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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
01/15/2011 - 1:45am
With all the injuries the Celtics are having, it’s something of a minor miracle that Shaquille O’Neal has appeared in 30 of their 39 games. They never know from day to day if Shaq will be able to play. Asked why, Doc Rivers responded, “Cause he’s old as hell.”
Paul Flannery
01/13/2011 - 1:15am
The news Wednesday from the Celtics, other than their 119-95 blowout win over the Kings (click here for a full recap), was that Kevin Garnett would probably miss another game before hopefully returning to the court Monday when the Celtics have a showdown game with the Orlando Magic.
Paul Flannery
01/09/2011 - 11:31pm
There are certain things Ray Allen can control and there are others that are beyond him. Take the act of making a jump shot, for example.
Paul Flannery
01/08/2011 - 12:51am
On a cold, snowy night in Boston a new folk-hero was born. Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to tell you of the tale of Luke Harangody.
Paul Flannery
01/06/2011 - 1:42am
It was late in the second quarter when San Antonio’s George Hill found himself all alone under the Celtics basket about to cruise in for an easy two points. Out of nowhere Rajon Rondo appeared for a no-way, no-how clean block.
Paul Flannery
01/04/2011 - 10:03pm
For almost a half of basketball, Paul Pierce had something of an identity crisis. Should he be the passer and facilitator that he was while Rajon Rondo was out of the lineup, or should he be the lead scoring option, a role that has defined the majority of his career? 
Paul Flannery
01/04/2011 - 1:50am
The Celtics wouldn’t have found a way to win this game last season. Luke Ridnour wouldn’t have traveled. Nate Robinson wouldn’t have sank both free throws with four seconds left. Michael Beasley would have made a 3 in the final seconds.
Paul Flannery
01/02/2011 - 11:25pm
For a team with the best record in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics sure needed a win Sunday night. They had lost three of four, which qualifies as a minor slump, but more importantly, they hadn’t played very good basketball since the middle of December.
Paul Flannery
12/31/2010 - 9:21pm
About three hours before Glen Davis bricked a 3-pointer in the closing minutes of an 83-81 loss to the Hornets, Friday afternoon, Doc Rivers talked about players not trying to do more than they should. “We don’t need anyone to step up,” Rivers said.
Paul Flannery
12/30/2010 - 9:17pm
All things considered, the word from Celtics president Danny Ainge on The Big Show that Kevin Garnett will miss a couple of weeks with a strained calf muscle was greeted with a huge sigh of relief.
Paul Flannery
12/29/2010 - 12:20am
In 2008, the Celtics won 19 straight games before going to Los Angeles for a Christmas day showdown with the Lakers. They lost that one, starting a run of losing seven of nine games. In 2009, the Celtics capped off a 14-1 stretch with a win over the Magic on Christmas.
Paul Flannery
12/25/2010 - 7:20pm
The Celtics 14-game winning streak came to an end in the final three minutes and 20 seconds against the Orlando Magic, but it had been brewing ever since Rajon Rondo injured his ankle against the Knicks a week and a half ago.
Paul Flannery
12/23/2010 - 1:29am
The Celtics won their 14th straight game on Wednesday night by beating an angry but overmatched Philadelphia 76ers team, 84-80 at TD Garden. (Click here for a recap.)
Paul Flannery
12/21/2010 - 9:00pm
Like most NBA teams, the Celtics conduct their practices behind a veil of secrecy. Actually, they do their business behind a curtain, which goes down over the viewing area from the media room’s perch above their practice court in Waltham.
Paul Flannery
12/19/2010 - 6:58pm
Paul Pierce has a great little saying that he has been using more and more in recent weeks: “I just try to give the game what it needs.”
Paul Flannery
12/17/2010 - 2:04am
When Danny Ainge made official on The Big Show Thursday afternoon what everyone suspected – that Rajon Rondo was going to be out for “a few weeks” – it would have been easy for the Celtics to say, enough. No more.
Paul Flannery
12/16/2010 - 1:55am
NEW YORK – After all the shots, all the game-winners, all the times Paul Pierce has done what he wound up doing to the Knicks Wednesday night, he still gets nervous.
Paul Flannery
12/14/2010 - 2:16pm
True to form, the Celtics weren’t exactly ready to play along with the hype heading into Wednesday’s game with the red-hot Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Paul Flannery
12/11/2010 - 11:59pm
Here’s the frightening thing for the rest of the NBA: The Celtics played one of their worst offensive games of the season, without their top three centers and still won by 31 points on the road.
Paul Flannery
12/09/2010 - 1:13am
It’s so simple, really. The Celtics starting five is very good at what they do, maybe better than everyone else, or at least as good as any other combination in the league. So, Doc Rivers thought, let’s play them together for longer stretches and see what happens.
Paul Flannery
12/05/2010 - 5:33pm
It’s not often that the Celtics are able to enjoy a laugher on weekend afternoons. They have a well-worn reputation for playing down to their level of competition when the sun is still out. Take two weeks ago in Toronto, for example, which not coincidentally was the last time the Celtics lost a game.
Paul Flannery
12/04/2010 - 2:55am
It’s no secret that Joakim Noah doesn’t like Kevin Garnett very much and it’s a storyline that owes more to wrestling that basketball. The backstory: Noah grew up idolizing Garnett and then expressed his shock that Garnett didn’t return the favor when they met as professionals.
Paul Flannery
12/03/2010 - 12:15am
Contrary to popular opinion, Doc Rivers is not a particularly easy man to play for. He’s not one to let things slide and he can be brutally honest with his players. “It can be annoying sometimes,” Glen Davis, a frequent target of Rivers’ sometimes biting comments, said the other day. “But Doc is Doc.
Paul Flannery
12/02/2010 - 2:03am
So, here was the situation. The Celtics had somehow managed to turn a 16-point lead into a one-point advantage with just 28 seconds left after not scoring a point for almost five minutes. A big reason for the scoring drought was an uncharacteristic off night from Ray Allen, who had made just two of the 11 shots he attempted and even (gasp) threw up an airball.
Paul Flannery
11/29/2010 - 12:32am
As the Miami Heat continue to stumble toward something that looks like mediocrity -- at least in the win column -- the comparisons to the first season of the Celtics big three have started again.


Audio On Demand

Tom E. Curran, CSNNE, Rec…

Tom E. Curran, CSNNE, Recapping Patriots OTAs 6-20-14

Tom "Eugene" Curran joins the guys to discuss how the Patriots look coming out of OTAs. Then Christian and Lou discuss the Patriots playbook scandal.

It Is What It Is Cast: Tom Brady's present and future

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Tom Brady's work in mini-camp and his response to recent criticism of his play.

Tiki Barber discusses Stevan Ridley's fumbling problem. 6-12-14

Former NY Giants running back, Tiki Barber talks about Stevan Ridley's fumbling problem and reflects on what he did to fix the problem while he was still playing

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Bo…

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, "I think Rondo is going to go, I just don't see where and how yet" 7-17-14

Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston: I believe Rondo will be traded 7-10-14

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.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking hitting leadoff with Brock Holt

Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt, who since being inserted into the top spot in the batting order has been among the best leadoff men in baseball. Heading into Tuesday night, no other leadoff hitter has had more hits (77) since May 23, with Holt having played every inning of every game during that stretch.

Stephen Drew after the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 14-1

Stephen Drew joins Joe Castiglione and Rob Bradford after the Red Sox offense continues to roll in a 14-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jon Lester with Joe Castiglione after completing the sweep of the Royals

Joe C. talked to the Sox ace after he

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

DJ Bean breaks down the first hours of NHL Free Agency 7-1-14

DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

DJ Bean, WEEI.com. The Bruins are not traded Marchand 6-13-14

DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

Steve Buckley on Tony Dun…

Steve Buckley on Tony Dungy's comments 7-22-14

Steve Buckley joined the show to discuss Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Energizer Bunny and Bill Clinton 7-22-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.

Tony Dungy would not draft a gay player 7-22-14

The guys discussed Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.

Upon Further Review: What…

Upon Further Review: What is clanging around in my ratty old backpack? 7-22-14

Christian started the day by packing up his back pack as he always and heading to work. He noticed that the zipper was broken on one of the pockets. As the show was ending, he remembered this and reached into the bag and pulled out not ONE, but TWO New England Patriots Super Bowl rings. His response: "Oh! There they are." Much to the shock of Tim and Lou, Christian was completely unfazed by the fact that he hadn't seen his SB rings since the NCAA National Championship game 7 MONTHS AGO!

Three For All: Is 9 years old to young to be left alone? 7-22-14

A South Carolina mother was arrested for allegedly leaving her 9 year old daughter alone for hours at a local park while she worked a shift at McDonalds. This has sparked a national debate about whether or not the mother should have been arrested, since many are arguing that 9 years old is old enough to show dependency. The question arises: Where do we draw the line?

Cyd Zeigler of OutSports.com joins MFB, 7-22-14

Tony Dungy is catching a lot of backlash regarding his comments that he would NOT have drafted Missouri LB Michael Sam because of the distractions it would have brought to the team. MFB had Cyd Zeigler of OutSports.com on the show to discuss Dungy's comments.

Where is David Ortiz's ri…

Where is David Ortiz's rightful place among the all-time great Red Sox players?

We discuss the home run achievements David Ortiz made last night that moved him ahead of Carl Yaztremski, and discuss Papi's place among all the all-time great Sox sluggers.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Unexpected Phenom Edition - 7-22-14

We tackle four topics all sparked by the unexpected emergence of young Brock Holt in the Red Sox lineup.

Tony Dungy wouldn't have drafted Michael Sam, 7-22-14

The fall out from Tony Dungy's comments about Michael Sam.

Jon Lester's Contract Sit…

Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.

The All Star Game and the Worst Ideas in Sports

Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.

We're all yelling about LeBron James

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking hitting leadoff with Brock Holt

Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt, who since being inserted into the top spot in the batting order has been among the best leadoff men in baseball. Heading into Tuesday night, no other leadoff hitter has had more hits (77) since May 23, with Holt having played every inning of every game during that stretch.

Producer's Podcast with Julian Edlow 7-22-14

This week, Sam Packard and Zach Geld talk about the Post-Pierzynski Red Sox. Julian Edlow of the Green Street Blog, joins the program to analyze the Celtics off-season, and finally an over-eager discussion of fantasy football.

SoccerCast - Liverpool Midfielder Joe Allen

In this episode we talk about transfers across Europe, players we want to see in the MLS, and Liverpool's Joe Allen joins the show!

Peter Gammons on the Sox …

Peter Gammons on the Sox and Jon Lester 7-21-14

MLB HOF'er Peter Gammons joined the show to discuss what the Sox will do with Jon Lester.

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Steve Buckley on Tony Dun…

Steve Buckley on Tony Dungy's comments 7-22-14

Steve Buckley joined the show to discuss Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.

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Sox seem to be alive agai…

Sox seem to be alive again, so are you back in?

We talk Sox after a sweep over the Royals at Fenway. We look at fan interest and how nothing in the AL East is even remotely decided at this point.

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Jon Lester continues to d…

Jon Lester continues to dominate 7-21-14

John, Gerry and Jerry Thornton discussed the Red Sox sweep of the Royals.

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Has the city of Boston go…

Has the city of Boston gone soft on the Red Sox? 7-21-14

The guys respond to a Dan Shaughnessy column that points out that the Red Sox are on pace to finish in last place for the 2nd time in 3 years, yet ticket prices still remain among the highest in the league. Is Red Sox nation getting fat and happy now that the Curse of The Bambino has been lifted?

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