Delonte Goes for 14, 9, 9, and 4 in W over Marbury and Knicks

November 3, 2005

Delonte West has been devoted to studying Stephon Marbury and game tape since his days at Saint Joseph's. For that reason, he saw ways to exploit the play of the Knicks' starting point guard, and put that knowledge to work last night as he led the Celtics to a 114-100 victory in the season opener at the TD Banknorth Garden.

In the process, West recorded career highs in rebounds (9), assists (9), and blocks (4) to go with 14 points. Following the example set by West, the Celtics outrebounded the Knicks, 57-41. West appeared to be everywhere and called the performance the best of his young career.


88-Year-Old Red Still Taking Shots at the Zen Mistress

November 3, 2005

You knew he was OK, that the mind was still as sharp as ever, that he still was in full tweak mode, when the two words that Red Auerbach loathes to hear were raised last night in a pregame press conference: Phil Jackson.


Celtics Topple Knicks, Capture Opener

November 3, 2005

Conventional wisdom says all the young Celtics need is time to realize their potential. Well, they got more minutes than expected last night at the TD Banknorth Garden as the season opener headed into overtime. The extra time together paid off as Boston struck first in OT on the way to a 114-100 win over the Knicks.


Pierce Making himself More Accessible

November 3, 2005

Paul Pierce made himself available to the media before last night's season opener between the Celtics and Knicks. The move was in marked contrast to last season, when the captain hid out in the trainer's room prior to games. The accessibility appeared to signal Pierce's continuing campaign to be a better leader. It also showed Pierce was not experiencing any pregame jitters as he prepared to start his eighth NBA season.


Apparently Gerald Green has Learned How to Play D

The easiest way to bring out a bored or uninterested look from Gerald Green these days is to ask him about his offense.

More Practice at Dah Gahden

November 2, 2005

Gerald Green happily reports that he can now find his way out of downtown and onto the Mass. Pike. That was not the case two weeks ago when the rookie left the TD Banknorth Garden asking, "How do I get out of here?"

Coach Doc Rivers hopes other players besides Green benefited from the hour-and-a-half workout yesterday at the Garden, on the eve of tonight's season opener. If not for issues with Boston traffic and earlier wakeup times, the Celtics would have returned today for a 10 a.m. shootaround.

    Following the longtime advice of Red Auerbach, the Celtics will make a concerted effort to spend more time practicing on their home court. The fact that the Pacers put up more practice shots on the parquet than the Celtics during last season's playoff series still bothers Rivers. So when the Bruins are out of town and Bono or Bruce Springsteen are not taking the stage, arena management has arranged to make the Garden available.


The Celtics are Young

November 1, 2005

WALTHAM Few sports experiences are more boring than watching a national telecast of a Nets-Knicks exhibition game. But last week, Celtics coach Doc Rivers sat through the entire mind-numbing display in preparation for tomorrow night's season opener against New York at the TD Banknorth Garden. What he saw did not surprise him. Typical exhibition fare with mix-and-match rotations.


Celtics Complete Deal for Dickau

October 1, 2005

           The Celtics made a long-awaited trade official yesterday, acquiring point guard Dan Dickau from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for a second-round choice in 2006. Dickau, who averaged 12.5 points playing for both Dallas and New Orleans last season, was acquired for the draft choice that Miami gave to Boston in a previous deal. Dickau started 46 of his 71 games last year and averaged 4.9 assists. After the Hornets acquired the 6-foot guard from Dallas, Dickau averaged 13.2 points, 5.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 67 appearances.


Despite Rampant Rumors, Pierce Still a Celtic

September 30, 2005

Paul Pierce will return to town soon, settling into his suburban home in preparation for the start of training camp Oct. 4. Maybe you will see him driving his customized Celtics-themed truck with images of the TD Banknorth Garden parquet inside. Maybe not.


Gomes New Home

September 28, 2005

DANBURY, Conn. Wilby High School wasted no time honoring its most famous graduate. On Sept. 14, at a special assembly, Ryan Gomes had his No. 4 retired as a standing-room-only crowd packed the gym to see the first NBA player born and raised in Waterbury.

   No one cared that he had yet to play his first game. The principal, superintendent, and a couple of coaches offered tributes. The mayor sent his congratulations. But the teenagers in the crowd grew restless until Gomes stepped to the microphone and called for quiet.


Number Six Out of the Mix

October 31, 2005

When the Celtics media guides are distributed this week, one famous face will be missing from the front of the tome.


Ricky Davis, Mark Blount, and Raef are just a Few of the Interesting Names Doc will be Juggling

October 29, 2005

WALTHAM Doc Rivers was not pleased with the way the Celtics looked during a three-hour practice that started at 10 o'clock yesterday. And that may be putting it mildly. After a brief break, the coach reconvened the players for a second session that lasted almost an hour and a half. He does not want lackadaisical practices to become a habit, especially with a team of impressionable youngsters. The second workout went much better.


The Curtis Borchardt Era in Boston is Ovah

October 28, 2005

The Celtics cut center Curtis Borchardt yesterday, trimming the roster to the 15-player maximum in preparation for the regular season. The way the roster stands today is the way it should remain for the opener Wednesday, barring any unexpected trades.


Rivers Says Roster is Set

October 27, 2005

Doc Rivers said he already has his roster pretty well figured out. There's still one more cut to be made, but, essentially, the 2005-06 Celtics are there, right before your very eyes.


Gerald Green and the Missing Finger

September 18, 2005

WALTHAM   - Gerald Green shies away from discussing the childhood accident that led doctors to amputate half of his right ring finger. He claims not to remember when it happened maybe when he was 8, maybe a couple of years earlier.


Delonte One of Many at the Point

October 26, 2005

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Delonte West is an actions-speak-louder-than-words kind of guy. When he talks, you must lean in to hear what he says. He usually makes a perceptive point about the game or his play, but he never elaborates.


Sca-la-bri-ne (Clap, clap, clap)

October 25, 2005

WALTHAM After asking for a pen, Brian Scalabrine carefully wrote out the proper way to chant his name: Sca-la-bri-ne. Then he demonstrated in a sing-song baritone. "Sca-la-bri-ne," he said. "Clap, clap . . . clap, clap clap."

Out of respect for all the New Jersey fans who cheered him for four years and elevated him to local cult status, Scalabrine wanted to make sure the chant was reported accurately. He wouldn't be surprised to hear it tonight when the Celtics play the Nets at Continental Airlines Arena, his first game there since signing with Boston as a free agent this summer. He also wouldn't be surprised to hear boos.


Orien Turning Heads

October 24, 2005

Orien Greene gets it all the time. People think he looks a lot like Tracy McGrady, or at least McGrady's slightly shorter younger brother. Some see a little Robert Horry in Greene. Paul Pierce sees a taller, thinner version of former Celtic point guard Randy Brown.


Tony Allen: "I Let My Team Down"

October 23, 2005

UNCASVILLE, Conn. Tony Allen rejoined the Celtics yesterday and spoke for the first time since being arrested for aggravated battery and spending two nights in a Chicago jail. ("That ain't no place for me," he said.        Allen posted $150,000 bond and returned to Boston Friday, then traveled on the team bus to Mohegan Sun last night for the Celtics' exhibition game against the Nets.


Doc Tries to Stay Optimistic

October 23, 2005

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Doc Rivers said he has seen the light with regard to the Celtics. Since it's still the preseason, no sarcastic comments will be forthcoming. OK, just one. Exactly which team did Rivers think he was watching in some darkened video room when he saw the light? Did he mistakenly put in a tape of Detroit or Indiana or Miami or San Antonio or Phoenix?


Tony Allen Posts Bond

October 22, 2005

Tony Allen appeared in court yesterday afternoon, posted $150,000 bond, and returned to Boston after spending a second night in a Chicago jail and being charged with aggravated battery, according to his attorney, Michael Zaslavsky. The charge stems from his role in a fight that escalated into a shooting at the White Palace Grill in Chicago's West Loop Aug. 28.


Jefferson Sees Action in Return

October 22, 2005

TORONTO - It wasn't exactly a triumphant return to action, but Al Jefferson got just what he needed in his first exhibition game during the Raptors' 93-83 victory over the Celtics last night at the Air Canada Centre. In his return from a sprained left ankle suffered Oct. 4, Jefferson was the first player off the bench and finished with 8 points and 4 rebounds in 18 minutes 22 seconds. More importantly, he moved well and played without pain, despite twisting the ankle in the second quarter.


Tony Allen Remains in Jail

October 21, 2005

Tony Allen remained in a Chicago jail last night after returning to his hometown and voluntarily surrendering to police Wednesday. The second-year Celtics guard is being questioned about a fight that escalated into a shooting Aug. 28 at the White Palace Grill in the West Loop. Allen's attorney, Michael Zaslavsky, expects Allen will be either released or formally charged today. Neither Zaslavsky nor the Chicago Police Department would comment on the charges, citing an ongoing investigation. Allen is not considered a suspect in the shooting.


Jefferson Pain Free

October 21, 2005

With Al Jefferson finally back practicing yesterday and planning to play tonight against Toronto at the Air Canada Centre, it was hard to tell who was happier Jefferson or Celtics coach Doc Rivers.


No Truth in Dress Code

October 20, 2005

Call it a quick change, but Paul Pierce has joined the list of prominent NBA players opposed to the league's new dress code.


Big Three Reunion?


Well, the Celtics have Ray Allen in place. Er, um, I mean Al Horford. Of course this reminds everyone of another poker play Danny Ainge made a few years back. If Danny's mindset were like it was circa July 2007, and there's no reason to think it's not, what behind-the-scenes maneuvering might we expect this time?

Steep Learning Curve

October 20, 2005

     Gerald Green got a good look at his new home last night. A really good look. From his front-row seat on the bench, Green surveyed the championship banners, the retired numbers, and storied parquet floor at the TD Banknorth Garden.


Big Al Stuck in Idle

October 19, 2005

Al Jefferson averaged a shade less than 15 minutes a game last season. Although that might not seem like much, the player known as "Big Al" would kill for 15 minutes a game right now. It'd be 15 minutes more than he's played to date.


Celtics Like Bynum

October 16, 2005

When the Celtics arrived here, rookie point guard Will Bynum had two things on his mind: baked chicken and macaroni.


Paul Pierce, Ricky Davis, and Pray for Rain

October 17, 2005

For all the influx of young talent and uncertainty surrounding their rotation this season, the Celtics still face a familiar problem. They remain all-too-predictable on offense. Option No. 1: Paul Pierce. Option No. 2: Ricky Davis. Option No. 3: Somebody, please.

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