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Paul Flannery began his journalism career answering phones at the Boston Herald before embarking on a cross-country odyssey that included stops in Oregon, Virginia and Philadelphia. He then returned home to Boston, where he was the online editor at Boston magazine and began covering the Celtics in 2008. Flannery also contributes to the Phoenix and teaches sports journalism at Boston University.

 
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Paul Flannery
06/02/2012 - 6:52pm
WALTHAM – Rajon Rondo has been on the floor for 140 minutes out of a possible 149 in the first three games of the Eastern Conference finals and has recorded just nine turnovers. In between, he’s scored 81 points, grabbed 23 rebounds and handed out 27 assists while shooting 55 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the free throw line.
Paul Flannery
06/02/2012 - 1:06am
How many times during his career has it been said? Get Kevin Garnett in the post.
Paul Flannery
05/31/2012 - 1:57am
MIAMI – Keyon Dooling told Rajon Rondo to breathe. Use the timeouts for recovery because it’s the only rest you’re going to get.
Paul Flannery
05/29/2012 - 7:01pm
MIAMI -- From the moment the Heat were assembled in the frenzied, chaotic summer of 2010, there’s been a feeling that if you can knock them around, you can throw them off their game. Many have tried, few have been successful.
Paul Flannery
05/29/2012 - 2:00am
MIAMI -- Almost everyone had cleared out by the time Ray Allen made his way back to his locker. Impeccably dressed as always, he appeared to be limping, or at least walking gingerly.
Paul Flannery
05/27/2012 - 11:08pm
Not many people are giving the Celtics a chance to beat Miami in the Eastern Conference finals.
Paul Flannery
05/27/2012 - 1:01am
This couldn’t end this way. It couldn’t end with Paul Pierce fouling out on a dubious offensive foul. It couldn’t end with Ray Allen unable to make a jump shot.
Paul Flannery
05/24/2012 - 9:48pm
There have been 12 Game 7’s since 2008 and the Celtics have played in five of them. They won three at home before losing to the Magic in 2009 and they also suffered their most bitter defeat of this era in the 2010 finals on the road against the Lakers.
Paul Flannery
05/24/2012 - 1:38am
PHILADELPHIA – Someone asked Doc Rivers if this tough-on-the-eyes 82-75 loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals reminded him of a series against Cleveland in 2008 when the Celtics rebounded from a similarly offens
Paul Flannery
05/22/2012 - 7:48pm
“It’s just rhythm for him. It’s not tempo. It’s not even a pace, I can’t explain what it is.” -- Doc Rivers, trying to describe Rajon Rondo
Paul Flannery
05/21/2012 - 11:16pm
You can analyze this series from every conceivable angle and break down all the adjustments the coaches are making from game to game, but no one had Brandon Bass outscoring the 76ers by himself in the third quarter.
Paul Flannery
05/20/2012 - 8:23pm
In many ways, Thaddeus Young is the quintessential 76er. He’s great in transition, has a solid handle and can guard multiple positions. He does most of his scoring in the paint, but he can hit the outside shot if you leave him alone. Young’s greatest strength, however, is his lack of a defined position.
Paul Flannery
05/19/2012 - 2:25am
PHILADELPHIA – There were three numbers that jumped out at Celtics coach Doc Rivers as he tried to explain his team’s exasperating loss in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Paul Flannery
05/17/2012 - 8:59pm
PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Garnett scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Game 3. It was another monster night from Garnett, who has scored 99 points in his last four games and recorded double-doubles in each contest.
Paul Flannery
05/17/2012 - 12:33am
PHILADELPHIA – Kevin Garnett was agitated, which is nothing new, but his words hung heavy in the crushing disappointment of a losing locker room. They carried with them the weight of a season’s worth of expectations, if not an entire era.
Paul Flannery
05/15/2012 - 7:58pm
This is a trick question. The Celtics' offense hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s been bad all season.
Paul Flannery
05/14/2012 - 11:39pm
In 29 other NBA cities, the reaction to Kevin Garnett’s offensive foul with 10 seconds left in regulation was the same: They finally called it! In Boston, the difference was one of punctuation: They called it now?
Paul Flannery
05/13/2012 - 7:50pm
Most nights during the NBA season, Kevin Garnett is the last player to emerge from behind closed doors.
Paul Flannery
05/12/2012 - 11:56pm
There were seven seconds left and the Celtics were holding a three-point lead when Paul Pierce missed a 20-foot jumper.
Paul Flannery
05/12/2012 - 6:54am
WALTHAM – Short of winning Game 5 in Atlanta and earning a couple of days off, you couldn’t have scripted a better first round playoff scenario for the Celtics.
Paul Flannery
05/11/2012 - 12:27am
Having done all his talking on the court with 28 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks in a stranger-than-fiction 83-80 closeout game against the Hawks, Kevin Garnett had a few other things he wanted to get off his chest. Settle in kids, it's time for another episode of KG Theater.
Paul Flannery
05/09/2012 - 9:19pm
The funny thing about this Hawks-Celtics series is that for a hard-fought, defensive struggle, no one is giving Atlanta much of a chance. Four games have been decided by a total of three points, including an overtime contest in the Garden when the Hawks were missing their top three frontcourt players.
Paul Flannery
05/09/2012 - 1:14am
Did anyone really think the Celtics would make things easy on themselves? It’s a maddeningly endearing trait they’ve developed over the last five years, and it cost them dearly on Tuesday night.
Paul Flannery
05/07/2012 - 8:46pm
It’s impossible to read Game 4 of the Celtics’ series with the Hawks as anything other than an offensive aberration. The C’s took 53 of their 80 shots from outside the paint and made 26 of them – 15 long 2’s and 11 3-pointers.
Paul Flannery
05/06/2012 - 11:02pm
Paul Pierce strained his knee during shootaround on Sunday morning, which made it doubly painful when he aggravated it during the second quarter.


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