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Sounds of the game… Celtics 107, Magic 88 12.02.08 at 9:36 am ET
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Doc Rivers called Monday night’s game a ‘free speech night’… a game in which he doesn’t have to say a word to his team about its significance. Such was the case as the Celtics took on yet another ‘would-be challenger’ to their Eastern Conference reign. And the Orlando Magic found out what Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Toronto have already realized, knocking the Celtics off the throne won’t be easy. And did you hear what the Magic said??? Listen to the comments below. Dwight Howard and Anthony Johnson were all about giving respect but also wanted people to remember they were without their backcourt of Jameer Nelson and Mickael Pietrus. Doc Rivers acknowledged as much but the Celtics also took Orlando’s best punch in the second quarter before blowing them off the court in the second half – doing exactly what championship teams do that have dreams of repeating.

Doc Rivers was happy with the balance.

Rivers didn’t have to say a word to his team on ‘free speech’ night.

Rivers jokes about the eight technical fouls called in the game.

Paul Pierce on his 17-point third quarter.

Orlando’s Dwight Howard gave it up to the Celtics, on this night at least.

Orlando guard Anthony Johnson said the Celtics smacked them but he wants to see how they would fare against Boston at full strength.

Johnson said they will remember this game.

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Sounds of the game… Celtics 102, 76ers 78 11.28.08 at 11:48 pm ET
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When Paul Pierce scores a season-low six points on 1-of-6 shooting and you still build a 30-point fourth quarter lead, you know you’re a pretty good team. The Boston Celtics, however, may be much, much more than just a pretty good team. They may be in the middle of a season that could better last season’s 66-win world championship run. The Celtics toyed with a Philadelphia 76ers team that showed off six-year, $80 million free agent Elton Brand for the first time. He was of little use to the Sixers since Philly showed it was completely incapable of solving Boston’s swarming defense. The final result, Boston won, 102-78, improving to 15-2 and expanding their lead to an amazing six games in the Atlantic Division.

Paul Pierce said the team did a good job of looking for the red-hot Ray Allen.

Ray Allen gave credit to Rajon Rondo for getting him the ball.

Allen on the offense Boston is running.

Doc Rivers said Philly will be a good team later on this season.

Rivers said Boston’s D led to its offense.

Maurice Cheeks said Philly showed their championship mettle.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Doc Rivers, Maurice Cheeks, Paul Pierce
Celtics Named GQ Men of the Year at 11:39 pm ET
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Their World Championship put them in the company of Bill Russell and Larry Bird. Now their NBA title has ranked them alongside President-Elect Barack Obama, Sean Penn, and Michael Phelps.

The Boston Celtics were honored by GQ Magazine as Men of the Year: The Athletes, Actors, and Newsmakers who Blew our Minds in ’08. The issue, which is on newsstands now, features a photo of Doc Rivers and the starting five at HealthPoint training facility in Waltham. Four of the 17 championship banners hang behind them.

Celtics great JoJo White writes for the magazine:

‘€œIt had been twenty-two years since we last reached that pinnacle. Twenty-two long, long years between NBA Championships … So when we got Ray Allen to pair with Paul Pierce in the off-season, you thought, Well, that’s good. He’s always been a heck of a shooter. But when we got Garnett on top of Paul and Ray? You knew something special could happen. But it had to happen because of defense. The truth of the matter is that the Celtics always won because of defense. You don’t get seventeen championships by accident.

‘€œAs for beating the Lakers in the finals? That’s sweet. That’s always sweet. But really, this was for Red Auerbach … There was a beauty to it ending on our home court with Red looking down on us. And he got the last laugh. He always did.’€

Others honored include Senator Ted Kennedy, Chris Paul, Leonardo DiCaprio, Josh Hamilton, and Jon Hamm.

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Sounds of the game… Celtics 119, Warriors 111 11.27.08 at 10:11 am ET
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Maybe Stephen Jackson was onto something. He told our own Jessica Camerato that the Celtics deserve the respect he refused to give them last year. And after the game he said one reason he has changed his mind is the play of Rajon Rondo. The point guard’s teammates are also on board. Rondo led a dramatic 32-16 surge in the third quarter that left Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett calling for Rondo to get some All-Star love. The Rondo-for-All-Star push continues Friday night at the Garden as the 14-2 Celtics welcome the 7-8 Philadelphia 76ers.

Paul Pierce said he wouldn’t be surprised to see Rondo wind up on the Eastern Conference All-Star squad.

Rajon Rondo appreciated the thoughts from his captain.

Garnett said Rondo has a heart the size of Africa.

Rondo on his big third quarter.

Doc Rivers said the team got away with an offense-first mentality on Wednesday.

Rivers said he liked the team’s start.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Doc Rivers, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Garnett
No More Drama for Crawford at 1:04 am ET
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When Jamal Crawford faced the Boston Celtics two weeks ago as a member of the New York Knicks, the game was filled with heated tension and hostility. That wasn’t the case with the Golden State Warriors. While Wednesday’s back-and-forth game was a battle, it was simply good basketball in his opinion.  Crawford could hardly hide his excitement for playing with his new team.

‘€œIt was a lot more fun because with the Knicks, for whatever reason, we always get into it with the Celtics,’€ Crawford said with a smile from ear-to-ear following the Warriors 119-111 loss. ‘€œBut here it’s just fun, we just play, it’s competitive. I thought our young guys came to play tonight. After playing kind of lackluster last night, all of us bounced back and had a chance to win against one of the best teams in the NBA.’€

Crawford can look forward to another match up against the Celtics when they come to town on December 26 as part of their four-game West Coast road trip.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Jamal Crawford, New York Knicks
Wright Has No Regrets in NBA at 1:00 am ET
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A year ago Brandan Wright worked out with the Boston Celtics as a top prospect in the 2007 NBA Draft. The Celtics passed on Wright and pulled off the Ray Allen trade, while the big man from UNC landed with the Golden State Warriors by way of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Wright has yet to make a splash in the pros and many speculated that he should have stayed past his freshman year. But Wright, 21, is happy to be learning the ropes with the Warriors and enjoys growing up in the NBA.

‘€œYou have all these grown up responsibilities to take care of but I made a decision (to leave UNC) and I’m not regretting it or anything like that,’€ Wright said. ‘€œI’m enjoying myself. I think it would have been good both ways.’€

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Celtics Holiday Weekend Lineup 11.26.08 at 12:30 pm ET
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If you want to avoid the holiday traffic or aren’t one for Black Friday shopping, there is plenty of NBA action to keep you occupied.

Celtics on Comcast SportsNet

Wednesday, November 26
Celtics vs. Warriors
7:30 pm

Friday, November 28
Celtics vs. 76ers
7:30 pm

Saturday, November 29
Celtics at Bobcats
7:00 pm

Celtics Now
Today at 6:00 pm and after the game
Friday at 6:00 pm

Hosted by WEEI’s Michael Holley, this week’s Celtics Now features a panel discussion with Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, Sports Illustrated’€™s Chris Mannix, and super fan Marty Joyce, as well as features on Ray Allen‘€™s turkey donations and the Celtics Dancers auditions. Segments include Court Vision breakdown on the ‘€œgive and go’€ and ‘€œHolleyWould,’€ where Holley tells Celtics fans what he would have done in the NBA this week.

Tommy Heinsohn will return on Monday night when the Celtics take on the Magic at 7:30.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Michael Holley, Ray Allen, Tommy Heinsohn
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