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About Ben Rohrbach

Born and raised in and around Boston, Ben Rohrbach finished third in WEEI’s Next Great Sports Blogger contest, but they hired him anyway. He’s covered Celtics basketball and the NBA for WEEI.com since 2010. A 10-year veteran of sports journalism, his work has appeared on/in ESPN.com, SI.com, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald and The MetroWest Daily News, where he was honored among the New England Press Association’s best daily sports column honorees.

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04/29/16 02:39 EST
“There’s a minimum level of ability that goes into making this thing successful anyway,” Brad Stevens told me on a podcast in the weeks after accepting the head coaching job for the Celtics in July 2013. “All the other intangibles are certainly extremely important and maybe give you an advantage in a low possession game, so you have to have that minimum level of talent, and you coach to those intangibles the best you can, and the guys that combine the two the best usually play the most.” Nothing could describe the Celtics better in the first three years of the Stevens era. In the end, as the Hawks blew their doors off for a third time in six games, this one in Boston, these C’s made it clear they were heavy on intangibles and light on talent. As pint-sized Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas said after being eliminated in a 104-92 loss that was worse than the final score, “We ain’t got no Michael Jordan here.” The end result was another
04/27/16 11:00 EST
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What a difference three years makes. It’s been a little over a thousand days since Danny Ainge salvaged a first-round pick from the Clippers out of his coach’s unwillingness to serve the three years and $21 million remaining on his contract. Despite all the bitter hand wringing over Doc Rivers’ departure, the Celtics couldn’t be happier with the way it all worked out. Halfway through his six-year, $22 million contract, Brad Stevens, whose sixth-place finish in Tuesday’s Coach of the Year voting was an injustice, is far better suited to lead the Celtics to their next championship, at half the price. Heck, he might be more likely to bring another title to Boston before Rivers leads the Clippers to their first. *** “Clearly, I had a selfish motive.I had a chance to not rebuild and go to a team that is in a different phase of their franchise.” -- Doc Rivers onThe Dan Patrick Showin June 2013, just days after the formerCelticscoach orchestrated a
04/25/16 01:35 EST
In the beginning, Marcus Smart was horrible. Granted, Smart had played some stellar defense opposite Hawks studs Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague, among others, through the first 39 minutes of Game 4, but the Celtics' recent No. 6 overall pick had also missed four of his five 3-point attempts, including one that nearly broke the backboard and another one contested early in the shot clock in the third quarter, as the Hawks built a lead as large as 16. It was ugly. Uglier still, Smart committed consecutive turnovers at the start of the fourth quarter, leading to five Atlanta points that erased the C's efforts to battle back and regain a one-point lead with 11:21 to play. "I gave at least every coach I've played for a heart attack at least once," Smart said, "but what player hasn't? You're going to mess up; you're not perfect, but it's definitely a line between being aggressive and being in control." It may be time to get Marcus Smart out of there. #Celtics — gary
04/23/16 02:34 EST
They freed the Swede, and it’s all they’d need. Well, that and 42 points from Isaiah Thomas. Is that a haiku? Maybe it's a limerick. I don’t even know. What I do know is Celtics coach Brad Stevens inserted a 6-foot-10 Swedish ball of energy into the starting lineup, and the ballad of Jonas Jerebko was written in a 111-103 Game 3 victory against the Hawks that snapped a seven-game playoff losing streak and breathed life back into the series. With playoff basketball back in the Garden for the first time since a four-game sweep at the hands of LeBron James and the Cavaliers in 2014, the building was ready to explode from the opening tip, and Jerebko provided the spark that reignited the stalling Celtics.He was everywhere, rim-rocking a put-back dunk on the opening possession, finding Terry Rozier for a corner 3-pointer with a behind-the back assist and steamrolling Al Horford at midcourt. Message sent. "He did a hell of a job tonight," Thomas said of



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