12.03.2016

Obie Not Happy with D

March 19, 2002

Just because Jim O'Brien takes one game at a time doesn't mean he can't plan practice a day in advance.

12.02.2016

Pippen Leads Blazers to Win


March 19, 2002

Jimmy Lynam has been around the NBA for most of the last 20 years. He coached Bill Walton in San Diego, Charles Barkley in Philadelphia, and Chris Webber in Washington.

He's now an assistant coach with Portland and he has another name to add to his list of Great Ones I Have Coached: Scottie Pippen.

12.01.2016

C's Not Short on Swagger


March 18, 2002

There was a moment Saturday night in the third quarter at the Alamodome when the Celtics' Paul Pierce swore he saw fear in the Spurs' eyes.

11.30.2016

Spurs End Celtics Win Streak

March 17, 2002

SAN ANTONIO - Since the Celtics have a habit of making dramatic late-game comebacks, the result of last night's matchup with San Antonio took a couple of minutes to register. Boston was burdened with an unfamiliar feeling of disappointment leaving the court at the Alamodome, having fallen to the Spurs, 111-104. The loss snapped a season-high seven-game winning streak, marking the first time since March 1 that the Green had failed to pull out a game.

11.29.2016

Let Me Tell You a Story

Let Me Tell You a Story

 January 13, 2005

 At the beginning of his new book about Arnold "Red" Auerbach, John Feinstein relates a story about the day in the early 1990s when Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy approached the legendary Boston Celtics coach and team president about doing a book about his life. "Okay, I'll do it," Auerbach told Shaughnessy. "Just don't do to me what that SOB did to Bobby Knight." Anyone who read Shaughnessy's "Seeing Red" or who is familiar with the prolific Feinstein's work knows that Feinstein is, indeed, "that SOB."

11.28.2016

Celtics Pin Loss on Knicks

12/23/04

Celtics Pin Loss on Knicks

The Celtics are beginning to bring their road toughness home. After trailing for three quarters last night at the FleetCenter, the Celtics defeated the Knicks, 114-109, by opening the fourth quarter with a decisive 21-5 run.

The win brought Boston within a game of the .500 mark (12-13).

11.27.2016

Tony Allen Showing Promise

Tony Allen Showing Promise

January 9, 2005

CHICAGO - It was quite a homecoming for Chicago native Tony Allen, who finally got a chance to play before friends and family at the United Center. The rookie guard missed a road exhibition game against the Bulls after suffering a hyperextended left knee. But lately, Allen has made up for lost time, earning minutes with his tough-minded, energetic play.

11.26.2016

Rivers Benches Starters

Rivers Benches Starters

January 9, 2005

CHICAGO - The Celtics' starters played surprisingly few minutes in the final quarter last night, even though a comeback was within reach. Raef LaFrentz and Mark Blount stayed on the bench the entire quarter. Gary Payton and Paul Pierce played the final four minutes down the stretch. Jiri Welsch made a one-minute cameo, though he has not been a regular finisher. The reallocation of minutes to Ricky Davis, Al Jefferson, Marcus Banks, Tony Allen, and Walter McCarty was not some newfangled strategy employed by head coach Doc Rivers. It was a message.

11.25.2016

Doc to Team: Play D or Don't Play

Doc to Team: Play D or Don't Play

January 10, 2005

Before Saturday night's game at Chicago, Celtics coach Doc Rivers was asked for the keys to victory. "Transition defense and rebounding," said Rivers. Then, he thought about his answer and added, "How many more games do we have? Well, you can put that down for the rest of the season."

Rivers Talks D

Rivers Talks D

January 11, 2005

The coach of the Celtics is talking defense a lot these days. It's one topic Doc Rivers won't avoid - but it's a concept his players have had a tendency to avoid.   "In the end, you have to play defense," said Rivers before last night's 119-101 victory over Orlando.   Rivers raised a few eyebrows Saturday night in Chicago when he left his second unit on the floor for much of the fourth quarter in a very winnable game against the Bulls. The Celtics lost, and Rivers said he was not happy with the defensive performance of his starters. 

11.24.2016

Employee #8 is in the House

Employee #8 is in the House

January 15, 2005

The bus was lost. The driver couldn't find the FleetCenter and traffic was a mess, a typical Friday night in Boston.

"I didn't even know where he was taking us. I don't know where we where," said Antoine Walker, who returned to a familiar playground last night, the FleetCenter, a place he called home for seven seasons.

11.23.2016

Antoine Unleashes 30 Shots in 43 Minutes

Antoine Unleashes 30 Shots in 43 Minutes

January 15, 2005

It wasn't pretty, but it was a victory, and that is all Doc Rivers cares about as the Celtics head into a four-day break before their next game.

"It was a win," said Rivers of the Celtics' 106-94 victory over the Antoine Walker-led Atlanta Hawks last night in front of a sellout crowd of 18,624 at the FleetCenter.

11.22.2016

E.Will on Third Team in Less than Two Seasons

E.Will on Third Team in Less than Two Seasons

January 13, 2005

TORONTO - He hasn't been here even a month, but you can tell that Eric Williams, as is his history, already has had an impact on the Raptors. "He knows the game," said Toronto guard Milt Palacio, a teammate of Williams with the Celtics. "He's a tough SOB." Williams is with his third team in the last 1 1/2 seasons. He ended last season with the Cavaliers. He signed with the Nets as a free agent over the summer. He was traded to the Raptors Dec. 17 as part of the Vince Carter clearance. Last night was his 10th game with Toronto and his ninth start. "Everything's pretty cool," he said prior to the Celtics-Raptors game.

11.21.2016

C's Lose; Hustle Stats Explain Why

12/22/04

C's Lose; Hustle Stats Explain Why

MIAMI - Shaquille O'Neal sat this one out with a left calf contusion no one seems to remember him getting. That gave the Shaqolytes a chance to get their very own selves on "SportsCenter" for a change.

11.20.2016

C's Have No Answer for D-Wade

12/22/04

C's Have No Answer for D-Wade

MIAMI - Celtics coach Doc Rivers knew a Shaq-less Miami team still could be formidable, but he regarded this game as a lost opportunity regardless.

11.19.2016

Who is Michael Doleac?

12/22/04

Who is Michael Doleac?

MIAMI - Let's see . . . you hear the term, "Miami Heat." And the first name you think of these days is not Michael Doleac.

But that's who was starting at center against the Celtics last night. Shaquille O'Neal was hors de combat with a contusion on his left calf.

11.18.2016

Celtics Defense Good at Giving up Points

Celtics Defense Good at Giving up Points

January 13, 2005 TORONTO

Only the day before, Paul Pierce joked about the lack of luster and sizzle here now that Vince Carter is gone. "They've got Morris Peterson," Pierce said. He was joking. He proved prophetic. Peterson lit up the Celtics for a career-high 37 points last night, sending the Celtics to a 104-93 setback before an appreciative, if un-Vince-like, gathering of 15,108 at the Air Canada Centre. Peterson may lack the star appeal or the cachet of Carter, but he was downright destructive last night, dropping seven treys on the beleaguered Boston defense, which once again allowed triple figures. An exasperated Pierce said afterward, "This is the first time in my Celtics career that we've given up so many 100-point games.

11.17.2016

Doc Looking for Answers

Doc Looking for Answers

 January 14, 2005

"We're fourth in the league in field goal percentage. We're sixth in the league in scoring. But we're 26th in the league in turnovers and then 29th in the league in rebounding," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers after yesterday's practice at HealthPoint. His diagnosis? "That's what makes you inconsistent," said Rivers of his 16-20 team, which takes on old friend Antoine Walker and the 6-26 Atlanta Hawks tonight at the FleetCenter.

11.16.2016

Patient Willing, Doc Unwilling

January 4, 2005

Whether or not Gary Payton would play last night was truly a game-time decision. At 6:37 p.m., the Celtics announced that he would not dress and that second-year point guard Marcus Banks would start. But before Payton rested, he had an unusually busy night.

11.15.2016

Pierce Da Man

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January 4, 2005

If there was ever an opportune time for point guard Gary Payton to strain his left hamstring and have his consecutive-game streak snapped, it was last night, with the New Orleans Hornets at the FleetCenter. With or without Payton, the Celtics were favored against New Orleans, which entered with a 2-26 record. The visitors have just one road win all season and they have not won since Dec. 15 against Golden State.

11.14.2016

Missing the Point



January 3, 2005

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The turning point in last night's game came less than three minutes into the third quarter. That's when Gary Payton limped to the visitors' locker room after suffering a strained left hamstring.

11.13.2016

Rivers to Activate Ainge to Replace Injured Glove




January 3, 2005

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The potential loss of Gary Payton with a strained left hamstring was briefly a laughing matter last night after the Celtics dropped a 100-88 decision to the Pistons. When asked how he would get through one and possibly many more games without the veteran point guard, coach Doc Rivers decided he would call up executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge. But he was not talking about a quick phone conversation.

11.12.2016

Big Al Hitting the Wall

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January 2, 2005

WALTHAM - Shifting his weight from right to left and glancing repeatedly at his cellphone, Al Jefferson looked a bit distracted around 3 p.m. yesterday. That was understandable. The Celtics' rookie big man had to rush home and pack before catching the team charter to Detroit in an hour.

11.11.2016

Forte Giving it a Go



January 2, 2005

Former Celtics first-round draft pick Joseph Forte is trying, once again.

Forte, whom the Celtics selected with the 21st pick in 2001 (we won't say anything more), lasted one year with the team, appearing in eight games and playing 39 minutes. He was, indeed, Clueless Joe. The Celtics moved him to Seattle in the Vin Baker deal and he lasted a year there. Seattle waived him, eating the final year of Forte's rookie contract.

   The Asheville Altitude of the National Basketball Development League signed him Dec. 14 and, in his first four games, Forte played 58 minutes, scoring 8 points on 3-of-17 shooting.

Forte may never make the grade as an NBA player, but he is one of only four University of North Carolina players to earn consensus All-America honors as a sophomore. The others were Jerry Stackhouse, J.R. Reid, and a guy named Michael Jordan.

11.10.2016

Shaq Sits; Heat Still Win

December 22, 2004

Shaq Sits; Heat Still Win

MIAMI - The Big Guy didn't play, but the Miami Heat still had the best player on the floor in the person of a mid-size guy named Dwyane Wade. The Shaq-less Heat had a few other things going for them as well, including more staying power. The Celtics just could not hang with the energetic Heat, who dominated in the fourth quarter en route to a 108-100 victory at the American Airlines Arena last night. When Celtics coach Doc Rivers heard that Shaquille O'Neal was not going to play because of a contusion of his left calf, he said, "That means more Dwyane Wade, and I'm not sure I want that." Now there was prescience. The young man from Marquette was uncontrollable at both ends, submitting a 33-point, 11-assist, 4-steal game that even - dare we say it - Kobe Bryant would have been happy to claim for his own.

11.09.2016

Almost December and C's Still can't claim back-to-back wins

November 29, 2005

Wouldn't it be loverly? A simple winning streak? You know, where one win actually follows another? Is that too much to ask, especially when the games are at home and against opponents who can make nonrefundable reservations for May?

Apparently, at this point in time, it is too much for the Celtics.

11.08.2016

Blount Benched

November 28, 2005

DNP-CD. That was Mark Blount's fate Friday night, a surprising one given that he had started the first 11 games of the season and had no inclination that Game No. 12 was going to be any different. But he lost his starting job to Kendrick Perkins and never took off his sweats the rest of the night.

11.07.2016

Whispers of the "R" Word at Waltham

November 27, 2005

WALTHAM - No one likes to mention the "r" word around the Celtics' practice facility. Coach Doc Rivers and executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge know the stigma attached to the word "rebuilding."

11.06.2016

Who are the Celtics Fooling?

November 27, 2005

If only Mark Blount were the problem. But he's not. Far from it. The problem goes well beyond one player.

We have been conditioned by Celtics ownership, management, and even, to some extent, the players themselves to wait and wait. The party line is and has been: have patience and wait for the kids to develop. That line of thinking doesn't end with the wishful-thinking folks at Banner 17, either. A lot of national writers and broadcasters feel the same way.

11.05.2016

Raef and Pierce Close out Win

November 26, 2005

After a lot of hard work, the final Celtics play could not have been easier. Paul Pierce inbounded the ball to Raef LaFrentz at the top of the arc. LaFrentz set a pick and quickly handed it back to Pierce, who drove left around the paint and scored the winning layup.

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