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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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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
03/02/15 01:55 EST
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Kevin Garnett may be gone, but Isaiah Thomas has brought grit and balls back to Boston basketball. Since his first game in green, the Celtics have won thrice and been defeated twice -- an overtime loss to the Lakers in which Thomas was ejected for a since-rescinded technical foul and a thrilling down-to-the-wire defeat suffered at the hands of the league's best team on Sunday night. In other words, they're legit. "They've improved since the last time we played them," said All-Star Warriors guard Klay Thompson. "We studied them yesterday and this morning, and the trades they made -- obviously they'™re not as familiar with each other," added Stephen Curry, the NBA MVP favorite, "but the talent they have and the pace that they try to play at now is tough, and they showed that obviously in the first quarter." Sure enough, Thomas entered with the Celtics already leading by 10 and either scored or assisted on 21 of their next 28 points, as that margin ballooned
02/26/15 01:07 EST
The Rajon Rondo trade is looking better and better. The latest incident involving Rondo and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle -- a shouting match that began on the bench, reportedly carried over into the locker room and resulted in Wednesday's one-game suspension for the point guard -- only reinforces what had already become increasingly clear in the two months since the four-time All-Star left Boston -- Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge out-sharked Mavs owner Mark Cuban in the deal. The Celtics were not willing to meet Rondo's asking price during free agency this coming summer and concluded their captain would walk at season's end, so they swapped a few more months with the lone player remaining from 2008 for what has since amounted to Jae Crowder, two future first-round picks and a pair of second-round selections. For those holding out hope Rondo is the same guy who averaged 17.3 points, 11.9 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals in the 2012 playoffs before an ACL tear
02/20/15 12:08 EST
When free agency opened at midnight on July 1 this past summer, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge immediately phoned Isaiah Thomas. “Danny Ainge was the first person to call me at 12:01 a.m., so if that’s interest, then I guess so,” Thomas told WEEI.com when his Suns visited Boston in November. “I was interested in whoever was interested in me, so he was definitely a little interested if he was the first one to call me, but they went their ways and I went mine.” With Rajon Rondo, Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley already in place for Boston, Thomas instead joined a crowded backcourt in Phoenix, signing a four-year, $27 million contract with Ainge’s protégé -- Suns general manager Ryan McDonough. Seven and a half months later, moments before the NBA’s trade deadline on Thursday, Ainge finally got his man, swapping Marcus Thornton and Cleveland’s 2016 first-round draft pick -- a pair of pieces acquired from the



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