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01/06/2012 - 10:53pm
Shot down: C's brutal from field in loss

George Hill and Tyler Hansbrough combined for 25 points off the Indiana bench while the Celtics could not overcome a brutal 25-point first half as Indiana handed Boston its first home loss of the season, 87-74, Friday night at TD Garden. The loss also snapped the Celtics four-game winning streak and brought them back to .500 at 4-4 on the season. 

Ray Allen, after missing Wednesday with the flu, went 4-of-5 from 3-point range, and led Boston with 23. He finished 7-of-11 but the rest of the team shot just 19-for-55, including Paul Pierce, who suffered through a 3-for-17 night. As a team, the Celtics shot just 39.4 percent from the floor.

After scoring just 14 points in the first quarter but managing a 14-14 tie, the Celtics made just 3-of-18 shots in the second quarter, scoring 11 points and matching a franchise-worst 25 points in the first half. On the previous two occasions, including the last on Feb. 8, 1995 against Cleveland, the...

01/06/2012 - 10:23pm
O'Brien touches down in Happy Valley

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has landed in Pennsylvania, according to multiple reports, and everything seems to indicate he will be named the new head coach at Penn State sooner rather than later. According to StateCollege.com, around 4 p.m. on Friday, an airplane departed for Laurence G. Hanscom Field Airport in Bedford and returned to University Park Airport in Pennsylvania around 6:45 p.m. with O'Brien and his family.

While there still remains some question as to when O'Brien will officially be named the new head coach, Penn State's former coach Joe Paterno issued a statement regarding O'Brien around 9 p.m. on Friday to the Associated Press welcoming O'Brien: “I understand Bill O’Brien has been named head coach and I want to congratulate him on his...

01/06/2012 - 9:57pm
Celts (25 points) match worst 1st half ever

The Celtics made just 9-of-34 shots from the field and scored just 25 points in the first half Friday night against Indiana, matching a franchise worst mark for points in a half. Ray Allen return from the flu and scored eight points in the first quarter but none in the second. He was the game's high scorer through 24 minutes. 

The second quarter was particularly brutal for the Celtics, as they made just 3-of-18 shots, scoring just 11 points. The first quarter wasn't much better, as Boston made just 5-of-16 shots but managed to finish the opening quarter tied, 14-14. 

The Celtics also scored 25 points in the first half on Feb. 8, 1995 and trailed Cleveland, 40-25. But they scored 50 points that night in the second half to come back and win the game, 75-67. 

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01/06/2012 - 8:46pm
Allen: West comments 'taken out of context'

Ray Allen said that his comments regarding David West's decision to sign with the Pacers were taken out of context.

"Unfortunately, those comments were taken out of context," Allen said before the Celtcs played Indiana Friday at TD Garden. "I was speaking in generalities. I don’t know what his situation is or was or why he made his decision. I wasn’t referring to him going for the money, or whatever his ultimate decision was.

"It disappointed me because it almost seemed as though I was bashing him for a decision he made that was best for his family," Allen continued. "When I read it I was really, really pissed because I don’t have anything against David. By no means was there any malice toward him or his family."

West said that he was actually set on signing with Indiana and that the interest from the Celtics caught him off guard. They would have had to pull off a sign and trade deal with...

01/06/2012 - 8:27pm
BC's Kuechly declares for NFL Draft

CHESTNUT HILL -- Two-time All-American Luke Kuechly will forego his senior year at Boston College and declare for April's NFL Draft, Kuechly announced in a Friday night conference call. 

"It's something I've wanted to do since I started playing for me," the linebacker said in his announcement. "It's right there for me."

Kuechly, a 20-year-old native of Cincinnati, took over for Mark Herzlich as a true freshman, when Herzlich was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in 2009. Herzlich had to sit out the season for chemotherapy. Kuechly moved to outside linebacker, taking Herzlich's place, and his career took off from there. 

Kuechly finished the season with a team-leading 158 tackles (87 solo). He also had a sack and returned an interception for a touchdown. He was named the 2009 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. In the Emerald Bowl, Kuechly was named the defensive MVP, registering 16 tackles in a losing effort. Now, he...

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