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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
03/29/2010 - 12:06am
It’s not a big secret that the Celtics have patterned themselves on the San Antonio Spurs and the parallels between the two teams are numerous.
Paul Flannery
03/27/2010 - 12:51am
The Sacramento Kings came into Boston without their leading scorer and main ballhandler, Tyreke Evans, and off a loss to the Nets.
Paul Flannery
03/24/2010 - 11:57pm
The Celtics beat the Nuggets Wednesday night, and you can make a convincing argument that this should not have been a surprise.
Paul Flannery
03/23/2010 - 12:51am
For 22 minutes against Utah Monday night, the Celtics played an almost perfect road game. They rebounded better, received superior play from their bench and got to the free throw line at a steadier clip than the Jazz.
Paul Flannery
03/18/2010 - 12:04am
In the first 12 minutes at the Garden last night, the Celtics shot 21 times and made 14 of them. The Knicks took 20 and made five. It’s been said that in the NBA everyone makes a run, and while it’s conceivable that the Knicks could have staged an improbable comeback at some point, almost everyone in the building knew it wasn’t going to happen.
Paul Flannery
03/16/2010 - 1:01am
So, we know that they can do it. We know that if the Celtics set their mind to it, they can still play in-your-grill defense and pass the ball quickly to the open man.
Paul Flannery
03/10/2010 - 1:04am
It’s been a while since the Celtics played a tough, competitive game against a solid opponent. They’ve had close games, but hardly well-played close games.
Paul Flannery
03/08/2010 - 2:37am
Throughout the first 42 minutes of the Celtics' game vs. the Wizards, a solitary thought floated in the ether: Did these guys learn nothing from the New Jersey debacle?
Paul Flannery
03/04/2010 - 8:41pm
Before P.J. Brown became the modern standard by which all Celtics veteran free agent acquisitions are judged, there was some question as to whether the veteran power forward still had game.
Paul Flannery
03/04/2010 - 12:43am
There is a certain rhythm to the Celtics pregame routine that is rarely ever interrupted. For the 40 or so minutes before the game when the locker room is open to the press certain mores are understood and respected.
Paul Flannery
03/03/2010 - 12:38am
The Celtics don’t need to care about style points right now, which is good because there weren’t many to be had Tuesday night in Detroit.
Paul Flannery
03/02/2010 - 12:50am
Time was short Monday afternoon after the Celtics practice, which was just as well because the answers to the problems that have plagued the team for the last two months were as up in the air as the impending plane ride to Detroit.
Paul Flannery
02/26/2010 - 7:50am
Here were the Celtics cruising right along with a nice little lead and Rajon Rondo making like a cross between Earl Monroe and Clyde Frazier.
Paul Flannery
02/24/2010 - 1:21am
There was a surreal quality to the Celtics' 110-106 win (click here for recap) over the Knicks Tuesday night at TD Garden.
Paul Flannery
02/19/2010 - 7:47pm
Now that it’s finally official and Nate Robinson is coming to the Celtics, we can finally address the important question: What does it mean on the court?
Paul Flannery
02/19/2010 - 8:18am
Danny Ainge made his trade deadline move and, all things considered, it was a relatively minor one. He effectively traded Eddie House for Nate Robinson, and while it will give the second unit a different look, it doesn't do a lot to alter the makeup of this team.
Paul Flannery
02/17/2010 - 7:53am
With trade rumors swirling around a possible acquisition of Knicks guard Nate Robinson, the Celtics found themselves locked in an early offensive struggle against one of the fastest-paced teams in the league. It might have been OK to play the Sacramento Kings style earlier in the season, but the Celtics can’t afford to mess around with sub-.500 teams anymore.
Paul Flannery
02/15/2010 - 2:41am
The first significant NBA trade deadline domino to fall came over the weekend when the Mavericks acquired Caron Butler from the Wizards, completing a long-rumored exchange.
Paul Flannery
02/11/2010 - 12:53am
At what point does a string of bad performances become a problem that can’t be fixed? At what point does the Celtics' run of uninspired second-half play inspire Danny Ainge to do something to change the mix?
Paul Flannery
02/08/2010 - 5:05pm
Before we dive into the Ray Allen trade rumors, let’s start with a premise: The Celtics don’t want to trade him for two reasons.
Paul Flannery
02/07/2010 - 8:56pm
A week ago after a nationally televised loss, the Celtics stood up after their latest fourth-quarter collapse against an elite team and accepted collective responsibility for their breakdown.
Paul Flannery
02/04/2010 - 2:49am
The way Tony Allen had it figured, he had been going over the pick and roll all night in an effort to force Dwyane Wade from doing what Wade does best: barrel his way to the basket.
Paul Flannery
01/31/2010 - 9:33pm
The tendency right now is to write off the Celtics. For the last month, they have been treading water in a sea of mediocrity — and when they had three games to prove themselves against the best the league has to offer, they came up short in all three games.
Paul Flannery
01/29/2010 - 1:33am
Even with Kevin Garnett back in the lineup, the Celtics have been flirting with disaster. With Garnett back, they narrowly escaped against a short-handed Portland team and the mediocre Clippers.
Paul Flannery
01/27/2010 - 9:50pm
The fans have spoken, and they got the All-Star Game starters mostly correct. The big quibble is with the selection of Allen Iverson, but voting for All-Star teams is one of the few acts of fan democracy left, and if a million or so people want to watch A.I. run around and jack up 3’s, that’s their right.


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