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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
02/23/2011 - 3:30am
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if Rajon Rondo were allowed to play in a wide-open Western Conference system, you got your answer Tuesday night.
Paul Flannery
02/20/2011 - 9:51pm
Put yourself back in October and try this scenario on for size:
Paul Flannery
02/17/2011 - 12:59am
Of all the things that mystified and befuddled the Celtics last season, it was their curious inability win games at TD Garden that bothered them the most.
Paul Flannery
02/15/2011 - 9:10pm
There were only a few minutes left in practice and Delonte West was about to pass through his final test before making his return to the Celtics.
Paul Flannery
02/14/2011 - 8:13pm
Back on Jan. 19, Magic general manager Otis Smith called out the Celtics with a comment to the Orlando-Sentinel that hit them right where they live. “They act tough,” Smith told the paper in part of a wide-ranging interview. “They’re not really tough.
Paul Flannery
02/13/2011 - 8:50pm
Rajon Rondo does so many unusually freakish things on the basketball court that the part that escapes most casual observers is his intelligence. “He sees things I don’t see and never would have been able to see,” Doc Rivers said.
Paul Flannery
02/12/2011 - 6:12pm
Practice has been over for an hour, but there was Rajon Rondo working on his jump shot. From angles and distances all over the court, Rondo took shot after shot, being fed a steady supply of passes from assistant coach Armond Hill.
Paul Flannery
02/11/2011 - 2:09am
Give the Celtics credit for this much. They had a ready-made excuse for their second-half crash and burn against the Lakers. With only 10 players available at the start of the game, and two of them rookies, their numbers took another hit when Nate Robinson left the game late with a bruised knee and didn’t return. But they wouldn’t bite.
Paul Flannery
02/09/2011 - 8:30pm
It was only a week and a half ago that the Celtics and Lakers met, but so much has already changed.
Paul Flannery
02/08/2011 - 8:44pm
When it comes to Marquis Daniels, there are simply too many unknowns right now, both for him and the Celtics.
Paul Flannery
02/07/2011 - 1:36pm
In the summer of 1996 the Milwaukee Bucks had a decision to make. They had a new coach in Chris Ford and the fourth pick in a stocked draft.
Paul Flannery
02/06/2011 - 8:57pm
Of all the things that make Rajon Rondo the most uniquely-interesting member of the Celtics is that we still don’t know what he is really capable of doing.
Paul Flannery
02/05/2011 - 1:57am
There are some losses that reveal a deeper meaning. A hidden truth, perhaps. Or maybe a loss exposes a closely-held flaw that suddenly blossoms into a full-scale problem.
Paul Flannery
02/02/2011 - 7:27pm
On Thursday, the NBA will announce the reserves for the All-Star teams as voted on by the coaches.
Paul Flannery
02/02/2011 - 2:47am
Of all the things Doc Rivers set out to accomplish this season, coaching the Eastern Conference in the All-Star game ranks low on the list. He’d be the first one to tell you that whatever success the Celtics have had in their first 48 games of the season is directly related to his team’s relative good health.
Paul Flannery
01/30/2011 - 10:46pm
To watch the Celtics play at their best is to wonder how they ever lose. How can a team with this many weapons, that is this unselfish, that plays this kind of defense ever come up short? The obvious reasons include health, focus and the unrelenting NBA schedule.
Paul Flannery
01/29/2011 - 2:58pm
The Celtics will never get over Game 7.
Paul Flannery
01/28/2011 - 3:42am
Here was a night when the Celtics offensive machine was spinning its wheels like a Prius in a snowbank. It was a night when the factors in the C's usual formula for disaster — low shooting, high turnovers and lots and lots of offensive rebounds for the other team — were all happening at once.
Paul Flannery
01/26/2011 - 8:01pm
The Celtics are about to head out on their first west coast swing of the season where they will play four games in six night starting Thursday night in Portland. While trips to the opposite coast are never easy, this one figures to be particularly grueling.
Paul Flannery
01/26/2011 - 1:17am
Kendrick Perkins couldn’t sleep Monday night. After seven months away from the game and just a little over six months removed from anterior cruciate ligament surgery, Perkins was just hours away from making his long-awaited return. So, he went to the gym around 10 p.m. and stayed there until Monday became Tuesday.
Paul Flannery
01/24/2011 - 10:42pm
There hasn’t been much to worry about with the Celtics this season, even with all the injuries. One way or another they have managed to patch up the lineup with a Semih Erden here or a Luke Harangody there and continue to roll right along.
Paul Flannery
01/22/2011 - 1:06am
There are times when Glen Davis wants it all and he wants it now. In a perfect world he’d be a starting power forward, getting 10-15 shots a game and putting up big numbers. The memories of his run as the Celtics power forward during the 2009 playoffs still run strong with Davis.
Paul Flannery
01/20/2011 - 1:36am
Let’s start with the obvious: The Celtics had no business winning this game. They shot 45 percent, missed 10 of 14 3-pointers, turned it over 18 times and clanged 11 free throws. Not that the Pistons were much better, but they were the ones with an eight-point lead and less than eight minutes to play.
Paul Flannery
01/18/2011 - 7:47pm
All things considered, the Celtics have had an extremely successful first half of the season. They sit atop the Eastern Conference with a four-game edge in the loss-column on the Miami Heat (and three on the Lakers).
Paul Flannery
01/18/2011 - 2:56am
For 29 minutes or so, Kevin Garnett looked every bit the player he was before he strained his calf muscle two and a half weeks ago against Detroit. He was active on the glass, smooth with his jumper and had more than a few words for everyone in an Orlando uniform.


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