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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
05/09/2011 - 12:16pm
As Rajon Rondo collided with the unforgiving floor and his elbow went in places elbows are not supposed to go, everything the Celtics have worked for this season lay there with him.
Paul Flannery
05/08/2011 - 2:19am
Their reputation long enshrined as the toughest, orneriest bunch of geezers on the block, Rajon Rondo added another piece to the legend that will one day be passed down about this group of Celtics.
Paul Flannery
05/06/2011 - 5:33pm
It is beyond foolish to bury a team like the Celtics before they are lying in the cold, dead ground. They are too tough. Too weather-beaten and battle-scarred to simply call it a day after a couple of losses away from the Garden. They have also rallied too many times before.
Paul Flannery
05/04/2011 - 12:39am
MIAMI — Throughout their four-year run, the Celtics have always had the answers, always had the counter to whatever was thrown their way. They knew deep down that their team framework was strong enough to handle any star and any situation.
Paul Flannery
05/01/2011 - 9:31pm
MIAMI -- Here is where we find out just what this Celtics team is really all about. In case there was any doubt – and there shouldn’t have been – the Heat will push them in a way they haven’t been pushed this year.
Paul Flannery
04/30/2011 - 4:18pm
There will be seven members of the 2011 Eastern Conference All-Star team on the floor when the Celtics tip off with the Heat Sunday afternoon in Game 1 of their conference semifinal series. The most in any series since 1982-83 when the 76ers and Lakers met in the NBA finals.
Paul Flannery
04/28/2011 - 10:46pm
The Celtics enter their playoff series with Miami with no small amount of expectation, hope and worry. They know, as do the Heat, that the road to the championship must go through the other.
Paul Flannery
04/28/2011 - 12:17am
Of all the playoff matchups and all the possibilities, the Celtics and Heat are the one that seemed predestined from the moment LeBron James signed with Miami.
Paul Flannery
04/26/2011 - 5:28pm
The Celtics find themselves in a uniquely strange position this week.
Paul Flannery
04/25/2011 - 3:07am
NEW YORK — All around the cramped and joyless interview room in the bowels of Madison Square Garden, reporters raised their eyebrows and began working their fingers and thumbs on their mobile devices. Really? Mike D’Antoni went there?
Paul Flannery
04/23/2011 - 1:24am
NEW YORK -- About an hour or so before the Celtics went out and drove a stake through the hearts of the Knicks and a wild Madison Square Garden crowd, Paul Pierce moved through the tiny visitors locker room.
Paul Flannery
04/21/2011 - 7:09pm
If there was one thing that really bothered the Celtics in their Game 2 victory over the Knicks it was their lack of defensive rebounding.
Paul Flannery
04/20/2011 - 8:36pm
The play was supposed to be for Paul Pierce.
Paul Flannery
04/20/2011 - 1:20am
There’s no way to accurately describe what went down between the Celtics and Knicks in Game 2 of their first round playoff series.
Paul Flannery
04/18/2011 - 6:06pm
In the first game of the 2010 playoffs the Celtics found themselves trailing Miami by 14 points in the third quarter. They appeared lifeless and the energy in the Garden matched their play. Then suddenly it all came together.
Paul Flannery
04/18/2011 - 1:04am
The moment of doubt for Jermaine O’Neal came at the moment of truth. When the lights go out and the doctor goes to work. He had tried to do everything he could to avoid the surgery -- and took a fair amount of criticism for that decision in the process -- but after all the rehab, all the exercises, he was left with no choice.
Paul Flannery
04/16/2011 - 11:52pm
Rajon Rondo walked to the far corner of the Celtics practice facility and sat on an exercise bike, at once inviting attention and doing nothing to court it.
Paul Flannery
04/14/2011 - 7:31pm
Way back in mid-December, the Celtics and Knicks played a classic, possibly the game of the year in the NBA regular season. It featured everything from in-game comebacks to gritty performances and late-game heroics.
Paul Flannery
04/14/2011 - 12:31am
Way back in October when the Celtics gathered in Waltham for the start of yet another run through the long grind of an NBA season, their mission was clear.
Paul Flannery
04/12/2011 - 9:08pm
"I think Kevin loves it the way it is. He’s just kind of playing. The whole 'I hate Kevin' thing is gone and he just played through it and kept playing. That’s what great about him. He didn’t care if they did. That’s the best part.
Paul Flannery
04/10/2011 - 9:25pm
The Celtics don’t just lose games these days, they get taken apart and embarrassed on national television. For the second time in four days, they went into a contender’s arena in what was considered a big game on normal rest and got beat by double digits.
Paul Flannery
04/09/2011 - 12:21am
You can talk all day long about the O’Neal brothers, Nenad Krstic’s adjustment and how Jeff Green will ultimately fit into the grand plan.
Paul Flannery
04/08/2011 - 1:01am
All week long, the Celtics kept saying that they didn’t believe in statement games — which is good because the only message they sent in a 97-81 loss to the Bulls on Thursday is that Chicago is clearly the class of the Eastern Conference. At least in the regular season.
Paul Flannery
04/06/2011 - 12:44am
The decision was made before the game, and it was the last major one the Celtics would have to make before the start of the playoffs.
Paul Flannery
04/04/2011 - 7:28pm
Over the next week, the Celtics will play five games against a potential first round opponent in Philadelphia, the top two teams in the East – Chicago and Miami – and just for fun also get the Wizards for two sets of back-to-backs.


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Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

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Tom Brady has no weapons, 9-30-14

A familiar sentiment has arisen regarding the Patriots offense. Tom Brady is locking in on 2 guys (Edelman and Gronk) and no one else seems to be getting a look. A 37 year old, future Hall of Fame QB, has little to no weapons in 2014.

Pats get crushed by the Chiefs on MNF, 9-30-14

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Vince Wilfork: We need to play more aggressively and not over-think things

The big nose tackle joins Dale and Holley the day after one of the worst losses in recent Patriots history.

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We check in with Full Tilt, Full Time Tedy Bruschi for his take on the poor play of the New England Patriots, and where they go from here.

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