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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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04/29/16 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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Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.

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LaVar Ball with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.

Kirk and Callahan- Will Isaiah Thomas win a title in Boston? 3-7-17

Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.

Kirk and Callahan- Celtics lose after Thomas mishandles the ball 3-6-17

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Mookie Betts Player of th…

Mookie Betts Player of the Game Interview 4-20-17

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after he provided the big hit in the 10th inning driving in 3 runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-1. Mookie talks about playing behind a pitcher like Chris Sale, and the amount of strikeouts from Sale lightens his work in the outfield.

Late Night with Christian Arcand: Late Night Low Light ( A Mystic that foretold Trumps presidency, predicts the start of WW3 and it is soon) 04-20-17

In the final hour Christian talks about the Celtics and their poor performance and how they can not let a player like Rondo beat them. The Aaron Hernandez saga in Christian's opinion is similar to a TV show. In the late night low light a mystic has predicted that WW3 will be starting in a few weeks and Christian wonders how do you become a mystic and can you make a career out of it.

Late Night with Christian Arcand: Gronk and the Patriots at the White House; Aaron Hernandez why now. 04-20-17

Christian talks about the Patriots visiting the White House and Gronk interrupting Sean Spicer during his press conference. Aaron Hernandez was the big story of the day and alot of people had their theories of what happened and why now. The Bruins lose another close one to the Senators and Christian talks about how the offense needs to perform better because they got a great game from the goalie and defense.

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Saturday Skate - Firing Claude

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K&C- The guys hate musica…

K&C- The guys hate musicals; Robert Kennedy Jr. on Tucker Carlson; A tragedy to end the week 4-21-17

Hour 4. While discussing what kind of music Aaron Hernandez may have liked, the guys realize they hate musicals. Robert Kennedy Jr. has voice spasms. The week ends with a tragedy.

K&C- Game-by-game predictions for the Patriots; Why did Brissett write a letter to Obama?; Hernandez left a third note for his gay lover 4-21-17

Hour 3. A game by game breakdown of the Patriots schedule. Kirk has the Patriots losing 12 games. There is breaking news that Hernandez left a note for his gay jailhouse lover.

K&C- Where does LeBron rank if he wins the championship?; Headlines with Kirk; Breaking down the B’s with Rear Admiral 4-21-17

Hour 2. Mut, Gerry, and Kirk compare LeBron to Bird. Is he the second best player of all-time if he wins a fourth title? Headlines with Kirk features sound from “Hot Chocolate.” Rear Admiral broke down the B’s playoff series with Arcand.

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HOUR - The last hour of the show was all over the place as the guys did a dry rehearsal of a wacky video they're supposed to record next week. They also look at the biggest games in the NFL next year, and Fauria rips off "Keefer Madness" with his "Fauria Euphoria."

OMF - The Celtics have no excuse NOT to come back, 4-21-17

HOUR 3 - The guys get into expectations for the Celtics who are down 2-0 to the Rajon Rondo-less Bulls. They also wonder how much the Celtics are listening to Brad Stevens. Christian is excited for Caitlyn Jenner's nude spread.

OMF - Rajon Rondo out indefinitely with fractured thumb, 4-21-17

HOUR 2 - News breaks that Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely with a fractured thumb. Rondo was dynamite in game 2. The guys discuss whether or not the Celtics now stand a chance.

Dale, Holley and Keefe's …

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Dale, Holley and Keefe's Freestyle Friday Hour 2 - Aaron Hernandez Suicide wrap-up

Finish out the week on Freestyle Friday talking mostly about the Aaron Hernandez suicide and how it will affect his family in hour #2.

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Ep. 56: Howie Carr

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