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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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04/17/14 02:15 EST
Before the season started, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge offered this caveat: "I guess just realistic expectations is what I preach to the fans." And, realistically, the C's weren't all that good. In fact, by most statistical measures, they were terrible. But the 2013-14 NBA season wasn't entirely a lost cause. If you had told Ainge back then a)his rookie coach would have his roster fulfilling the self-described hashtag#EveryGameIsAnAdventure, b)the large majority of his assets would individually improve their trade stock and c)his team would own one of the five worst records in the league by the end of the regular season, he probably would have taken those odds. "It was a long season," said Ainge. "It was a tough, tough year, and I saw a lot of positive things from individuals.I thought our team gave good effort most nights. I think consistency was our biggest challenge, and I don’t think the team was a great fit, great mix, but
04/08/14 10:41 EST
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When even the coach is admitting some Celtics may be mailing in the remaining five games, it’s hard to ask a serious question without receiving quips like, “Is it possible for them to go 0-6?” or “Can they sign Walter McCarty to a 10-day contract?” Like it or not, the Celtics have to play out the final 10 days of the season, and there are a handful of reasons to still watch besides hoping they catch the Magic for the NBA’s third-worst record. (Although, those 37 extra ping-pong balls would be nice.) If you’ve made it this far through a 23-54 season and you’re not a fan who leaves the building early, here are five things to watch as the Celtics close out the season against the Hawks, Bobcats, Cavaliers, 76ers and Wizards by April 16. Will Jeff Green mail it in? Or, rather, has Green already mailed it in? If he couldn’t get up for the most emotional game of the season -- Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett’s homecoming on Jan. 26 -- what
03/20/14 02:02 EST
The Celtics will answer few questions in the final 13 games, but Danny Ainge must solve one: Are Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley the starting backcourt of the future? “I think that’s the key question,” admitted Celtics coach Brad Stevens. If Wednesday’s performance against the Heat was any indication -- a combined 32 points, 16 assists and 14 rebounds in a 101-96 upset of the two-time defending NBA champions -- it’s an affirmative. A thousand times, yes. Re-sign them both. “We just work very well off each other,” said Bradley. “I love playing with him.” In just his third game back from an ankle injury, the undersized two-guard was his usual self defensively, holding Dwyane Wade to 17 points on 17 shots, and his new self offensively, scoring a game-high 23 points on a career-high six 3-pointers. “He shot the ball extremely well, he guarded the ball extremely well and he looked like himself,” said Rondo, who again praised
03/06/14 03:28 EST
PREGAME An hour before tipoff ...As Brad Stevens alerts the media Celtics rookie Kelly Olynyk has been cleared to play after participating in Tuesday's “hard practice” -- “a good practice” -- Rajon Rondo greets Louis Corbett, a 12-year-old New Zealand boy who dreamed of meeting his favorite player and watching his favorite team before losing his sight to retinitis pigmentosa. They are finding the positives in a miserable season. FIRST QUARTER 11:16... Less than 45 seconds into a game against a Warriors team coming down from the emotional high of a victory in Indiana the night before, Kris Humphries commits the second of his team's 22 giveaways on the night, leading to the first of Golden State's 24 points off turnovers. The Celtics would never lead. 8:05... Andre Iguodola blocks Jeff Green, leading to a Stephen Curry dunk. 7:37 ... Green throws a crosscourt pass directly to Klay Thompson, who then dunks. It's still early, but we've already determined this is not



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