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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.

Miles hopes to be part of #18

Miles hopes to be part of #18

“The last time I played there it wasn’t really a big deal because the team was losing games,” Miles said. “Like 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.

“I’m a basketball fan so I kind of knew a lot about [the Celtics tradition],” Miles said. “Then 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.

No Mickey D's for Miles

No Mickey D's for Miles

“I like the family restaurants,” he said. “They 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?

“My favorite part is I like everybody’s accent,” he said, adding, “My 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?

“No, I don’t think I’ll pick one up,” Miles said with a laugh. “I’m too country for that.”

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Battle Brewing in Manchester 10.11.08 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.

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Pierce Hangin’ Tough 09.27.08 at 2:04 pm ET
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No better way to proudly introduce one of our new contributors/bloggers at

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Joey Mac and Donnie Hangin' after Green 17.

Joey Mac and Donnie Hangin' after Green 17.

Joey, Donnie, Jordan, Danny and Jonathan… That’s right Jessica Camerato not only knows her world champion Boston Celtics and the NBA but also NKOTB.

Our Jess was loge and center for the New Kids on the Block return to Boston, which happened to take place in the same building as the Boston Celtics call home. No word on whether they made a return visit to the Celtics locker room, where Joey McIntyre and Donnie Wahlberg were helping KG, Paul Pierce and Jesus Shuttlesworth celebrate the championship on June 18.

And here’s her maiden report/blog/entry:

On Friday night, Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce made a surprise guest appearance with the Larry O’Brien trophy at the New Kids on the Block concert at the TD BankNorth Garden. Diehard Celtics fan/NKOTB front man Donnie Wahlberg gushed over the team’s 17th title before Pierce emerged during their encore performance of “Hangin’ Tough.” The group donned Celtics jerseys as Pierce sauntered around the stage lifting the trophy and later jumped in a huddle similar to the Celtics pregame ritual. And word has it that Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has been asked to join the group with the World Series trophy at Sunday’s concert in Boston.

See Jess knows how to bring it. Welcome, Jess and we look forward to more on Paul, KG, Ray and the rest of the gang starting on Monday as the Celtics prepare to open training camp in Newport, RI.

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