The lights were going down and the excitement in the Garden was building when PA announcer Ernie Palladino began to introduce, “The World Champion Boston Celtics.” Mikki Moore snuck up behind



“I don’t feel I’m totally ready. The NBA and college are two totally different games. The NBA is just pick-and-roll, and if the pick-and-roll’s not there, throw it to Hakeem and he scores. How hard can that be? It’s just physical strength. Being ready means adjusting to being around older players.



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All signs point to Stephon Marbury joining the Boston Celtics after he clears waivers.



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This season the Boston Celtics have the opportunity to accomplish a feat that few championship squads have been unable to do – win back-to-back NBA titles. Those who have done it know the magnitude of that challenge.



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Don’t be shocked if the extent of Danny Ainge’s wheeling and dealing prior to Thursday’s trade deadline begins and ends with the conclusion of the Sam Cassell Era in Boston.



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They’re depicted as heroes, public figures who possess superhuman skills and talents. They can put on a cape and fly like Superman, shatter backboards with extraordinary strength and raise 20,000 fans to their feet with the just a lift of a hand.



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In the universe of professional basketball, the little things are numerous and vast. Proper spacing on an inbound play, say, or ducking under a screen instead of fighting over the top of it and watching one of the best 3-point shooters in the business get a clean look with a half minute left. Little things.



In the universe of professional basketball, the little things are numerous and vast. Proper spacing on an inbound play, say, or ducking under a screen instead of fighting over the top of it and watching one of the best 3-point shooters in the business get a clean look with a half minute left.



We are already well into what may prove the most significant leg in the race to claim the top spot in the Eastern Conference. While these things usually come into focus sometime between St.



Let's call it The Allen Iverson Effect.



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