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KG and NBA 2K9 Hits Shelves

10.07.08 at 9:52 pm ET
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On Tuesday, Kevin Garnett’s face was plastered around electronics stores across the country as 2K Sports’ NBA 2K9 hit the shelves. I checked out a copy for PlayStation 3 and the likeness to KG – and the rest of the players around the league – is uncanny. From his high release to spinning the ball into his left hand before shooting free throws to a dead-on replication of cheering on the second unit from the bench, NBA 2K9 captured every aspect of the cover star’s game.

The rosters for this game were set on August 8th, so if you want to Sam Cassell to play on the Celtics you will have to make some moves just like GM Danny Ainge. Cassell, along with P.J. Brown and Scot Pollard, are listed as free agents in this version.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

10.06.08 at 6:46 am ET
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How hard is it to get a seat at Fenway? On Sunday night, Eddie House and Leon Powe were able to score last minute tickets to Game 3 of the ALDS between the Red Sox and Angels and watch the game from a luxury box. No word if they stayed all 12 innings after a long week of training camp.

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Glen Davis vs. Leon Powe

10.05.08 at 9:57 pm ET
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Who will get the call first for the Boston Celtics – Glen Davis or Leon Powe?

This question is bound to surface several times throughout the season. Both players proved last season that they can make an impact in the paint. Big Baby is unexpectedly light on his feet and showed early signs of maturity in his rookie campaign. Powe displayed a quiet intensity while stealing the show in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

So what separates the two young big men? Who better to answer that than Davis and Powe themselves.

Who will get on the court first?

Who will get on the court first?

There were plenty of comparisons between the two of you last season and there will be even more now that you have another year of experience. What makes your game different from each other’s?

GD: I think I’m more of a finesse player than Leon. Leon is a finesse player but I think I’m more of a finesse player as far as popping, shooting a jumper. Leon is an aggressive rebounder, aggressive in the post, so he does some great things for our team. He adds a lot of muscle.

LP: I think I’m different than him because he attacks. I attack, I dunk on people, too. I play a little bit more above the rim than he does. But we both have a similarity in hustle and getting to the line and guarding people.

How does he challenge you in practice?

GD: Just by going hard every day. Two competitors, we’re going to compete.

LP: You know me, when I’m in practice I’m going to war so I’ll see him as an enemy in practice. He’s a good defender and if you’re able to score over him then that’s great for me because that shows that I’m getting better and improving my game for the regular season.

They already took on Shaq ... who's next?

They already took on Shaq together ... who's next?

On the flip side, how do you compliment each other on the court?

GD: If he doesn’t have the ball, I have the ball and rebound. He gives you a lot of motivation to play hard, not verbally but through his actions so that’s a great thing.

LP: I think we work well together. If you look at the times we’ve been on the court, we either sustained the lead or pushed the lead up. We didn’t have any trouble guarding the other teams’ big men and keeping them under control, and we were doing a little bit of scoring of our own.

What did you learn from one another last season that will help you this season?

GD: I saw that every opportunity that he had, he seized the moment and that’s a good thing. On the bench you don’t get a lot of time and him coming in his second year, he understood that and he did it. So hopefully me coming into my second year, I’ll understand that and capitalize off some things.

LP: Me and him, he brought out the competitiveness in me. (Pauses) I do not want him to score. He does not want me to score. And so when we play and we get on the practice court, we go 150%. Actually, (head) coach (Doc Rivers) had to calm us down a few times. We’re always getting into it and he had to calm us down a couple of times because me, I take stuff out of hand and I know he does too because we’re all competing out there.

What do you expect from Glen/Leon this season?

Davis and Powe have high expectations for each other

Davis and Powe have high expectations for each other

GD: Him going into this third year now, he should be a little bit more comfortable and be the player that he wants to be.

LP: He’s going to be that much better, that much smarter, and he’s going to calm down on the fouling a lot. He’s just going to have an overall feel for the game and he’s going to be more relaxed out there. He’s going to have a good year.

Enough about other people. What can we expect from you this season?

GD: Me? A lot more. I don’t know yet but it’s going to be a lot more. [I worked on] being consistent. Coming into the league as a rookie, it’s tough. It’s tough. There are some ups and downs but that’s what makes you a professional, when you can come in every day and be consistent. That’s what I’ve been trying to learn this summer and hopefully it’ll pay off this season.

LP: You might see a couple more coast-to-coasts, you know, just a couple. I’m not going to be reluctant so don’t trap my team when I’m in the game. (Laughs)

Davis got the nod 13 more times than Powe during the last regular season, but Powe’s experience and versatility to play the center position prevailed in the playoffs. Powe averaged 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in less than nine minutes per game during the NBA Finals. Davis appeared in just one postseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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The Celtics Schedule: November

10.03.08 at 4:20 pm ET
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Welcome to the blog. I’ll be checking in with the C’s on Wednesday when they play the Sixers out at U-Mass, so to fill the gap, let’s take a look at the first month of the real schedule. After opening the NBA season in prime time against the Cavs on Oct. 26, the Celtics are scheduled to have six back-to-backs and four three-in-four game stretches. That’s arduous, but not impossible.

Interestingly, two of their three games with the Pistons are set for November (Nov. 9 at the Palace, and Nov. 20 at the Garden), and they don’t meet again until March. There are also two games with Toronto, one with Atlanta, and one with what should be a much-improved Philly team.

Two other games of note: On. Nov. 5, the C’s go to Oklahoma City to play the Clay Bennett’s. I’ll be curious to see how fans in other cities react to the (ugh) Thunder, after the franchise was shamelessly stolen from the good people of Seattle.

Years ago, in another lifetime, I spent a decent amount of time in the city of Olympia, home of Evergreen State College. A friend of mine was finishing up her degree in, I kid you not, touring with Phish. We stopped off in a grimy pizza shop decorated with posters of the late 70′s Sonic teams. You haven’t lived until you’ve enjoyed a slice under a life-size cutout of Jack Sikma.

It's not a way of life, it's a major.

It's not a way of life, it's a major.

The Sonics were Seattle. In the criminally underrated Gen-X classic, Singles there’s a memorable scene when Steve Dunne and Linda Stevens are getting it on for the first time. Linda dreamily asks Steve, “What are you thinking about right now? ” Steve, of course, is thinking about Xavier McDaniel who advises him on his next bedroom move. Now that’s having a connection with your team.

The other interesting matchup is a trip to the Target Center to play the Timberwolves on Nov. 21. You probably recall that Kevin Garnett was injured during last year’s trip to ‘Sota. Garnett received a hero’s welcome, but then, he wasn’t in uniform. It’s probably best for KG’s sanity to get this one out of the way early.

The November breakdown:

18 Games (counting two in October)

10 Home/8 Away

8 games against playoff teams including rematches with Atlanta, Cleveland, and Detroit

4 National Telecasts, two on ESPN, two on TNT

Longest Road Trip: Nov. 1-5 (Indiana, Houston, OKC)

Longest Homestand: Nov. 10-14 (Toronto, Atlanta, Denver)

Toughest Week: Nov. 9-15 (Road games at Detroit and Milwaukee on both ends of the homestand)

Pierce Hangin’ Tough

09.27.08 at 2:04 pm ET
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No better way to proudly introduce one of our new contributors/bloggers at

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Joey Mac and Donnie Hangin' after Green 17.

Joey Mac and Donnie Hangin' after Green 17.

Joey, Donnie, Jordan, Danny and Jonathan… That’s right Jessica Camerato not only knows her world champion Boston Celtics and the NBA but also NKOTB.

Our Jess was loge and center for the New Kids on the Block return to Boston, which happened to take place in the same building as the Boston Celtics call home. No word on whether they made a return visit to the Celtics locker room, where Joey McIntyre and Donnie Wahlberg were helping KG, Paul Pierce and Jesus Shuttlesworth celebrate the championship on June 18.

And here’s her maiden report/blog/entry:

On Friday night, Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce made a surprise guest appearance with the Larry O’Brien trophy at the New Kids on the Block concert at the TD BankNorth Garden. Diehard Celtics fan/NKOTB front man Donnie Wahlberg gushed over the team’s 17th title before Pierce emerged during their encore performance of “Hangin’ Tough.” The group donned Celtics jerseys as Pierce sauntered around the stage lifting the trophy and later jumped in a huddle similar to the Celtics pregame ritual. And word has it that Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has been asked to join the group with the World Series trophy at Sunday’s concert in Boston.

See Jess knows how to bring it. Welcome, Jess and we look forward to more on Paul, KG, Ray and the rest of the gang starting on Monday as the Celtics prepare to open training camp in Newport, RI.

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03.10.08 at 11:02 am ET
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