17-3 Sonics Fall to Celts

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SEATTLE - The sun shined brightly in Seattle yesterday, making it the only non-rainy, non-overcast day so far on the Celtics' West Coast trip. And no one seemed the least bit surprised. The Sonics, who went into last night tied for the best record in the NBA at 17-3, have reminded people here to expect the unexpected.


Celtics Surprise Seattle

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SEATTLE - Let's hear it for the little guy.

Able to match up effectively with the also smallish Sonics, the Celtics swept the season series against Seattle with a 98-84 win last night at Key Arena. It was an impressive accomplishment considering Seattle entered last night's contest at Key Arena as arguably the hottest team in the NBA and had not lost a home game this season. Boston won by playing a complete game and holding Seattle to 33 percent shooting from the floor, including an uncharacteristic 21 percent (5 for 24) from 3-point range.


Da Glove Goes Home while Fortson Faces Off against Former Team

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SEATTLE - While the Sonics' 3-point shooters garner much of the attention, a player who has not attempted a single shot from the arc may be the biggest difference-maker. With his physical play and tenacious rebounding, one-time Celtic Danny Fortson has brought toughness and energy to the Sonics' second unit. Celtics coach Doc Rivers called Fortson a "lightning rod" and thought the acquisition of the power forward represented the Sonics' best offseason move.


Rivers Encouraged Despite Skid

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SEATTLE - While dealing with a three-game losing streak on the West Coast, the Celtics enjoyed the benefits of youth yesterday.

   It may take time for younger players - coach Doc Rivers includes Paul Pierce, Ricky Davis, Jiri Welsch, Marcus Banks, Kendrick Perkins, and the rookies in that category - to make progress and break bad habits. But they tend to have short memories and great resiliency. That may explain why, in the wake of a last-second 89-87 loss Thursday to the Trail Blazers, the Celtics were far from depressed at practice at Seattle Pacific University yesterday.


Celtics' Second Unit Impressing

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WALTHAM - The education continues for the Celtics' second unit, primarily a collection of young, athletic, and energetic players taking a survey course in NBA basketball with every game. With midterms still months away, the reserves have proven themselves quick studies.


Odds and Ends

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Noticing a photo of Zach Randolph over his right shoulder during his pregame press conference last night, Celtics coach Doc Rivers joked, "That guy's good. I hope he doesn't play."

   Needless to say, the Celtics had no such luck when it came to the durable power forward.

"Amazing" was the word Rivers and Portland coach Maurice Cheeks used to describe Randolph. What else can you say about a player who entered last night averaging 21.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, who plans to add All-Star honors to his 2003-04 Most Improved Player Award, and who hopes to lead his team into the playoffs.


Abdur-Rahim Sinks Celts

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Celtics have suffered more than their fair share of deja vu this season. Last night at the Rose Garden, it came mixed with an unfortunate dose of dramatic irony. Shareef Abdur-Rahim hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the left wing, giving Portland an 89-87 win in a game that was close from start to finish.


Mr. Marcus is a Tad Unpredictable

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The NBA education of Marcus Banks continues to be an unpredictable process. While the second-year point guard says all the right things about learning the game, being patient, and earning the trust of his teammates, his words often translate inconsistently into action. Unquestionably gifted athletically, it remains to be seen whether Banks has the physical and mental abilities to succeed as a professional.


Rivers: It Starts with Stops

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OAKLAND, Calif. - Doc Rivers was on the defensive following practice yesterday at The Arena, though purely in a basketball sense, which had nothing to do with the frustrations of Paul Pierce or the ongoing constructive criticism of Gary Payton.

Rivers expects Pierce and the rest of the Celtics to be frustrated by recent losses to the Kings and Warriors. He welcomes the observations of Payton. If Rivers had one complaint, it was that the Celtics are not as defensive-minded as he would like.


Red Holds Court

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WALTHAM - He is an 87-year-old man with a cane and a cigar, and the clout of a king.

Red Auerbach is in the house, holding court, and the Celtics' four rookies hang on every word. The combined ages of Al Jefferson, Delonte West, Tony Allen, and Justin Reed do not even add up to 87 years. They are so green that West asked team officials if he still gets paid now that he's on the injured list. These Celtics may be young and hip and rich and spoiled too cool for school, but they know a legend when they see one.


Pierce is Frustrated

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OAKLAND, Calif. - When asked to rate his level of frustration on a scale from 1 to 10 following Monday's 110-106 loss to the Warriors, Paul Pierce said, with little hesitation, "10." Given the circumstances, it was an understandable answer.


D-Fish Still a Thorn in Celtics' Side

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OAKLAND, Calif. - During his years with the Lakers, Derek Fisher became synonymous with late-game heroics. With Fisher having taken his act north, the theatrics took on a twist last night in the Warriors' 110-106 win over the Celtics, though he still played a major role in the decisive basket.


Raef is No Pervis

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Raef LaFrentz can talk all he wants about how good his surgically repaired right knee feels. He can put all kinds of percentages on his recovery/comeback. He can liken his agility on the court to how it was before the operation.


Bill Walton Disc Jockey?

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THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED Add disc jockey to former Celtic Bill Walton 's list of accomplishments. The man in the middle during the C's 1986 championship run is host of a new show on Sirius Satellite Radio called "One More Saturday Night With Bill Walton." (The show, which premiered over the weekend, airs Saturdays from 9 to midnight.) As you could have guessed, Big Red spins a lot of Grateful Dead, with a few '60s icons Neil Young , the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan   thrown in. The only person inducted into both the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Grateful Dead's Hall of Honor said his mantra is "too much of everything is just enough." "I play what I want," he said. (The inaugural show was dedicated to Frank Rich of The New York Times, who Walton believes has a rare ability to "tie it all together . . . I'm a huge believer in the intergalactic relationship of sports, politics, business, music, and the world.") So did the big guy ever take his Celtics teammates to see the Dead at the Garden? "Yeah. We all met at Larry [ Bird 's] house," he said. "We all went except for Danny [ Ainge ]  his wife wouldn't let him go."


C's Blow 20-Point Lead, Lose by 14

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SACRAMENTO - Celtics coach Doc Rivers knows the first game of an extended West Coast swing can set the tone for the entire trip. Boston can only hope its 119-105 loss to the Kings last night does not set a pattern for the remaining four games on the itinerary. Otherwise, the trip might seem a lot longer than the scheduled nine days.


Bird, Carlisle, and Patchwork Pacers Push On

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The flashy, splashy "Official Guide and Register" from the National Basketball Development League arrived this past week. Funny, though, there was one team missing: the Indiana Pacers.

   Did you happen to see the Pacers' box score from last Wednesday night? It's a keeper.


9-Day Road Trip to Test Up and Down Celtics

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SACRAMENTO - In a season with very few certainties, Celtics coach Doc Rivers knew he could count on two things in the upcoming weeks.

   First, he predicted Boston would find itself on a roll. In late November games against Miami and Orlando, he sensed the team coming together, playing with better effort and improved execution. And indeed the Celtics are on a three-game winning streak.Second, he saw a five-game West Coast swing looming as one of the toughest challenges on the schedule. The Green arrived in Sacramento yesterday, ready to start their longest trip (nine days) of the season.


Rivers: Winning Ugly is still Winning


Before last night's game, Doc Rivers spoke of his team's tough win 48 hours earlier against the Milwaukee Bucks. What made it special, he suggested, was that the Celtics had managed a victory despite not playing very well.


Pierce Apologizes for Hissy Fit

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After a night to cool off and think about what he'd done, Paul Pierce showed up at Celtics practice yesterday and apologized to his coach and teammates for staging a very public hissy fit with coach Doc Rivers late in Wednesday's game. Rivers accepted the mea culpa, said the two would talk before tonight's game with Toronto, and both men said it was time to move on.


Rivers Secret Plan: The "R" Word

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WALTHAM - Since the late '80s, the Celtics have employed a succession of basketball coaches who vowed they would make their basketball team run.

Guess what? They might finally have a coach who really means it. Doc Rivers isn't asking Paul Pierce, Gary Payton, Ricky Davis, and the boys to run, he's ordering them to run, and if they don't, he's got a nice little piece of hardwood reserved for them on the sideline.


Wade Reduced to Sidekick Role Upon Shaq's Arrival

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MIAMI - Dwyane Wade calls himself a "sidekick," gladly accepting the role Kobe Bryant never wanted in Los Angeles. And not only does second-year Heat point guard Wade see himself as a complementary part to the inside dominance of new teammate Shaquille O'Neal, he feels honored just to be mentioned in the same sentence as O'Neal.


Miami Posts Narrow Win over C's behind Shaq and Wade

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MIAMI - Progress takes many forms. Last night at American Airlines Arena, it was a last-second 17-footer by Ricky Davis that skipped across the rim. Without the buzzer-beater, Boston failed to force overtime and came up short in its fourth-quarter comeback attempt against Miami, losing, 106-104.


Cavs and Rookie LeBron Nip C's

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Some call LeBron James, King James. Last night, it took all the king's men for the Cavaliers to defeat the Celtics, 98-96. James worked his magic with assists, not points, at the FleetCenter, finding teammate Zydrunas Ilgauskas for the winning 16-footer with 19.6 seconds left.   Paul Pierce (25 points, 4 turnovers) came up short on an 11-footer in the waning seconds. And a desperation toss from the left baseline by Gary Payton was off the mark and after the buzzer. But in truth, Boston lost this game long before any attempts at late-game heroics because of turnovers down the stretch.


Blount Goes for 16, 16, and 3 in W


There may have been times this season when you wondered if Mark Blount really was worth all the fuss, not to mention the $38 million. Sunday night (6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 fouls, 18 minutes) might have been one of those times. Last night was not.

Last night Blount delivered his first real macho game of the season, admittedly against an undersized foe. In the end, the Celtics' 7-footer played like one, and left the FleetCenter floor with 16 points, a season-high 16 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, and a big hand in the Celtics' 101-100 victory over the Bucks.


Doc Downplays Heated Exchange with Pierce

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Celtics coach Doc Rivers said "there really was no issue," downplaying a heated exchange with Paul Pierce late in the fourth quarter. Pierce said nothing, atypically avoiding reporters after Boston defeated Milwaukee, 101-100, last night at the FleetCenter.

The Celtics captain spoke volumes with his absence. The spin delivered by Rivers, and later by Gary Payton, met with deserved skepticism. The incident and its aftermath unfortunately overshadowed an impressive win by the Celtics, who were admittedly off their game.


Pierce, Rivers have Words in Celtics' Win

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Celtics fans have become accustomed to Paul Pierce playing most, if not all, of the fourth quarter in close games. So, it was a strange sight when coach Doc Rivers replaced Pierce with Jiri Welsch with 4 minutes 39 seconds remaining last night.

Pierce was more than surprised by the move. As he walked angrily back to the bench, Pierce exchanged a few words with Rivers. The coach could be heard shouting, "You're sitting," at Pierce. Clearly, Pierce wanted to play with the game hanging in the balance.

Rivers Routs Former Team

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Doc Rivers could have stayed seated throughout the fourth quarter and enjoyed the view as the Celtics completed one of their easiest victories of the season.

Boston led almost from start to finish last night as it routed Orlando, 117-101, in Rivers's return to the city where he started his NBA coaching career. But by force of habit from all the close games the Celtics have had this season, Rivers continued to pace the sidelines and shout instructions until the end.


Doc's New Team Claims Victory over His Old One

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ORLANDO, Fla. - When Doc Rivers has dinner with Orlando coach Johnny Davis and Magic players Pat Garrity and Grant Hill sometime next summer, there should be some interesting conversation. Although the Celtics and Magic meet two more times this season, Rivers already has plenty of fodder for some good-natured ribbing.


Delonte Breaks Hand, Out Indefinitely


ORLANDO, Fla. - Just two games into his return from a fractured right thumb, Delonte West suffered a broken right hand that will keep the rookie point guard out indefinitely. West broke his hand on an innocuous-looking fall early in the second quarter against Miami Sunday night. He iced the hand at halftime and came back to play in the second half. Postgame X-rays revealed the fracture.

"My hand was numb for most of the rest of the game, so I knew something was wrong," said West. "I want to be out there. I want to contribute.


Celtics Not Concerned with Security


Given nearly a week to examine the security issues raised by the now-infamous brawl between players and fans in Auburn Hills, Mich., Nov. 19, the Celtics returned to the FleetCenter last night with two losses and few concerns about their on-court safety.

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