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Jessica comes to WEEI.com after covering the Celtics and the NBA as a senior reporter for Hoopsworld. She is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association and is fluent in Spanish. Jessica entered the Boston sports scene in 2005 with the Red Sox Spanish Beisbol Network radio broadcast and currently talks Sox for Diehard magazine.

 
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Jessica Camerato
11/30/2009 - 12:56am
For any opponent of the Miami Heat, the biggest task is stopping Dwyane Wade. He is capable of going off for 25, 30, even 40 points on any given night and can single-handedly win games.
Jessica Camerato
11/28/2009 - 8:33am
The box score is deceiving. The final score may look like an easy victory for the Celtics,, But Friday night's 116-103 win against the Raptors was an emotion-filled 48 minutes of basketball.
Jessica Camerato
11/26/2009 - 9:39am
Their 31-point victory over the 76ers earlier in the season clued the Celtics into what was in store on Wednesday night. They weren't expecting another blowout. Rather, they knew this young team would come out swinging and try to prove a point on the Celtics homecourt. The 76ers did just that. They made the Celtics fight until the very last second until they finally secured a 113-110 victory over the determined visiting team, Wednesday night.
Jessica Camerato
11/19/2009 - 3:19am
The start of the game looked familiar. The Celtics were outhustled on the boards. They struggled to find their groove behind the arc. Heading into halftime, it looked as if the undermanned Warriors had a legitimate shot at upsetting the Celtics.   But the Celtics found their step again in the third quarter and pulled ahead, exposing the Warriors' lack of depth and inexperience. Led by Rajon Rondo, the Celtics played aggressive basketball to run away with a 109-95 victory. (Recap.)
Jessica Camerato
11/14/2009 - 1:56am
Joe Johnson knew what the Hawks were up against.   “For us, they've been a thorn in our butt,” he said before the game against the Celtics. “We know how tough it is to win in this building, but if we want to be one of those elite teams, we have to win in this building.”  
Jessica Camerato
11/13/2009 - 1:16am
Marquis Daniels and Shelden Williams want to move forward this season with the Celtics.
Jessica Camerato
11/07/2009 - 8:56am
Kendrick Perkins never had an issue getting attention on the court. The only problem was, it wasn't always for the right reasons. In the first half of last season, Perkins was a technical foul magnet. He became better known for his emotions rather than his game. Perkins entered this season, however, with a new attitude. After dropping 15 pounds this summer, he gained something else – a new-found focus on the court.
Jessica Camerato
11/05/2009 - 7:53am
On Tuesday night, the Thunder forced the Lakers into overtime in an attempt to make a statement against the defending champions.
Jessica Camerato
11/02/2009 - 4:20am
Once again, the spotlight shined on Rajon Rondo and his contract situation prior to Sunday’s game against the Hornets. Rondo's contract has been a focal point of the 2009-10 season. The Celtics have until Monday to reach a contract extension or Rondo will become a restricted free agent next summer.   Rondo made clear his hope to remain in Boston for his career, but acknowledged that it is “unlikely” that he will be able to do so given the reality of player movement in the NBA.  
Jessica Camerato
11/02/2009 - 12:36am
Whenever the Celtics and Hornets meet, the most headlined match up is that of point guards Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul. On Sunday the battle was Paul vs. Paul, as in Paul Pierce vs. Chris Paul.  
Jessica Camerato
10/26/2009 - 10:38pm
Last season there were banner dedications, ring ceremonies, and a hero’s welcome in front of a grateful home crowd. It was the most memorable opening night for the Celtics in years, capped off with the shot of a teary-eyed Paul Pierce overcome by emotion as he relished in what it meant to be a champion.
Jessica Camerato
10/21/2009 - 7:11am
There are nights during the offseason when Marquis Daniels will disappear. Unable to sleep, he will escape to a small area of his home and stay there for seven, eight hours at a time. There he slips into a zone and works on his craft. This refuge is not a basketball court. It is a music studio.
Jessica Camerato
10/04/2009 - 12:27am
A group of reporters converged on Alex Gonzalez prior to Saturday's game. He had been hit on the wrist by a pitch the night before and the media was eager for an update. The shortstop was nonchalant as he explained there was no fracture and hoped to miss just one game. Because of a situation unknown to many, such pain was inconsequential. For Gonzalez, a bruised wrist is nothing compared to the agony he has been suffering since his first stint since with the Red Sox. It was then, three years ago, doctors delivered the devastating news.
Jessica Camerato
09/25/2009 - 8:03am
Candace Parker had to show him up on his turf. A crowd gathered to watch the basketball power couple tough it out. It was a one-on-one battle between the Duke record-holder and the future face of women's basketball. They had faced off before in friendly matchups, but this time it was different.
Jessica Camerato
09/02/2009 - 7:25am
Stephen Graham had already heard about Marquis Daniels before they faced off on the basketball court. People talked in the Florida basketball circuit, and Daniels was known as one of the best players on the Orlando-area Edgewater High School team. Graham, then a junior at Brandon High School near Tampa, was impressed by the senior guard who garnered attention with this athleticism and dunking abilities. “I just knew he was going to be a really good player,” Graham said in a telephone interview.
Jessica Camerato
08/27/2009 - 1:45am
Ramon Ramirez hurried over to Junichi Tazawa in the middle of the Red Sox cluhouse with a childlike grin on his face. He leaned in closely to Tazawa's red headphones and nodded in approval. “He likes to listen to [Spanish] reggae,” Ramirez said. “He can sing it too a little bit.”
Jessica Camerato
08/09/2009 - 5:21am
NEW YORK -- Daniel Bard and Josh Reddick are part of a new generation of baseball players. The Red Sox rookies are beginning their Major League careers in an era were steroid use is discussed, addressed and punished, rather than swept under the rug. And they are doing so with an organization whose star player has been at the center of allegations. “It's eye opening and jaw dropping,” said Reddick.
Jessica Camerato
08/07/2009 - 9:51pm
NEW YORK -- David Ortiz will address the allegations of steroid use at 12:30 Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. That time can't come and go soon enough for the Red Sox. “We have so many things all the time anyways that our focus has to be our team and supporting David and still playing games,” Sox' catcher Jason Varitek said. “I mean, we go out there and the focus is still on the games.”
Jessica Camerato
07/28/2009 - 10:45pm
Two years ago, Rajon Rondo pulled up for one jumper after another at the 2007 Las Vegas Summer League. His goal was apparent -- after being left wide open on the court during his rookie season, opponents were practically scoffing at his midrange game by daring him to shoot. "He's not going to be Ray Allen," one NBA coach said at the time. He doesn't have to be. Two years later, being Rajon Rondo is good enough.
Jessica Camerato
07/20/2009 - 2:38am
Las Vegas is known for glitz and glamor, but for two weeks in July it is more than a hedonistic escape. It is where 22 teams of hungry players come to make a name for themselves in the pros, execs come for business and the occasional All-Star drops in to check out the talent. This year, faces in the crowd included Paul Pierce, Chris Paul, James Posey, Kevin Durant, Ryan Gomes, Antawn Jamison, Sebastian Telfair, Rudy Gay and Kevin Love.
Jessica Camerato
06/28/2009 - 5:25pm
Nearly 10 years ago, Jason James crossed paths with a talented yet troubled teenager at Central High School in Memphis. Poor academics and attendance had kept the sophomore off of the basketball team, but he had raw potential that needed polishing. James decided to keep an eye on him. This week he watched the same teen become the newest member of the Boston Celtics. --- Jason James wouldn’t give up on Lester Hudson.
Jessica Camerato
06/24/2009 - 12:26pm
In the last 10 years over 115 international-born players have been selected in the NBA Draft. The Boston Celtics have drafted three in the second round. Of those, none have ever suited up for the C’s. This summer one of the most hyped prospects in the draft is Spanish guard Ricky Rubio. Even though there have been rumors of trade talks between the Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies, who hold the second pick and could potentially draft Rubio, making a move for an international player in the first round would be a change in course for the Celtics.
Jessica Camerato
05/19/2009 - 10:23am
The 2008-09 Boston Celtics season was identified by one number, 18, signifying the quest for the team’s next championship. While that figure was never attained, there were other landmark numbers this season. 1: Home games lost in Game 7
Jessica Camerato
05/18/2009 - 12:45am
For the Celtics, there was something special in the air during Game 7 of last year’s semifinal clash with the Cavaliers. Never was this more the case than when, during a key moment, Paul Pierce’s free throw bounced around the rim and seemed all but certain to miss. But then, somehow, the ball fell through the hoop. “The ghost of Red was just looking over us,” Pierce said following the win. On Sunday night, that mystique was gone.
Jessica Camerato
05/17/2009 - 2:12pm
The Celtics have been through this too many times to feel overwhelmed. Game 7s have become second nature to this team, just four more quarters of basketball before they can advance to the next round. They aren’t treating Sunday’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Orlando Magic any differently.


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