|Boston Celtics and WEEI honor Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell on their 1,000th NBA broadcast together||02.02.12 at 3:37 pm ET|
Grande and Max are about to hit a big broadcasting milestone. Below is a press release on the accomplishment:
Play-by-Play duo have called Celtics games on radio since the 2001 season
BOSTON (February 2, 2012) ‘ The Boston Celtics and WEEI will honor its radio play-by-play team Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell prior to their 1,000th Celtics broadcast tomorrow night at TD Garden. Grande and Max will be presented a plaque by Celtics Managing Partner Steve Pagliuca, Team President Rich Gotham, Entercom Senior Vice President Julie Kahn and Vice President of Programming for WEEI Jason Wolfe to mark the milestone in a pre-game ceremony prior to the team’s home game vs. the New York Knicks.
“The entire Boston Celtics organization would like to congratulate Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell on their 1,000th broadcast together,” Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham said. “Grande and Max have become the voices of the Celtics on the radio for a whole generation of fans. They have exhibited great chemistry and professionalism throughout their partnership and we look forward to many more seasons of high quality play-by-play and analysis from them.”
Grande and Max began calling Celtics games together in 2001 on 1510 AM. In 2005, the game broadcasts moved to WRKO, and in 2007 to their current home on WEEI. During their 1,000 broadcasts Grande and Max have provided the call for some of the great moments in Celtics history, including, Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers, which marked the team’s first playoff series win since 1992, the Celtics historic comeback in the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Nets, “Max night” when Cedric’s number was retired on December 15, 2003, the epic Game 7 against Cleveland in 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals and of course, the night the Celtics won Banner 17 defeating the Los Angeles Lakers on June 17, 2008.
“It’s been my honor to work with Grande and Max for so many years. Sean and I started at WEEI together many moons ago and he is without a doubt, one of the best announcers in the NBA today,” Jason Wolfe, Vice President of Programming for WEEI said. “Max has made the transition from player to analyst as smoothly as any former player I’ve worked with and I’m so proud to be able to share in this terrific milestone with them.”
|Live Blog: Celtics host Magic as Glen Davis returns to TD Garden||01.23.12 at 7:04 pm ET|
The Celtics will renew acquaintances with Glen “Big Baby” Davis on Monday night when they host the Orlando Magic, and WEEI.com will be there to offer you the latest news, analysis and updates from the game. Davis, it is worth noting, is averaging 7.9 points and 5.1 boards a night for the Magic, while Von Wafer (also sent to Orlando in the preseason deal that netted Brandon Bass) is averaging 6.2 points, 1.3 boards and 0.8 assists a night. Bass, meanwhile, is scoring 11.5 points a game while collecting 6.4 rebounds per game.
|Live Blog: Celtics look to withstand absence of Ray Allen for fourth straight win||01.04.12 at 6:09 pm ET|
The Celtics suddenly find themselves in first place in the Atlantic Division with a modest 3-3 record. They will host the last-place (1-5) Nets at TD Garden tonight, with Boston looking for its fourth straight victory. The Celtics appear to be facing an increased degree of difficulty, however, as WEEI Celtics play-by-play man Sean Grande reported on Wednesday afternoon that guard Ray Allen, the team’s leading scorer with 20.0 points per game and playing at a virtually unprecedented level for a shooting guard in his mid-30s, is unlikely to play due to the flu.
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|Live Blog: Celtics look to sweep home-and-home with Wizards||01.02.12 at 7:00 pm ET|
One night after a 94-86 victory in Washington, the Celtics look to complete a home-and-home sweep against the Wizards in Boston. Rajon Rondo led the way on Sunday with his first triple-double of the season. The point guard is averaging 18.4 points, 10.0 assists and 5.8 rebounds a game to this point.
The Celtics will look to move their record back to .500 against a Wizards team that is still looking for its first victory. For all the latest from the TD Garden, join the WEEI.com Live Blog, below.
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|Danny Ainge on Big Show: Paul Pierce close to returning, Celtics ‘horrendous’ defensively, Heat beatable||12.30.11 at 5:24 pm ET|
Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show Friday, expressing disappointment in the team’s 0-3 start to the season, but saying he ultimately isn’t overly concerned.
Forward Paul Pierce has yet to play this season due to a bone bruise on his right heel, but Ainge said he might be available Friday night against the Pistons.
“Paul is doing better this morning,” Ainge said. “I think it will be a game-time decision with the trainer and just sort of how he feels pre-game. It’s looking better, and we’re very encouraged that he’s going to be back soon.”
Ainge said he is not worried the injury could nag Pierce throughout the season.
“I’m not worried that it’s going to linger now,” he said. “I mean, I think that had he started to play when he really wanted to play, which is opening night, I was worried about it then, but the rest has been beneficial for Paul. Even though the team has missed paul, it’s been better for him to not play these first three games.”
There’s plenty that Pierce brings to the table, and Ainge said the team has missed him in key situations in the second halves of games.
“Paul is our best forward. Him and Ray [Allen], the combination of them makes it a double-edged sword. You have to really have two good defenders out there on the wings at all times. You have to have the attention on the floor spread. And he’s a closer. Having two closers out there, Ray has played very well offensively for us, but we need another weapon. Paul has been greatly missed on the offensive end, and probably closing games more than beginning games. It would be nice to have him out there, no question.”
As for the team’s play, Ainge said that while he’s unhappy with the start, it’s clear that they’re playing without one of their top players in Pierce.
“Obviously we feel 0-3 is not good,” he said. “It would have been nice to win one or two of the games anyway, starting off with the tough schedule. I think that I’m not worried about it because we haven’t had Paul, and we’re not in sync. This is not our team. I’ve also watched every team play so far in the early season, and it’s very common. There’s a lot of teams that are out of sync, have a lot of new players and a lot of new faces. I’m not overly worried right now. I think this next couple of weeks will tell us a little bit more about who we are.”
Added Ainge: “We are out of sync. Our defense has been horrendous, actually. We’ve had some good moments, some good stretches, and ironically our zone defense has probably been better than our man-to-man defense. Our man-to-man defense is definitely out of sync, and we’ve missed the continuity of having Paul out there, but the guys that have replaces – Marquis [Daniels] has done a decent job and Sasha [Pavlovic] has done a decent job — it’s more of we just haven’t done a good job. I think Ray and Rajon [Rondo] and [Kevin Garnett], guys that have been here in the past, all need to do a better job of stopping the ball. ‘¦ We’ve got to stop the penetration and do a better job on the perimeter and not put so much pressure on the interior defense.”
Swingman Mickael Pietrus, whom the team signed prior to the season, is still getting familiar with the team’s system and has yet to play this season.
“He’s not ready,” Ainge said. “He’s going to be fine. He just needs a week or 10 days to get in game shape and get familiar with our set. ‘¦ Pietrus is probably anywhere from a week to two weeks away. We don’t have an exact date yet.”
The Celtics’ second loss of the season came to Heat, who are favorites to win it all this season. Ainge said the Heat, who eliminated the C’s last season in the playoffs, are good, but not invincible.
“They’re definitely the favorites. I don’t believe they’re unbeatable. I believe they’re very good, and they probably should be the favorites, but time will tell. It’s a long season — it’s actually a short season, but a lot of games in a short amount of time — and we’ll be able to answer that question a little later in the year.”
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