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Tables Still Available for 2008 World Championship Celebration Gala 10.21.08 at 6:46 am ET
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Tables are still available for the 2008 World Championship Celebration Gala to benefit the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation. The annual gala will be held this Friday, October 24 beginning at 6:00pm at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.

This fundraising event raises money for an exceptional cause ‘€“ providing education and support for children in our community. All proceeds will go to benefit the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation.

This year’€™s gala will feature the unveiling of the 2008 championship rings as well as a roundtable panel discussion with last season’€™s starting five, moderated by WEEI’€™s Glen Ordway.

Members of the Boston Celtics organization in attendance will include All-Stars Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, members of the 2008-2009 Celtics team and coaching staff, Head Coach Doc Rivers, Executive Director of Basketball Operations and GM Danny Ainge, and Co-owners Wyc Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca and Robert Epstein.

The gala will also feature once-in-a-lifetime auction items, including a 2008 World Championship Executive Level Ring, Two Gold Level Seats to the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, a ‘€œTravel with the Team,’€ and more.

To purchase a table contact Rebekah Splaine at 617-854-8090.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen
Celtics Lose, Cuts Loom 10.17.08 at 7:47 pm ET
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Final Score: Knicks 104 – Celtics 97

Eddie House rained threes but that wasn’t enough to fend off the Knicks in the Celtics seven-point loss. House shot 7-for-11 from long range and finished the game with 27 points. Nate Robinson carried the Knicks with 19. A few postgame notes:

  • According to Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo (sprained ankle) could have returned to tonight’s game. He left the young PG out, though, since “he knows how to play.” Rondo is still uncertain for Sunday.
  • Cuts are coming, and maybe sooner than expected. Doc Rivers said he wants to cut down his roster sooner rather than later to give player(s) a shot at being picked up being another team. He wants to learn more about three or four players before making his decision.
  • Who does Kevin Garnett have the best chemistry with? It’s not Paul Pierce. It’s not Ray Allen either. KG said he has “the best chemistry by far” with Kendrick Perkins. Even though Perk missed the beginning of preseason play with a shoulder injury, Garnett claims the two bigs never missed a beat when he returned and were in constant communication tonight.

The Celtics will hold an open practice for a select group of ticket holders tomorrow in Lowell before taking on the New Jersey Nets on Sunday afternoon in the Garden.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Doc Rivers, eddie house, Kendrick Perkins
Miles Settling Into Boston 10.12.08 at 10:19 pm ET
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Darius Miles was anxious when he moved to Boston last month. He had played here before on opposing teams but it’s a different story when you are representing Beantown. The city’s winning tradition was intimidating at first.

‘€œThe last time I played there it wasn’t really a big deal because the team was losing games,’€ Miles said. ‘€œLike now just walking into the practice facility, it’s like it’s scary to a point because of the history that goes back on this team. Seeing all these pictures of Bill Russell and all these great players that used to play here and seeing those big banners, it’s different now.’€

Through his six-year stint in the NBA, Miles already knew many of the veteran Celtics including Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Sam Cassell. Knowing these players also meant knowing the high expectations of winning another championship this season.

‘€œI’m a basketball fan so I kind of knew a lot about [the Celtics tradition],’€ Miles said. ‘€œThen once they brought a championship back, that kind of brought it all back to the world and everybody else and it kind of brought it back to my memory too. Like I said it got scary where I just don’t want to mess up, don’t want to miss a pass, drop the ball, miss a shot.’€

After six weeks Miles has become more comfortable in his new digs. Doc Rivers has praised his hustle and he seems at ease in the Celtics locker room. Off the court, he has already staked claim of his new favorite restaurant, Biagio in Waltham.

‘€œI like the family restaurants,’€ he said. ‘€œThey don’t have too many name brand restaurants. There are a lot of family-owned restaurants around here, so the food tastes better and the people know how to cook.’€

What else does Miles like about Boston?

‘€œMy favorite part is I like everybody’s accent,’€ he said, adding, ‘€œMy mom came down here when I was sick (tonsillitis) and she was telling me she liked everybody’s accents too.’€

So will this Belleville, Illinois native be pahkin the cah any time soon?

‘€œNo, I don’t think I’ll pick one up,’€ Miles said with a laugh. ‘€œI’m too country for that.’€

Read More: Biagio, Boston Celtics, Darius Miles, Doc Rivers
Pierce Stiff But OK 10.11.08 at 10:27 pm ET
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Paul Pierce knows he’s in for a battle whenever he goes up against Ron Artest. So while Artest’s tough play seemed uncharacteristic for most preseason games, Pierce was not surprised at all.

“That’s Ron,” Pierce said. “He plays like that preseason, summer league, regular season. That’s the way he plays.”

Artest’s hustle was tough enough to send Pierce to the locker room in the first quarter with a stinger.

“It’s a little stiff. I’ve got a crick in my neck but I’m going to be alright,” Pierce said.

The Celtics captain knows Artest is only the beginning of opponents who will be gunning for him this season.

“You’ve got to understand, when you’re the champs people are going to come at you whether it’s preseason, regular season,” he said. “We’ve just got to be ready for it.”

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Sounds of the game… Celtics-Rockets postgame at 10:18 pm ET
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The Celtics beat the Houston Rockets, 90-89, when Gabe Pruitt banked in a jumper with 6.6 seconds remaining to improve to 2-1 in the preseason. But that was hardly the story of a game that featured Ron Artest driving Paul Pierce the floor on a drive to the basket in the first quarter, a Tracy McGrady elbow to the ribs of rookie Bill Walker and McGrady and Eddie House almost going at it after exchanging words in the second quarter.

Here’s what some of the Celtics had to say about not backing down afterward.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said they can’t back down.

Rivers said there are lessons to be learned from Bill Walker’s toughness.

Bill Walker said his confrontation with Tracy McGrady could have escalated.

Kevin Garnett was impressed with Walker’s composure.

Paul Pierce said Celtics must maintain composure.

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McGrady Riles Up Celtics at 5:17 pm ET
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There is still a minute to go in the first quarter and more tension is ensuing.

As Bill Walker drove on Tracy McGrady, T-Mac appeared to push off on the rookie. Down at the basket, words were exchanged between Walker, McGrady, and Rafer Alston after McGrady gave Walker a one-handed shove that sent him to the ground. The players were separated and order seemed to be restored. Seconds later, McGrady and Eddie House became engaged in a heated conversation. Just as Pierce, who had recently returned to the game, separated the players, Walker came back to get in a few last words, only to be held back by Luis Scola. McGrady and House were charged with technical fouls.

Looks like J.R. Giddens was right when he said there are two sides to Bill Walker.

Read More: Bill Walker, Boston Celtics, eddie house, Houston Rockets
Battle Brewing in Manchester at 4:57 pm ET
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Paul Pierce asked for the match up and he got it.

With just under 7:30 to go in the first quarter, Pierce drove the lane against Ron Artest. Artest welcomed him at the basket with a blow to the shoulder. No foul was called and the Rockets scored on the fastbreak. Artest pumped his chest as Eddie House and Kendrick Perkins rose to their feet on the Celtics bench to vocalize their disagreement with the no-call.

Moments later, Garnett blocked a Rockets shot that sent the crowd into a frenzy. The noise escalated when Artest dealt a hard foul to Ray Allen that sent the Celtics guard sliding into the front row.

Pierce has left the game with a bruised right shoulder but is expected to return.

All this tension and there is still five minutes to go in the first quarter.

Read More: Boston Celtics, eddie house, Houston Rockets, Kendrick Perkins
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