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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
05/05/2012 - 1:18am
The first rule of playoff basketball is never apologize for a win, no matter how ugly. Here’s another one. Call it the Rondo rule: Just because you record double figures in three statistical categories doesn’t mean you had a great game.
Paul Flannery
05/03/2012 - 2:03pm
WALTHAM – Rajon Rondo ran down the tunnel toward his teammates. The first person he was saw Kevin Garnett.
Paul Flannery
05/02/2012 - 1:45am
ATLANTA -- There was Paul Pierce running down the court with Avery Bradley on his right and a two-point lead in his back pocket.
Paul Flannery
05/01/2012 - 1:48pm
ATLANTA -- So, here are the Celtics with their backs against the wall and no one to get Kevin Garnett the ball in his favored shooting position.
Paul Flannery
04/30/2012 - 12:11am
ATLANTA -- In the span of a few seconds, the Celtics went from a team that was desperately trying to complete a hopeless comeback to one that is anxiously holding its breath over the interpretation of the word “intentional.”
Paul Flannery
04/28/2012 - 12:58pm
From the moment they were assembled, they played with an expiration date hanging over their heads. Three years, maybe five. There’s a finite amount of time in this game and for three superstars in the latter stages of their career that time is precious.
Paul Flannery
04/27/2012 - 1:56am
In 2008, the top-seeded Celtics – boasting a new Big Three of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and
Paul Flannery
04/26/2012 - 12:14am
The decision that defined the Celtics’ 2011-12 season wasn’t the easiest sell.
Paul Flannery
04/23/2012 - 11:00pm
All season long people have been wondering if Doc Rivers was going to give his veterans unscheduled days off, a la Gregg Popovich, the man who invented the DNP-Old designation for
Paul Flannery
04/21/2012 - 12:05pm
Earlier this season -- before he became a sensation and the huge blinking neon X-factor for the Celtics in their unlikely final run -- Avery Bradley threw a diagonal cross-court pass to
Paul Flannery
04/19/2012 - 1:50am
Let’s pause for a moment to consider Paul Pierce. In his 14th season, Pierce has averaged 19.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists. His shooting percentages are down a bit, but across the board it has been another typically excellent Pierce season.
Paul Flannery
04/17/2012 - 12:07am
On Sunday night in Charlotte, Rajon Rondo scored 20 points and handed out 16 assists in a 94-82 Celtics victory over the Bobcats.
Paul Flannery
04/14/2012 - 12:49am
When Chris Paul and Dwight Howard elected to waive their early termination options, it made a thin free agent market almost desolate and turned the summer spotlight squarely on a stronger than u
Paul Flannery
04/13/2012 - 12:51am
Doc Rivers is often referred to as a player’s coach by both the media and his own team, but that casual definition only hints at his coaching style. Rivers is demanding. He is candid, both with the press and his team.
Paul Flannery
04/12/2012 - 1:19am
Rajon Rondo went to Doc Rivers and told him he had to stay in the game. “We’ve got tomorrow off,” Rondo told his coach. “Let me just go.”
Paul Flannery
04/11/2012 - 1:04am
It’s time to get off the fence and recognize what the Celtics are doing. If you’ve been following them all season, you’ve probably been expressing quiet optimism over their play since the All-Star break.
Paul Flannery
04/08/2012 - 11:44pm
“I can imagine right now that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and those guys are in there right now saying, 'Let’s deliver the knockout punch today.' This game, I think they feel like, if they beat u
Paul Flannery
04/07/2012 - 9:49am
Ray Allen went to Doc Rivers and told him it was time. At this point in his career and with this team specifically, it was time to move to the bench and begin a new chapter in his career.
Paul Flannery
04/06/2012 - 2:03am
It's not true that Celtics coach Doc Rivers never blasts his players in public -- just ask Glen Davis.
Paul Flannery
04/05/2012 - 12:41am
Ray Allen returned to the court after missing six games with a sprained ankle and was in the starting lineup as usual on Wednesday when the Celtics played the Spurs.
Paul Flannery
04/01/2012 - 9:14pm
Over the last five games, the Celtics have held four teams below 90 points per 100 possessions. Included in that list are Utah – who ranks seventh in offensive efficiency – and now Miami, who ranks third.
Paul Flannery
03/29/2012 - 1:02am
For the first time since his rookie season, Kevin Garnett spent the All-Star break away from the game and alone with his thoughts. He thought about the first half of the season and what went wrong. He thought about what he could do better. Garnett decided that he had to make changes.
Paul Flannery
03/25/2012 - 11:06pm
Avery Bradley made his first seven shots on Sunday night and outscored the Wizards in the first quarter by himself, 15-12. He made jump shots. He made layups. He even made a 3-pointer.
Paul Flannery
03/22/2012 - 11:46pm
A week ago the Celtics were run out of Sacramento on the wrong end of a 120-95 score. They went to Denver the next night and lost, as is their custom, on the second night of a back-to-back on the road.
Paul Flannery
03/19/2012 - 1:21am
SACRAMENTO -- All week long the Celtics said it didn’t bother them. All week long, they rolled their eyes and offered terse, clipped answers about the inevitably of the March 15 trade deadline. Veterans all, there was some truth to their responses.


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