for Darius Miles

10.16.08 at 1:05 pm ET
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The Celtics are having a fairly boring training camp, which is good when you’re the defending champs. There are no contract squabbles, no petty animosities and no feuding.

The only actual decision still to be made is who will be the odd man out. With 16 players in camp, and 15 roster spots available, someone has to go. Some were calling for Brian Scalabrine’s head, but Danny Ainge squashed that notion, which was never a realistic possibility anyway considering that Scal has two years and more than $6 million coming to him.

Assuming the rookies are safe, that leaves Darius Miles, Sam Cassell, and Gabe Pruitt fighting for one spot, and Miles is the only one without a guaranteed contract. After the jump, the case for, and against, D-Miles. Read the rest of this entry »

You Got … Tanner’d?

10.16.08 at 12:30 am ET
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There’s no question that Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris are poised to become two of the league’s best point guards in years to come. The question is, would Rondo get schooled like Harris did?

Check out the video to see Harris, dressed in New Jersey Nets gear, get shown up by UK streetballer Stuart Tanner, who took a page out of KG’s v-neck sweater collection, while the Nets were overseas for preseason basketball.

Harris got Tanner’d last week. Will he get Rondo’d tonight when the Celtics face off against the Nets?

Read More: Boston Celtics, Devin Harris, New Jersey Nets, Rajon Rondo
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