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Returning Celtics hit the court in preseason opener 10.07.09 at 11:37 pm ET
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On Wednesday night, all eyes were on Kevin Garnett as he returned to the court for the first time in more than six months during the Celticspreseason opener against the Rockets in Hidalgo, Texas. Although Garnett’s playing time was limited, his knee injury looked out of mind when he drained the first shot of the game.

But Garnett was not the only player who returned to the Celtics looking to improve upon last season. Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis lost weight, Rajon Rondo bulked up, and Ray Allen claims to be in the best shape of his career. See how the members of the 2008-09 team fared as they began the 2009-10 season.

Kevin Garnett
Last game: March 25 vs. Orlando Magic
17 minutes, 4 points (2-5 FG), 8 rebounds, 1 assist
Preseason opener: 13 minutes, 6 points (2-6 FG), 5 rebounds, 1 assist

Paul Pierce
Last game: May 17 vs. Orlando Magic
39 minutes, 16 points (4-13 FG), 7-10 FT, 2 rebounds, 3 assists
Preseason opener: 16 minutes, 8 points (2-6 FG), 4-4 FT, 1 rebound, 0 assist

Ray Allen
Last game: May 17 vs. Orlando Magic
41 minutes, 23 points (9-18 FG), 3-6 3PG, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Preseason opener: 17 minutes, 8 points (3-6 FG), 0-2 3PG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist

Rajon Rondo
Last game: May 17 vs. Orlando Magic
37 minutes, 10 points (4-10 FG), 2-2 FT, 6 rebounds, 10 assists
Preseason opener: 17 minutes, 7 points (1-4 FG), 5-8 FT, 1 rebound, 3 assists

Kendrick Perkins
Last game: May 17 vs. Orlando Magic
39 minutes, 8 points (3-11 FG), 15 rebounds, 2 blocks
Preseason opener: 14 minutes, 3 points (1-2 FG), 3 rebounds, 2 blocks

Glen Davis
Last game: May 17 vs. Orlando Magic
31 minutes, 13 points (4-7 FG), 4 rebounds
Preseason opener: 23 minutes, 9 points (3-6 FG), 4 rebounds

Eddie House
Last game: May 17 vs. Orlando Magic
17 minutes, 2 points (1-3 FG), 0-1 3PG, 0 assists
Preseason opener: 21 minutes, 9 points (3-6 FG), 1-2 3PG, 0 assists

Brian Scalabrine
Last game: May 17 vs. Orlando Magic
13 minutes, 2 points (1-5 FG), 1 rebound, 2 assists
Preaseason opener: 18 minutes, 4 points (1-2 FG), 2 rebounds, 0 assists

J.R. Giddens
Last game: March 6 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
1 minute, 0 points (0-0 FG), 1 rebound, 1 steal
Preseason opener: 13 minutes, 1 point (0-1 FG), 1 rebound, 0 steals

Tony Allen (ankle) did not play against the Rockets. Visit WEEI.com’s Green Street for live coverage from the TD Garden on Friday night as the Celtics take on the Knicks in their preseason home-opener.

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Scalabrine plays it safe 09.21.09 at 12:24 am ET
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After suffering three concussions in less than a month last season, Brian Scalabrine wants to play it safe. That’s why he chose not to play at all this summer.

‘€œI didn’t play any basketball,’€ Scalabrine told WEEI.com last week at the USI Shamrock Classic. ‘€œI didn’t want to risk getting a concussion in that environment. So I just didn’t play any basketball and then I’ve been playing since I got back here.’€

The Celtics forward began playing basketball nearly three weeks ago when he returned from Washington to Boston for the upcoming season. Up until that point he had been following the training routine outlined by the team’s strength and conditioning coach, Bryan Doo.

Scalabrine suffered a series of concussions over the course of a month last January through February. The first came on January 25 when he was dealt a blow to the chin by Dirk Nowitzki in a game against the Dallas Mavericks. Two days later he banged his head during practice. Scalabrine returned the next month only to suffer a neck injury, one that he would later say was ‘€œ99 percent’€ caused by a concussion, during a February 23 game against the Denver Nuggets. Doctors later determined he had postconcussion syndrome.

He missed the remainder of the regular season and returned for the playoffs sporting a protective headband.

While these injuries kept Scalabrine off the courts this summer, he won’t let them hold him back this season.

‘€œWe’re just going to take it day by day and see what happens,’€ he said. ‘€œThe only time you’re really going to know is until you take a blow. It’s going to happen one time or another, just how I respond to it is going to be key.’€

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Celtics raise over $150,000 in charity golf tournament 09.18.09 at 12:40 pm ET
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The Boston Celtics teed off for charity before they tipped off the regular season.

On Thursday current and former players along with members of the organization raised over $150,000 in the Shamrock Foundation’€™s second annual USI Shamrock Classic, presented by Consolidated Printing, at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, MA.

Ray Allen, Glen Davis, Brian Scalabrine, Bill Walker, and J.R. Giddens, head coach Doc Rivers, and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge were among those who participated. They were joined by former Celtics Tommy Heinsohn, Bob Cousy and Dana Barros, as well as co-owners Wyc Grousbeck, Stephen Pagliuca, and Bob Epstein.

“It was a great day at Nashawtuc and even better day for the many children who are supported by the Shamrock Foundation,” Pagliuca said in a team statement. “We are very thankful to our sponsors and donors who supported this event. This support means even more in today’s tough economy.”

Allen added, “My teammates and I enjoyed playing golf to aid these wonderful charities. Thank you to everyone that contributed to the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation.”

All proceeds from the event, which included a live and silent auction, went toward the to the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, benefiting Perkins School for the Blind, Boston Children’s, Horizons for Homeless Children, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), and Berklee College of Music.

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Garnett finds way to stay in the game 09.17.09 at 11:18 pm ET
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He seems like the same guy to Doc Rivers.

‘€œHe’s normal again,’€ the Celtics coach said of Kevin Garnett.

Well, there is one change.

‘€œHe’s happy, he’s talking more, which I didn’t think was possible,’€ Rivers said following the USI Shamrock Classic at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. ‘€œHe’s got his quickness back and he just looks normal again.’€

Talking more?

Over the last 14 years, Garnett has developed a reputation as one of the most vocal players in the league. This offseason his words have a different message.

Garnett has been joining his teammates at the Sports Authority Training Center in Waltham as they prepare for training camp. Even though the Celtics forward, who is coming off season-ending knee surgery, has not been cleared for contact drills, he has found his own way to participate during workouts.

‘€œHis presence has been felt. He has been talking more, but you don’t know when he starts playing, maybe he’ll talk less,’€ Brian Scalabrine said with a laugh. ‘€œBut he has been leading us in a very instructional kind of way. Before he was like that, but now, like he pulled me aside the other day. He was like, ‘You know, you have to play the game within the game. If you’re trying to get something done later, you want to set it up with something early.’

‘€œAnd it helps. I went out there and I did it, and it worked right away. He’s a really intelligent guy.’€

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Scalabrine Supports Pagliuca’s Senate Run at 8:09 pm ET
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Brian Scalabrine understands the importance of a strong campaign. Over the last few years fans have lobbied on Facebook to vote the Celtics forward to the All-Star team. Although Scalabrine never won the vote, he thinks he has a good eye for a deserving candidate.

On Thursday Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca announced his candidacy in the special election for the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s vacant seat, and Scalabrine is already on board.

‘€œI back him 100 percent,’€ Scalabrine said following the USI Shamrock Classic at the Nashawtuc Country Club inn Concord. ‘€œI feel like he’s the kind of guy that’s going to go out there and get things done. From a position in the state of Massachusetts right now, that’s what you’re going to want ‘€” people that are going to get things done.’€

Scalabrine has experienced Pagliuca’s accomplishments firsthand. He is among a group of Celtics who won an NBA championship following a 24-win season the previous year. The organization’s instant turnaround is just one reason why Scalabrine believes Pagliuca can achieve positive change.

‘€œ[He got] Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce on the same team. You think that stuff’s easy to do? No. To do that you have to be thoughtful, ahead of your time, and that’s him,’€ Scalabrine said. ‘€œObviously he’s not the only guy, but if you’re a Senator you’re not the only guy making decisions, you’ve got people working underneath you. And how about just the ability to buy the Celtics? How about that? I mean to have that ability to do that, that’s something special in itself.’€

Less than an hour after Pagliuca announced his candidacy, Scalabrine already had a campaign in mind.

‘€œI got a sign going in my front yard. For sure,’€ he said. ‘€œIt’s big, big like a billboard. It says like this: ‘Pags for Senator. My name is Brian Scalabrine and I approve this message,’ and it can have my face on it.’€

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Celtics spend their summer in the community 08.24.09 at 11:35 pm ET
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This summer the Celtics organization has spent countless hours improving its team for the upcoming NBA season. Meanwhile many of its players have dedicated their time to improving the Boston community.

Last week Bill Walker spent the afternoon at the Reebok Youth Basketball Camp, held at Basketball City in Boston, to talk about the importance of hard work on and off the court. Walker served as spokesperson for the six-week camp, which was also held at the Celtics training facility in Waltham and their 2008 training camp facility at Salve Regina University.

This month Eddie House and Celtics legend Cedric Maxwell dedicated a renovated basketball court to the Carter family of Waltham, winners of the RE/MAX of New England Home Court Program contest. The family also received a Celtics-themed bedroom makeover. House and Maxwell conducted a free basketball clinic for 100 children at the Waltham Boys & Girls Club following the dedication.

Walker, Lester Hudson, and J.R. Giddens teamed up with a group of 20 volunteers to help 400 families in need at the Feed the Children Event in Mattapan earlier this month. Together they handed out $45,000 worth of non-perishable food items and personal items at the Mildred Avenue School and Community Center. Walker and Hudson also signed autographs and took photos with the families.

Brian Scalabrine and Walker toured Washington D.C. in June with a group of students from the Harbor Middle School in Dorchester, winners of the tenth annual ASSISTS Community Service Contest. Contest creators Southwest Airlines and the Celtics flew the students for the field trip, where they toured other monuments and attractions in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area.

(Photos courtesy of the Boston Celtics)

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Report: Celtics proposed two trades to Grizzlies 06.28.09 at 10:03 pm ET
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Draft Night may have seemed quiet for the Celtics, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t trying to make moves behind the scenes. After last Thursday’s draft Celtics GM Danny Ainge said the Celtics had conversations about landing a higher pick in the second round. According to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, some of those conversations centered around the Grizzlies:

Boston tried to entice the Grizzlies twice. The Celtics offered Brian Scalabrine, Tony Allen and a choice of J.R. Giddens or Bill Walker for the Grizzlies’ 36th pick and cash considerations.

The Celtics’ best offer for the Grizzlies’ No. 2 pick only included center Kendrick Perkins.

The Grizzlies kept their pick and selected forward Sam Young from Pittsburgh. The Celtics used their only pick (58th) to draft guard Lester Young from University of Tennessee-Martin.

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