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Rondo Sprains Ankle 10.17.08 at 6:07 pm ET
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Rajon Rondo left the game in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle. He will not return to the game. More details as they become available.

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Musical Chairs at 5:38 pm ET
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The middle of the Celtics locker room always seems to be cluttered with a mass of rolling chairs, but rookies J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker have learned there aren’t enough to go around.

‘€œHonestly I was looking for my jersey and then they were like, ‘Rookies got to share lockers,”€ Giddens said.

Giddens and Walker will be lockermates until the Celtics cut the roster down to 15. For now they share space next to Darius Miles and Rajon Rondo.

‘€œWe’re considerate of each other,’€ Walker explained. ‘€œWe come in at different times so there’s never any congestion at the locker.’€

So what will it mean when the rookies finally have their own space?

‘€œIt’s just a locker, but if I had my own chair that’d be the biggest change,” Walker conceded. “I’m sharing the chair with J.R. Five minutes on, five minutes off.’€

Not quite.

‘€œActually we don’t even have a chair,’€ Giddens admitted with a smile. ‘€œThis is somebody else chair.’€

The Celtics better call fives when they leave the locker room.

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Coach Cassell in Action at 5:09 pm ET
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In between the first and second quarter Sam Cassell pulled Kendrick Perkins away from the huddle. The point guard demonstrated post up moves to the center, who scored two points and grabbed three rebounds in the first quarter. Despite their difference in size and position, Cassell has been working out with Perkins during shootarounds as well.

Celtics lead 26-22 after 12 minutes.

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Celtics? We’re playing the Celtics? at 4:23 pm ET
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Check back regularly tonight for updates as the Boston Celtics take on the New York Knicks at the TD BankNorth Garden

It’s nearly impossible to avoid the 2008 World Champion signs plastered around the Garden. But somehow Knicks head coach Mike D’Antonio was able to block that all out. He has tunnel vision for one team and one team only … even if he is going up against the defending champs.

“None. It’s preseason,” D’Antoni said of the significance of playing the Celtics. “It’s significant if we played the Nets, which we will be on Monday, if it was Philadelphia it’d be significant. It’s significant because we’re worried about the Knicks.”

Tonight’s game is more about getting Eddy Curry adjusted to the system and building chemistry among the players than it is about shutting down Kevin Garnett and upsetting the Celtics at home.

“Boston’s the best team out there ‘€“ I can’t help that one,” D’Antoni said. “But we can worry about the Knicks and that’s what we’ll do in preseason.”

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You Got … Tanner’d? 10.16.08 at 12:30 am ET
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There’s no question that Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris are poised to become two of the league’s best point guards in years to come. The question is, would Rondo get schooled like Harris did?

Check out the video to see Harris, dressed in New Jersey Nets gear, get shown up by UK streetballer Stuart Tanner, who took a page out of KG’s v-neck sweater collection, while the Nets were overseas for preseason basketball.

Harris got Tanner’d last week. Will he get Rondo’d tonight when the Celtics face off against the Nets?

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Today in History: Russell Named Player-Coach 10.15.08 at 7:18 am ET
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42 years ago today, Bill Russell made history when he became the first African-American head coach in the NBA. Russell was named player-coach of the Boston Celtics on October 15, 1966. The Celtics started the ’66-’67 season 10-1 and finished 60-21 before falling to the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Russell coached the Celtics to back-to-back NBA Championships the following two seasons and left his post in Boston with a 162-83 record. He averaged nearly 20 rebounds and 12 points in just over 40 minutes per game as a player-coach.

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Miles Settling Into Boston 10.12.08 at 10:19 pm ET
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Darius Miles was anxious when he moved to Boston last month. He had played here before on opposing teams but it’s a different story when you are representing Beantown. The city’s winning tradition was intimidating at first.

‘€œThe last time I played there it wasn’t really a big deal because the team was losing games,’€ Miles said. ‘€œLike now just walking into the practice facility, it’s like it’s scary to a point because of the history that goes back on this team. Seeing all these pictures of Bill Russell and all these great players that used to play here and seeing those big banners, it’s different now.’€

Through his six-year stint in the NBA, Miles already knew many of the veteran Celtics including Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Sam Cassell. Knowing these players also meant knowing the high expectations of winning another championship this season.

‘€œI’m a basketball fan so I kind of knew a lot about [the Celtics tradition],’€ Miles said. ‘€œThen once they brought a championship back, that kind of brought it all back to the world and everybody else and it kind of brought it back to my memory too. Like I said it got scary where I just don’t want to mess up, don’t want to miss a pass, drop the ball, miss a shot.’€

After six weeks Miles has become more comfortable in his new digs. Doc Rivers has praised his hustle and he seems at ease in the Celtics locker room. Off the court, he has already staked claim of his new favorite restaurant, Biagio in Waltham.

‘€œI like the family restaurants,’€ he said. ‘€œThey don’t have too many name brand restaurants. There are a lot of family-owned restaurants around here, so the food tastes better and the people know how to cook.’€

What else does Miles like about Boston?

‘€œMy favorite part is I like everybody’s accent,’€ he said, adding, ‘€œMy mom came down here when I was sick (tonsillitis) and she was telling me she liked everybody’s accents too.’€

So will this Belleville, Illinois native be pahkin the cah any time soon?

‘€œNo, I don’t think I’ll pick one up,’€ Miles said with a laugh. ‘€œI’m too country for that.’€

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