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Thomsen: Celtics considered Perkins trade 05.07.10 at 1:52 pm ET
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According to SI’s Ian Thomsen, Ray Allen wasn’t the only Celtic shopped around at the trade deadline. Thomsen said there were discussions of a Kendrick Perkins for Carlos Boozer deal, which would have changed the landscape of the Celtics roster.

“Everybody had heard they were looking to deal Ray Allen for Caron Butler,” Thomsen said. “It turned out that was never going to happen. The Wizards were going to send Caron Butler to Dallas. But if the Celtics would have been able to make that deal they would have taken some of what they got from Washington and turned that around with Kendrick Perkins and made a deal for Carlos Boozer with Utah. That’s what they were looking to do. I’m not sure if it ever would have gone through, but they were seriously pursuing that end.”

That would have left the Celtics with a starting five of Kevin Garnett, Boozer, Paul Pierce, Butler and Rajon Rondo. Thomsen said it would have been a good move, but one that would have been pricey.

“It would have made them younger and it would allow them to contend for years going forward,” he said. “But it also would have made them even more expensive than ever. I think it just says a lot about the ambition of the franchise and the willingness to spend money if they think it’s going to pay off. That goes against the trend of other teams we’ve seen in the NBA right now.”

To listen to the interview, CLICK HERE.

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Finley on D&H: C’s need to show respect 04.16.10 at 12:49 pm ET
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Michael Finley joined Dale & Holley on Friday to discuss the Celtics’ chances in the upcoming NBA playoffs. The Celtics have been floundering during the second half of the season, and Finley said the reason may have been because this team didn’t respect its opponents.

But he believes that will change come playoff time.

“We go into the games not respecting our opponent as much as we should, and as a result we end up losing those games,” said Finley, who has played in 21 games with Boston since being let go by San Antonio. “Coming into the playoffs I don’t think respecting our opponent is going to be a problem, because each opponent that we face is a worthy playoff- and championship-contending team. We got to come in with the right mindset. Hopefully we can generate some of the juice that the team had at the beginning of the season and carry it on throughout the playoffs.”

As a Western Conference lifer, Finley talked about playing in the Eastern Conference for the first time, Paul Pierce’s work ethic and how he and Doc Rivers have a long history together.

Following is a transcript. To listen, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

What would you say to young guys on the team who asked for advice about playoff basketball?

The intensity of the regular season is going to go up tremendously. Every possession offensively as well as defensively becomes important. You just don’t want to leave the game with regrets, because regrets usually are what sends teams home.

Does the playoff format actually make it easier for veteran players?

In a sense. The regular season is a lot of games. It’s 82 games with back-to-backs with limited rest. The postseason you have a little bit of more rest. You are only playing one team. The travel is limited, so for older guys that’s always a good thing. At the same time, with the intensity going up the way it does, it can be a little physically and mentally draining, too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Paul Pierce on D&H: Celtics ‘built for the playoffs’ 04.01.10 at 2:56 pm ET
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Paul Pierce called in to Dale & Holley on Thursday to talk about the Celtics’ charge to the playoffs. Pierce said that he was happy that no major moves were done at the deadline to change the team and he sees this veteran squad being a team that can make moves in the postseason.

“I look at our and team and the struggles we have and I think we are more of a team that is built for the playoffs,” he said. “We have a number of guys who are in their 30s and I just think in the playoffs it becomes a half court game, and you only have to be better than four teams in the playoffs to win it all.”

Pierce also talked about where Rajon Rondo stacks up with the top point guards in the league, his future with the Celtics and why he is the Rodney Dangerfield of the NBA.

To read the transcript, look below. To listen, click here.

Kevin Garnett was a little upset after the game last night, wasn’€™t he?

He’€™s going to say how he feels.

That was a bogus call though, right?

Which one?

We were expecting make up calls, but they never came.

That’€™s just the nature of the game. Sometimes you get good calls, sometimes you get bad calls, and sometimes it’€™s the way it goes. I felt like I didn’€™t foul in a couple of cases but the refs saw it differently and a lot of times it’€™s judgment calls and what they think. There’€™s nothing you can really do about it.

The guys, like Kevin Durant, get the calls but they really don’€™t need the help.

Durant shoots 15 free throws and we shoot 17 for the game. That was the ball game with the discrepancy with the free throw shooting and that’€™s the way the game goes sometimes. You got to move on from it and you can’€™t let it bother you even though it hurts. Those types of games hurt. I was really frustrated after the game with how things went. But there’€™s nothing you can do, you just got to move on. Read the rest of this entry »

Ainge on The Big Show: Nate played ‘nervous’ 02.24.10 at 8:49 pm ET
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Celtics president Danny Ainge was a guest on The Big Show Wednesday afternoon (Click here to listen to the interview) and he addressed the health of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, Nate Robinson’s adjustment to the team and Ray Allen’s resurgence. Following is a transcript.

Are you expecting Paul Pierce to be out against Cleveland?

I’€™m not sure yet. It will be a game-time decision. You never know with Paul. We want to be cautious with that thumb because those things can get aggravated easily. I don’€™t think the injury is serious, but they can get aggravated over and over and over.

Do you have to hold him out for his own benefit?

Yeah, but again, we will just see how the treatment goes and how much stronger it is tomorrow. By game time we will make that decision.

If you were playing the Nets tomorrow as opposed to Cleveland, would you treat it differently?

I don’€™t think so. I think that Cleveland might be a temptation for Paul. We still have the big picture in mind and it makes more sense to rest all his minor ailments and get him healthy once and for all.

How did Nate Robinson look last night?

I thought Nate was playing a little bit nervous. I think the dynamic of coming into a good team is a tough one because you are trying to fit in. He hasn’€™t played basketball in 10 days. They had a shootaround, basically, was all they had to go through the offense and playing the Knicks. I think all those things going in, there was a lot of emotion going on. I could see he was trying to fit in. Doc was trying to tell him that we just want you to be aggressive and attack, because that’€™s when he is at his best. Being an aggressive offensive player looking to score, I think that’€™s when he plays his best basketball. Read the rest of this entry »

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Perkins could provide all-world defense for Team USA 02.10.10 at 2:39 pm ET
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When Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski were forming the potential pool of players for Team USA, they were looking for a ‘€œtrue center’€ who could guard potential big men all around the world.

They may have found that man in Kendrick Perkins.

On Wednesday, Perkins was named to the 27-man roster that is eligible to compete in the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey and, if the team qualifies, in the 2012 London Olympics. The 27 players will be invited to a July mini-camp in Las Vegas, where the roster will be trimmed down going forward.

Perkins’ selection was one which which Krzyzewski – who led the 2008 team to a gold medal – was comfortable because of the center’s ability to play with Hall of Fame talent and his most glaring strength’€¦defense.

‘€œHe plays on a team that’€™s a championship level team and he knows how to play with great players,’€ Krzyzewski said during a teleconference on Wednesday. ‘€œI think he is one of the better defensive players in the league and that really appealed to us about Kendrick.’€

Perkins will be competing with Dwight Howard, Brooke Lopez, Ama’€™re Stoudemire and former Celtic Al Jefferson for one of the center spots on the 2012 Olympic team. Colangelo said Perkins could fit in and be the perfect role player on a team that will highlight some of the best talent in the NBA.

‘€œWe are not talking about the top 27 or 28 best all-around basketball players necessarily. Perkins can guard the bigs,’€ said Colangelo. ‘€œHe should be able to perform very well competitively very well in the international game.

‘€œAs we look at our roster there is also a need for how are you going to defend against the bigs that we see on a number of European teams, South American teams and he has the ability to do that. He has a significant opportunity.’€

Perkins is averaging a career-high 11.4 points per game this season, while grabbing 8.1 rebounds a night. He is also averaging just under two blocks a game, and has been one of the most consistent and healthy players for a banged-up Celtics squad this season.

Perkins was the only Celtics player selected to the pool of 27, a list that didn’€™t include first year All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo.

‘€œRondo was not responsive to the inquiries regarding his interest,’€ said Colangelo, who said along with Andrew Bynum, three or four unnamed players declined the invite. ‘€œSo we just assumed that was the case.’€

The US team is loaded at the point guard position, with Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Chauncey Billups all being selected to the pool. Jason Kidd declined the invite, as he retired from international competition after the 2008 Beijing Games with a gold medal.

Nine players and the entire coaching staff return from the 2008 gold medal team, including Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. To see the entire list click here.

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Ainge on The Big Show: Pierce, Allen, Rondo 02.03.10 at 4:03 pm ET
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Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge went on the Big Show on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the state of the Celtics. Ainge dismissed as gross rumors any reports that the foot injury to Paul Pierce will keep the forward sidelined for anything more than a matter of days, said that he has not talked to any other clubs about a trade of Ray Allen, and addressed the recent comments of Rajon Rondo that there are “agendas maybe creeping in” that have affected the team negatively.

Does Paul Pierce have a broken foot?

What would be our motivation to say that he has a sprained foot if in fact his foot is broken? This is the same question we had last year. Why would we be hiding the rumors that were coming out that [Kevin Garnett] having a torn ACL? Why would we say that? What would be our motivation? I don’€™t get it.

You’re saying there is no broken foot?

There is no broken foot. He’€™s got a sprained mid-foot. The only question for us now is when are we going to play Paul. Are we going to give him two days off, four days off, six days off or try to give him four games before the All-Star break? Probably more than healing the foot but to heal everything and just let his body rest. Seriously you guys, I get these questions all day long and I don’€™t understand what would be our motivation trying to tell you something that is not there in regard to a broken foot or a sprained foot. Read the rest of this entry »

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Doc Rivers on D&C 01.07.10 at 12:24 pm ET
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday morning. He discussed Wednesday night’s dramatic victory over the Heat in overtime, the case for Rajon Rondo as an All-Star and the issue of guns in the NBA, which was highlighted by the indefinite suspension of Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas.

A transcript of the interview is below. To listen to the complete interview, click here.

Where would last night’s victory rate?

Because of the way it finished it would rate high. Obviously there was a time where I thought we had it. Then it looked like we had lost it, and then we stole it back. Because of all that it ranks pretty high. Especially with all the guys coming back off of injury and still missing guys. There have been so many disruptions with our team right now, to have enough continuity to win a game has been great for all of our guys.

Was last night’s game all about overcoming human nature or giving into human nature?

I think so. They played hard on that last play. They did everything they were supposed to do. I was just happy with our guys, because when we called the timeout, it took me 15 seconds to get them in the huddle because they were so down. Once we drew up the play you could see them come back. They had the focus and just to execute the play and for it to work. Whenever anything works it looks great, because it takes so many moving parts for that stuff to happen. So, I thought we had good focus.

Have you used that play in the past and did it work?

We ran it once, might have been last year or two years ago, and it didn’€™t work. It worked to the point that Rondo was open and we threw the pass off the mark. It actually went into overtime. We work on that play occasionally, like once every 10 practices. Paul [Pierce] is the only guy that can make the pass, every time we use someone else it’€™s a bad pass. But it was good that all those guys were there.

What if there is less time than 0.6 seconds? Does it require all 0.6 seconds to get that up?

We’€™ve done it with 0.4 because it’€™s just a tap. Even at 0.3 you have a chance. Rondo is usually the best guy to do it, because he’€™s the guy that no one thinks you are going to do it with. That’€™s what we try to choose. Ray [Allen] is the other guy, surprisingly, because no one thinks you are going to throw a lob pass to Ray, either. So, it’€™s usually one of those two guys.

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