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Pierce Returns, O’Neal Stars, as Celtics Win Home Opener

Paul Pierce returned to the Celtics Friday night hoping to help re-align and settle the offense. The result: triple-digit scoring nights from five players (including Pierce), 60 percent accuracy from the Celtics’ starters, and a 96-85 victory over the Detroit Pistons in the Celtics’ home opener. The Pistons remain winless.

Eastern Conference Preview, Part 1: The Non-Contenders

With the NBA season less than a week away, Sports of Boston will be previewing the entire Eastern Conference. In part one, let’s look at the teams that should finish in the lower half of the conference and miss the playoffs. Toronto Raptors Last season, Toronto finished with the third-worst record in the NBA. With […]

Celtics Home Opener Unofficially Announced as Dec. 30 Against Pistons

Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reported Tuesday that the Celtics’ Home opener will be against the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 30. This will be the first time the Celtics take the court in the TD Banknorth Garden during this upcoming, shortened NBA season. The Celtics won three out of four meetings with the Pistons […]

Shaq’s Return Doesn’t Last Long As Celtics Beat Pistons

It had been 27 games since Celtics fans got to see “The BIG Shamrock” in action, but with 4:43 left in the first quarter, Shaquille O’Neal stepped foot on the hardwood, ready to give Boston fans what they have been waiting for.  He entered to a loud roar, and you could see the happiness and excitement in the fans’ […]

Celtics Beat Pistons 86-82 Behind Pierce, Allen

Paul Pierce’s 22 points set the tone for the Celtics winning their fourth game in a row, beating the Detroit Pistons 86-82 as a disgruntled Richard Hamilton rode the bench for the visitors. Kevin Garnett totaled 11 points and six rebounds in only his second game back from a leg injury that forced him out […]

Garnett Injured as Celtics Turn Game Over to Pistons

Offense, defense, ball control. Play with them, you win. Play without them, you lose. Wednesday night in Detroit, the Celtics played without them, and they lost. The Celtics shot 44.2 percent through the first three quarters, allowed the Pistons to shoot 55.7 percent and turned the ball over 21 times, losing 104-92 in Detroit. Kevin […]

Rondo Leads Shaq-less Celtics Past Pistons

While Republicans were busy winning House and Senate seats in 49 other states (the Democrats swept Massachusetts in the House again), the Celtics were busy heading up to Motown to duke it out with the winless Pistons. These aren’t your father’s Pistons, or even the Pistons of 2008. These Pistons are a real sorry bunch, […]

Pierce, Celtics Clobber Pistons

After a demoralizing loss to the Cavaliers on Sunday (come on, who thought the Celtics would win in Cleveland?), the Celtics had to get right back on the horse for a game Monday night at home against the Pistons. Detroit has undergone a roster transformation, sending away Chauncey Billups (and then Allen Iverson), and Rasheed Wallace […]

Pierce Returns to Action, Celtics Get Back on Track

After an embarrassing loss to the New Jersey Nets on Sunday, the Boston Celtics hit the road to Detroit to take on the Pistons Tuesday night. Paul Pierce was set to return from his thumb injury, and although he did not play that well, his presence might have been enough to push the C’s back […]

Diagnosing the Ailing Celtics

The NBA regular season is almost half-way over and the Boston Celtics sit at 27-13. The record has the Celtics atop of the Atlantic Division and leading the Toronto Raptors by 7.5 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are the only Eastern Conference team with more wins than the C’s. Certainly, the Celtics are right where they want […]

Poor Second Half Dooms Celtics in Detroit

The Boston Celtics traveled to Detroit to face the Pistons Wednesday night, coming off of a tough loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. In general, the Celtics have seemed mired in a mid-season quagmire as they face injuries and what is only now becoming an easier schedule. The Celtics played well in the first […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 7

What fun we’re having. The Celtics are starting to build a mini lead in the conference. Three sub-.500 teams are in the playoffs, giving the best teams a virtual bye. The Lakers are doing just as well as everyone thought, but they’re not running amok with the West. Yao-less Houston is still pushing for a […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 6

Things are hot, with both conferences’ 8 seeds leading their closets contenders by half a game. The West is once again making its case for the elite conference, with not one team below .500 team in sight of a playoff spot. Speaking of which, the Nets actually won last week. Twice. And they’re only 15.5 […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 2

It’s been a fun week. The Bulls lost to the Nuggets when a basket, under review, was deemed fired off too late. The Celtics and Suns continue to impress. And Milwaukee leading the division? Pabst Blue Ribbon is a more popular Wisconsin product. And we’ve got the Mavs holding onto the division over the Spurs, […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 0

It might seem a little soon to start this column after the second day of games, but there’s already been some interesting developments. Besides, this is the only way the Timberwolves and Thunder will make it in, so I’ll humor them. The Wizards were the first team to reach 100 points in a game, and the […]