Can the C's Turn it Around?

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March 3, 200

WALTHAM - The losing streak is at four. The last time the Celtics were in such straits, the season was barely three weeks gone and coach Jim O'Brien gave his players a number to think about.

Big Dog, Jesus, and the Alien Hand C's Another Loss

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March 3, 2002

The situation seemed to call for at least a mild celebration. The Milwaukee Bucks came into Boston last Wednesday and beat the Celtics, a night after losing a close home game to the Lakers. It was a big win for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference.


C's Drop 4th Straight

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March 2, 2002

Paul Silas, the coach of the Charlotte Hornets, had a treat last night. On March 1, in Game 58 of the season, he, at last, had his real team together for one night. Well, almost.


Rotations, Rotations, Rotations

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March 1, 2002

WALTHAM - Tick, tock. Tick, tock. The Celtics don't need any reminders that time is of the essence. Everywhere they turn the players find signs that the regular season is speeding toward a dramatic conclusion. Look behind and the Celtics see the victorious Milwaukee Bucks trying to extend their lead in the Central Division. Look ahead and the Celtics welcome the resurgent and relatively healthy Charlotte Hornets tonight. Look around and the Celtics are rushing to reset a rotation with newcomers Tony Delk and Rodney Rogers.


Rogers Makes Immediate Impact

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February 28, 2002

Rodney Rogers didn't need nine years of NBA experience to figure out playing time behind Antoine Walker would be limited. But in the Celtics' 95-92 loss last night to the Bucks, the newcomer had 16 minutes to make a positive impression; he scored 5 of his 9 points in the fourth quarter. In fact, Rogers and Walker appear to have eerily similar games. Rogers, who saw time at both center and power forward last night, went inside for a layup early in the fourth, then hit a 3-pointer that gave Boston its only lead in the final quarter.


Celtics Win Big in Possible Playoff Preview

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Celtics Win Big in Possible Playoff Preview

March 7, 2002

When the tape of last night's game gets labeled and filed into the Celtics' vast video collection, the team might want to break with tradition. Instead of stamping it with the date and opponent, they could title it "Coming Attractions." As the Eastern Conference stands, the game between No. 4 Boston and No. 5 Orlando was a possible preview of a first-round playoff matchup. The Celtics certainly did not forget that, and it showed in their play.


Chuck Da Three and Play D: Delk is Obie's Kinda Guy

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February 27, 2002

WALTHAM - Jim O'Brien celebrated his 50th birthday at the start of the Celtics' recent tour through the Western Conference. But it wasn't until almost the end of the trip that general manager Chris Wallace found a suitable gift.

26 Games

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February 26, 2002

Refocus, v. 1. To bring concentration or attention back to a particular goal or plan. 2. To return to a better, more productive state. 3. To redouble efforts.

See for reference: The Celtics, who are resolved to hold large leads and finish games strongly, to perform the way they did earlier in the season.


Obie Moves Delk and Rogers into Starting Lineup after One Practice

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February 25, 2002

To paraphrase Ferdinand Magellan, what a long, strange trip it was.

The Celtics are back from their annual February frolic through the West. It was their Headbands-over-America Tour, covering three time zones, seven games, and 14 days. They returned home yesterday still squarely in the thick of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference. But they were a grumpy group overall after losing the last two games, and four overall.

Celtics Blow Big Lead

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February 24, 2002

HOUSTON - The aura from Los Angeles and the big win over the Lakers is officially kaput. A Texas two-step in the space of 48 hours took care of that for the Celtics.


C's Struggle on the Boards

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Rebounds. Rebounds. Rebounds. What has happened to the Celtics' rebounding? Last night's 45-28 pounding on the boards was as horrid as it was reflective of their trip. Over seven games, the Celtics were outrebounded in each by an average 11.5 a game. Last night, they got crushed at both ends (Houston had 17 offensive rebounds), prompting Paul Pierce to observe, "It's tough to swallow. They outrebounded us with three guards. We've got to do a better job rebounding the basketball. I know I do. I'm not doing a good job." 

The Celtics have not outrebounded an opponent in the last 15 games. Said O'Brien, "We're not getting the commitment from the five people we have on the court to rebound the basketball." . . . TonyDelk got thrown into the starting lineup in his first Boston appearance. In 23 minutes, he had 3 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, a steal, and a turnover. "I tried not to force anything," he said. "I'm just trying to fit in, learn the plays, and get familiar with my new teammates." O'Brien's rationale for starting Delk: "Why not? That's why we made the trade. Why wait any longer? Let's see what happens." Delk, who wore No. 00 in Phoenix, opted for No. 28, last worn by Quinn Buckner in the 1984-85 season. Rodney Rogers, meanwhile, also made his Boston debut, scoring 2 points in six first-half minutes. "I wish I could have been more effective out there," Rogers said. "We needed this win." Rogers wore No. 54.

Rogers and Delk: How Big a Heist?

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February 24, 2002

HOUSTON - You will be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't like the Celtics' trading-deadline deal with Phoenix. They got two players who should contribute while giving up three who either didn't contribute or couldn't contribute. They also unloaded a draft pick they didn't really want and still have two first-rounders in 2003.


Delk Gives the Celtics Instant -0-

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February 23, 2002

DALLAS - There were 50-60 tickets available for Thursday night's Suns-Grizzlies game in Memphis. That's because native Tennessean Tony Delk wasn't around to distribute them to friends and family.


Rogers Adds Depth

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February 22, 2002


DALLAS - It was the spring of 1999 and Rick Pitino already was looking forward to the upcoming free agent crop. Several names intrigued him, including the Los Angeles Clippers' Rodney Rogers.   "What I'm looking for," Pitino said then, "is someone who is a little down in his luck or someone who, for whatever reason, may have underachieved and needs a new start." He mentioned Rogers by name.

Celtics Welcome Delk and Rogers

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February 22, 2002

Boston, meanwhile, welcomed newcomer Rodney Rogers to the team, but he did not see any action. He was not expected to. The team did not expect to see Tony Delk until tomorrow in Houston, as Delk was home in Tennessee with his father, who suffered a stroke. But Delk surprisingly showed up early in the game and watched from behind the Boston bench. He'll practice with the team today.


Celtics Acquire Delk and Rogers

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February 21, 2002, Thursday

The Celtics yesterday sent a clear message to the NBA that they take themselves very seriously in any discussion of Eastern Conference contenders by executing a significant trade with the Phoenix Suns.

36, 12, & 9 (plus an historic steal)



Grampa Celtic Reflects on Larry Legend

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Return with me to Saturday, May 17, 1986. It is Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks. In the first period Larry Bird, a forward, has seven assists. Six are layups, real assists, old-fashioned assists, Tricky Dick McGuire assists.

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Bird, Cowens Cleared by Jury


A state jury today unanimously cleared Celtics Larry Bird and Dave Cowens of any wrongdoing or damages in connection with a Jan. 5, 1980, postgame incident outside HemisFair Arena.

The jurors, who deliberated more than three hours over two days, found that Johnny Merla, a member of the San Antonio Spurs' Baseline Bums organization, should receive zero damages for physical pain and humilitition he claimed he suffered in a confrontation with the two players.

The jurors in 37th State District Court found no merit in Merla's $825,000 lawsuit which charged that Cowens and Bird spat on him and that Bird knocked him to the ground with a duffle bag.

Cowens did not spit on Merla and Bird was acting in self defense when he swung the tote bag, the jurors ruled.

Three policemen, a paramedic, a bus driver, two San Antonio fans and the two players all testified that Merla provoked the incident by spitting in Bird's face while a drunken group of fans shouted obscenties at Boston players as they boarded a bus.

Bird left yesterday for Indiana to prepare for the upcoming season and was not on hand for the verdict.

Cowens, now athletic director at Regis Women's College, said he was "gratified and pleased that they came up with the right answer" and that his and Bird's names were cleared.

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