ORLANDO — It has been suggested that the Celtics should be thrilled to go back to Boston with a split, which they have already earned with their Game 1 victory. That’s not their mindset, obviously, but that doesn’t mean that Doc Rivers isn’t aware of the possibility. "You can talk about it, but you don’t know until the game starts,” Rivers said prior to Game 2.

ORLANDO –Dwight Howard finished second in the MVP voting and was voted to the NBA’s First Team. He is a monster defender, as evidenced by his Defensive Player of the Year award. But sometimes Howard can’t win, because too often in this game players get judged by their offensive numbers, and by any measure his were sub-par in Game 1. He scored 13 points on 3-for-10 shooting and turned it over seven times, which is a direct reflection on the Celtics defense.

ORLANDO — An unsourced rumor on the AOL FanHouse website Monday night linked Doc Rivers and LeBron James to the Chicago Bulls as part of a package deal. Rivers denied it Tuesday morning as the team went through a shootaround in preparation for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Magic. “It’s the first time I’ve heard it, but no,” Rivers told WEEI.com.

ESPN NBA analyst Tim Legler joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about the Celtics-Magic series. Legler pointed to the much-maligned Rasheed Wallace as the pivotal figure in the C's Game 1 victory. "You have to have guys that not only physically are capable of playing Dwight Howard in single coverage as much as you can, you have to have guys that are emotionally ready for it and want the challenge. Boston's got a few guys like that," Legler said. "I thought Rasheed Wallace was the key to their victory in Game 1.

ORLANDO — Taking nothing away from their performance, especially defensively, the Celtics know that they could have played a lot better in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference finals series with



ORLANDO — When you think of the Celtics, you think of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce willingly sharing the collective glory. Or maybe you think about Rajon Rondo’s emerging brilliance. Rarely do you think about Kendrick Perkins, the team’s defensive anchor in the paint. That’s cool with Perk, whose perpetual scowl masks an open and honest individual who doesn’t really mind whether he gets the credit or not. “I actually like it," Perkins said.

ORLANDO — The important thing is that they got the win, but the Celtics know that if they are going to head home with two games in their back pocket that they have work to do. First and foremost is cleaning up on the boards. The Celtics allowed 15 offensive rebounds in Game 1 against the Magic and they know that can’t continue. “That’s real disturbing,” Paul Pierce said.

Jeff Van Gundy, who provides analysis for NBA games on ESPN and ABC, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Celtics' victory over the Magic on Sunday in the opening game of the Eastern Conference finals. Van Gundy was asked how the Celtics are able to limit Dwight Howard and the Magic offense while other teams struggle against Orlando. "Different personnel, different intensity and different plan -- I just think it's that simple," said Van Gundy, whose brother Stan coaches the Magic. "From a personnel standpoint, they're big and they're strong.

Ten thoughts from a Game 1 that made us wonder if Rasheed Wallace is a bargain ...



ORLANDO — Over the last month or so, the Boston Celtics have slowly morphed from a team of old broken-down has-beens into a team of rugged junkyard dogs.