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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
03/15/2012 - 4:30am
OAKLAND – About an hour before tip-off Paul Pierce came bouncing through the locker room. “I’m still around,” Pierce said to the press with a grin. “I’m still around.”
Paul Flannery
03/13/2012 - 4:20am
LOS ANGELES – The question hung in the air for a second while Danny Ainge considered his response.
Paul Flannery
03/12/2012 - 1:19am
LOS ANGELES – There was a crowd gathered to hear the losing coach talk because there’s always a crowd when the Celtics and Lakers play one another.
Paul Flannery
03/07/2012 - 2:59am
While Ray Allen was taking care of business at free throw line, Paul Pierce had his arms around Rajon Rondo.
Paul Flannery
03/05/2012 - 4:02pm
Kevin Garnett has long been one of the more fascinating characters in a locker room filled with intriguing characters.
Paul Flannery
03/04/2012 - 8:48pm
Doc Rivers looked at the box score. His eyes scanned immediately down to the bottom lines: Defensive rebounds, turnovers, free throws and field goal percentages.
Paul Flannery
03/03/2012 - 1:45am
They all had to know this was coming.
Paul Flannery
03/01/2012 - 7:41pm
Rajon Rondo is barely 26 years old, a three-time All-Star and a veteran of 73 postseason games, several of which were decided by him on days when he was the best player on a floor that included Most Valuable Players and future Hall of Famers.
Paul Flannery
03/01/2012 - 2:02am
In a career that has spanned a dozen years, six cities and countless teammates and coaches, Keyon Dooling has a rare perspective on life in the NBA. He’s a man who considers his thought carefully before he speaks.
Paul Flannery
02/23/2012 - 2:09am
Before this road trip from hell began, the feeling around the Celtics was that the next four games would tell a lot about who they are and where they are headed. They had played 19 of their 28 games at the Garden and hadn’t been on an extended trip since the first week of the season.
Paul Flannery
02/21/2012 - 2:14am
It’s tempting to say that the next 3 1/2 weeks are the most important stretch of Danny Ainge’s tenure as the man making the basketball decisions for the Celtics. It’s tempting, but it’s wrong.
Paul Flannery
02/20/2012 - 1:54am
Through 30 games this season, the Celtics have had two three-game losing streaks, one five-game losing streak, two four-game winning streaks and one five-game run of victories. Add in a couple of wins here and a loss or two there, and what you have is the most inconsistently mediocre team in the NBA.
Paul Flannery
02/17/2012 - 2:35am
There aren’t many players who would be criticized after scoring 67 points and shooting 53 percent over their previous two games, but Rajon Rondo is unique that way. He gets killed when he’s too passive and dissected when he turns into a scoring machine.
Paul Flannery
02/16/2012 - 1:34am
Doc Rivers had a bad feeling at halftime. His team was ahead by just two points on the lowly Pistons and he felt like it should have been more like a dozen. He didn’t like the way the offense was playing. He wasn’t real sold on the defense, either.
Paul Flannery
02/12/2012 - 10:27pm
There are days when Rajon Rondo is so good at his job that you wouldn’t trade him for any point guard in the world, and yes, that includes Chris Paul.
Paul Flannery
02/10/2012 - 2:32am
The setting and the scene were so familiar. The Celtics and Lakers were in yet another meat-grinder of a game. Possessions were tight, fast breaks were rare and always there was the threat of a Lakers offensive rebound.
Paul Flannery
02/08/2012 - 1:38am
The moment was finally here, and the folks who run the Garden in-game operations rose to the occasion.
Paul Flannery
02/04/2012 - 2:51am
For the first time since the season began, the Celtics had their starting five relatively healthy and ready to play. They also had their second unit essentially set, which has been an ongoing work in progress.
Paul Flannery
01/30/2012 - 12:09am
Paul Pierce was frustrated. He wasn't alone.
Paul Flannery
01/28/2012 - 1:28am
The score was tied early in the third quarter and all the Celtics’ hard work in the first half was gone.
Paul Flannery
01/27/2012 - 1:37am
The Celtics were trailing by 27 points and a decision seemed imminent.
Paul Flannery
01/24/2012 - 2:11am
There’s a moment in the game when Avery Bradley knows he has done what he set out to accomplish. It happens when the man he’s guarding starts to talk to him. Sometimes he tells him to back off, give him some room.
Paul Flannery
01/21/2012 - 6:04pm
There was no one specific play in their loss to the Suns on Friday night that encapsulated all the problems the Celtics have had scoring points.
Paul Flannery
01/20/2012 - 12:33am
There’s a story Danny Ainge likes to tell about a Christmas party at which Red Auerbach shared the secrets of trades not made.
Paul Flannery
01/19/2012 - 1:39am
Ray Allen has been through things like this before. More than a decade ago in another time and place, his Milwaukee Bucks team began the year with a 3-9 record.


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