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Ainge: We’ve had discussions 06.23.09 at 10:20 am ET
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WALTHAM – Danny Ainge has heard all the same rumors that everyone else has about the future of Rajon Rondo.

Only he, as Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Celtics is actually in a position of authority to comment on it and take action.

Ainge will gladly do the first part but as for the second part, don’t expect Rondo to be headed out the door anytime soon.

“The notion that we might be trading him because of some reason other than we think we could be better, or trading any other player of some reason, his contract situation,” Ainge said Tuesday morning at Healthpoint in Waltham. “I’ve heard speculation that we’re dissatisfied with him or his attitude. That stuff is so false.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Bench blues 05.18.09 at 12:56 am ET
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It was the unit that carried them time after time in this playoff run.

But on Sunday night, the Celtics’ bench looked like the regulars — drained and empty at the end.

Eddie House, Brian Scalabrine and Stephon Marbury combined for three field goals in 12 attempts, totaling eight points.

“Yes, did we struggle off the bench? Yes,” Scalabrine said. “I don’t know if it’s like you count on us. It’s like, once again, I always keep saying, the guys who make plays for us, they make plays for us and it’s our job to just knock shots down.”

On a night when it looked like Paul Pierce, Glen Davis and Rajon Rondo had hit the wall collectively, the bench needed to be there. Read the rest of this entry »

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Perk: We just didn’t show up 05.17.09 at 11:59 pm ET
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Kendrick Perkins gave his frank assessment of what happened in the aftermath of Boston’s 101-82 loss to the Orlando Magic in Game 7 on Sunday night.

“They took the crowd out early,” Perkins said. “Their three-point shooting was phenomenal. We looked tired, sluggish. I know guys’ hearts were there but we just didn’t really show up on the court tonight. It’s very disappointing, just for the simple fact that you don’t get opportunities to play  on teams this talented.

“Nobody expected us to win (anything) anyway,” he added. “We had belief in this locker room. It looked like fatigue set in at the end of the day but they came out with all the right effort.”

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Scal: We missed KG ‘a ton’ at 11:57 pm ET
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Following a 101-82 loss to the Orlando Magic in Game 7 Sunday night, Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine said the Celtics missed Kevin Garnett in the playoffs. “(We missed him) a ton and I noticed it this year in the postseason more than the regular season because he’s so intelligent defensively,” Scalabrine said. “He is a special basketball player and you see it now. We’re going home and he’s sitting over there in a suit and you’re thinking what could’ve been.”

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Game 7: Third quarter update at 10:00 pm ET
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After three, the Magic lead, 66-61.

Every time the Celtics get close enough to really put pressure on Orlando, the Magic find a way to make a play or two. With the score 54-50, Ray Allen had a look at a 3-pointer, but it rimmed out. J.J. Redick and Hedo Turkoglu then hit 3-pointers to make it a 10-point game again.

With the Magic up seven, 64-57, Mickael Pietrus was able to get a layup in transition and Kendrick Perkins missed three shots from in close in rapid succession.

But the Celtics are hanging in there and they have the Magic to thank. Rashard Lewis missed a pair of free throws at the end of the quarter and Rafer Alston fouled Rajon Rondo while he was shooting a fade-away jumper. Then after Courtney Lee missed a 10-footer, Rondo drained a long two at the buzzer.

This sets up the classic fourth quarter situation. If the Magic are going to take a step and advance they will have to hold a lead on the road in a close-out game. The Celtics have 12 minutes to come back from yet another deficit and continue the defense of their title.

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Game 7: First quarter update at 8:39 pm ET
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With about four and a half minutes to go in the quarter and the magic leading by 13 points, Rafer Alston tried to throw an alley-oop to Dwight Howard. The play had no chance of being successful and Howard wound up coming down out of bounds. It was either an indication that the Magic are playing confident, or that they were about to start getting too fast and loose.

After the botched dunk, the Celtics started making plays and scored eight of the next 10 points to get the lead into single digits. Ray Allen hit a pull-up jumper, Glen Davis drove the lane and banked in a layup and Paul Pierce scored four points. Just as soon as they got back in the game, however, Mickael Pietrus nailed a 3-pointer to make it 27-17 after one quarter.

The Magic are shooting 53 percent and are 5-for-6 from 3-point range, while the Celtics are shooting just 39 percent and have already committed five turnovers.

Doc Rivers also made a subtle adjustment bringing in Eddie House for Rajon Rondo at the three-minute mark. The Magic aren’t even making an attempt to guard Rondo outside and after he bricked a pair of jumpers House came on to try to make the Magic pay for doubling Pierce.

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Perk: We cool at 7:58 pm ET
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Speaking just 90 minutes before tipoff Sunday night at TD Banknorth Garden, Kendrick Perkins wants all who bleed green and white to know this much, the Celtics are not nervous about a fourth Game 7 in the last two years.

He also wants those same people who will be spending the night biting their nails to know they’re not exhausted either.

“Yeah, we cool. I don’t think it’s a problem,” Perkins said of the team’s stamina. “I think guys have a lot of energy. Our bench has been playing well for us of late, Scal has come in and gave us some productive minutes, Steph has come in and played well. I think guys are alright. It’s the playoffs so you’ve got to find some type of energy somewhere.” Read the rest of this entry »

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