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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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12/18/14 08:51 EST
The Celtics lost the Rajon Rondo trade, and they didn’t have any other choice. They dealt a four-time All-Star point guard in his prime capable of things on a basketball court previously only reserved for Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson, and they reportedly received Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, a first-round pick and a second-rounder in return, according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has always suggested he never wants to be the one swapping five nickels for a quarter, and he just did. Reading between the lines, though, Ainge had little other choice. The trade sends a number of smoke signals, mainly that Rondo wasn’t willing to re-sign in Boston -- at least not at the C’s asking price -- and his value wasn’t what they would’ve hoped. Faced with the possibility of receiving nothing in return, Ainge chose something. Had there been a better deal on the table, Ainge would’ve made
12/18/14 11:46 EST
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While the Celtics are still stuck rebuilding around Rajon Rondo, the Magic tore down the house Dwight Howard built and already laid the foundation for their new digs. The Celtics won Wednesday night’s battle, 109-92, but Orlando might be closer to emerging from the dreaded middle of the Eastern Conference, and the path they’ve chosen is one C’s president Danny Ainge should be seriously weighing this week. Two years removed from an Eastern Conference finals appearance, the Magic traded Dwight Howard and J.J. Redick, eventually turning their two best assets into Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, Elfrid Payton and Tobias Harris. They then endured a pair of 20-win seasons, coming away with Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon in return. It’s now been two years since the C’s reached the conference finals, and Ainge is still trying to decide whether to remodel around Rondo or construct anew without him. Boston did land three first-round picks from the Nets -- not to
11/15/14 02:45 EST
Vegas set the over/under on Celtics victories at 26.5, and two weeks into a brutal November it’s looking more and more like the over is a safe bet, even after they blew a third 15-point lead in their last five games during a 122-121 loss to the Cavaliers. Then again, the Celtics (3-5) owned a 4-4 record through eight games last season, promptly lost six straight and ultimately pulled their tank into the garage at 25-57, so let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. But this year certainly feels different. Proceeding now with that caveat in mind, let’s start by stating the obvious. Rajon Rondo missed the first 40 games of last season and never came close to 100 percent in 2013-14. Seven appearances into his contract year, he already looks like the guy who earned four straight trips to the NBA All-Star Game from 2009-12, if not better. “My body feels a lot better,” said Rondo. “My legs are a lot stronger. I don’t wear the brace anymore. I’m not
11/06/14 02:15 EST
In the span of 33 seconds, Marcus Smart experienced the wonder and blunder of NBA basketball, and somewhere between lays the learning curve of a Celtics rookie. With 1:10 left and the Celtics trailing the Raptors 105-102, Smart stroked a beautiful above-the-break 3-pointer to tie the game. The Garden crowd went wild as he flexed his considerable muscles at half-court and the Raptors called a timeout to regroup. A Larry Bird’s worth of seconds later, the C’s again entrusted Smart with the ball and a chance to break the tie. He dared Kyle Lowry to defend another dagger, setting up a pick-and-roll with Kelly Olynyk, but Toronto’s point guard accepted the challenge. Lowry anticipated Smart’s crossover before the play developed, picked the rookie’s pocket and broke for the basket, finding DeMar DeRozan for the hoop and the harm. "Obviously, it hurts,” admitted Smart after the 110-107 loss. “It was right there.” As swiftly as Smart became a



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