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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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04/26/15 09:04 EST
Three years ago, as LeBron James was driving a stake through the heart of a champion on the way to his first NBA title, the Boston crowd chanted, “Let’s go Celtics,” in the final minutes of a blowout loss to the Heat in Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals. It was a plea for one last miracle from Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and those zombie C’s that never happened, and it signaled the end of an era. On Sunday, as LeBron put the finishing touches on a four-game sweep of the new-look Celtics, the same chant rained down from the standing Garden crowd. It was an appreciation for resuscitating that heart, and it symbolized a new beginning. “I mean, it was fantastic,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “It’s something you want to be a part of, but it’s like I told the guys in there: I’m really pleased with a lot of things; I really think we’ve shown a lot of growth, but I think we can get a lot better. None of us signed up
04/22/15 12:05 EST
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When the Celtics finally run out of time this season, whether in Boston on Sunday or Cleveland on Tuesday, Brad Stevens will still be preaching about the process. After a demoralizing Game 2 loss to the Cavaliers in which his starless Celtics adjusted enough to make LeBron James & Co. uncomfortable -- and still trailed by double digits in the final seconds -- the outcome didn’t appear to concern Stevens. “I’m encouraged by our defense today,” Stevens said after his C’s held the Cavs to 24.1 percent shooting from 3. “I thought our offense wasn’t quite as good. They played good defense on their end. I also think we were in a three-possession game and we shot 38 percent, so it’s not bad. And you hold them to 99, you feel pretty good about your chances if you even make a few of those, knock a few of those in.” The Celtics simply lack the firepower to accomplish what they must in order to make this a series. Winning four of five games
04/02/15 02:12 EST
Before what became the defining game of this Celtics season, Shavlik Randolph elbowed Kelly Olynyk in the eye so hard he couldn’t feel his arm for 30 minutes. “I told him he looked like Rocky right before Rocky told Mickey to cut him,” said Randolph, who has played all of 25 minutes since returning to Boston in January. And after the Celtics pieced together a 100-87 win over the Pacers in a team effort that -- as has been the case all season -- was far more impressive than the sum of its parts, Olynyk’s left eye was so swollen he couldn’t see out of it. In some respects, the Canadian’s evening was the perfect metaphor for this wild winter. "I gave him no shot of playing," added Tyler Zeller. "He looked like he just lost a boxing match." Olynyk officially goes full Canadian. pic.twitter.com/v36MyXzlfM — Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) April 2, 2015 Since the moment they entered training camp, the Celtics absorbed blow after blow
03/12/15 02:13 EST
As a small group of reporters gathered around, waiting only to ask how it felt to play his first game back in Boston, Jeff Green buttoned his shirt and left without saying a word, sucking the air out of a Garden locker room for the final time this season. Across the hallway, a larger media contingent circled Avery Bradley, one of many Celtics heroes on the night. “We’re like a family out there,” he said after scoring a team-high 17 points -- including the dagger with 7.9 seconds left -- in a 95-92 upset of Green’s Grizzlies. “We’re a lot closer than we were, and it shows on the court.” To be clear, Bradley wasn’t taking a shot at Green. In fact, he appeared as close to Green as any of his teammates during their three seasons together, and the same could be said of his relationship with Rajon Rondo. But a cloud followed that since departed duo from the start of the season, their fates hanging in the balance as Celtics president Danny Ainge



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