The Boston Celtics rebounded nicely from their loss to the Pacers over the weekend with a 103-99 victory over a very talented Houston Rockets team. The Rockets who picked up Ron Artest in the off-season now have a ‘big three’ of their own along with Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming. Although the Celtics won last night’s battle, the superstars for the Rockets certainly had their chances. Ron Artest missed 13 of 16 shots and Yao Ming was 4 of 14 from the field. McGrady was the bright spot for Houston with 26 points.
Ray Allen was the offensive star for the Celtics with a team high 29 points. Garnett chipped in with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Celtics won the overall battle on the boards, outrebounding the Rockets 46-41. Both the Celtics and Rockets moved to 3-1 on the year.
Celtics tickets are available for all 2008-2009 games. The Celtics will visit the Oklahoma City Thunder for the first time ever on Wednesday 11/5. The Celtics will return home on 11/7 to host the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Boston Celtics picked up their fourth year option on guard Rajon Rondo on Friday. Rondo played an important part in the Celtics’ 2007-2008 Championship year and at age 22 is still developing his skills.
After getting their 2nd win of the year on Friday night against the Bulls the Celtics will be on the road for the first time this season when they play the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indiana. In the first two games of the year the Celtics displayed their signature defensive style that led them to their 17th Championship in the 2007-2008 season. Against the Bulls the Celtics held Chicago to under thirty percent shooting, winning 96-80.
The Pacers are 0-1 on the year and shorthanded. They will be without starter Mike Dunleavy once again. The Pacers were one game away from the playoffs last season and have high hopes for getting their this year.
The Celtics will be facing their former coach, Jim O’Brien in Indiana tonight.
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The Boston Celtics will host a much improved Chicago Bulls club tonight. The Bulls come in at 1-0 on the year after an impressive opening night win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The young Bulls team has high expectations for their number one overall pick in the draft, Derrick Rose. After a tough 33-49 season last year, the Bulls should manage a winning record in ’08-’09. They’ll have a tough battle tonight though as the defending champs try to duplicate last year’s strong start that saw them go 8-0 out of the gate.
The Celtics expect to be looser right from the opening tip tonight. In Tuesday’s home opener against the Cavs, an emotional Celtics squad started slow, only to clamp down in the 2nd half. With the festivities of opening night and banner raising behind them the Celtics are now ready to focus on defending their title.
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Celtics Upcoming Schedule:
Celtics vs Bulls 10/31
Celtics at Pacers 11/1
Celtics at Rockets 11/4
Celtics at Thunder 11/5
Celtics vs Bucks 11/7
Sure to be one of the hottest tickets of the year, the 2009 NBA All-Star Game will be held at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ. Sure to attract players and celebrities alike, the NBA’s midseason contest is always interesting. The NBA Slam Dunk and 3-Pointer competition is also a fan favorite – tickets are available for this event as well.
Buy your ticket early and make sure you’ll have a seat to the hottest game of the year! 2009 NBA All-Star Game tickets are going fast!
The 2007-2008 World Champion Boston Celtics finished up the preseason with a 6-2 record, looking solid so far. The Champs will face their Conference Final opponents as they raise the banner at the Garden. Lebron and the Cavaliers only managed a 3-5 preseason record (including a close loss to the C’s), but looked better as the games went on.
New players J.R. Giddens and Patrick O’Bryant are eager to figure out which roles they will be playing on the 08-09 team. Giddens will have to work through a hip injury, and O’Bryant would need to win a spot as the #3 center. The big three are returning healthy, Kendrick Perkins has recovered from his shoulder injury, and veteran Sam Cassell looks as if he will be ready to start the season. Aside from James Posey, nearly everyone involved in last season’s playoff run will be returning to this year’s team.
The Celtics tip off the season on Tuesday night at 8:00pm. Plenty of great Boston Celtics tickets are still available if you want to cheer on the C’s as they start the road to Green 18!
Almost five months removed from celebrating their 17th NBA title, the Boston Celtics are just 2 weeks away from openening their season to defend that title. The Champion Celtics will open the season at home against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on 10/28/08 at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Celtics are still favored by many to win the Eastern Conference and return to the NBA Finals to fight for their 18th Championship.
The Celtics 2008-2009 roster will be very similar to last year’s squad with the exception of James Posey who signed with the Hornets in the off season. Expect bigger roles for bench players like Leon Powe and Glen (Big Baby) Davis, two key players in last year’s successful run. In a preview of their opening night matchup the Celtics and Cavs faced off in a pre-season game on Tuesday 10/14, with Boston edging out the Cavs behind 17 2nd half points from Leon Powe.
If you just can’t wait to get a look at the 2008-2009 Boston Celtics make sure you take advantage of the great deals on the two pre-season home games at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Celtics will host the Knicks on Friday 10/17 and the Nets on Sunday 10/19. Celtics tickets for these pre-season games start well below face value. This a great chance to check out some of the best seats in the house at extremely low prices.
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After the 2006-2007 season many wondered if Doc Rivers would even be around for 1 more year. What a difference a year makes. After a 24-58 record in the ’06-’07 season Rivers and the Celtics came back with one of the best turn arounds ever, going 66-17 while earning their 17th NBA Championship. Granted the ’07-’08 Celtics had a much improved lineup with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, but Rivers was able to quickly mold several stars into a cohesive unit.
The Boston Celtics and Doc Rivers have now agreed on an extension that will employ Rivers through the 2010-11 season. Doc’s salary will increase from $5 million to $5.5 million including incentives that could bring his annual salary up to $7 million.
Rivers and the Celtics are anxious to defend their title in the 2008-2009 season. The Celtics will open the season at the TD Banknorth Garden, facing Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Celtics tickets are now available for all games.
The defending champion Boston Celtics announced the signing of Darius Miles to a non-guaranteed contract today. Miles hasn’t played since the 2005-2006 season with the Portland Trailblazers. Miles sustained what some called a career ending injury to his knee and had been unavailable for the past two seasons. Apparently now healthy after surgery to his knee, Miles will attempt to make the Celtics roster this Fall.
“He’s coming to training camp and he’s going to try to prove that he can make the team,” said Celtics general manager Danny Ainge. “He has come in for a couple of workouts. He’ll try to make the team somehow.”
For his part, Darius is just excited to prove he can contribute to the Celtics.
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For the second year in a row the Boston Celtics will hold training camp outside of Boston, however this time they will still be in the country. Last year the Celtics held camp in Europe and played a few exhibition games there as well. GM Danny Ainge thought the trip helped the team develop some of its chemistry early on. For the 2008-2009 season, Ainge wanted the team to train outside of Boston but without the distraction of of a foreign country.
This year the Celtics will hold camp at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. Celtics players will report to camp on September 29. Boston Celtics tickets for the upcoming season will be available soon as the 2008-2009 Celtics schedule is being finalized.
Less then one week after the Boston Celtics watched free agent James Posey sign with the New Orleans Hornets, the 2007 NBA Champions made sure not to lose out on two of their other free agents in Eddie House and Tony Allen. According to Boston media outlets, both House and Allen have agreed to two-year deals keeping them in town through the 2009 season.
Celtics GM and Director of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge, was not very specific about the details of either contract but a source reported to the Boston Herald that each would be worth close to $2 million dollars each year.
The 30-year old House averaged 7.5 points in 78 regular season games last year for Boston shooting 39 percent from behind the three point line. In the 2007 NBA Finals over the Lakers he averaged 8 points a game and shot 41 percent from behind the arc.
Coming off of off-season knee surgery in 2006, the 26-year old Allen averaged 6.6 points in 75 regular season games last season for the Celtics.