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Doc Rivers and the Celtics need to get back to worrying about getting through the regular season
Opening night in the NBA for the Boston Celtics had almost everything. There was Kevin Garnett giving the Ray Allen “I will (bleeping) murder you” face, both the Celtics and the Heat played hard and the game even ended with a hard foul that has both teams riled up and ready to throw down when these two teams meet again in January. After their hard fought Eastern Conference Finals series in May, it was the perfect continuation of what is arguably the best rivalry in the NBA right now.
Now it is time for the Boston Celtics to look ahead and start moving forward one game at a time. They would be the first to tell you that Tuesday night was only one game and that there are 81 games to go this season. The Celtics have defensive chemistry issues they need to address as well as the management of the older bodies and their legs.
The fact that the Boston Celtics kept working to storm back into the game on Tuesday night did not come as a surprise to me. Again, it goes back to the rivalry between these two teams. There is real, honest to goodness, sports hate between these teams. We haven’t seen anything like this in the NBA since the Knicks and the Pacers in the mid-90′s. With the Heat getting their rings on Tuesday, the Boston Celtics wanted nothing better then to spoil their coronation ceremony in front of Miami’s home-crowd. It simply wasn’t to be and while it hurts then, one game doesn’t make a huge difference in the season.
On Friday, the Boston Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks in their home-opener followed by a trip down I-95 to Washington D.C to take on the Wizards at the Verizon Center. Will the older players start taking minutes off now that the “big one” is out of the way? Will Kevin Garnett get a “DNP – Old” as Spurs legend Tim Duncan got last year? It’s probably more likely then one might think.
The goal is the NBA Finals, not the number one seed. It’s time to simply grind and push through the regular season.
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In his most introspective moments, and really at any other time of day, Kevin Garnett is prone to complex metaphors. He uses them, I think, in an attempt to simplify his own thoughts when relating them to everyone else. So it was little surprise when Garnett referred to a cackling animal when describing how his team needs to behave after Friday night’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks...
Yep, Ray Allen can still hit monstrous, clutch shots.
Allen showed Saturday night that wearing a Heat jersey won't do a thing to his ability to come through down the stretch, nailing a 3-pointer from the corner in the closing seconds to help the Heat hold off the Nuggets for a win at home.
But it wasn't just Allen's big 3 that was so impressive. Allen...
Ray Allen beat the Boston Celtics as a member of the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, and it was clear to everyone watching that Kevin Garnett and the C's were none too happy about that.
Despite Allen doing his best to diffuse the tension by tapping KG on the shoulder before entering the game, it's obvious that the deep dislike between these two teams is only...
Doc on Wade's "punk play" comment: "Don't forget about Rondo's elbow injury (in 2011 playoffs)…that was created by Dwyane Wade."— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 1, 2012
Yeah, cause Dwyane Wade has never done a punk move in his life.
Seriously, I'm sick of Wade already. I never hated him before the Heat got LeBron and Bosh but since then...
The Boston Celtics are ready to put their loss to the defending NBA-champion Miami Heat behind and focus on the home opener against Milwaukee.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers says he didn't think his team played very well in Tuesday's season opener. Still, Boston scored 107 points while shooting just 52 percent from the floor.
The Celtics lost 120-107 to Miami on Tuesday on the...
A night after what their coach called a ''flat game,'' Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics held the Washington Wizards to 1-for-14 shooting at the start, then were barely better at the end.
Strong defensive stands early - Washington's only scoring in the first 8 minutes came on Garnett's goaltending call - and late, plus Paul Pierce's 27 points, including...
The final preseason game televised by “ESPN” before the 2007-2008 campaign, was a contest between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics. Cleveland had represented the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals the previous June, while the Celtics had undergone a major makeover during the off-season; trading for veterans Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, to win their first NBA Championship...
If you have been to or watched any Celtics game on TV in the last 6 years, you would see either Kendrick Perkins or Kevin Garnett calling and directing defensive plays for the team.
Perk is no longer here, and Rajon Rondo has taken up the slack.
In game one, KG's voice was silenced and Rondo became indecisive with his new role as on-court leader.
This was not the Rondo...
Did your Celtic Pride carry over to your Halloween costume? We are looking for the best Boston Celtics costumes that fans might have donned for Halloween last night. Tweet us your photos @CelticsLife using the Hashtag #CelticsHalloween and we will post our favorites to the site on Thursday night.
Pictured above: recording artist Seal was Kevin Garnett for Halloween, and his...
On Friday night the Celtics opened up their 2012-2013 season at home against the Milwaukee Bucks. Coming off a loss to the Miami Heat the Celtics looked to crack down on the defensive end and continue to execute on offense. Unfortunately neither of these things happened for the Celtics as they lost to the Bucks 99-88.
The Celtics struggled from the start looking sloppy on offense...
Lots of hate for the Celtics as can be expected along with some
gloating over Ray's performance. They also do a lot of whining about
the refs for a team that gets more than their share of the calls. They
think Wade gets no respect from the refs? How about the fact that he
was allowed to push off on every drive to the basket and get away with
it, which resulted in a...
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But then the Celtics got back to what they know best. Actually, it was more about who they know best: Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
“I made a point of it,” Rivers said. “I reminded our guys that Paul was...
“I think probably the majority of athletes have bone spurs that they deal with at some point in their career. I don’t know if I’ll have to have surgery. I’m just saying that might be something that happens after the season. But as far as right now, my ankle feels like new since I got the shots, so hopefully I won’t have to have any surgery at all.” – Deron Williams...
Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
1: Saturday night drama
Across the NBA on Saturday night there was plenty of drama and plenty of exciting finishes. In other words, it was a great Saturday to have the NBA back!
Martell Webster missed a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer as Washington's upset bid at home...