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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 - 9:59pm
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
04/01/2011 - 11:04pm
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 - 5:54pm
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
03/28/2011 - 11:23pm
Rajon Rondo wasn’t supposed to play against the Pacers on Monday night.
Paul Flannery
03/27/2011 - 10:49pm
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 - 1:31pm
From the beginning, the Celtics were built around the idea that their three veteran All-Stars -- Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and
Paul Flannery
03/25/2011 - 11:31pm
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 - 12:18am
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
03/21/2011 - 11:06pm
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
03/19/2011 - 11:00pm
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 - 5:47pm
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
03/16/2011 - 11:41pm
Things can change quickly in the NBA — and especially with the Celtics.
Paul Flannery
03/15/2011 - 5:21pm
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 - 10:54pm
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
03/11/2011 - 11:51pm
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 - 1:09am
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 - 7:59pm
The number is nine. Or maybe eight.
Paul Flannery
03/07/2011 - 11:59pm
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 - 1:03am
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 - 12:17am
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
03/03/2011 - 11:03pm
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 - 1:56am
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 - 12:51am
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 - 2:15pm
Jeff Green is a basketball Rorschach test.
Paul Flannery
02/25/2011 - 1:40am
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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