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Rondo named to NBA-All Defensive Team 05.05.10 at 3:06 pm ET
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Rajon Rondo was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team, the league announced on Wednesday. Rondo finished second in voting to Dwight Howard. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Gerald Wallace were also named to the First Team.

Rondo led the league with 2.3 steals per game during the regular season. He set a Celtics franchise record in single-season steals (189), held previously by Rick Fox (1996-97). Rondo also ranked 10th among all guards with 360 total rebounds (4.4 rpg).

Members of the First and Second Teams were voted on by position by the NBA’€™s head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams. Players received two points for a First Team vote and one point for a Second Team vote.

All-Defensive First Team
Center ‘€“ Dwight Howard, Magic (57 points)
Guard ‘€“ Rajon Rondo, Celtics (50 points)
Forward ‘€“ LeBron James, Cavaliers (45 points)
Guard ‘€“ Kobe Bryant, Lakers (34 points)
Forward ‘€“ Gerald Wallace, Bobcats (30 points)

All-Defensive Second Team
Center ‘€“ Tim Duncan, Spurs (21 points)
Guard ‘€“ Dwyane Wade, Heat (20 points)
Forward ‘€“ Josh Smith, Hawks (20 points)
Forward ‘€“ Anderson Varejao, Cavaliers (15 points)
Guard ‘€“ Thabo Sefolosha, Thunder (14 points)

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Allen finishes third for Sportsmanship Award 04.26.10 at 4:53 pm ET
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Ray Allen finished third in voting for the 2009-10 NBA Sportsmanship Award. The league announced Grant Hill as the winner of the Joe Dumars Trophy on Monday. Allen was the Atlantic Division winner and received 48 first place votes overall (Hill received 96). The NBA will make a $5,000 donation to Allen’€™s Ray of Hope Foundation on his behalf. Allen previously won the award in 2003 as a member of the Seattle SuperSonics.

Top 2009-10 voting results:

1. Grant Hill, Suns
2. Chauncey Billups, Nuggets
3. Ray Allen, Celtics
4. Antawn Jamison, Cavaliers
5. Al Horford, Hawks
6. Luis Scola, Rockets

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Rivers: “Rasheed alone is an individual hedge fund” 04.23.10 at 2:13 pm ET
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MIAMI — Rasheed Wallace was fined $35,000 by the NBA, yet again, after making comments critical of the officials, and specifically how they work games when superstars are involved. It’s a familiar gripe for Wallace who has been fined several times by the NBA for making similar statements.

“Rasheed alone is an individual hedge fund by himself,” Doc Rivers joked after shootaround.

But Wallace’s words cut deep for a league that is fighting to regain trust in the wake of the Tim Donaghy affair. Officials have come under great scrutiny already in the playoffs and several coaches, notably Phil Jackson and Stan Van Gundy, have not helped matters with their comments.

Both Jackson and Van Gundy were fined by the league for various statements about the officiating and David Stern made a point of saying Thursday night in Oklahoma City that it won’t be tolerated.

“I wish I had it to do all over again,’€ Stern said to reporters before Game 3 of the Lakers-Thunder series. “Starting 20 years ago I’€™d be suspending Phil and Pat Riley for all the games they play in the media. You guys know our referees go out there and knock themselves out and do the best job they can.”

Make no mistake, this is a huge problem for the NBA and Stern basically dared coached to test him.

Stern also noted that within in the NBA community, it’s understood that when Jackson says that Kevin Durant gets to the free throw line too much, he’s doing it for effect, but the perception is that refs call the game differently for star players. Or in Van Gundy’s case, that his star player, Dwight Howard, doesn’t get the benefit of the calls.

“I think David is half right on that one,” Rivers said. “Sometimes we do know, but sometimes we really are defending our guys. Everyone is on the league’€™s side at the end of the day. Listen, I’€™ve been a league guy for 20-whatever years. I love this league and I want this league to do well. I don’€™t think any coach doesn’€™t want the league to do well. Having said that the coaches job is to do what he can to help the team win.”

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Rasheed Wallace fined $35,000 by NBA 04.22.10 at 5:55 pm ET
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Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace was fined $35,000 Thursday for publicly criticizing game officials for comments made to the media back on April 19.

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Celtics land 19th pick in draft 04.16.10 at 6:54 pm ET
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While it’s uncertain what will happen over the next few weeks in the playoffs, there is some certainty with the Celtics in June:

They will have the 19th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

On Friday at the Board of Governors meeting in New York City, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson conducted random drawings to determine the draft order among teams with identical regular-season records.

The Celtics (50-32) won a four-way tiebreaker with the Spurs, Thunder and Trail Blazers to land the 19th spot. The order is reversed in the second round, so the Celtics will have the 52nd pick.

There were a total of six tiebreakers conducted. Picks 1-14 will not be determined until the NBA Draft Lottery on May 18.

See the picks that have been determined so far:

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KG: ‘It doesn’t help when the crowd boos’ 04.09.10 at 11:54 pm ET
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A frustrated Kevin Garnett took exception with the boos that rained down on the parquet during Boston’s 106-96 loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

“It’s just hard, especially when we get to the end of the first quarter and we are down, 30-17, and everybody starts to hit – not the panic button – but tries to pick it up in different ways and when it doesn’€™t come together or you miss some shots, and it doesn’€™t help when the crowd boos and all these other things then you have to grow tighter together,” Garnett said. “It’€™s not easy. We know this journey and duration in which we are traveling is not going to be an easy one, and tonight was a difficult one. I wouldn’€™t say we hang our heads but every individual is trying to figure out what to do and what they can do individually to try to pick it up.’€

The Celtics heard it from the TD Garden crowd as the Celtics fell behind by 28 in the second quarter.

“Well, I mean we are at home, we look for our fans to give energy, to give us a spark when the times are tough,” Garnett said. “It doesn’t help when the boos happen but we are a group of veterans and we are a group that is a real team. We aren’t fair weather.”

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Showing Sheed some love 04.05.10 at 6:38 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Doc Rivers has been around the NBA as a player and coach long enough to know when and where to pick your battles.

With the season winding down and the playoffs approaching, the last thing he need is for his back-up veteran post player to be unhappy and feel unwanted by his team.

This is why Rivers spoke with Rasheed Wallace on Monday about his outburst in the second half of their game against Cleveland, with much of Wallace’s fury pointed in Rivers’ direction following a technical foul.

River said he worked things out with Wallace following their on-court dispute during a talk before the team’s trip to New York for Tuesday’s game with the Knicks.

“Rasheed’s emotional, he’s been emotional and some of that won’t change. I can accept that,” Rivers said. “As a coach, when an emotional hijack happens, your job is to get your team to function. You can’t focus on the one at that point.”

Rivers said following Sunday’s game that he did not plan to publicly punish Wallace, after the veteran picked up a technical foul and then argued with Rivers as the coach took him out of the game.

“Yeah, he apologized. They all do,” Rivers said. “It’s not personal. Rasheed and I get along great. Rasheed gets along great with his teammates. But when you have an emotional hijack, you don’t get along well with anyone at that moment. We just had a great talk. He always apologizes. All of them do the next day about techs but I didn’t seek his apology. He just said, ‘Hey, I should’ve controlled myself some.'”

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