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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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02/12/16 11:55 EST
With the NBA’s Feb. 18 trade deadline now a week away and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge working the phones, as always, it’s time to entertain our annual exercise of sorting real trade rumors from the imaginary ones. IMAGINARY: THE SUPERSTAR PHENOMENON DeMarcus Cousins: We’ve been through this for, what, three years now? The Kings are a mess. Any organization that publicly discusses the fact they considered firing their coach is an organization worth calling to try pilfering their best player. But even Sacramento isn’t dumb enough to part ways with arguably the league’s best center, however mercurial he may be. Give up on this trade rumor, once and for all. Danilo Gallinari: Ainge has long lusted after Gallo, but why would the Nuggets trade their best player, especially at 27 years old and under contract through 2017? This trade would have to include the unprotected Brooklyn pick and David Lee’s expiring contract. From
01/12/16 12:50 EST
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In the span of 11 days, the Celtics went from stating their case as quite possibly the Eastern Conference’s second-best team behind the Cavaliers to raising legitimate questions about whether or not they’re even worthy of a playoff spot come April. During that stretch, Isaiah Thomas questioned Celtics coach Brad Stevens’ rotations -- or lack thereof -- David Lee voiced his frustration following another DNP-coach’s decision, and Marcus Smart got into an on-court argument with Jae Crowder. Meanwhile, the Celtics suffered embarrassing back-to-back losses to the Lakers and Nets before blowing late leads to the Pistons and Grizzlies. Instead of building on an impressive four-game win streak sandwiched around Christmas during what should have been their easiest stretch of the season, the C’s dropped from 18-13 to 19-18. Goodbye, No. 2 seed. So long, home-court advantage. Adios, playoffs? On Tuesday, the Celtics play the first of four games in five nights, during
12/10/15 08:21 EST
I'm picking the Celtics to beat the Warriors, because why the heck not? It's not like Stephen Curry can take it out on me with a barrage of impossible shots. What, are you gonna sue me if Golden State wins its 24th straight by 33 points? Watching Curry play basketball is like seeing Will Hunting solve linear algebra, but rooting for the underdog is still more fun. It's not like I'm betting my mortgage on the Celtics defeating the defending champs, but if I was, I'd be a rich man come Friday night, as the Warriors haven't been favored by fewer than 5.5 points since the second game of the season. Hammer the money line, folks, and thank me later. Just don't come asking for a refund, because I'm broke from betting against Golden State for the past 23 games. They're good — like, ridiculously good — but they're not unbeatable. Heck, the Nets took them to overtime, and if it weren't for a missed Brook Lopez bunny at the buzzer, Brooklyn would've won. Here's how Brad Stevens'
11/03/15 08:59 EST
The Celtics are not championship contenders. That much we learned over the weekend, if you weren’t already aware the Cavaliers are the class of the East. “We’re not as good as these guys right now,” Brad Stevens said after his team shot 38 percent in a double-digit loss to the Raptors on Friday night. “I think that was pretty evident and clear for everyone to see, and so we’ll see if we can improve.” Stevens dropped the “right now” caveat, because this season is a work in progress. The process-oriented approach is Stevens’ trademark, and no team demonstrated an ability to improve from game to game better than the Celtics did in 2014-15. And then his C’s shot 36 percent in Sunday’s loss to the Spurs that seemed far worse than a 95-87 final. All the while, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard reminded us that no matter how the process unfolds for these Celtics, they still lack star power. “I wish we would’ve



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