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8 a.m.: Rajon Rondo will be back in uniform, looking to dish the Celtics into the lead in their best-of-seven first-round series. Rondo returns to the team after serving a one-game suspension in Game 2, when Paul Pierce went off for 36 points to even the Eastern Conference playoff series against the Hawks at 1-1. Ray Allen is still no more than a game-time decision, and the Hawks are doubtful they will have power forward Josh Smith, who sprained the patellar tendon in his left knee late in Tuesday's game. The Celtics are confident as they return home, especially after...

Paul Pierce with another vintage playoff performance

Many people predicted before last night that Paul Pierce would become more of a distributor in Rajon Rondo’s absence. Pierce often dishes more assists than usual when Rondo misses games, so it was natural to believe he would become a de facto point guard in Rondo’s absence. Pierce, however, maintained the stance he always takes when asked why he scored this, or passed that...

Paul Pierce Tebowed Twice Last Night, Celtics Win (Video)

Can't say I knew Paul Pierce was a big Tim Tebow fan, but apparently he is.  He did the Tebow last night....Twice.  And whadaya know, the Celtics won the game behind Pierce and his 36 points and evened up the series 1-1 against the Atlanta Hawks.  And to add salt to the wound, Hawks star player Josh Smith suffered a knee injury during the game.  The magical power of the...

Afternoon Delight: Paul Pierce stars in new movie

About Afternoon Delight: Every weekday afternoon, posts an original (most of the time), humorous creation for your delight. Check back tomorrow for more, or view past Afternoon Delight postings. Credit Edwin Khu for today's AD.

Without Smith, Hawks can't do anything about Pierce

It's hard to tell what's worse: the face plant at home with a chance to take a commanding 2-0 lead over Boston in this first-round playoff series or losing your best player to a potential season-ending knee injury. The Hawks cashed in on both counts Tuesday night at Philips Arena, losing to the undermanned Boston Celtics 87-80 in Game 2 of their series. They watched Josh...

Oh Captain, My Captain! Pierce’s 36 Ties Series 1-1

Joe Johnson had his hands full all night with Pierce, unable to match him on either side of the ball. Celtics fans knew it would take better performances from veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett if the Celtics were to take Game 2 in Atlanta and steal home-court advantage from the Hawks, especially with Ray Allen still injured and Rajon Rondo suspended due to bumping an...

Starting 5: Nuggets get close, Philly takes advantage & Pierce goes off

Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day. 1:  The Nuggets get closer... but.... They're just not good enough to beat the Lakers.  The playoffs are all about matchups, and these are some tough matchups for the Nuggets.  All the double teaming of Bynum worked well enough in stretches, but he's still too big for...

Bass floundering under spotlight of playoffs

Brandon Bass should be sending thank you cards to Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce for stealing the spotlight after the first two games of their playoff series, and in turn taking the heat off of himself. The reality is that since the playoffs began (and even late in the regular season) Bass has seemed like....well a fish out of water.  Should this be much of a surprise? History...

Celtics Hold Court In OT Thriller Win Over Atlanta Hawks 90-84

The Boston Celtics needed to win Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs to keep home court advantage and they did just that as Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen returned to Boston’s lineup and the Celtics sure needed both of them as Rondo led the way with his seventh career playoff triple double scoring 17 [...]

Your Morning Dump... This team is all "grit and balls'

  Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. We call him Swag... He's our leader. This one's for Swag, aka 9, aka Rondo. Hope you listening boy. I know you not. I know you're someone going crazy. What's up. See you on the plane. ...

Assisted Towards Redemption

Now that just about every NBA writer and blogger have (rightfully) blasted Rajon Rondo for his boneheaded emotional eruption in Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks, the most important aspect of the situation now becomes: how does Rondo respond?  Losing his composure, Rondo bumped official Marc Davis and nearly bumped the Celtics into an 0-2 hole that would be very difficult to crawl...

Recap: Wretched Celtics edge horrible Hawks in OT

In what may have been the worst playoff game in league history, the Celtics beat the Hawks 90-84 in overtime. The C's have won ugly all season long. But nothing, I repeat, nothing compared to this game. We were treated to spectacularly bad turnovers and horrific defensive lapses, the likes of which haven't been seen since the mid 2000s. Rajon Rondo (17 points, 14 rebounds...

Ranking The Four Most Important Celtics

I have a love/hate relationship with talk radio. It makes for great background noise when you’re driving or working, but inevitably I find myself screaming at the dashboard of my car about some poor guy that is a “first time, long time” who just can’t seem to get his point across. I’m much more of a podcast guy. With a podcast, you control when you listen to it, there are...

Celtics survive overtime thriller with 90-84 victory over the Atlanta Hawks

Boston squeezed out a win in overtime over the Atlanta Hawks,  90-84.  This series has been one where the team that should have won has lost or nearly lost, with Boston taking game two without Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen while barely winning at full strength and Atlanta missing Joe Johnson. This whole series has been neck and neck.  Game three was no different as both teams...

A slow day in Boston sports

With both the Red Sox and Celtics off on Thursday, and the Bruins and Patriots in their off-season it was a relatively slow day in sports, especially for Boston standards. Cam Neely and the Jacobs’ did address the Bruins media to discuss the future plans for the team and look back at the 2011-2012 season. The Celtics are back in action tonight as they host the Hawks for an important...
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