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About Paul Flannery

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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MMQB's Peter King with Da…

MMQB's Peter King with Dale, Holley and Keefe

We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.

Phil Perry, CSNNE on the Patriots and NFL free agency

Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency

NFL SUNDAY...the final segment of the year -- 2-5-17

Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.

LaVar Ball with Dale, Hol…

LaVar Ball with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.

Kirk and Callahan- Will Isaiah Thomas win a title in Boston? 3-7-17

Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.

Kirk and Callahan- Celtics lose after Thomas mishandles the ball 3-6-17

Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.

David Ortiz with Dale, Ho…

David Ortiz with Dale, Holley and Keefe

We speak with David Ortiz, co-author of the new biography Papi: My Story with our own Michael S. Holley.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 31: The definitive Rafael Devers podcast

Red Sox assistant general manager Eddie Romero, the man who had a huge hand in signing top prospect Rafael Devers, joins Rob Bradford to talk all things Devers. Romero explains how the organization locked up the talented third baseman, detailing how he has progressed to this point and how long it might be until the 20 year old becomes a major leaguer.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 30: Michael Holley talks David Ortiz book

Michael Holley, author of the new book, "Papi: My Story" joins Rob Bradford to talk anything and everything about the soon-to-be released David Ortiz autobiography. Holley discusses the twists and turns leading up to actually writing the book, the stories behind putting it all together and the stories behind the stories.

Bruce Cassidy with Dale, …

Bruce Cassidy with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Dale, Holley and Keefe interview the newest coach of the Boston Bruins for the first time, Bruce Cassidy.

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Saturday Skate - Bruins and the All-Star break

Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break

K&C - Ken Rosenthal has a…

K&C - Ken Rosenthal has an awful Farrell take; Monica Lewinsky blames Roger Ailes 5-23-17

Hour 4: Ken Rosenthal thinks Farrell might be fired...

K&C - Terrorist identified as Salman Abedi; Tension with Ken & Curtis 5-23-17

Hour 3: The terrorist is identified and Kirk discusses the brewing tension with Ken and Curtis.

K&C - Will the Celtics trade Isaiah Thomas? Reimer wants a one child limit 5-23-17

Hour 2: The guys discussed the future of Isaiah Thomas.

OMF - Deadspin takes a sh…

OMF - Deadspin takes a shot at the Celtics; Is the Patriots Hall of Fame rigged? 5-23-17

HOUR 4 - In the final hour of the show, the guys discuss a Deadspin article titled "The Celtics Have A Moral Obligation To Get The Fuck Out." Glenn thinks the induction of Raymond Clayborn into the Patriots HOF might be evidence that it's rigged.

OMF - The NFL is peeling back it's restrictions on TD celebrations, 5-23-17

HOUR 3 - The guys open up the 12 o'clock hour talking about the proposed rules changes regarding touchdown celebrations. They also get into the future of Julian Edelman, the reported rift between ESPN's "Mike and Mike," and Peyton Manning's apology to an NFL referee.

OMF - Now is not the time to fire John Farrell, 5-23-17

HOUR 2 - The guys open up hour two finishing off their Celtics thoughts and taking calls from fans. As the hour goes on, they transition into to some Sox talk, and discuss a Ken Rosenthal report regarding John Farrell's job security. Towards the end of the hour, Glenn picks a side in the "Lou vs. Fauria" debate about Al Horford.

Is this version of the Ca…

Is this version of the Cavaliers one of the NBA's all time great teams?

Holley and Keefe mix it up about the place of this version of Lebron's Cavs and how history will judge them.

The No Fun League relaxes some of it's rules on celebrations

Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss the NFL's policy changes towards in game celebrations.

Trying to make sense of the struggling Sox

Checking in on the Sox with Dale, Holley and Keefe.

Ep. 58: Mike Finkel, Auth…

Ep. 58: Mike Finkel, Author of True Story and The Stanger in the Woods

Kirk Minihane talks to the author of the best selling book "The Stranger in the Woods" Mike Finkel. It is a crazy story of a hermit leaving in Maine. Mike is also the author of "True Story" which was made into a movie staring Jonah Hill and James Franco. Mike talks about how the movie came out, his thoughts on Jonah Hill portraying him, and if it was true to the book.

Ep. 57: Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band

Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.

Ep. 56: Howie Carr

Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.

#DORK 15: Best Sports Vid…

#DORK 15: Best Sports Video Games

Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey discuss the best sports video games of all-time. They break them down by sport and then ultimately crown a Top 5. Plus This Week in #DORK and the Pick of the Podcast.

SoccerCast - Have Revs fans stopped caring about the team?

Ben, Russ, and Alex talk about the European leagues coming to a conclusion, the ridiculous end to John Terry's time at Chelsea, and of course the Revs are heading to NY on a mini win streak but the fans don't seem to care about the on-field product anymore.

Two Outs with Buck and Reimer Ep 4: Billy Bean talks Kevin Pillar slur

Alex Reimer and Steve Buckley chat with MLB Ambassador of Inclusion Billy Bean about the Kevin Pillar incident and casual homophobia in sports. Bean explains how difficult it is to stamp out anti-gay language, given how prevalent it is in our vernacular.

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Hour 4: Around the Horn's Tony Reali is struggling with postpartum anxiety and depression. Linda Pizzuti is profiled in Boston Magazine.

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Hour 1: Gerry is back in with Kirk and Mut recapping the Celtics' near impossible Game 3 victory in Cleveland. Mut picked the Preakness winner.

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Hour 3: The terrorist is identified and Kirk discusses the brewing tension with Ken and Curtis.

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K&C - Terror in Mancheste…

K&C - Terror in Manchester; Donald Trump calls terrorists "losers" 5-23-17

Hour 1: Reimer, Gerry and Kirk discussed the terrorist attack in Manchester

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K&C - Without Isaiah Thom…

K&C - Without Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics pull off all-time upset in Cleveland 5-22-17

Hour 3: The guys continue talking Celtics after they beat the Cavs in Cleveland without Isaiah Thomas in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

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