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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
04/03/2011 - 10:59pm
For five minutes Sunday night, everything went according to plan. Shaquille O’Neal was back on the court, throwing his big body at anything in a Pistons uniform and scoring effortlessly on the block. He even pulled out a nifty reverse layup that had everyone at TD Garden in shock.
Paul Flannery
04/02/2011 - 12:04am
A week ago when the Celtics left town for a four-game road trip, things appeared to be at their breaking point. Doc Rivers called them out and called them selfish after a no-excuses loss to the Bobcats.
Paul Flannery
03/30/2011 - 6:54pm
Every team in the NBA goes through a stretch where it appears that all is hope is lost and whatever’s wrong can never be fixed. The problem the Celtics are having is that their stretch is happening on the eve of the playoffs instead of in the dead of winter.
Paul Flannery
03/29/2011 - 12:23am
Rajon Rondo wasn’t supposed to play against the Pacers on Monday night.
Paul Flannery
03/27/2011 - 11:49pm
For nine minutes on Sunday night, the Celtics played some of their best basketball since the All-Star break. The ball moved crisply from side to side and from player to player. Good shots were passed up for great shots and the defense was humming. And then the rest of the game happened.
Paul Flannery
03/26/2011 - 2:31pm
From the beginning, the Celtics were built around the idea that their three veteran All-Stars -- Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and
Paul Flannery
03/26/2011 - 12:31am
In the aftermath of a brutal, self-inflicted loss to a Charlotte Bobcats team that featured the likes of Dominic McGuire and Kwame Brown in its starting lineup,
Paul Flannery
03/24/2011 - 1:18am
The Celtics didn’t lose to the Grizzlies Wednesday night because of poor execution in the final minute when they botched several chances to tie the game or take the lead.
Paul Flannery
03/22/2011 - 12:06am
Of all the things that could possibly be said about the Celtics – and there are many people outside of Boston who have said many terrible things about them over the last few years – their own coach picked the one word that hurts them the most. He called them “soft.” And he was right.
Paul Flannery
03/20/2011 - 12:00am
In the warm afterglow of a stirring comeback performance like the one the Celtics pulled off in their 89-85 win over New Orleans on Saturday night, it’s easy to overrate the significance.
Paul Flannery
03/17/2011 - 6:47pm
The first glimmer came on Wednesday when Delonte West played against the Pacers. West scored just two points to go with three assists in 16 minutes of work, but his impact was felt all over the court.
Paul Flannery
03/17/2011 - 12:41am
Things can change quickly in the NBA — and especially with the Celtics.
Paul Flannery
03/15/2011 - 6:21pm
When it comes to Rajon Rondo, there are often more questions than answers. His game is unlike anyone else’s and while his numbers can be a reflection of his successes or failures, his play is more often dictated by feel rather than objective data.
Paul Flannery
03/14/2011 - 11:54pm
The Celtics lost another game against a bad team on the road in the second part of a back-to-back on Monday.
Paul Flannery
03/12/2011 - 12:51am
For the second straight game the Celtics had 10 players available and for the second straight game the Celtics couldn’t finish off a comeback against a team they should have beat.
Paul Flannery
03/10/2011 - 2:09am
There are many NBA clichés that come to mind when a team like the Celtics loses a game to the Clippers at home.
Paul Flannery
03/08/2011 - 8:59pm
The number is nine. Or maybe eight.
Paul Flannery
03/08/2011 - 12:59am
As a general rule, professional basketball players don’t get better with age. Most career arcs in the NBA go something like this: Rookies survive on talent (and hopefully) maturity. Good players take the extra step by expanding their shooting range or developing a go-to move.
Paul Flannery
03/07/2011 - 2:03am
This was not a game that will make the end of the year highlight DVD. There were too many turnovers — especially by Rajon Rondo — too many second-chance points and way too many wasted possessions.
Paul Flannery
03/05/2011 - 1:17am
Jeff Green got lost on his way to the Garden. Fortunately he had his iPhone to help him out. “Man you get in those tunnels it’s no fun,” he said, echoing the sentiments of everyone who has ever found himself turned around in the central artery.
Paul Flannery
03/04/2011 - 12:03am
It’s only been a week since the Celtics acquired Jeff Green, but the Celtics are already trying to figure out one small problem: W
Paul Flannery
03/03/2011 - 2:56am
It’s been a week since Danny Ainge sent shockwaves through the NBA with his trade deadline deal that sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for
Paul Flannery
03/01/2011 - 1:51am
For 55 games, the Celtics followed a familiar pattern. The names changed on given nights depending on who was healthy and who wasn’t, but the script rarely deviated.
Paul Flannery
02/26/2011 - 3:15pm
Jeff Green is a basketball Rorschach test.
Paul Flannery
02/25/2011 - 2:40am
A year ago, Danny Ainge was asked to do something dramatic. His team was flat and looked old, injured and cooked. Instead, Ainge did nothing at the trade deadline except swap Eddie House for Nate Robinson.


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Mike Reiss with Dale, Hol…

Mike Reiss with Dale, Holley and Thornton

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NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- Roger Goodell is maddening! -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- A look at the AFC East post NFL Draft -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.

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Jeff Goodman, ESPN, joins Giardi and Bradford to preview the NBA Draft and the future of the Celtics - "They're looking to get a starter this year, a starter in next year's draft and possibly a free agent starter...Kevin Durant is not coming here." ...

Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.

Head Coach Brad Stevens with Dale and Holley

Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NBA.com's Ian Thomsen on Spurs-Thunder Ending, Danny Ainge's next move for Celtics 5/3

Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.

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Red Sox Review with Danny Picard, 5-30-16

Danny recaps the Red Sox 7-2 win over the Orioles

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Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

5-28 Danny Picard - Red Sox Review

Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.

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SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

Butch Stearns with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- The season is officially over for the Bruins; where do we go from here? -- 4-10-16

Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.

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D&C w/ Mut Butch & Meter - Will Malcolm Butler hold out? Is he more valuable than Jamie Collins or Dont'a Hightower? 5-30-16

Mike Mutnansky, Butch Stearns, and Jon Meterparel discuss the absence of Malcolm Butler at last week's OTAs and replay a sound byte of Butler from May 21st on WEEI not wanting to discuss his contract. Is Malcolm Butler headed for a contract dispute, and how valuable is he?

D&C w/ Mut, Butch & Meter - Do Kevin Durant's struggles in Games 5 & 6 change your opinion of him? 5-30-16

Mike Mutnansky, Jon Meterparel and Butch Stearns discuss the Celtics and their level of interest in Kevin Durant after Oklahoma City's losses in games five and six; also what should the Celtics do with the third pick in the draft coming up in June?

D&C w/ Mut & Meter - Headlines, Headlines, Headlines with Robert Kraft, Julian Edelman, and Johnny Depp in the news 5-30-16

Jon Meterparel handles Kirk Minhane's Headlines segment with sound from Robert Kraft at a Jewish University's commencement speech, Julian Edelman screaming 'Free Brady', and Johnny Depp in trouble with his ex Amanda Heard

The Patriots have to star…

The Patriots have to start making decisions on their young defensive players 5-30-16

With Malcolm Butler, Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins all emerging as stars, it's time for the Patriots to decide who they need to make a priority. Giardi and Bradford give their take on who should be the first to resign.

Is the NBA growing and MLB dying? 5-30-16

Giardi and Bradford debate why kids are more into the NBA and will be watching the Golden State vs. OKC game 7 tonight, and why no young fans will watch a neutral baseball game.

Bradford shuts down the rumors...he DOES want Kevin Durant in Boston 5-30-16

Mike Giardi and rob Bradford were in on Memorial Day and Bradford had a problem with how Mut, Meter and Butch took his comments out of context on the morning show. Also, Giardi and Bradford talk about what it would take to get Kevin Durant in Boston.

Laroy Streat's Freestyle …

Laroy Streat's Freestyle Friday via the Dale & Holley Show

Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!

Dale and Holley's Final Drive Including Laroy's Freestyle Friday 5/27/16

We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.

Dale and Holley's Freestyle Friday Hour 2 - Red Sox Pitching and Triple A.

The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.

Red Sox Review with Danny…

Red Sox Review with Danny Picard, 5-29-16

Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Red Sox Review with Mut, 5-26-16

Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.

Red Sox Review with Mut, 5-25-16

Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.

Unsportsmanlike Podcast -…

Unsportsmanlike Podcast - Graig Murphy 2

Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.

SoccerCast - Champions League Final Preview

Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.

Enough About Me - Ep. 15: Pete Sheppard

The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.

Ep. 15: Pete Sheppard

Ep. 15: Pete Sheppard

The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.

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