|Celtics Live Blog: Follow all the Game 3 action from Madison Square Garden||04.22.11 at 6:17 pm ET|
NEW YORK — Join WEEI.com’s Paul Flannery, Ben Rohrbach, Mike Petraglia and a cast of characters in following Game 3 of the Celtics‘ series with the Knicks, live from Madison Square Garden.
|Doc Rivers’ son, Austin Rivers, named High School Player of the Year||04.21.11 at 1:35 pm ET|
Austin Rivers, the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, has been named the USA Today’s 2011 National High School Boy’s Basketball Player of Year.
Rivers, who is headed to Duke, averaged 28.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for Winter Park (FL) High. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 20.2 points per game in helping lead the USA 18-Under National team to a win at the FIBA Americas U19 World Championships.
|Celtics Live Blog: C’s take on Knicks in Game 2 at TD Garden||04.19.11 at 6:01 pm ET|
Follow all the action as Paul Flannery, Mike Petraglia, Ben Rohrbach and others guide you through Game 2 of the Celtics‘ Eastern Conference first round series against the Knicks at TD Garden.
|Celtics Live Blog: Follow along as Knicks take on C’s in Game 1||04.17.11 at 5:31 pm ET|
Join WEEI.com’s Paul Flannery, Ben Rohrbach and Mike Petraglia, along with a cast of thousands (OK, a few others), in breaking down the Celtics‘ Game 1 matchup against the Knicks at TD Garden. All the action starts at 7 p.m.
|Celtics live blog: Battling the Heat for the No. 2 spot||04.10.11 at 3:31 pm ET|
Join Paul Flannery and a cast of characters in following the Celtics as they take on the Heat in a game that will help determine who will secure the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference.
|Live Celtics chat with Paul Flannery at noon||04.06.11 at 8:02 am ET|
Join WEEI.com Celtics beat writer Paul Flannery in talking all things Celtics as they get closer to the playoffs. Ask questions, give opinions, or just flat-out vent about what is consuming you when it comes to the C’s.
|Jon Barry on Celtics winning Eastern Conference: ‘I think they will’||03.31.11 at 11:25 am ET|
Appearing on the Dennis & Callahan Show, ESPN NBA analyst Jon Barry said despite the Celtics‘ recent struggles, he still believes they will win the Eastern Conference when it’s all said and done. (To listen to the entire interview, click here.)
“I don’t put a lot of stock what happens at the end of the regular season,” Barry said. “Last year the Lakers lost 7 of 10 and went on to win the thing. Boston was 27-27 their last 54 and got to the Finals in the seventh game. So I wouldn’t read too much into this. But I’m a bit concerned because I really thought they were the best team with Kendrick Perkins on their roster. Now I think they let the pack in a little bit closer to them. I still think they can win the East and I think they will, but I think they’ve brought the other teams back to where they have a better opportunity to beat them.
“I like their experience,” Barry added. “I think Chicago has had a tremendous year but this is a team that hasn’t gone past the first round. The Miami Heat I think still aren’t ready to do it, come playoff time they’re not built for playoff basketball. I do believe the Celtics will come back and circle the wagons and be ready to go and be the team to beat in the East.”
Barry explained that he was taken aback at how much trading Perkins away has affected the Celtics.
“I’m a bit surprised,” the analyst said. “This was the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference with Kendrick Perkins playing 12 games. The impact that he’s made on the floor obviously hasn’t been that big and they’ve played through it. I’m a bit surprised that they’re losing games. They haven’t been able to score. Their execution late in games has been poor. It’s kind of been there bugaboo the last few years.”
Some of the other topics touched on by Barry …
The Celtics recent struggles: “Obviously, since the Kendrick trade this team has not played well. [Rajon] Rondo in particular has not played well. We know how close he was with Kendrick Perkins. I know he has a pinky issue. There’s been no bones about it that these guys are unhappy that Kendrick’s left. Doc Rivers has felt the same way and they got to find a way to crank it back up here as we get started her in couple weeks for the real season.”