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Sounds of the game… Celtics 96, Bulls 80 11.01.08 at 12:00 pm ET
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As the Celtics sit in Indianapolis standing 2-0 on the infantile season, let’s take a look back a defensive shutdown performance that had every fan of the Green seeing visions of last year’s title run dancing in their heads more than Gino on Halloween. (Great call, Jessica!)

Paul Pierce said the Celtics just took the heart out of the young Bulls early on.

Kevin Garnett told his teammates that this one was on him after going 5-for-15 in the opener.

Doc Rivers loved his team’s energy from the get-go.

Doc Rivers on playing with momentum going on the road.

Kendrick Perkins said it’s important to get the roadtrip off to a good start.

Read More: Bulls, Celtics, Doc Rivers, Kendrick Perkins
The Initiation of Derrick Rose 10.31.08 at 11:41 pm ET
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Derrick Rose, welcome to the NBA.

In just the second regular season game of his career, Rose had to run the floor in the Garden against the defending world champion Boston Celtics. It was a tall order for the rookie point guard and he was up for the challenge.

Rose made his presence known by driving on Kendrick Perkins early in the first quarter and drawing the foul. Perkins has more than seven inches and 90 pounds on Rose and still the rook attacked the hoop as if he had a clear lane.

‘€œI’m kind of used to it now,’€ Rose, 20, said after the game. ‘€œI’m the type of guard where I’m kind of athletic, so when I go to the hole I’m used to getting body contact and I’m used to finishing on people. He’s big but I’m practicing those shots all the time.’€

Battling the bigs wasn’t Rose’s only concern. He also had to defend the fiesty Rajon Rondo.

‘€œRondo was good,’€ he said. ‘€œHe knows his role on the team. He’s a good, improving point guard. He’s just going to make you better.’€

Rose was one of the few highlights in the Bulls 96-80 loss. He tied Kevin Garnett for most points with 18 and scored all of his field goals in the paint. This was a completely different player than the one who raised red flags during an injury-ridden summer league showing.

‘€œI didn’t want to lose,’€ Rose said of his improved performance. ‘€œI was steady driving, trying to get people open, shooting. I just know now that I can’t waste my time when we get out there. The Celtics, they mean business when they get out there. They try to get the game over with quick and we’ve just got to learn that and we’ll be fine.’€

Just one game against the Celtics was all it took for a crash course in NBA competition.

‘€œIt’s just going to help me,’€ Rose said. ‘€œI’m happy that I had the opportunity to have this game early in the season so that later on in the season I can get better.’€

Expect him to do just that.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose, Kevin Garnett
Gino’s Back at 7:39 pm ET
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It’s the moment Celtics fans have been waiting for …

Gino returned to the Jumbotron tonight.

KG waved his fist in the air as the Celtics eagerly looked up at the screen for their beloved dancer. Later he raised two hands, one shaking his sneaker over his head. Not sure if rookies J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker understood what the fuss was all about but when KG is actully loose during a game, you go with it.

Read More: Bill Walker, Boston Celtics, Gino, J.R. Giddens
KG Youngest to Play 1,000 Games at 7:04 pm ET
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Near the end of the third quarter the PA announcer told the crowd Kevin Garnett, 32, is the youngest player to play 1,000 NBA Games. He has started in all but 37 of them.

The previous record was held by Shawn Kemp, who broke the mark in December of 2002. Paul Pierce was the first Celtic to stand up and cheer and KG received a standing O from the crowd.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Shawn Kemp
Halftime Notes and Numbers at 6:17 pm ET
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At the half … Celtics 49, Bulls 31

  • Kevin Garnett leads all scorers with 16 points. Derrick Rose leads the Bulls with 10.
  • The Celtics outscored the Bulls 30-12 in the paint.
  • The Celtics also outrebounded the Bulls 27-23. KG pulled down seven boards.
  • Tyrus Thomas and Luol Deng shot a combined 2-for-17.
  • Leon Powe scored seven points in seven minutes off the bench. Ben Gordon was scoreless in nearly 12 minutes as a reserve.
Read More: Ben Gordon, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose
Sounds of the game… Celtics 90, Cavaliers 85 10.28.08 at 10:23 pm ET
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The final score hardly tells this story of this one. It was one of those unforgettable Boston sports nights. One of only 17 in the legendary history of the NBA’s most successful franchise. Raise another to the rafters and hand out the jewelery. Here’s what the players had to say about a night that had it all, and a Celtics come-from-behind win to boot.

Ray Allen said THIS was our moment.

Ray said the ring will speak for itself.

Paul Pierce said it was hard to hide the emotion of the evening.

Pierce on how hard it was to pull himself together.

Pierce the team was able to settle in.

Kevin Garnett on the ring ceremony.

Garnett said the team is now focused on the season ahead.

Doc Rivers was just happy his team didn’t get blown out on ring night like the 2006 Miami Heat.

Rivers said his players deserved this night.

Rajon Rondo explains what he will do with his ring.

LeBron James said his team wasn’t frustrated.

King James said the Cavs will be fine.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Paul Pierce
Celtics Entertain at Shamrock Foundation Gala 10.25.08 at 10:46 am ET
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Winning an NBA title is cause for celebration and on Friday night the Boston Celtics shared their excitement at the Shamrock Foundation’s World Championship Gala. Members of the team held little back as they entertained the crowd with anecdotes, jokes, and even an operatic performance when emcee Glenn Ordway passed the mic to Paul Pierce. Highlights included:

  • Eddie House gave his best Ray Allen impersonation while explaining the definition of ‘€œUbuntu.’€ Word is House doesn’t need to practice that anymore … he does it so often it’s like second nature by now.
  • Big Baby shimmied across the stage doing his best take on KG’s dance moves. If Davis’ impression is any indication of the real thing, let’s just say ‘€œDancing With the Stars’€ won’t be calling Garnett any time soon.
  • Pierce invited rookies J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker to the stage for a public display of rookie initiation. The two sang an off-key rendition of ‘€œI Believe I Can Fly’€ which sounded more like Sanjaya than R. Kelly when Giddens tried to hit a high note.

When all was said and done, the gala raised $1.5 million to benefit the Celtics Shamrock Foundation, which provides education and support for charities in and around the Boston area.

The ornate 2008 World Championship rings were revealed and featured a diamond encrusted emerald shamrock. The big ticket auction item was a personalized championship ring, which went for $15,000.

Other auction items featured autographed memorabilia from the Boston Celtics and around the NBA, including celebratory photographs of the Big Three, an oversized cover of the Sporting News with Paul Pierce and David Ortiz, a basketball signed by members of the 2007-08 Celtics and Lakers squads, and a pair of sneakers worn by Dwight Howard. Guests were also able to bid on the opportunity to dine with the 2008 Championship trophy for the evening.

Read More: Bill Walker, Boston Celtics, Glen Davis, J.R. Giddens
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