7.28.2015

Terminating Vin Baker's Contract May not be as Easy as You'd Think

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January 11, 2004

The agreement that Vin Baker and the Celtics reached in February 2003 does not by itself give the Celtics the power to terminate his contract. According to someone who has seen the document, there is no such language in the agreement. But here's what it does do: It sets up a very specific aftercare program with testing and consequences.

And if Baker does not stay in compliance, there is a mechanism in place (after his suspension reaches 10 games) whereby the Celtics could terminate the contract by going to the Uniform Player Contract. As such, Baker's deal could be terminated not because of his alcohol problems, or his failure to comply, but because he would be deemed unfit to play and thus in breach of the contract. The Celtics would have by then a baseline of evidence to use - including the documentation of the independent doctor overseeing the aftercare - when the Players Association takes the matter to arbitration.

The union is closely monitoring the situation, mindful of the likelihood that the Celtics will be luxury tax payers after this season (assuming there is a luxury tax) and would benefit significantly if Baker's salary came off the books

7.27.2015

Vin Baker Suffers Relapse

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January 8, 2004

TEAM PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR BAKER

News of the fine and three-game suspension imposed on Vin Baker for "noncompliance" with his aftercare program trickled down to his teammates Tuesday night. Some players such as Mark Blount and Paul Pierce received calls from Jim O'Brien. Mike James saw the announcement flash across the screen as he watched basketball on ESPN.

7.26.2015

Celtics Pummel Pacers (and bench scores 35?)

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20-19 (Lost 1)
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28-11 (Won 1)
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January 21, 1987
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Indiana Pacers (20-19)

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Starters MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Herb Williams 32:00 7 15 .467 0 1 .000 3 3 1.000 0 10 10 0 3 0 1 2 17
Steve Stipanovich 29:00 3 5 .600 0 0
4 4 1.000 0 2 2 2 0 1 1 3 10
Vern Fleming 27:00 4 8 .500 0 0
4 4 1.000 0 0 0 7 1 0 1 2 12
John Long 27:00 5 11 .455 0 0
0 0
0 1 1 5 1 0 4 1 10
Chuck Person 26:00 5 15 .333 0 1 .000 0 0
0 4 4 2 1 0 2 2 10
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Michael Brooks 22:00 1 6 .167 0 0
0 0
2 4 6 1 2 0 2 3 2
Kyle Macy 21:00 4 7 .571 0 1 .000 3 4 .750 0 0 0 6 2 0 2 4 11
Wayman Tisdale 16:00 5 8 .625 0 0
3 4 .750 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 3 13
Walker Russell 15:00 2 6 .333 0 0
2 2 1.000 1 2 3 3 0 0 1 3 6
Stuart Gray 13:00 2 6 .333 0 0
0 0
0 5 5 0 0 2 0 3 4
Clint Richardson 6:00 1 1 1.000 1 1 1.000 0 0
0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Greg Dreiling 6:00 1 3 .333 0 0
0 0
0 3 3 0 0 0 1 5 2
Team Totals 240 40 91 .440 1 4 .250 19 21 .905 4 32 36 28 11 3 15 31 100

Boston Celtics (28-11)

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Starters MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Larry Bird 36:00 11 18 .611 3 5 .600 1 1 1.000 2 11 13 8 2 1 4 2 26
Kevin McHale 33:00 11 16 .688 0 0
2 3 .667 1 5 6 1 0 3 1 1 24
Dennis Johnson 33:00 3 5 .600 0 1 .000 1 1 1.000 0 2 2 11 3 0 2 2 7
Robert Parish 31:00 9 14 .643 0 0
4 6 .667 2 9 11 1 1 3 2 2 22
Danny Ainge 29:00 7 15 .467 2 4 .500 0 0
0 5 5 8 1 0 1 2 16
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Darren Daye 15:00 2 4 .500 0 0
1 2 .500 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 1 5
Jerry Sichting 15:00 2 2 1.000 0 0
0 0
0 0 0 2 1 0 2 4 4
Greg Kite 14:00 2 3 .667 0 0
2 5 .400 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 6
Sam Vincent 11:00 2 3 .667 0 0
4 4 1.000 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 8
Fred Roberts 10:00 0 1 .000 0 0
6 6 1.000 1 2 3 0 2 2 0 0 6
Conner Henry 8:00 0 1 .000 0 1 .000 5 6 .833 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 5
Rick Carlisle 5:00 0 2 .000 0 0
1 2 .500 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 1
Team Totals 240 49 84 .583 5 11 .455 27 36 .750 6 42 48 35 11 10 16 18 130

7.25.2015

Paul Pierce Disappointed by Home Play

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January 6, 2004

PISTONS 78, CELTICS 68;

The FleetCenter has been far from a friendly place for the Celtics this season. That trend continued last night as Detroit defeated Boston, 78-68. The Celtics had trouble scoring almost the entire night, appearing out of synch and fatigued for long stretches. Paul Pierce (27 points) left the court cursing as he walked by the bench. He had good reason to be upset since the Celtics shot 29 percent in their lowest-scoring performance of the season.

7.24.2015

Celtics Not Home Free

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Celtics Not Home Free

January 5, 2004

WALTHAM - Considering how he could best prepare Boston for tonight's game against Detroit, Jim O'Brien had a few options. No. 1, he could call in a charter and sit the Celtics on the plane for eight hours. (That worked before the Denver game and started a five-game win streak.) No. 2, the players could check into a luxury hotel on Boston Common for an hour and head to the FleetCenter via bus. (That worked Saturday night at the United Center as Boston defeated Chicago.) No. 3, O'Brien could hold practice, even though the Celtics just finished two sets of three games in four nights.Being a practical man who never can get enough practice time, O'Brien's decision was easy. Boston worked out yesterday at its training facility, even though extra practice time has yielded varying results this season.

The Past Meets the Present

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7.23.2015

Chris Ford, Clippers Start Season with Goose Egg after 14 Games

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March 7, 1999

   Quality of play is down. Shooting percentages are down. Scoring is down. The Clippers are down.

If nothing else, the NBA is a league of trends, and its bete noir is again holding its own at the bottom of an ever-deepening barrel. The Clippers have involuntarily embarked on a possibly historic campaign, one that is again raising questions about the way Los Angeles's "other team" (read: not for NBC) functions.

Boston has a minor investment in this year's team: its coach. Chris Ford is now patrolling the sidelines for a team that is finding it difficult to get even a single win. Ford has yet to reach for the hemlock or the sharp objects in his rented Redondo Beach house, but even he wasn't prepared for an 0-14 start. 

7.22.2015

C's Win One

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January 1, 2005

You can forget about giving away those Wizards tickets to the letter carrier - unless he or she happens to be a serious hoop fan. This is a new year - actually, a new, new year - and Washington is a team that looks a lot like the Celtics: fun to watch, not a lot of defense, and unpredictable as ever.

   In other words, a team worth seeing in today's defense-centric NBA.

7.21.2015

Celts Fall to Lowly Knicks as Bench Underperforms Once Again . . .

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Boston Celtics
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27-11 (Lost 1)
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13-25 (Won 1)
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January 19, 1987
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Boston Celtics (27-11)

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Starters MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Kevin McHale 43:00 7 16 .438 0 0
10 11 .909 4 7 11 4 2 2 5 4 24
Danny Ainge 40:00 5 11 .455 1 3 .333 1 1 1.000 1 5 6 6 2 0 3 3 12
Larry Bird 39:00 11 20 .550 3 5 .600 10 11 .909 3 5 8 3 2 0 4 2 35
Dennis Johnson 26:00 3 10 .300 0 0
0 1 .000 0 0 0 4 1 0 3 2 6
Robert Parish 25:00 8 13 .615 0 0
2 2 1.000 7 4 11 3 0 0 1 6 18
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Jerry Sichting 23:00 2 6 .333 0 2 .000 0 0
0 0 0 5 1 0 1 0 4
Greg Kite 18:00 1 1 1.000 0 0
2 4 .500 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 4 4
Fred Roberts 14:00 2 5 .400 0 0
2 2 1.000 2 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 6
Darren Daye 6:00 0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Sam Vincent 4:00 0 2 .000 0 0
0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Conner Henry 2:00 0 1 .000 0 0
0 0
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 240 39 85 .459 4 10 .400 27 32 .844 18 24 42 27 8 2 17 23 109

New York Knicks (13-25)

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Starters MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Bill Cartwright 44:00 5 10 .500 0 0
11 11 1.000 4 9 13 8 1 0 4 5 21
Gerald Henderson 39:00 10 16 .625 0 1 .000 3 5 .600 1 1 2 7 1 1 4 5 23
Patrick Ewing 35:00 8 20 .400 0 0
6 9 .667 0 9 9 1 2 0 3 5 22
Trent Tucker 18:00 2 7 .286 1 2 .500 0 0
0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 5
Chris McNealy 17:00 2 2 1.000 0 0
2 2 1.000 3 2 5 0 0 0 2 4 6
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Louis Orr 31:00 4 7 .571 0 0
0 0
4 2 6 6 0 0 0 2 8
Gerald Wilkins 30:00 9 16 .563 0 0
0 0
0 2 2 6 2 0 1 3 18
Jawann Oldham 12:00 2 3 .667 0 0
0 0
0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 4
Rory Sparrow 9:00 1 1 1.000 0 0
2 2 1.000 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 4
Bob Thornton 3:00 0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
Pat Cummings 2:00 0 0
0 0
0 0
0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Team Totals 240 43 82 .524 1 3 .333 24 29 .828 12 27 39 29 8 2 18 30 111

7.20.2015

The Glove has Fit

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January 1, 2005

You know who's been great all year?

Gary Payton, that's who.

   I'll give you the full disclosure bit. I didn't want him. The whole thing made no sense to me on any level. I didn't think he had much left, and he certainly didn't want to be here. He's a West Coast guy with a family in California, so what was in it for him? It's not like the Celtics are on the verge of contention. After yesterday's 108-103 triumph over the entertaining Washington Wizards at the Fleet, they're still three wins shy of breaking even.

7.18.2015

Pitino will Rotate Schintzius, Battie, DeClercq, and Riley at the 5

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January 31, 1999

Pitino will Rotate Schintzius, Battie, DeClercq, and Riley at the 5

   WALTHAM - The Celtics have players with sore toes, sore ankles, and sore wrists. Yesterday they got a player with a very sore nose. So sore, in fact, that it may be broken.

Dwayne Schintzius took an accidental elbow during an afternoon practice at Brandeis. Before leaving for X-rays, Schintzius saw Rick Pitino. The coach was holding out hope that Schintzius's nose was just severely bruised.

7.17.2015

C's Down Cornbread Maxwell and the Rockets

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Houston Rockets
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18-19 (Lost 1)
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Boston Celtics
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27-10 (Won 4)
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January 18, 1987
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Houston Rockets (18-19)

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Starters MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Robert Reid 40:00 8 18 .444 2 4 .500 2 2 1.000 0 1 1 4 1 0 4 3 20
Hakeem Olajuwon 32:00 8 13 .615 0 0
4 6 .667 1 8 9 0 1 0 3 4 20
Rodney McCray 30:00 5 10 .500 0 1 .000 2 3 .667 3 1 4 3 2 1 3 4 12
Ralph Sampson 29:00 1 8 .125 0 0
4 4 1.000 2 4 6 3 0 1 3 4 6
Dirk Minniefield 23:00 1 7 .143 0 0
0 0
0 0 0 3 1 0 3 1 2
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Jim Petersen 25:00 1 3 .333 0 0
5 6 .833 1 5 6 1 1 0 3 2 7
Steve Harris 23:00 7 12 .583 0 0
4 5 .800 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 18
Cedric Maxwell 17:00 2 4 .500 0 0
1 3 .333 0 3 3 3 0 1 0 3 5
Allen Leavell 11:00 2 2 1.000 0 0
0 0
0 2 2 4 0 0 1 3 4
Richard Anderson 7:00 2 4 .500 0 0
0 0
0 3 3 0 0 1 1 1 4
Dave Feitl 3:00 0 0
0 0
1 2 .500 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1
Team Totals 240 37 81 .457 2 5 .400 23 31 .742
28 37 22 6 4 22 28 99
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Boston Celtics (27-10)

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Starters MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Larry Bird 39:00 10 20 .500 2 5 .400 10 11 .909 2 7 9 9 5 1 5 3 32
Robert Parish 39:00 7 17 .412 0 0
4 5 .800 2 5 7 1 1 1 3 3 18
Kevin McHale 37:00 7 15 .467 0 0
5 6 .833 3 6 9 1 2 0 0 3 19
Dennis Johnson 37:00 4 7 .571 0 0
6 6 1.000 0 3 3 9 3 0 2 3 14
Danny Ainge 32:00 2 8 .250 1 2 .500 0 0
2 2 4 3 3 0 2 3 5
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Jerry Sichting 13:00 5 8 .625 0 0
0 0
0 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 10
Greg Kite 13:00 2 3 .667 0 0
2 3 .667 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 5 6
Darren Daye 9:00 3 3 1.000 0 0
1 1 1.000 0 2 2 3 0 0 0 1 7
Fred Roberts 9:00 0 2 .000 0 0
0 0
0 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0
Sam Vincent 7:00 3 6 .500 0 0
1 1 1.000 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 7
Rick Carlisle 3:00 0 3 .000 0 0
2 2 1.000 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Conner Henry 2:00 1 1 1.000 0 0
0 0
0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Team Totals 240 44 93 .473 3 7 .429 31 35 .886 11 33 44 30 16 2 14 25 122

Bench Scores a Pitiful 5 Points in Win

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14-23 (Lost 4)
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26-10 (Won 3)
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January 16, 1987
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Cleveland Cavaliers (14-23)

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Starters MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Brad Daugherty 47:00 10 22 .455 0 0
6 8 .750 5 9 14 4 1 0 2 5 26
Phil Hubbard 46:00 4 12 .333 0 0
2 2 1.000 3 2 5 4 1 1 1 6 10
John Bagley 45:00 10 21 .476 1 8 .125 3 3 1.000 0 6 6 6 3 0 2 4 24
Ron Harper 44:00 11 28 .393 0 2 .000 8 9 .889 4 3 7 9 1 2 6 3 30
Hot Rod Williams 44:00 11 17 .647 0 0
2 3 .667 4 6 10 2 0 3 0 3 24
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Craig Ehlo 15:00 2 3 .667 1 1 1.000 0 0
0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 5
Mark West 12:00 4 5 .800 0 0
1 2 .500 3 1 4 0 1 0 0 1 9
Keith Lee 6:00 0 3 .000 0 0
0 0
1 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 0
Ben Poquette 3:00 0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Johnny Newman 3:00 0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
Team Totals 265 52 111 .468 2 11 .182 22 27 .815 20 27 47 27 8 6 15 28 128

Boston Celtics (26-10)

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Starters MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Larry Bird 51:00 12 23 .522 0 1 .000 11 11 1.000 1 6 7 8 1 1 5 2 35
Kevin McHale 49:00 15 25 .600 0 0
8 9 .889 1 9 10 3 1 5 4 3 38
Dennis Johnson 48:00 6 13 .462 0 0
10 10 1.000 0 5 5 11 1 2 3 2 22
Danny Ainge 40:00 5 8 .625 1 1 1.000 0 0
1 0 1 8 3 0 0 5 11
Robert Parish 39:00 8 11 .727 0 0
6 6 1.000 4 5 9 1 1 2 3 6 22
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Fred Roberts 19:00 0 3 .000 0 0
0 0
1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
Jerry Sichting 18:00 1 1 1.000 0 0
3 3 1.000 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 5
Greg Kite 1:00 0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 265 47 84 .560 1 2 .500 38 39 .974 9 26 35 32 7 10 16 20 133

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