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Celtics continue road sputter in Portland with loss to Blazers 02.24.13 at 11:40 pm ET
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The Celtics lost for the third time in four games since the All-Star break, falling to Portland, 92-86. Though Boston erased an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit with a 12-4 run that resulted in a Kevin Garnett game-tying layup with 1:46 to go, Damian Lillard responded with a three-point play on a layup just 14 seconds later that put the Blazers ahead for good, as Portland went on to snap its seven-game losing streak.

Guard Wesley Matthews  posted 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting to lead the Blazers, though Portland’s dominance on the boards proved a difference-maker. Portland grabbed 47 rebounds, 11 more than the Celtics corralled.

In defeat, the Celtics were led by Paul Pierce (23 points) and Garnett (20 points), but the team lacked offensive production from the rest of its rotation. Celtics newcomer Jordan Crawford was held scoreless in 12 minutes, missing all four of his shots.

The Celtics fell to 1-3 on their current Western Conference swing, and now face a need to bounce back on Monday in Utah before heading back home. The Celtics are 9-18 on the road this year.

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Getting the start for Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green leads Celtics past Suns 02.23.13 at 7:00 am ET
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Getting his first start in nearly two years, Jeff Green helped lead the Celtics to a 113-88 win over the Suns in Phoenix Friday night.

Green scored 31 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the floor, with Chris Wilcox, Avery Bradley and Jason Terry each chipping in which 13 points. Newly-acquired Jordan Crawford netted 10 points in in his Celtics debut.

“Jeff was phenomenal,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters. “We started the game running a set we had never run in our lives. We literally drew it up right before the game. They just had the basketball IQ to keep working and they actually showed us options we didn’t know we had.”

Green was starting in place of Kevin Garnett, who was getting the night off with the Celtics playing their third game in four nights. The forward’s performance also helped make up for Paul Pierce’s night, with the Celtics’ captain scoring just eight points on 3-of-5 shooting.

The Celtics, who held a 53-41 advantage at halftime, led by as many as 30 points in the fourth quarter.

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As trade deadline approaches, Celtics get blown out by Lakers 02.21.13 at 1:14 am ET
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The Celtics gave up 36 first-quarter points to the Lakers, and their defense remained porous for the rest of the night in a 113-99 loss in Los Angeles. The defeat, which came with just over 12 hours left until the NBA trade deadline, was the second in as many games at the start of a five-game trip against Western Conference teams.

Dwight Howard was dominant in the post for the Lakers, hitting 10-of-13 shots en route to 24 points and 12 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass. Howard and Earl Clark (14 points, 15 rebounds) gave Los Angeles a huge advantage on the boards, with a 48-34 advantage on the glass. Seven Lakers finished the night in double figures in a well-balanced attack that consistently found clear lanes to the bucket against the Celtics.

In defeat, Paul Pierce — at a time when he’s been subject to trade rumors — scored 26 points with four rebounds and five assists in 33 minutes. Courtney Lee added 20 points.

The Celtics now have two days to regroup before they face the Suns in Phoenix. Given the uncertainty inherent in the hours leading up to the trade deadline, it remains to be seen what the composition of the team will be when it next takes the floor.

False start: Celtics stumble in Denver to open second half 02.19.13 at 11:27 pm ET
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In their first game following the All-Star break, the Celtics couldn’t keep pace with the Nuggets in a 97-90 loss in Denver on Tuesday night.

Playing a Nuggets team that, at 23-3, is one of the most dominant at home in the NBA, the Celtics’ balanced offensive attack proved insufficient. After arriving at halftime with a 50-49 lead, the Celtics were outscored 29-20 in a game-changing third quarter, with the eight-point deficit entering the final period proving too much to overcome.

In defeat, the Celtics featured five scorers in double figures, led by Jeff Green‘s 20 points off the bench on 8-of-12 shooting. Avery Bradley chipped in with a season-high 17.

However, Paul Pierce struggled both from the floor (shooting 2-for-14 en route to 10 points) and with foul trouble, fouling out in the final seconds. The Nuggets attempted more than twice as many free throws as the Celtics (34 to 16).

The Nuggets were led by forward Danilo Gallinari, who had 26 points, and guard Ty Lawson, who had 24 points along with six rebounds and six assists.

Boston falls to 8-16 on the road with four games remaining on the current Western Conference swing. The Celtics are 28-25 on the season.

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Report: Clippers put Kevin Garnett trade talks with Celtics on hold 02.19.13 at 10:46 pm ET
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According to Yahoo! Sports, the Clippers have halted talks with the Celtics regarding a deal that would send Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles and DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe to Boston.

The report states that the Celtics are “eager to continue the conversation on the deal,” but it is unclear if the Clippers will move forward with any trade unless star point guard Chris Paul pushes Los Angeles to complete such a transaction.

The Celtics also reportedly won’t consider any other combination of players for Garnett, focusing solely on Jordan and Bledsoe.

Sources told Yahoo! Sports that if the Celtics do trade Garnett, they would also move Paul Pierce, with the report suggesting the Celts captain might be included in a deal for Atlanta’s Josh Smith.

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Kevin Garnett isn’t about to waive his no-trade clause 02.16.13 at 3:28 pm ET
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Speaking at media availability during All-Star Weekend in Houston, Celtics forward Kevin Garnett said he wasn’t intent on waiving his no-trade clause. Garnett responded with a “No,” when asked if there was any circumstance he would consider waiving the clause.

He later added, “Why would I come back and make the visits to rally this team to go further only to be set up to have change?”

At one point, Garnett asked if the only questions would be trade-related. He then relented when a reminder was offered regarding Thursday’s trade deadline.

“I get it. I get it,” he said. “It’s all good. If it’s up to me, I’m going to live and die green all day.”

Earlier Saturday, Yahoo! Sports reported the Celtics and Clippers were in discussions regarding a deal that would send Garnett to Los Angeles, and Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan to Boston.

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Danny Ainge: ‘We have a tough week ahead of us’ when it comes to personnel decisions 02.14.13 at 5:50 pm ET
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Making his weekly appearance on ‘€œThe Big Show’€ Thursday afternoon, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge discussed a number of topics, including how the team plans to try to replace the production of Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger and Leandro Barbosa, all three of whom have gone down with injuries.

Ainge said the trade options are ‘€œmuch less’€ than they were prior to the injury streak, and added, ‘€œIt’€™s going to be tough. We have a tough week ahead of us.’€ At the same, he noted the team would take advantage of the break provided with this weekend’€™s All-Star Game and ‘€œexplore trades and free agent signings.’€

One name that was floated as a possible signee is Delonte West, a free agent who has some experience in the Celtics system.

‘€œDelonte is a player we certainly know, probably better than anybody in the NBA,’€ Ainge said. ‘€œAnd he’€™s on a list of guys we are looking at. We’€™re going to take this entire week during the All-Star break and explore trades and free agent signings. We have a long list of players, and he’€™s on that list. It’€™s hard. It’€™s a difficult thing for players to not play basketball all year who haven’€™t played since last April and expect them to come in and be able to contribute.’€

Following is a transcript of the conversation. To hear the interview, go to The Big Show audio on demand page. For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.

On the options the Celtics have now being different than they were two years ago when three of the team’s top players went down with injuries:

‘€œObviously, our options are much less. You know, I was really anxious to see the team play. When Rondo went down, obviously, it was a devastating blow, and I think that hurts because Rondo has been a terrific playoff player for us and … but I was anxious to just see, because Doc [Rivers], from the beginning of the year, we’€™re going to trying to do some things different. We’€™re going to try — instead of running a similar offense when Rondo is off the court, we’€™re going to do some different things. And we still hadn’€™t seen much of that because Rondo had played so many minutes, but the team was really jelling and really playing well. But losing Jared, who, obviously when he plays, we’€™re just a better rebounding team and have an extra body in there to give Kevin [Garnett] rest. That was a big blow, and we immediately tried to figure out how we can replace Jared, and then, when Leandro went down, that was crushing because Leandro, every day in practice, is one of our best players. I watch him from my office and I look down there and he just lives in the paint. Just blows by guys and finishes shots and makes passes. And he’€™s been really good all year long. And he just hasn’€™t had a lot of opportunities. But there just aren’€™t people out there who are as good as those players. It’€™s going to be tough. We have a tough week ahead of us.’€

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