When a beatdown the likes of which the Celtics laid on the Suns takes place, it leaves a man with three options. He can:

1. Contemplate a world in which the Celtics mascot dunks from a trampoline on a late-night talk show (and gets booed) and wonder, really, what Red would have thought if he saw the Celtics dancers, Lucky, and/or Gino at the Garden today.



A Zen koan for you all: What is the midway point of the NBA season?


On Wednesday the Celtics will reach the midway point of their season and about the only thing we know for sure at this point is that they are not as bad as they’ve been in 2009, and they weren’t as good as they were at the end of 2008. In other words, the Celtics are somewhere between the Jordan-era Bulls and the every-era Clippers.



There is only a week left for All-Star voting and one Boston Celtics fan wants to make sure his favorite player is on the team. It's not Kevin Garnett. It's not Paul Pierce or Ray Allen. It's not Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins either. It's Brian Scalabrine.

For the past two years Brett Schneider has been campaigning for Scal on Facebook. The 19-year-old from Westchester, New York has been a fan of Scalabrine since his days with the New Jersey Nets. Impressed by his work ethic and dedication, Schneider thought it was time for him to get recognition.



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Leon Powe looked as if he hadn't slept for weeks. It had been two days since the birth of his son and he was running on fumes. Despite his exhaustion, he posted a then-season high 10 points and six rebounds in just 15 minutes in his first game back. His son may have kept him awake at night but it was the newborn that motivated him that evening on the court.



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"But to put all our eggs in one basket, to say this is the game we have circled. We circle all games." -- Kevin Garnett, Dec. 23, 2008.



The Los Angeles Lakers are a better team, but they are not the better team. Not yet.

Let’s not get carried away with one game.

This was the game that Kobe and the Lakers had been waiting for since June. Retribution. All sort of incentive. A chance to show the world that they weren’t as soft as everyone remembers the last time they were in the spotlight.

For the Celtics, there was plenty of motivation as well – including running the winning streak to 20 - but they already know they can beat the Lakers.



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Covering a team that never loses means that it’s important to realize there is basketball life beyond Rte. 128. It’s a big world out there. Let’s dive in…

Item: The Sixers fired Mo Cheeks after a 9-14 start, bringing the number of fired coaches to six. To look at it another way, 20 percent of the NBA’s coaches have been fired a little more than 25 percent into the season. Or to look at it yet another way, first-year Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni is now the third-longest tenured coach in the Atlantic Division.



“I think he's earned it,” Doc Rivers said. “I think he's ready for it.”

It's always nice for a player to hear words of encouragement from his coach, especially when minutes are scarce. But Boston Celtics guard Gabe Pruitt gets pep talks straight from the top.



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The Boston Celtics are one of a handful of teams, according to sources close to the situation, who have expressed interest in embattled Stephon Marbury if the point guard is bought out by the New York Knicks.

Marbury, who was told by the Knicks earlier this month to stay away from the team until a resolution is arranged, has also fielded interest from Miami, Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers, according to league sources.



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