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The Revitilization of Rajon Rondo 11.20.08 at 10:10 pm ET
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It was early in the game and Rajon Rondo found himself driving to the basket with a clear lane to the hoop. His options: Finish the move and take it strong, or pass it out for a jump shot. As he has several times this year Rondo elected to exercise Option Two–pass it out to the perimeter. The decision elicited audible gasps from the Garden crowd, disappointment really, and a missed jump shot. That’s not what getting Rondo’d is all about.

But the most picked over, scrutinized and dissected player on the Celtics roster does not lack for confidence, and the next time Rondo found himself in the same position (clear path, decision time), Rondo elected for Option One: Take it strong to the goal.

Again and again Thursday night against the Pistons, Rondo took it strong to the basket en route to an 18-point, eight-assist performance that stands as his best game of the young season in a 98-80 win over Detroit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Celtics-Pistons Game Blog: Third Quarter 11.20.08 at 7:41 pm ET
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Some interesting things to watch in the second half. As Jess pointed out, although no one’s been able to pin down the exact nature of it, there appears to be some sort of ill feeling between former UConn-ers Ray Allen and Rip Hamilton (Ray started wearing the sleeve last year because he said Rip was scratching him). Add to that the little Kendrick Perkins-Jason Maxiell shoving match, the usual (clean) fun between Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace, and two of the fastest players in the game in Rajon Rondo and Allen Iverson, and we’ve got a big game with all kinds of fun personal matchups.

Before the game, Ray Allen was saying that the Celtics fully expect to see Detroit in the playoffs again this spring. Don’t think for a second that Detroit wants to go down 0-2 in the season series (funny how this rivalry completely flipped in one year from the C’s being the hunters to the hunted, isn’t it?)

Onward… Read the rest of this entry »

Celtics-Pistons Game Blog: First Quarter 11.20.08 at 6:09 pm ET
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We are live from courtside for tonight’s showdown between the Celtics and the Pistons. When last we left Detroit, the re-configured Pistons looked dazed and confused as they tried to adjust to life without their spiritual leader, Chancey Billups, and to life with the new jet-engine, Allen Iverson. The Celtics, without even playing particularly well, dusted the Pistons in Dee-troit.

But since then the Pistons have won four of five, including an impressive victory over the Lakers–the first, and only team, to score a win against LA. The difference? The running game. Doc Rivers warned of Piston fastbreaks started by a flying AI and finished off by a trailing Rasheed Wallace knocking down 3-pointers (watch for ‘Sheed in transition tonight, in other words).

So, what will it be tonight? Will it be three in a row for the defending champs? Will it be a statement win for the Pistons? Will Kevin Garnett’s trash talk be PG-rated? (Yes, that was a rhetorical question.) Come one, come all for all the action, updated all night long. Read the rest of this entry »

Scal-a-bri-ne The P-R-O 11.18.08 at 9:24 pm ET
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It was late in the game and the ball swung to Brian Scalabrine in the corner. As they have every time the ball has found him in those situations, the crowd at the Garden began to rise. At times this year this reaction has seemed to un-nerve Scalabrine and made him think just an extra second, long enough for the shot to not be available to him any more.

This time, however, it wasn’t the closing seconds of a blowout win. It was a close game against a division rival and the outcome was still very much in doubt. In other words, there was no time to think. “What we’re trying to get Scal to do is just keep the game simple,” his coach, Doc Rivers was saying after the game. “When you’re open, shoot it. If not, pass it.”

Scal was open. He shot it. And it went down. It was his third 3-pointer of the game and it was critical in the Celtics, 110-101 win over the Knicks Tuesday night.

And so, the evolution of Brian Scalabrine from scapegoat to curiosity to folk hero took another twist as everyone’s favorite reserve stepped into the starting lineup for a suspended Kevin Garnett and not only helped the Celtics win a game against the Knicks, he also made perhaps the biggest shot of the night. Read the rest of this entry »

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Celtics-Knicks Game Blog: Third Quarter 11.18.08 at 6:55 pm ET
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And we’re back for the third quarter. The Celtics figured out a very simple formula in the second: Pound the ball inside. The Knicks are just not a good defensive team in the paint and Leon Powe had his way with them in the paint.

The starters, except for Ray Allen, are well-rested after sitting out all of the second quarter. Let’s see if they can expand the lead… Read the rest of this entry »

Celtics-Knicks Game Blog: First Quarter 11.18.08 at 5:38 pm ET
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We are high above courtside for tonight’s game between the Celtics and the New York Knicks. How will the Celtics do without Kevin Garnett? Are the Knicks really into the mantra of 7 Seconds Or Less? Will Paul Pierce and Quentin Richardson renew their friendship? Those answers and more, tonight. Can you feeeeeel it? Read the rest of this entry »

Mark Cuban and the SEC 11.17.08 at 10:56 am ET
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Just finished reading the complaint against Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, that was filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission today. The SEC (not the one with Knowshown Moreno and Tim Tebow) is charging Cuban with insider trading and asking for 750K in connection with a PIPE (econ talk for when a public company asks for money).

The gist of the argument is Cuban sold his shares in something called mamma.com (now known as Copernic) before he was legally allowed to divest after learning information about the PIPE. That would be ‘insider trading.’

Government documents are always fun, so let’s see if there’s anything in the complaint that might make our Monday more interesting. Read the rest of this entry »

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