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Celtics TV Schedule Announced

10.09.08 at 10:30 am ET
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Comcast SportsNet announced its television schedule of 78 Celtics broadcasts. For the first time in 28 years, Tommy Heinsohn will not broadcast on the road. Heinsohn will join Mike Gorman for 38 home games and will add his commentary with Gary Tanguay in the Comcast SportsNet studios while the team is away. Donny Marshall will take Heinsohn’s place on the road for 40 games. Every game will be available in high definition. For the complete broadcast schedule, click here.

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Sounds of the game… Celtics-Sixers post

10.09.08 at 12:34 am ET
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The Celtics opened their eight-game preseason slate with a road game in, of all places, UMass on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Cs lost the game, 98-92, despite leading by as manny as 14, 65-51, midway through the third. The team was without head coach Doc Rivers, who was tending to a personal family matter and backup point guard Sam Cassell, who was tending to a family emergency. Here’s a sampling of what they players and coaches had to say about the contest and Bill Walker’s highlight film dunks in the second quarter.

Acting head coach Tom Thibodeau summed up his team’s performance in the preseason opener.

Thibodeau on the young cast of characters, led by airwalking Bill Walker, with two spectacular dunks in the second quarter.

Bill Walker on the electrifying dunks.

Eddie House said it was good to get out on the court for a game.

Kevin Garnett said it was fun to see everyone out there on the court.

Garnett said Bill Walker is special.

Garnett said there was lots of energy in the Mullins Center building for this game.

Paul Pierce said there were lots of positives to draw from Wednesday night.

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Last Word From UMass

10.08.08 at 7:32 pm ET
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The word from the locker room is that there was some good, there was some bad, and there was some fatigue, which is about what you would expect from the first preseason game.

Tom Thibodeau had praise for Bill Walker, who drew a crowd after his 8-point performance that included two serious dunks. Tibs noted that Walker “moved well without the ball,” which, while not as exciting as dunking on Theo Ratliff, is a good sign for the rookie. But, who are we kidding, everyone wanted to talk about the dunk on Ratliff.

“I just went up as strong as I could and if he was going to block it, he was going to have to block a dunk,” Walker said. “I’m a smaller guy in the land of the giants. I can’t go up there with any kind of floaters.”

Aside from Walker, Thibodeau noted that Patrick O’Bryant (10 points and 8 rebounds) was good in the first half, but may have gotten a little tired in the second. Same for Darius Miles.

Other things to consider: Look for Gabe Pruitt to get a little more time this weekend… Everyone expects Philly to be good this year. The addition of Elton Brand would seem to be exactly what was missing from the Sixers. “He’s similar to Kevin (Garnett) because he can hurt you with the jump shot and he can hurt you with the face up game,” Thibodeau said. “He poses a number of different problems.”

That’s all from here. We’ll have more on Walker later in the week.

Final Score, and Stuff

10.08.08 at 6:44 pm ET
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That was a remarkably intense fourth quarter, but the Sixers, who didn’t go that deeply into their bench and had starter Thaddeus Young in there at the end, pulled it out 98-92.

There were a lot of good things for the Celtics tonight. Patrick O’Bryant and Bill Walker, particularly showed some good signs. Brian Scalabrine, however, had a tough night. We’ll have more in a bit.

The Things You See

10.08.08 at 6:22 pm ET
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Some things mean something. Some things mean nothing. What does this mean? I have no idea, I’ve been awake for approximately 42 of the last 48 hours, but here’s what I just saw: Patrick O’Bryant made a fine defensive play, and then threw a completely ill-advised home run pass that was picked off. He got an earful from Tom Thibodeau, of course, but what was most interesting was the reaction of Ray Allen who gave him a very stern, ‘you just disappointed me’ look.

On the next possession, Darius Miles threw down a dunk and Kevin Garnett came out of his seat like it was the most important play he’d seen all night.

The point is: it’s preseason. None of this matters, really. But these are the kinds of things the Celtics do regularly. At the end of Game 6 against the Lakers, Garnett was screaming at the players on the floor to play defense and the C’s were up by 40 at the time. The whole block the shot after the whistle thing? Same principle.

Of course, in the time it took me to write this, they gave up the lead and now trail by three. I hate it when actual events overtake my crazy theories.

Crunch Time Baby

10.08.08 at 6:07 pm ET
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We’ve got 9 minutes to go and a three-point game. Does preseason get any better than this? I think not.

The Sixers Just Got Rondo’d

10.08.08 at 5:46 pm ET
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I was about to post about how the second half looked like it was going to be a long slog, and then… Rajon Rondo did his thing: An alley-oop for O’Bryant, and then a clean steal and a dunk with a fast-charging Sam Delambert trailing.

Interesting backstory to how the Celtics got Rondo in the draft. Danny Ainge liked the kid a lot, but the Celtics made their move earlier, getting Sebastian Telfair in the Randy Foye deal. Ah, memories.

At any rate, as the draft was unfolding and Rondo was still sitting there, Wyc Grousbeck told Danny, “You like Rondo so much, why don’t you go buy a draft pick.” Phoenix, which sells draft picks like girl scouts sell cookies, was willing at No. 21, but the C’s still had to hold their breath with the Knicks, who were picking at 20. The Knicks, of course, took the immortal Renaldo Balkman.

If you’re scoring at home, the Suns could have had Rondo, Luol Deng and Sergio Rodriguez, but they kept selling picks so they wouldn’t go over the cap. One of these days, Steve Nash is going to get mad about this: in that taciturn Canadian kind of way.

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