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Celtics community roundup 08.06.10 at 8:24 pm ET
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This week the Celtics took some time out from preparing for next season to give back to the Boston community.

Rookie Avery Bradley was on hand at the State House to help the Celtics and Massachusetts State Lottery honor the 2009-10 Heroes Among Us recipients. Celtics legend Satch Sanders, team co-owner Robert Epstein and Massachusetts State Treasurer Tim Cahill also recognized the recipients, whose acts range from saving lives to helping the less fortunate. Over 550 individuals have been presented with the Heroes Among Us award since the program was established by the Celtics 12 years ago.

Later in the week, Bradley, Brian Scalabrine, members of the Celtics organization, and a group of volunteers distributed approximately 40,000 pounds of food and essentials to help local families through Feed The Children (FTC) at the Harborside Community Center in East Boston and the Holland Community Center in Dorchester. FTC’€™s Americans Feeding Americans Caravan has helped more than 120,000 families in cities affected by the economy.

‘€œI feel very fortunate to be in the position where I can come out into the Boston community and help these families in need,’€ said Bradley. ‘€œWhenever I have the opportunity to donate my time to a great cause like this, I plan on doing it.’€

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Celtics Harbor Cruise raises over $50,000 07.01.10 at 11:25 pm ET
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Earlier this week, the Celtics and Xfinity hosted a harbor cruise on the Spirit of Boston and raised over $50,000 to benefit the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation.

Kendrick Perkins, Glen Davis, and Brian Scalabrine joined over 100 Celtics fans on the two-hour Boston Celtics Harbor Cruise. C’s legends Cedric Maxwell, Dana Barros, and former ‘€œAmerican Idol’€ finalist Ayla Brown also attended.

‘€œIt’€™s always great to come out and support the Shamrock Foundation because it’€™s all about giving back to the kids,’€ Perkins said. ‘€œIt’€™s fun to have the opportunity to spend some time with the fans away from the court.’€

The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation benefits children directly through programs that provide education and support, including partners Perkins School for the Blind, Children’€™s Hospital Boston, Horizons for Homeless Children, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC). More information on the Shamrock Foundation is available at www.celtics.com.

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Finals have a different feeling 06.03.10 at 8:58 pm ET
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LOS ANGELES –  It has only been two years since the Celtics suited up for Game 1 of the 2008 NBA finals. The majority of the faces are the same, but what about the feeling?

‘€œI wasn’€™t really nervous Game 1 of the Finals. I’€™m not really nervous right now,’€œ said Rajon Rondo. ‘€œIt’€™s kind of hard to tell right now until the lights actually go on and there’€™s two minutes left ticking down. Right now it’€™s no big deal, it’€™s the same thing.’€

The emotions are different this time around. In 2008, the Celtics were suddenly thrust from the lottery to the finals after acquiring Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. This season, they know what it takes to win it all and are trying to recreate the success they achieved two years earlier.

‘€œI think we’€™re more poised than we were last time. I think that’€™s the biggest difference. I don’€™t think the stage is as big a deal as the game plan. We’€™re more focused on the game plan than the finals,’€ said Brian Scalabrine.

‘€œIt’€™s the second time around, we’€™ve been there. We’€™ve done it before and there’€™s nothing really that surprises you. We know it’€™s going to be crowded out there, we know media day is going to be crazy, we didn’€™t know any of that. The intensity of this team in ’08 was different. It was a more high-strung team, we’€™re much more laidback. That’€™s not a bad thing. We can compartmentalize better than we did in ’08.’€

Doc Rivers is prepared either way.

‘€œIn some ways we have the same starters, but the bench is completely different,’€ he said. ‘€œFor some of the guys, this is their first time around. So you have to kind of watch their emotions. And even some of the guys who were on the bench last year, the last time when they were not in the rotation as much. Then in a lot of ways, it’€™s their first time. ‘€¦ We’€™ve got a veteran group, so we know what we’€™re in store for.’€

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Shelden Williams expected to be back in lineup 05.22.10 at 7:43 pm ET
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Shelden Williams said that his back is “feeling much better” and that he expects to be among the 12 active Celtics for tonight’s Game 3. Williams was a late scratch from Game 2 with back spasms.

Brian Scalabrine took his place on the active roster but didn’t play. It was the first time in the playoffs that the Celtics had a lineup shift. Williams last saw action in Game 5 of the Cleveland series, but it is possible the Celtics could need him if any of their big men get in foul trouble.

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Scal’s All-Star Scrapbook 02.16.10 at 12:22 pm ET
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As the NBA gathered in Dallas for All-Star Weekend, Brian Scalabrine spent the break with his family and shared his photos with WEEI.com. Click on the photo below to launch the slide show.

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Scal cleared to play, Marquis begins drills 01.26.10 at 4:12 pm ET
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WALTHAM  —  Brian Scalabrine returned to Celtics practice on Tuesday and was cleared to play on the team’s upcoming trip to Orlando and Atlanta. He had missed two games with separated right shoulder, injured on Jan. 6 in Miami.

“Scal practiced today and showed no sign of injury,” coach Doc Rivers announced following practice. “He shot two airballs and I was like, ‘Scal’s back.’ He’s good. He’ll play.”

Rivers said that Marquis Daniels participated in passing drills for the first time since surgery on his left thumb. Rivers is hopeful Daniels could re-join the team the first game back from the All-Star break.

Daniels missed his 22nd straight game on Monday night, before which Rivers indicated there was a “slight chance” the guard/forward could return on Feb. 10 in New Orleans, the final game before the All-Star break.

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Scalabrine out with shoulder injury 01.22.10 at 11:46 pm ET
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BOSTON ‘€“ Brian Scalabrine expects to miss nearly a week with a separated right shoulder, he told WEEI.com following the Celtics ‘€“ Trail Blazers game. He did not play on Friday night and aims to return next Thursday against the Magic in Orlando.

Scalabrine initially suffered the injury on January 6 against the Heat while trailing Michael Beasley on a pick. However, he wanted to maximize his opportunity in Kevin Garnett’s absence and played the next seven games with the injury.

‘€œThe only thing that was hard was when I play defense, I used my forearms to create space so the guy can’t feel my body.  I couldn’t do it with this side so it was just a minor disadvantage,’€ he explained. ‘€œYou have to learn to play with your feet a little more instead of using your body, your spacing, stuff like that. But I think hopefully these next couple of days it’ll get better.’€

It wasn’t until the pain became unbearable during Wednesday’s game against the Pistons that he decided to undergo an MRI. On Thursday, Scalabrine learned he had a Grade 2 AC joint injury, which he says, ‘€œis not a major separation.’€

‘€œThe best way to describe it is it feels like a sprained ankle in your shoulder,’€ he said. ‘€œSo it doesn’t hurt all the time, but it hurts when it’s in certain positions.’€

This is the first shoulder injury Scalabrine has suffered during his career. He will ice his shoulder for treatment and anticipates being able to practice in the next three days.

Scalabrine averaged 9.0 points and 4.0 rebounds as a starter in three games this season.

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