12.09.2016

Celtics Watch Tape, Get Better


March 22, 2002

No one claimed miracle-worker status after the Celtics' defense showed improvement against the Cavaliers Wednesday night.

Coach Jim O'Brien downplayed the significance of a practice Tuesday that was dedicated to defense. When it was suggested it must have been one heck of a workout, O'Brien said, "Well, it wasn't, frankly." Paul Pierce, Antoine Walker, Kenny Anderson, Eric Williams, and Tony Delk sat out to rest. So, the bulk of the defensive instruction came via video.

Pierce Shines on Bobblehead Night

March 21, 2002

The postgame scene in the Celtics' locker room was pure Paul Pierce comedy. He let his alter-ego for the night - a six-inch bobblehead doll - do the talking. As questions came from different directions, Pierce simply shook the doll for an endless stream of yes answers. And Pierce had the perfect game for his bobblehead buddy to break down.

12.08.2016

Paul Pierce Bobblehead Night


March 21, 2002

Paul Pierce's biggest fan came all the way from Inglewood, Calif., to get a bobblehead doll of her favorite player. She saw the dolls advertised on a recent Celtics television broadcast and knew she had to have one. Hey, what are mothers for? Pierce promised the bobblehead he played around with in the locker room was going to his mother, Lorraine Hosey.

12.07.2016

Celtics' Defense Returns

March 21, 2002

Truth be told, The Truth said, he is better at defense. "What's so funny? You don't think I can play any 'D'?" Paul Pierce, the NBA's third-leading scorer, asked after his assessment of his game drew giggles. "I don't get any credit for my defense.

12.06.2016

Bill Walton Family Hour

March 21, 2002

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Luke Walton always understood that he was not a (so-called) normal kid from a (so-called) normal household.

After all . . .

   Most kids do not carry school lunch boxes festooned with John Wooden sayings.

Most kids are not named after NBA players who were teammates of his father.

Most kids do not have a teepee in their backyard.

Most kids do not have a father who, more than simply being a garden variety member of his sport's Hall of Fame, is regarded by many as the standard of excellence at his position.

12.05.2016

Celtics' Defense Suffering Slippage


March 20, 2002

WALTHAM - The message has been clear for two weeks or so. The problem is on the receiving end.

The Celtics have shown what coach Jim O'Brien calls "slippage" on defense, and he wants it to end. Assistant coach/defensive coordinator Dick Harter said yesterday he saw the same thing.

12.04.2016

Bonzi's Bomb Blasts Boston


March 19, 2002
These days, the Portland Trail Blazers ride into NBA cities like a group of cocksure bullies from the Western Conference. They have dropped only two games since the All-Star break, and their arrogance seems a natural outgrowth.

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.

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