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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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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
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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
10/30/14 01:41 EST
This is Rajon Rondo’s team, and this is his time. In the Kevin Garnett era, the Celtics played brutally slow, executing sets offensively and forcing opponents to do the same against a defense on a string, and by the end nobody could keep up with Rondo, barring the occasional Chris Wilcox alley-oop. Those Celtics were old, their legs tired, still capable of grinding out victories on grit and balls, but, for the most part, cooked. In KG’s final game in green, they scored 80 points in a first-round playoff loss to the Knicks, the furious fourth-quarter comeback falling short and finally driving a stake through their championship heart. Rondo watched the train screech to a halt, and two months later everyone left the station. Garnett, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers departed for Brooklyn and Los Angeles; and Kelly Olynyk, Gerald Wallace and Brad Stevens arrived in Boston. Rondo could have asked for his ticket out, too, but instead put on his conductor hat and went to work. After
09/29/14 09:16 EST
When Rajon Rondo slipped in the shower, any hope the Celtics had of a surprise playoff run shattered along with his left metatarsal on that windowsill, and people are manufacturing reasons to blame that on the All-Star point guard as I write. The Celtics stink, and Rondo hasn’t played an NBA game at full strength since Jan. 25, 2013 -- three weeks shy of starting in his fourth All-Star Game -- so let’s stop pointing the finger at the only player left with a 2008 championship ring, shall we? Every time Rondo appears in a headline, we hear the same stupid suggestions. He’s a jerk. They’re better off without him. He can’t shoot anyway. He’s a diva. And so on. Look at the first comment posted on the last three Green Street blogs about Rondo. “A fall? I have no problem seeing this guy in another uniform, provided we get a few bodies who might help us...” “RELEASE RAJON RONDO.” “After Rondo's boo boo to his hand



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