Celtics guard Avery Bradley reacts after hitting a key 3-pointer on Wednesday.</p>
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Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.

[0:00:40] ... Brad Stevens or as the team DNA they fight back with a Isiah Thomas wait they get down for nothing in overtime this team never quits and that was evident tonight huge OT win against the ...
[0:02:33] ... to the trade speculation your coming up that's for this one tonight. Isiah Thomas he's undersized he sometimes take shots ball that you leave you scratching my head takes the basket where. They'll throw one up ...
[0:05:28] ... stretch. Brad Stevens followed deciding you know what and I can't play David Lee anymore and tighten up this rotation a couple of players including Isiah Thomas as she spoke out publicly and said. We have set rotation and look it's it's still. It's still Brad Stephens he still mix and match he started market sparked the second half tonight to go small against the clippers but I do feel like this solidifying of this. A who's gonna play night in night out. That is help them form an identity do you buy into that rotation being part of what is propel the Celtics forward here recently. Absolutely I really do you know I mean you mentioned David Lee almost a bad guys get really do well to. You know its current path yeah really. You did did the numbers and ...
[0:07:32] ... a Golden State but not bad odds link Casey to Ronald to Rick Carlisle to do this forever and perfect in game coach. Yet but no I think in terms of that upper level coaches he's ...

The Celtics never give up.

Isaiah Thomas gets a shot off over Paul Pierce in overtime. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

Isaiah Thomas gets a shot off over Paul Pierce in overtime. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

The Celtics never give up.

Scoring seven points in the final minute of regulation, Isaiah Thomas & Co. forced overtime, where they defeated the visiting Clippers, 139-134.

After both teams shot better than 50 percent in the first half, the Celtics took a 10-point lead late in the third quarter, but saw that lead disappear in the fourth. Lance Stephenson’s corner 3-pointer tied the game, 106-106, just before he earned a technical foul for taunting the C’s bench. Still, Los Angeles took a five-point lead on an 8-3 run with 4:04 left.

Still trailing by five in the final minute, the Celtics closed the quarter on a 7-2 run. In that span, Isaiah Thomas scored six points, including a fadeaway jumper over DeAndre Jordan to send the game to overtime. In the extra period, Evan Turner caught fire, scoring half of his 14 points. The Celtics erased a six-point deficit, outscored the Clippers 17-12 in the extra frame and stifled Jamal Crawford‘s last-minute game-tying 3-point attempt to seal a remarkably resilient win.

Thomas’ 36 points led six Celtics in double figures, and Jared Sullinger flirted with a triple-double (21 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists). Chris Paul (35 points, 13 assists) and DeAndre Jordan (21 points, 16 rebounds) both finished with double-doubles for the Clippers. Former Celtic Paul Pierce scored all six of his points on a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter. TD Garden gave him and former coach Doc Rivers a loud ovation during the player introductions.

For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.

STUD OF THE NIGHT: Jared Sullinger.

Sullinger had his hands full guarding DeAndre Jordan in the paint, but responded on offense. He scored 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting, pulled down 11 rebounds and dished seven assists. He also connected on a rare 3-pointer to give the Celtics the lead in the extra period, capping a 6-2 run.

DUD OF THE NIGHT: Amir Johnson.

Unlike Sullinger, Johnson couldn’t find his offense. In fact, he couldn’t find a way to impact the game in any statistical category, finishing the night with zero points and a pair of turnovers.

VINE OF THE NIGHT: Welcome back, Paul.

WHINE OF THE NIGHT: Pick-and-roll defense.

There isn’t a point guard in the league that’s better at executing the pick-and-roll than Chris Paul. The Celtics struggled defending the veteran point guard, as he either scored a jump shot, dished to a big man or scored a layup. The pick-and-roll often caught the Celtics in a mismatch, which gave Paul an advantage to blow past one of the Celtics’ big men. The pick-and-roll certainly sparked the Clippers’ offense in the second half and nearly cost the C’s the game.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: 32 fouls.

Aside from the Hack-a-DeAndre Jordan, the Celtics committed a ton of fouls in the last two periods of the game. Paul did an excellent job drawing fouls and blew past nearly every one of his defenders (especially Jonas Jerebko). Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart — two of the Celtics’ best defenders — fouled out of the game. Yet, the Celtics still won. That’s impressive.


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As Paul Pierce returned to TD Garden as a member of the Clippers, the 18-year veteran said Wednesday’s game against the Celtics might be the last time he plays in Boston.

As Paul Pierce returns to TD Garden as a member of the Clippers, the 18-year veteran believes Wednesday night’s game may be the last time he plays in Boston.

Pierce, the Celtics‘ second all-time scorer and 10-time all-star, was asked if he thinks Wednesday will be the final time he plays at TD Garden.

“It could be, Pierce said. “I’m not 100 percent sure but, you know, like I’ve been saying the last two years, I’m taking it year by year and this could possibly be.”

For 15 seasons, Pierce called Boston his home. Although it’s been nearly three years since he last played a game in a Celtics uniform, coming back to TD Garden as a member of the visiting team is still odd for the veteran.

“I think the weird thing is just being on this side of the bench and this side of the locker room,” Pierce explained. “The locker room is a little weird. I used to walk up the stairs and take a right instead of a left. It’s fun I get to enjoy it because it might be the last time I’m back.”

Pierce also talked about his former teammate, Kevin Garnett. After telling reporters he still keeps in contact with Garnett, he was asked what the two often talk about.

“Usually all we talk about is family,” Pierce said with a laugh. “Kevin is doing good. I always ask if this is it for him, he’s still undecided. Kevin said he was going to retire the last five years in a row and always came back so I don’t know what he’s planning. We stay in good contact as do a lot of us, Rondo, the guys who we’ve played with so I don’t know what his plans are like and I don’t know what I’m going to do but it could be the last time.”

Pierce enters Wednesday’s game with career lows in every statistical category. He’s averaging 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game but has earned a spot in for Celtics coach Doc Rivers‘ starting lineup. Rivers and Pierce reunited this past summer when Pierce signed a three-year deal with the Clippers. Rivers talked about what Pierce means to the team.

“He gives us leadership, he gives us truth,” Instead of me using my voice I can use Paul’s voice and that’s been really nice for me. This is a different team than the one here, this is a younger team, a team that is trying to get over the hump and Paul has been really good.”

Despite playing without their All-Star forward Blake Griffin (right hand), the Clippers (35-17) have won eight of their last ten games and are fourth in the Western Conference.

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Josue Pavon

With the NBA trade deadline residing just 10 days away, things are getting interesting, particularly when it comes to the Celtics.

Al Horford

Al Horford

With the NBA trade deadline residing just 10 days away, things are getting interesting, particularly when it comes to the Celtics.

Speaking on CSN New England, Chris Mannix suggested there might be some traction when it comes to the Celtics’ rumored interest in Atlanta forward Al Horford.

“I think Boston, Al Horford is a legitimate possibility for the Celtics,
Mannix said. “I think that is one of the guys across the league that Danny Ainge is the most excited about. He is a four man that would fit right into what Boston is trying to do.

“It would cost a lot of money to re-sign him in the offseason, but I think Boston is willing to play it, because they haven’€™t paid a lot of money for players in recent years.”

Horford, whose contract expires at the end of this season, is averaging 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Mannix surmised that a potential deal wouldn’t get done until closer to the Feb. 18 trade deadline.

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With the NBA trade deadline now just over a week away, focus has shifted to a team that appears to be on the verge of blowing it up — the Atlanta Hawks.

Al Horford

Al Horford

With the NBA trade deadline now just over a week away, focus has shifted to a team that appears to be on the verge of blowing it up — the Atlanta Hawks.

With free-agent-to-be Al Horford and sharpshooter Kyle Korver, Atlanta has a couple of pieces that could interest the Celtics, as ESPN insider Chad Ford noted in a recent column, when he proposed a trade of the two to Boston for David Lee, Kelly Olynyk and a pair of first-round picks (neither one coming from Brooklyn).

Ford also proposed a larger three-way deal involving the Kings that would send out Evan Turner and the upcoming Nets pick (which could be No. 1 overall), among other pieces, and bring DeMarcus Cousins back to Boston.

That’s not happening. The Hawks present an intriguing trade partner, however. Horford’s impending free agency automatically depresses his market, and the athletic big man would give the Celtics a dimension they certainly lacked in Tuesday’s 112-111 loss to the Bucks, when Greg Monroe torched them for 29 points, including the go-ahead layup with one second left.

Horford is capable of shooting from 16 feet or scoring on the block, and he’s an excellent team defender. He’d fit right into Brad Stevens‘ system on the opposing end of the floor, which is where the Celtics win games.

Korver would give them something they desperately need as well, a guard/forward who can knock down open 3-pointers. He’s shooting .383 from deep this season, which is actually his lowest mark in a decade, but would still rank second on the Celtics (behind Olynyk’s .415) among players with at least 100 attempts.

Lifetime, Korver shoots 3’s at an absurd .429 clip, including a league-best .492 last year and an NBA-record .536 in 2010. At age 34, he’s the rare player to hit his stride when his career should be winding down. He’s an average defender in a helping scheme, at best, but his shooting could help the Celtics space the floor.

Also, Horford and Korver are both considered winning players, no small consideration when looking for guys who will buy into Stevens’ system.

Might there be a match? We’ll find out in the next eight days.

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