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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 […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 12

With the season about half over now, plenty of teams are worthy of attention. Who would have thought the Bobcats would be #5, especially after a 39-point obliteration of Miami? Memphis is knocking on the door out West, and New Orleans, New York, and Milwaukee aren’t that far out either. The Celtics can’t hold a […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 11

Teams have started to settle into their positions as we approach the half-way mark of the season, but plenty of spots are ripe for the taking. Only three teams are not within 5.5 games of a playoff spot. The Bucks are not in a playoff spot, but are 2.5 games away from #5. Similarly out […]

Rondo’s Triple-Double Leads Celtics Past Raptors

While the rest of New England was watching the beloved Patriots fall to the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the playoffs, there was a good basketball game going on. The Boston Celtics traveled to Toronto to take on the Raptors who hadn’t lost at home since December 11 against Atlanta. The Celtics never […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 10

A full ten weeks into the season, plenty of surprises are still in place. The Bobcats and Bucks are still hanging onto playoff spots, as are the Thunder. Even the Clippers, who were up by nine at the half “at home” against the Lakers late, are just three games out of the brackets. And the […]

No Rondo. No Pierce. No Garnett. No Problem?

The last time I was certain the Celtics would lose was during their franchise-worst 24-58 season in 2006-2007. Somewhere in the first half of the infamous 18-game losing streak, I stopped thinking the Celtics would lose every night, in part because teams usually don’t lose that many games in a row in any sport, period. […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 9

Coming up on the end of 2009, the NBA season still has plenty of excitement left. Three East teams are still sub-.500 and in the playoff picture. The Lakers are taking control of the West while the East is once more up for grabs. A six-game Cavaliers winning streak is the longest active one in […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 8

Some interesting moves have occurred this past week. The Bulls just can’t seem to get their act together. The surging Knicks are just half a game out of a playoff spot. After winning their first ten home games, the Suns have lost their last two. The Lakers and Celtics both look to be getting back […]

Celtics Down Raptors 116-103

The Boston Celtics pushed their win streak to three with a convincing 116-103 victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors on Friday night.  The big question coming into the game was whether or not the Celtics could defeat an inferior opponent in convincing fashion.  It took a Kevin Garnett buzzer beater in overtime for the Celtics […]

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 1

Plenty of action has already manifested itself, and we’re only through a week of the season. The Celtics are still undefeated, sharing the honor with Denver as the only unbeaten teams left. However, the close call with Minnesota was a tad much for my taste. After trying twice unsuccessfully, Denver is finally looking like they […]

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 […]

Celtics Make Raptors Extinct in Toronto

The Celtics extended their preseason record to an NBA second-best 5-1 (behind the 5-0 Magic) by taking it to the Toronto Raptors with a 101-82 victory Sunday afternoon. The familiar pattern once again manifested itself as the Celtics (one guess as to how this sentence will end…) committed their first turnover 14 seconds into the […]

Ray Allen Helps Celtics Win in Connecticut

Playing in an arena he once called home, Ray Allen did something he always did in his college days. He won. In the early 1990’s, Allen went 26-0 under Jim Calhoun’s Huskies in that arena (now called the XL Center). Allen finished with eight points, six rebounds, and four assists to help the Celtics get an easy […]

The Celtics and the “Anticlimactic” Division Preview

Less than a decade ago, the Atlantic Division appeared to be steamrolling to NBA dominance. In 2002, the division had just come off sending back-to-back teams to the Finals (76ers, Nets) and had witnessed the emergence of a Nets-Celtics rivalry in the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals. Allen Iverson was considered to be one of, if […]