|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.”
|Celtics live chat with Paul Flannery||03.29.11 at 1:30 am ET|
Join WEEI.com Celtics writer Paul Flannery is talking about all that is right, wrong, and in between when it comes to the Celts. Bring your opinions, analysis, and questions. It all starts at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday …
|Shaq on his health, being the ‘black Steve Jobs’ and ’18-25′||03.10.11 at 12:54 pm ET|
Speaking with ‘Mut & Merloni’ Thursday afternoon on WEEI, Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal said he was ‘getting better’ in the wake of an Achilles injury that has left him on the shelf for the last month.
‘The older you get, it takes time to heal,’ O’Neal said. ‘I’m getting better. Getting stronger. There’s still a little pain.’
The 39-year-old O’Neal said the Celtics are looking at the ‘18-25 thing,’ which he described as 18 titles for “beautiful people of Boston,’ as well as a second title for coach Doc Rivers and the rest of the ‘Big 4,’ and a fifth title for him. As a result, he said the Celtics are being cautious about not rushing him back too quickly
‘The team is playing well. [Nenad] Kristic is doing a fabulous job. And they want me 1,000 percent, especially for the postseason,’ he said. ‘Because that’s when it really counts.’
O’Neal ‘ who called himself ‘the black Steve Jobs’ when he started talking about some of his business ventures ‘ would not give a specific date for his return, instead saying he was at ‘84.227115566442222 percent.’
‘I can’t give you a date because there’s a little pain fluctuation,’ said O’Neal when pressed about a possible return. ‘I’ve been told by Doc, [trainer] Ed Lacerte, and [team physician] Brian McKeon to not even come talk until I’m 100 percent. I’m work out, shooting, doing light stuff. When the pain is gone, they told me to add three days [then he’ll be back.]’
|Report: Leon Powe signs with Grizzlies||03.03.11 at 8:34 pm ET|
According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, former Celtics forward Leon Powe – who was bought out of his contract by the Cavaliers last week, thus becoming a free agent — has signed with the Memphis Grizzlies. While the Celtics had reportedly considered the possibility of a return engagement for Powe — who played in just 14 games for Cleveland this year, averaging 5.0 points and 2.7 boards in 13 minutes a night — their acquisition of Troy Murphy took them out of the market for the 27-year-old. That, in turn, led Powe to Memphis.
|Report: Heat no longer staring at Shaq||02.27.11 at 10:31 am ET|
According to the Palm Beach Post, the Heat redecorated the walls leading to their locker room over the All-Star break. The face lift included the removal of images from the team’s title run in 2006, which notably included the sweat-drenched face of former Miami (and current Celtics) center Shaquille O’Neal. In place of images from the Heat’s lone title, the team now has posted images of its current stars, including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade (a holdover from the championship team) and Chris Bosh.
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