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03/03/2012 - 12:23am
Rondo on trade rumors: 'It's like deja vu'

Following the Celtics 107-94 victory against the Nets Friday night, Rajon Rondo said the reports that general manager Danny Ainge is aggressively shopping him to other teams are not affecting him. Ainge and coach Doc Rivers both vehemently denied those reports on Thursday and again before Friday's game.

"Its like deja vu," Rondo said. he also added that Rivers' support of him was appreciated.

“I mean, I don't know where people are getting their information from,” Rondo said. “But that was big of Doc to come out with a statement. People are still going to say me and Doc have problems. Even after Doc made that comment he made, or statement he made -- people are still going to say whatever they say. It's just part of life.”

Rondo also said he and Ainge talked earlier this week and that his relationship with Ainge and Rivers is improving through better communication.

“Danny talked to me a couple...

03/02/2012 - 10:54pm
Balancing act: Starters big, C's rout Nets

With Ray Allen out with an illness and Jermaine O'Neal out with a wrist injury, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo more than picked up the slack as the Celtics cruised past the Nets, 107-94, for their third straight win coming out of the All-Star break. After a five-game losing streak dropped them two games under .500, the Celtics are again above .500 on the season at 18-17.

Pierce led the way with 27 and helped the Celtics go on a 14-0 run in the second quarter that blew the game open. The Celtics also got a monster defensive effort from Mickael Pietrus, filling in for Allen at the shooting guard position. With the Nets making it a game, the Celtics went into a zone press, with Pietrus applying pressure on the ball, resulting in five turnovers in the three-minute surge. 

Garnett was big, starting at center for O'Neal while Brandon Bass started at power forward. Garnett had 20 points and 10 rebounds, his fifth double-double in his last...

03/02/2012 - 10:06pm
Casey leads Harvard past Columbia in OT

Kyle Casey scored 19 points and hit a key 3-pointer with 1:12 left in overtime, and Harvard escaped New York City with a 77-70 victory over Columbia Friday night.

With Penn beating Brown, Harvard (24-4, 11-2 Ivy) maintains its half-game lead in the Ancient Eight. Harvard is at Cornell Saturday night while Penn (18-11, 10-2) hosts Yale. Penn also has a game remaining at Princeton Tuesday.

Keith Wright had 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Crimson, who shot 56 percent from the field. Wright also had eight rebounds.

Brian Barbour scored a game-high 23 points for Columbia (14-15, 3-10).

Former Harvard star and current Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin stopped by to watch the game, and he saw a good one. The Crimson led by two points with two minutes left in OT when Laurent Rivard hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead to five. After Mark Cisco hit a jumper for the Lions, Casey hit a 3-pointer with 1:12 left to make it 70-64. Oliver McNally hit 7-...

03/02/2012 - 10:03pm
BU's Partin named America East's top player

Boston University guard Darryl Partin was named America East Player of the Year on Friday, giving the Terriers back-to-back winners of the award. John Holland won last year.

Partin, a 6-foot-6 senior, averaged 19.7 points per game, leading the Terriers in scoring in 27 of the team's 31 contests. He ranks second in the league and 20th in the nation in scoring.

BU (16-15, 12-4) opens play in the America East tournament at Hartford Saturday night against Hartford. The Terriers, defending conference tournament champions, are the third seed.


03/02/2012 - 8:11pm
O'Neal considering surgery on injured wrist

The Celtics have been without Jermaine O'Neal since Feb. 20 and he missed his fourth straight game against the Nets on Friday night. O'Neal is considering having surgery on his injured left wrist.

"He’s thinking through his options," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "He’s going to have to have surgery it looks like at some point. He’s got to figure out if he can get through it or not. We’re just going to wait and see what he decides."

O'Neal saw a specialist on Monday and is continuing to gather medical information. There's a chance that if he has surgery he would be out for the rest of the season.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


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