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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

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Big Baby: Game 7 makes for long summer 06.18.10 at 7:50 am ET
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LOS ANGELES — Was the tank on empty? It was the same question asked after Game 7 against Orlando in 2009. And it’s a question that could linger with the Celtics all summer long after dropping the seventh and decisive game to the Lakers Thursday night at Staples Center.

The Celtics had built leads of 23-14 after one quarter, 40-34 at halftime and 57-53 going into the final period.

But the Celtics were outscored 30-22. And it’s the 30 points that most Celtics pointed to afterward as the real reason for the loss.

“Close is not enough,” summed up Glen Davis. “You’ve got to win it. This is the way it is. Someone else has to lose and it sucks. It’s how you look at it. It’s how you bounce back. I don’t know what’s going on with who’s coming back [next season]. But I’ll be ready when training camp comes around.”

Davis did acknowledge the play of one Laker in particular – Ron Artest. The forward burned the Celtics in Game 7 for 20 points, including a dagger of a 3 with just over a minute left that put the Lakers up six. He also ripped the ball from Davis’ own hands on a loose ball rebound with just under two minutes remaining and the Celtics down one possession.

“Artest was the difference in the game,” Davis said. “He wanted it. He took it from us.”

In the end, like everyone else in green, the next three months could be very difficult to stomach.

“It’s going to be a a long summer because of this. But, like I said, somebody has to lose and you have to take the approach in a positive way and look forward to next year.”

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Celtics video: C’s react to loss at 7:12 am ET
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LOS ANGELES — Celtics players speak to the media following the team’s Game 7 loss to the Lakers in the NBA finals.

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The thing about Gasol 06.14.10 at 11:27 pm ET
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From the start of the NBA finals, Pau Gasol has posed a challenge for the Celtics. The combination of his size and versatility spreads the floor and creates match up problems down low.

But there’€™s more than just a long frame and outside shot that separates Gasol from other big men around the league.

‘€œHe’€™s seven-foot with skills,’€ Kendrick Perkins told

The Barcelona, Spain native honed his skills playing international basketball, where assists are applauded just as loudly as dunks and the emphasis is placed on the team, not just the individual. His international accolades include winning a gold medal and MVP honors in the 2009 EuroBasket tournament and a silver medal in the 2008 Olympics.

‘€œThe thing about international big men is they’€™re kind of like guards,’€ Perkins said. ‘€œThey’€™ve got a lot of crafty things in their game. Like they could maybe face you up and try to cross you over. They can handle the ball a little bit better, I think, and they’€™ve got a lot of guard things in their game. ‘€¦ When you’€™ve got a big man from the United States or wherever it may be, growing up we learn more dunks and stuff like that. They learn everything.’€

The versatility promoted in Gasol’€™s international experiences has made him a threat both inside and away from the basket. He is averaging nearly 19 points and 10 rebounds per game in the NBA finals. Even though he had an off-night in the Celtics Game 5 victory (5-12 FG, 12 points), the C’€™s know he is capable of being a game-changer, especially when the Lakers season is on the line.

‘€œHe’€™s arguably one of the – he might be the best player on getting a bucket on the block,’€ said Perkins. ‘€œHe’€™s got a mixture. He’€™s got right, left-hand jump hook. He can take you off the dribble. He’€™s got a nice jumper, so in his game, he’€™s got a mixture of everybody [in the league].’€

Added Glen Davis, ‘€œHe’€™s more coordinated, he can do a little bit of everything. That’€™s the European ball, they kind of thrive on that, being big perimeter guys, guys that can shoot on the corner. He gives you a different match up.’€

The Celtics recognize the differences in Gasol’€™s game that makes him stand out in the league. It’s their job to make sure he doesn’t stand out in Game 6.

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Celtics video: Inside the locker room at 1:48 am ET
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Glen Davis and Tony Allen speak to the media following the Celtics‘ Game 5 victory over the Lakers at TD Garden Sunday night in the NBA finals. The Celtics lead the series 3-2.

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Odom: ‘We have quickness and size’ to cover C’s 06.12.10 at 11:16 pm ET
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The Boston Celtics are not the Phoenix Suns. Just ask Lamar Odom and he’ll tell you as much.

The Celtics do not get up and down the court like the Suns. They do have Rajon Rondo but he is a far cry from the scoring threat that is Steve Nash.

The Celtics do have Kevin Garnett but the they don’t use him like the Suns used Amar’e Stoudamire on the pick and roll.

And the Celtics don’t score between 110 and 120 points in every playoff game like the Suns.

In other words, Odom, despite Thursday’s loss in Game 4 at TD Garden, still likes his team’s chances for being able to cover everything the Celtics could throw at them.

“We have the quickness and the size to defend this team,” Odom said. “If we communicate, we’ll be alright. It wasn’t like they scored 125 points or anything like that.”

Time will tell if those words are enough to bring out more masks or spark more chants directed at his wife Khloe Kardashian.

Odom can’t control that but he, like Bynum before him, said the Lakers need to control Glen Davis and Nate Robinson better. The pair, before their Shrek and Donkey routine after Game 4, combined to score 30 points off the bench.

“Even with Glen Davis getting going and a couple of their other guys getting going, it wasn’t a barn-burner for them offensively,” Odom said.

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UPDATE: Robinson brings Shrek and Donkey to twitter 06.11.10 at 2:51 pm ET
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After referring to himself and Glen Davis as “Shrek and Donkey” following their Game 4 heroics, Nate Robinson has taken their new nicknames to Twitter. Check out the pictures he used throughout the day Friday and be sure to follow him (@nate_robinson).

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