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Rasheed Wallace fined by NBA 01.20.10 at 3:01 pm ET
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The NBA just released a statement to the press that Rasheed Wallace has been fined $35,000 for publicly criticizing game officials. The fine was a result of Wallace’s comments after the Celtics’ 99-90 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, January 18th.

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Report: C’s trying to acquire Robinson 01.20.10 at 1:18 pm ET
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Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports reported that the Boston Celtics have made an offer to the New York Knicks for guard Nate Robinson. Robinson was the 21st selection of the 2005 NBA Draft, chosen by the Phoenix Suns before being traded to the New York Knicks.  Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni removed Robinson from the Knicks’ rotation for 14 games earlier this season and Robinson’s agent has since urged the team to deal Robinson. Check back for more as this story as it develops. Click here to check out Robinson’s stats.

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Doc Rivers Fined by NBA 01.13.10 at 5:55 pm ET
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Boston Celtics Head Doc Rivers has been fined by the National Basketball Association. The NBA released the following statement:

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers has been fined $25,000 for his conduct surrounding his ejection on Monday, January 11, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The incident occurred with 6:16 remaining in the third quarter of Boston’s 102-96 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden in Boston.

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Looking back: KG injury derails Celtics’ season 12.28.09 at 2:04 pm ET
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(WEEI.com is counting down the “Top 10 Things We Couldn’t Shut Up About In 2009,” and No. 9 is the Celtics’ 2008-09 seasonknee getting derailed by Kevin Garnett’s knee injury.. Here is a written, visual and audio look at the saga that was the loss of KG.)

No. 10: Bruins get bounced by Hurricanes.

No. 9: Garnett’s knee injury alters Celtics’ fate

Coming off a championship 2007-08 season, Kevin Garnett and the Celtics’ spirits were high coming out of the All-Star break in 2009. Garnett had celebrated a 12th consecutive All Star bid and the Celtics trailed only the Cavaliers for the Eastern Conference lead. All of this, of course, until February 19.

To Celtics fans, February 19 could almost live in infamy. Just four days following the All Star game, the Celtics began the second half of their season with a road trip out West. The four-game trip began in Utah, where the Celtics had jumped out to a 22-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. It was in theknee2second quarter, however, that things in the game, road trip, and season went south.

A second-quarter injury to Garnett’s right knee seemed less scary than initially thought. After all, Garnett warmed up as though he would play in the second half, but in the end was kept out in what became a 90-85 loss. Following the game, Garnett said that his knee would require a re-examination.

“I would much rather be playing instead of giving this statement,” Garnett said.

As Garnett went on to miss 13 games due to his sprained knee, the Celtics treaded water without the Big Ticket. The team went just 7-6 in the span, including losses to eventual playoff nemeses Chicago and Orlando. Garnett returned to action March 20 in San Antonio, playing just under 15 minutes and contributing 10 points with four boards.

The Green went 3-1 in four games with Garnett back, with the one loss coming against the Magic. The 84-82 defeat would prove to be the final game of Garnett’sknee3 season, as he went on to miss the final nine game of the Celtics’ season. The team looked strong without him, however, as they posted an 8-1 record to finish out the regular season and secured the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

As rumors began to swirl regarding whether Garnett could potentially contribute in the playoffs, Doc Rivers made it clear that he didn’t expect No. 5 to grace the parquet in April and beyond.

“It’s not official that he’s out for the entire playoffs, but it’s official as far as I’m concerned,” the coach said prior to the first round against the Bulls. “I just don’t see how. I hope I’m wrong, but I just don’t see it.”

The opening round made no liar out of Rivers, as Garnett donned his finest suits throughout the seven-game series that culminated with a 109-99 Celtics victory at the TD Banknorth Garden. If the surprising Bulls had appeared to be all the KG-less Celtics could handle, the Dwight Howard-led Magic could have been Boston’s worst nightmare.

Garnett would miss the second round as well, and despite splitting the first two games with the Magic at home, the Celtics took two of three in Orlando behind strong performances by Paul Pierce and Glen Davis. Heading home with a 3-2 series lead, the Green needed just one home victory to send them to Cleveland to face LeBron James and the top-seeded Cavaliers. Davis scored just 19 total points in Games 6 and 7 combined, however, and Hedo Turkoglu buried the Celtics with 25 points in the series-clinching game, a 101-82 Magic victory.

Kevin Garnett, Celtics Forward: Kevin talked about if he had any fears about his injury last year, how the injury was actually a blessing in disguise, if he can tell a difference in his game this year after sitting out a lot of last year, that he is close to where he wants to be but not all the way back, what Rasheed Wallace brings to the Celtics, and that his bowling game is “straight trash”:http://audio.weei.com/m/27476875/kevin-garnett-celtics-forward.htm

Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics Managing Partner: After Doc Rivers broke the news about KG’s playoff status on WEEI, Wyc joined the guys to say how the Celts are a totally different team if KG doesn’t play at all but still believes they can make a run like the 2004 Pistons: http://audio.weei.com/m/22107525/wyc-grousbeck-celtics-managing-partner-governor.htm

Doc Rivers, Celtics Head Coach: Doc breaks the news to D&C that KG is not going to be ready for the 1st round and maybe the whole postseason: http://audio.weei.com/m/22107174/doc-rivers-celtics-head-coach.htm

Donny Marshall, Comcast SportsNet: Donny talked about how the Garnett injury will impact the Celtics as they enter the playoffs this weekend: http://audio.weei.com/m/22099127/donny-marshall-comcast-sportsnet.htm

NBA Power Rankings, 12/17 12.17.09 at 7:58 am ET
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Boston Celtics1. Boston (2): Think about this for a second: Kendrick Perkins is making 65 percent of his field goals. Perk actually shoots better from the field than the line, and although I can’t precisely remember each of his 174 field goal attempts this year, I don’t remember a single bad shot from the Celtics center. The other four starters get more attention, but Perk is the perfect symbol for why this team is great: He’s not afraid to lean on you and play shut-down defense, but he also can efficiently outscore you.

Los Angeles Lakers2. LA Lakers (1): This team knows entertainment value: Ron Artest does interviews in his boxers and sticks up for Tiger Woods; Lamar Odom still is keeping up with Khloe (I guess I’m an optimist — I actually think they’ll make it); and Kobe Bryant breaks a finger and hits a shot at the buzzer to win in Milwaukee. We’ll know a lot more about the Lakers when they finish this current 10-game stretch, which includes seven roadies.

Orlando Magic3. Orlando (3): I love all the Dwight Howard double-double stats. The Magic have played 25 games this year and Howard already has 20 double-doubles, including three games with 20 or more rebounds. I can’t wait to see the Magic-Celtics rematch on Christmas.

Atlanta Hawks4. Atlanta (5): Interesting opinion from Brian Scalabrine: When asked which team in the league poses the biggest threat to the Celtics, he said the Hawks.

Dallas Mavericks5. Dallas (6): This is how much we take the skill level of the modern player for granted: We watch 7-footers like Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Garnett easily run up and down the court, draining jumpers, and think nothing of it. This is NOT normal. Both of these guys are freaks. I don’t give Rick Pitino props for much (and I certainly wouldn’t want to share a late-night meal with him at an Italian restaurant in Kentucky), but he was crazy about Dirk and thought the Celtics had him on the night of the 1998 draft. But Paul Pierce wasn’t a bad consolation prize.

Denver Nuggets 6. Denver (4): Carmelo Anthony is an unstoppable scoring force, but Denver has to be nervous about Chauncey Billups‘ groin injury. The Nuggets have dealt with nicks and suspensions all year, but they’ll tumble if they don’t have Billups for a few weeks.

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Pierce adds injury to insult 11.27.09 at 11:06 pm ET
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Best Celtics’ dunk of the young season? You be the judge … Paul Pierce over Toronto’s Chris Bosh in the C’s 116-103 win over the Raptors, Friday night (hat tip to Reds Army):

Danny Ainge on The Big Show 11.24.09 at 6:09 pm ET
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Celtics Executive Director of Basketball Operations and GM Danny Ainge joined the Big Show on Tuesday to discuss the Celtics’ recent play, the development of Rajon Rondo, the three-point difficulties of Rasheed Wallace and Kevin Garnett’s recovery from injury. To listen to the interview, visit the Big Show’s Audio On Demand page.

Do you think the team’s recent play has anything to do with the fact the players are getting older?

I don’t think so, no. I think our team has played well in a lot of scenarios and I just think that we haven’t been as consistent. But, shooting the ball accounts for a lot. We haven’t been hitting a lot of fairways but we have been hitting a lot of puts. Right now we are a shot of two shots away from winning these games and we have been shooting the ball very poorly from the outside.

You can’t be happy with the defense thus far though?

No, I have been happy with the defense we’ve played in a lot of the stretch but I think we get sloppy and we get lazy and we lose our focus a little bit. Defensively, statistically we were doing well defensively.

Two things that are worrying about Rondo: lack of defensive pressure at the point and that he is not breaking down the defense quite as much. Is this the same guy we saw last year?

I think he is playing better than last year. I think his defense is significantly better than last year. I think he is not getting to the line as much but I think part of that is that we are getting the ball inside more to our post players and not relying on his penetration as much but he is shooting a much better percentage than he did last year which says he is getting to the basket more, he is just not getting to the line more. Read the rest of this entry »

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