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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
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.
Jessica Camerato
05/15/2009 - 12:54am
Something happens to Kendrick Perkins during the playoffs. Always approachable and willing to give an interview before regular-season games, he blocks out everyone around him once the postseason rolls around. Perkins trades a smile for a scowl, listens to his iPod, and stares straight ahead as he walks from his locker toward the trainer’s room. There are 82 other opportunities to be loose and talkative. During the playoffs, Perkins delivers his message on the court.   
Jessica Camerato
05/13/2009 - 10:39pm
This week, Leon Powe was honored with the NBA’s Community Assist Award for April. Powe’s dedication, though, goes beyond just one month. “I think it came from back in the day with my mom,” Powe said. “She used to be a nice person like that and want to help everybody. I used to tell her, ‘You can’t help everybody’ and now everybody’s telling me, ‘You can’t help everybody.’ It came from there and the stuff I went through.”
Jessica Camerato
05/13/2009 - 10:02pm
It may be a different sport, but the Red Sox know this situation very well. Hampered by injuries after a championship season, then forced to defend a title against a Florida team led by one of the best young players in the game, the Red Sox can relate to the obstacles faced by the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Orlando Magic. The Red Sox, though, hope there is a different outcome for the Celtics.
Jessica Camerato
05/13/2009 - 1:40am
Let me dominate. That was Dwight Howard's message to head coach Stan Van Gundy following the Orlando Magic's Game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics. Howard was not in the mood for excuses. The Magic collapsed for the second game in a row and blew yet another late fourth-quarter lead. Rather than looking to clinch the series in Game 6 on Thursday, they now find themselves in the hole 3-2. Orlando’s star center was dumbfounded – and upset – at how his team ended up on the brink of elimination.
Jessica Camerato
05/11/2009 - 4:21am
Nearly seven minutes without a field goal. Ten percent three-point shooting. Twenty-eight personal fouls. Nine missed free throws. Yet somehow, it was the Celtics running off the court in celebration with a Game 4 victory over the Orlando Magic.
Jessica Camerato
05/09/2009 - 12:22am
Last season the Celtics biggest challenge was winning on the road. This season it's more complicated. The Celtics biggest challenge isn't just winning away from the Garden -- it's winning consistently. After the first three games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Orlando Magic, the Cs have looked like two completely different teams. Now down 2-1, the glaring question is, who are the real Celtics in this series?  
Jessica Camerato
05/07/2009 - 12:53am
There are teams that would crumble without their star player. Their offense would collapse and the defensive pressure would diminish. But losing two marquee players? The game would be over before it even began. On Wednesday night, the Celtics proved they’re not one of those teams. Criticized for having an unreliable bench, they blew out Orlando in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals missing not one, but two of their stars.
Jessica Camerato
05/05/2009 - 1:36am
Is it possible that the Orlando Magic have too much of a good thing?   Not only do they boast one of the best big men in the NBA, they also have one of the deepest lineups of three-point shooters in the league. So who wins you games?  
Jessica Camerato
05/03/2009 - 1:44am
Only hours earlier, Joakim Noah lashed out against Kevin Garnett. “I don’t care about him at all. I don’t care about him at all,” Noah said roughly an hour before the tip-off of the decisive seventh game. “He used to be my favorite player. Not my favorite player any more.”
Jessica Camerato
05/01/2009 - 1:02am
Another half an inch and his performance would have been heroic. Unfortunately for Ray Allen, his efforts were outweighed by a one-point triple-overtime loss.   “Those inches,” he said, “just took that bucket away.”   With his foot barely touching the line, Allen's long-range jumper in double overtime was ruled a two.-point field goal. There is no way of knowing if the game would have ended differently had he taken just one step back. All that is certain is that win or lose, Allen put on a show.
Jessica Camerato
04/29/2009 - 12:32am
Put more time on the clock. The Celtics could do this all night. After playing an NBA-record third overtime game in a postseason series, they were ready for more. Understaffed and overworked, they still weren’t phased by the extended minutes they have played in the first round against the Chicago Bulls.
Jessica Camerato
04/26/2009 - 10:31pm
Don't blame it on Paul Pierce's missed three-pointer.   Don't put it all on Glen Davis' offensive struggles.   Don't point the finger at Kendrick Perkins' six fouls.  
Jessica Camerato
04/24/2009 - 12:37am
On the night that Derrick Rose received his Rookie of the Year award, the Boston Celtics reminded the Chicago Bulls just how young they are. One of the biggest question marks entering the playoffs was the Bulls' inexperience. But Rose's freakish talent carried them to a Game 1 victory in Boston against the defending champions. He outshined Rajon Rondo, scoring 36 points to Rondo's 29, and established himself as the point guard to watch in the series.
Jessica Camerato
04/22/2009 - 1:16pm
Derrick Rose is proving the Chicago Bulls can turn to him for just about anything on the court. Thirty-six points in his first postseason game against the defending world champions, clutch free throws in one of the loudest arenas in the league, blocked shots against the reigning NBA Finals MVP -- the Bulls ask for it, he’s got it. But there is one thing Rose’s teammates have that he cannot offer. That’s why the rookie is turning to Ben Gordon and Kirk Hinrich for their postseason experience.
Jessica Camerato
04/20/2009 - 11:37pm
For nearly ten years it has been Ray Allen versus Rip Hamilton. The two University of Connecticut standouts have gone hard at one another, so hard in fact that Allen wears a sleeve to protect his arm from Hamilton's swipes. But after Game 2 between the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls, a new UConn rivalry was born. On Monday night, it was Allen versus Ben Gordon.  
Jessica Camerato
04/18/2009 - 12:00am
The Chicago Bulls game plan was clear. The Boston Celtics had the NBA title, the better record, and the homecourt court advantage, but the Bulls knew the edge they had.    “I think we're going to have to get up and down the court and use that [athleticism], no question,” Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro said prior to Game One on Saturday. “If we have to slow it down and be more physical, it's going to be more of a physical series. We know that, we expect that. But Joakim (Noah) and Tyrus (Thomas) can get up and down the floor.”
Jessica Camerato
04/17/2009 - 12:00am
Comcast SportsNet broadcasters Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn talked to WEEI.com about the Boston Celtics first-round match up with the Chicago Bulls. They will have the call for Games 1-3 and 5-7 (if necessary).    How can the Celtics survive without Kevin Garnett?
Jessica Camerato
04/15/2009 - 11:36am
For the first time in five years, Stephon Marbury's schedule is booked through April. Vacations have to be put on hold and summer plans are up in the air. But he doesn't mind. “Any time you get an opportunity to play in the playoffs it's always a great feeling,” Marbury said. “You've extended after the regular season.” Marbury has not been to the playoffs since 2004 as a member of the New York Knicks. Now there are only days separating him from this weekend's first-round action with the Boston Celtics.
Jessica Camerato
04/05/2009 - 7:04am
There was no time for a break. Less than 24 hours after hitting a game-winning three in double overtime against the Charlotte Bobcats, Ray Allen was back in the gym. Early. “He's a professional really,” said Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. “Days off, he's in the gym. Yesterday before practice, he was there an hour early.”
Jessica Camerato
03/23/2009 - 9:59pm
Here’s what we know so far: Celtics head coach Doc Rivers has conceded homecourt advantage to Cleveland. “We’re not going to catch Cleveland,” he said last week. After suffering through injuries, the Celtics are now fighting with Orlando for second place in the East. Is it possible they could catch the Cavs for first? If any team should realize “anything is possible,” it’s the Celtics.
Jessica Camerato
03/02/2009 - 6:00pm
Rajon Rondo was 10 years old when Stephon Marbury made his NBA debut. He was 14 when Marbury earned his first All-Star selection. He was a senior in high school when Marbury led the league in assists. And by the time Rondo was drafted in 2006, Marbury was already on his fourth team. Marbury may have ten more years of NBA experience than Rondo, but Rondo has the one thing Marbury has never been able to attain — a title. For that, Marbury could learn from his younger teammate.
Jessica Camerato
02/27/2009 - 9:52pm
There are different motivations for making trades before the deadline. Some teams make additions to create playoff contenders. Others try to cut salary as they look ahead to the free agent market. And others, like the Boston Celtics, make room on their rosters in hopes of landing the missing pieces for another deep postseason run.


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