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House Stays Hot with Suns 11.11.09 at 1:03 am ET
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To Celtics fans, he is known as ‘€œE-House.’€ To Channing Frye, Eddie House has another nickname.

‘€œI call him the ‘Cheat Code,’ really because every time he shoots you think it’s going in,’€ Frye said. ‘€œLike in a video game, a basketball game, you put one person into one spot and they’re going make it every time. And that’s him. Yeah, he’s the ‘Cheat Code.’ ‘€

Frye came up with the moniker after watching House drain trey after trey, day after day this summer. House, who played in Phoenix during the 2005-06 season, lives in Arizona during the offseason. He trained with Frye and the Suns before reporting to training camp in Boston.

‘€œThat’s the best runs that you can get in Arizona,’€ House explained. ‘€œSo as soon as those guys start getting into town, I go up there and we get some runs.’€

House donned his Celtics workout gear and hit the court with the Suns to stay hot during the offseason. He capped off last regular season by breaking the Celtics franchise record previously set by Danny Ainge for 3-point shooting in a single season (.444). The Suns were impressed by the skills that earned him that mark.

‘€œAny time he’s open it’s like, ‘Dang it’s going in,’ ‘€ said Jason Richardson.

Added Frye, ‘€œWe were playing to 15 and he’d make five 3’s ‘€” one, two, three, four, five ‘€” boom, game over.’€

Grant Hill chimed in as well.

‘€œI tell you what, that guy did not miss. He’s a great shooter,’€ Hill said. ‘€œThere were some days that he got hot, and when a guy like him gets going it can be fun to watch.’€

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Doc: Suns are not just run and gun 11.06.09 at 7:42 pm ET
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The Phoenix Suns have always epitomized the Wild West part of the Western Conference.

But Celtics coach Doc Rivers said before Friday’s game to look beyond the image and consider what Friday’s opponent is now.

Still with Steve Nash running the point but now with Channing Frye replacing Shaquille O’Neal in the post and Amar’e Stoudamire on the wing, the Suns have become a versatile offensive threat.

Can the Suns still run? Sure. They’re averaging 111.2 points a game. But Rivers said that doesn’t mean Phoenix is limited to just that aspect of the game.

“We want to run,” Rivers said of his team, which is averaging 99.8 points a contest. “We would love to run and them not. They are going to but they are not just a running team. I think people don’t give them their due offensively. They’re more than a running team to me. They really execute in the half-court extremely well. They have the ability to not get fast-break points and still score 120.”

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Source: Hill leaning toward Phoenix 07.10.09 at 8:56 am ET
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A source close to the situation has told WEEI.com Grant Hill is leaning toward re-signing with the Phoenix Suns. The 36-year-old forward has been a free agent prospect for the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks, among other teams, this summer. The Celtics have been eyeing Hill as a potential back up for Paul Pierce, a major hole in last season’s bench.

According to the source, Hill’€™s concern with coming to Boston is the decreased role, not the money. He has spent most of his 14-year career as a starter and averaged nearly 30 minutes with the Suns last season. (He has never averaged less than 29 minutes per game.) The Celtics do not have anywhere close to that to offer with the starting lineup playing the majority of minutes and the recent signing of Rasheed Wallace.

Although they have expressed their interest to Hill, the Celtics know they are not the only team in the picture. “I don’€™t even allow myself to go there, optimistic or pessimistic,” Danny Ainge said on Thursday at Wallace’s introductory press conference. “He knows our desire for him. We know his interest in us.”

Hill averaged 12.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists last season while shooting 52.3% from the field. He has also averaged 16.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists in 22 playoff games.

Update: Yahoo! Sports has reported Hill has decided to re-sign with the Suns.

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Backcourt steps up 02.22.09 at 6:57 pm ET
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Shaquille O’Neal was supposed to be a problem for the Boston Celtics. He was supposed to push around their little big men and have the Celtics counting down the days until Kevin Garnett returned from his knee injury. But it was one of the smallest guys on the court who caused the biggest problems. Led by Rajon Rondo, the Celtics backcourt dominated the Phoenix Suns. (RECAP HERE)

Rajon Rondo
32 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, 13-18 FG, 1-1 3PG, 5-9 FT, 3 STL

On his 23rd birthday, Rondo made 35-year-old Steve Nash look about ten years older. The Suns had no way of stopping Rondo, not even O’Neal’s presence made a difference — Rondo scored however and from wherever he pleased. The absence of Garnett creates more opportunities for him to take his jumpshot, and judging by his shot chart, there is little need to question whether or not he has developed one.

Ray Allen
31 points, 4 rebounds, 10-15 FG, 4-8 3PG, 7-8 FT

It’s no secret that Allen can’t be left alone on the arc. On Sunday he couldn’t be left alone, period. Allen spread the Suns defense with a balanced attack of long and mid-range shots. Allen was on his mark, hitting 10 field goals and scoring 30 points for the first time since January 11 against the Toronto Raptors. He also set a new franchise record with 72 consecutive free throws made, passing Larry Bird’s previous mark of 71.

Paul Pierce
26 points, 6 rebounds, 8-17 FG, 10-10 FT

The Celtics couldn’t score 128 points without Pierce making an impact. Pierce struggled in the first half (1-8 FG), so when his shot didn’t fall he got to the line (6-6 FT). Then he turned it on in the second half to score 18 points in 22 minutes. The captain played a team-high 44 minutes and by the end of the game had gone to the line 10 times. The Celtics improved to 12-3 when Pierce attempts at least 10 free throws.

The Celtics will travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets on Monday night.

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Stoudemire out against Celtics 02.20.09 at 1:14 pm ET
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When the Boston Celtics face the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, Kevin Garnett will not be the only big man out of the game. Suns power forward Amar’e Stoudemire underwent successful eye surgery today and could miss eight weeks, according to multiple reports. Stoudemire suffered a partially detached retina in Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. ESPN has reported Garnett will return to Boston today for an MRI after straining his right knee during Thursday’s loss to the Utah Jazz.

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Rondo makes Suns pay 01.19.09 at 11:52 pm ET
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On Draft Night 2006, the Phoenix Suns selected Rajon Rondo with the 21st pick and traded him to the Boston Celtics. It was a move to stay under the salary cap, avoid the luxury tax, and free up money for future acquisitions. Three years later, nearly $75 million in payroll could not stop him.

‘€œThe challenge is what everybody’s challenge is with him ‘€“ keeping him in front,’€ said Suns head coach Terry Porter following the Celtics 104-87 victory. ‘€œHe does a great job of penetrating, getting to the paint, and causing havoc that way.’€

This season Rondo is set to earn $1.3 million, a bargain by NBA standards and nearly one-tenth of Steve Nash’s salary. On Monday night he proved he was worth every penny the Suns did not pay for him. Rondo posted 23 points, seven assists, and five rebounds, six more than Amar’e Stoudemire (RECAP HERE).

‘€œThere were a lot of fast break opportunities for me,’€ he said after the game. ‘€œThey missed shots, that was key for us all night long. We got stops on defense and that allowed me to push it up on the break and get easy looks at the basket.’€

Rondo scored more than half of his points in the paint against the Suns $35 million front court of Shaquille O’Neal and Stoudemire. Whereas other teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks have collapsed on Rondo, the Suns let him have his way at the hoop.

‘€œHe’€™s improving all the time. He’€™s emerging as one of the elite guards in the league,’€ Nash said. ‘€œI think regardless of whether he’€™s shooting the ball well and he needs to improve there, his game has improved. I think it’€™s made the shooting not as big a question. He’€™s become a better and better passer. He’€™s a great athlete who does a lot of things for his team on the floor. He’€™s emerging as one of the elite guards in the league.’€

Even though Rondo says he does not think about being traded, his performance only accentuated the Suns’ Draft Night loss. Over the years they have also drafted and dealt point guards Nate Robinson and Sergio Rodriguez, as well as forward Luol Deng. After missing out on Brandon Rush in the 2008 Draft, the Suns are left with little depth at the one-spot and a point guard who turns 35 next month.

‘€œWell, we’€™ve had a few draft night trades to stay under the salary cap that were difficult in the big picture,’€ said Nash. ‘€œOur franchise is built on a business model that tries to stay under the cap as much as we can. It’€™s just how it’€™s been.’€

It’s games like this that could have the Suns wondering what might have been. But for Rondo, it’s just another game.

‘€œI just try to get better every game,’€ he said. ‘€œNo one particular night I can try to say my confidence has been boosted, but I just try to stay consistent as possible because there’€™s a lot of ups and downs in the NBA. I had a good night tonight, shooting the ball but it’€™s all about the win.’€

Three years ago it was all about the money for the Suns. On Monday night it was all about the win for Rondo.

Read More: Amare Stoudemire, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Rajon Rondo
Suns expecting big game from Shaq at 7:38 pm ET
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The Phoenix Suns have the size advantage almost every game with Shaquille O’Neal. Take the Boston Celtics biggest player off the court and the Suns are feeling good about the mismatch.

‘€œAny time we get an opportunity to have a size difference with Shaq in the paint, we always try to go to him,’€ Amare Stoudemire said prior to Monday’s game. ‘€œWe try to feed it to him, see if he can take advantage of that. And if not, we go to our other options. So tonight will be a pretty good night for Big Fella if he can dominate out there and stay out of foul trouble.’€

The Celtics have to alter their plan of attack without Kendrick Perkins (shoulder). Doc Rivers is looking for Kevin Garnett to use his quickness to outplay Shaq, while the biggest mission for back ups Leon Powe, Glen Davis, and Brian Scalabrine is keeping a body between O’Neal and the basket. The Suns, though, aren’t changing their gameplan.

‘€œI think it changes the fact that having Scalabrine starting as opposed to Kendrick Perkins, that’s a bit of a difference. But as opponents we can’t look at it that way,’€ said Stoudemire. ‘€œWe’ve got to attack it as if he were playing, so we should go inside to the big fella. Shaq should have a pretty good game tonight.’€

The Suns are one of the few teams who figured out the key to beating the Celtics last season. Stoudemire scored 28 points off of 10-for-23 shooting and Steve Nash added 18 in the Suns’ 85-77 victory. Combine that with former Charlotte Bobcat Jason Richardson’s success against the Cs and the Suns think they know how to get it done tonight.

‘€œI’m pretty sure he knows how to defend the guards out there,’€ Stoudemir said of Richardson. ‘€œAs a team, we’ve just got to pull together. We beat them last year, Bobcats beat them. What we’ve got to do is just keep playing how we’ve been playing.’€

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