Celtics legend and NBA TV analyst Kevin McHale joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the Celtics-Lakers NBA finals series. McHale said the two keys in his mind are play in the paint and Rajon Rondo's ability to exploit Derek Fisher.

 

Using the NHL's "History will be made" commercials as our guide, we've come up with some "What if" ideas regarding the Celtics as they prepare to open the NBA finals Thursday night in Los Angeles. Take a tour down Celtics memory lane at the LEEInks blog.

According to a report in the New York Post, Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau turned down the Hornets' offer of their head coaching position. Thibodeau reportedly had been given until the start of Thursday night's Game 1 of the NBA finals to accept the offer, with New Orleans planning to give the job to Trail Blazers assistant Monty Williams as a backup plan.

 

Breaking down the matchups for Round 12 of the greatest rivalry in the history of professional sports ...

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Point Guard: Rajon Rondo vs. Derek Fisher



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Since this is the 12th time the Celtics have met the Lakers in the NBA finals, we pretty much know what to expect.



Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine was a guest of the Big Show on Wednesday. Scalabrine was asked about Kendrick Perkins and the possibility that he would pick up a seventh postseason technical during the NBA finals, which would result in an automatic one-game suspension. 

 

An ESPN.com report on Wednesday indicates that the New Orleans Hornets plan to offer the head coaching job to Trail Blazers assistant Monty Williams if Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau does not accept the position before Game 1 of the NBA finals. 

 

While Celtics fans are focused on the Lakers, the NBA draft will be here before you know it — June 24, to be exact. The Celtics have the 19th pick, and there they should be able to come up with a player who can contribute next season. Perhaps it will be Nevada small forward Luke Babbitt, a 6-foot-9 sophomore with an impressive array of offensive moves. That's who we have targeted for Boston in our first 2010 mock draft. Check it out at the Green Street blog.

"This starting five has never lost a series, ever."

— Doc Rivers after Game 6 vs. the Magic



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Two months ago, after the Celtics had put on yet another dispiriting performance in front of the home folks — against the Washington Wizards, no less — Doc Rivers told it like it w



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