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The Atlantic, Week 5: Paul Pierce and a Recent Harvard Grad Trending Up

Prepare for yet another installment of “The Atlantic,” Sports of Boston’s weekly look at who’s ‘trending up’ and ‘trending down’ in the NBA’s Atlantic Division! Paul Pierce is the hottest player in the Atlantic division, but do the Knicks have a new star? And are the Sixers on the brink of being considered a contender? […]

Pierce, Celtics Stomp Raptors to Post First Winning Record in A While

Paul Pierce had 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the Boston Celtics en route to a 100-64 thrashing of the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night. The Celtics improved to 11-10 with the victory and now post their first winning record since starting 4-3. Jared Bayless scored 14 off the bench for the Raptors who […]

The Atlantic, Week 4: Celtics’ Confidence and Andrea Bargnani Trending Up

Welcome to “The Atlantic,” a weekly column where we ‘trend up’ and ‘trend down’ news and notes from the NBA’s Atlantic Division. The Boston Celtics are no longer the most disappointing team in the Atlantic Division – the Knicks are. Is Andrea Bargnani a top-10 power forward? Can the New Jersey Nets still make the […]

Gino Sighting! Celtics End Losing Streak in Blowout; Rondo Hurt

After the longest losing streak since April 2007, the Celtics finally put another tally in the win column Wednesday night, dusting off the Gino video as they beat the Toronto Raptors, 96-73. Unfortunately, Celtics floor-general Rajon Rondo exiting the game early with what the Celtics are calling a sore right wrist overshadowed the victory

The Atlantic, Week 3: Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard and More

Welcome to “The Atlantic,” a weekly column where we ‘trend up’ and ‘trend down’ news and notes from the NBA’s Atlantic Division. The rumblings of Kevin Garnett’s decline are getting louder. Are the 76ers or the Nets in a better position to land Dwight Howard? Is there anything to be excited about in Toronto? What’s […]

The Atlantic, Week 2: Ray Allen & No One Else in Great Shape

Welcome to “The Atlantic,” a weekly column where we ‘trend up’ and ‘trend down’ news and notes from the NBA’s Atlantic Division. The Boston Celtics are riding Ray Allen’s hot hand. The Philadelphia 76ers are emerging as a powerhouse. Have the New Jersey Nets found their backcourt of the future? What’s going on this week […]

The Atlantic, Week 1

Welcome to “The Atlantic,” a new weekly column where we ‘trend up’ and ‘trend down’ news and notes from the NBA’s Atlantic Division. The New York metropolitan area has the stars it wanted. The Boston Celtics look to make one more run at an NBA title. The Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors hope to […]

Strong Start Powers Celtics to Second Preseason Win Over Raptors

Doc Rivers gave his starters the first half of Wednesday’s home game against the Toronto Raptors, then turned it over to the bench. The Boston Celtics bench played virtually the entire second half, maintaining a large first-half lead to beat the Raptors, 81-73. A two-game preseason might not say much, but the Celtics finished theirs […]

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 Kick Off Abbreviated Preseason With Close Win in Toronto

Boston Celtics basketball finally got underway Sunday in Toronto, with Boston narrowly coming out on top 76-75. The game featured Boston blowing another double-digit lead like they many times last season, but the Celtics just managed to hold off a potential buzzer beater to walk away with the victory. In fact, Toronto scored the first […]

Celtics Power Past Raptors at the Garden

After an initial minute and a half, Toronto was no match for Boston, who defeated the Raptors 122-102 to take the season series, 5-1. After Toronto took a 4-2 lead (their only one of the night, which they held for all of 21 seconds), Boston rattled off two buckets to go up 9-4. Toronto closed […]

Celtics Get Back in Right Direction With Victory in Toronto

Two straight losses didn’t have the Celtics in good spirits, but they got right back on track by beating the Toronto Raptors 93-79 on the road. Rajon Rondo returned, too. Happy days are here again! Though Rondo wasn’t the biggest contributor to the box score, eight assists and presence greatly helped. It was pretty close […]

Shaq, Garnett Star as Celtics Beat Raptors in Rondo’s Return

The last time the Raptors and Celtics hit the court, Rajon Rondo did not play with a hamstring injury, and the Celtics lost 102-101, thanks to some shoddy officiating. They were left with a bad taste in their mouth, and as a result they haven’t lost since, soundly beating both the Hawks and Nets until […]

Poor Officiating Gift Wraps Game For Raptors, Celtics Lose 102-101

Aside from the 1st quarter, the Celtics looked rather flustered and unable to do much with the ball. Coupled with horrendous officiating (Tommy Heinsohn will be hoarse until the Hawks game Monday with all the yelling he was doing), including a blatantly blown no-call on a foul at the end which directly decided the game’s […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 23

Just one week remains in the season, and only one spot remains to be filled. It’ll be either Toronto or Chicago, and it’s pretty hard to go against Chicago after all those injuries to Toronto. Four divisions and one conference are locked up. Dallas has a magic number of two for their division, Utah and […]