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Post by 112288 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:35 pm


CELTICS RECALL FAB MELO IN TIME FOR NUGGETS
By Mike Petraglia

The Celtics announced Sunday that they have recalled center Fab Melo from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. The 7-foot center will be dressed and available for duty against the Nuggets in the 6 p.m. contest at TD Garden.

In his one game on assignment to the Red Claws, Melo scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and had one assist in just under 23 minutes against the Bakersfield Jam on February 8. He is averaging 11.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.45 blocks in 27.4 minutes per game in his 20 contests with Maine this season.
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FORMER CELTICS DRAFT PICK KRIS JOSEPH TRADED BY RED CLAWS
By Mike Petraglia

Kris Joseph sports his No. 43 jersey after getting drafted by the Celtics last June. (AP)

Kris Joseph has a new start with a new team in the NBA.

According to the New York Post, the Maine Red Claws have traded the Celtics' 2012 second-round pick (51st overall) small forward Kris Joseph to the Springfield Armor for forward James Mays.

Joseph cleared waivers and was released last month after appearing in six games for the Celtics. He was subsequently re-signed by the Red Claws. Joseph averaged 18.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game in 12 games with Boston's D-League affiliate.

As for Mays, he was invited to Brooklyn Nets training camp and cut before being assigned to the Springfield Armor, the D-League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets. Mays was undrafted in 2008 before signing as an unrestricted free agent with the Nuggets. Mays is averaging 16.4 points and 10.6 rebounds in 26 games, earning him a spot on the D-League All-Star team.

GAME STATS

Rebounds - CELTICS 51 /Den 65.......Offensive - CELTICS 8 /Den 15......Defensive - CELTICS 43 /DEN 50
Points In The Paint - CELTICS 30 /DEN 62
Fast Break Points - CELTICS 14 / DEN 22
FG - CELTICS - 43/108 (39.8 %) DEN 48/113 (42.5 %)
3PM - CELTICS 13/30 ( 43.3 %) DEN 8/26 (30.8 %)
FTM - CELTICS 19/24 (79.2 %) DEN 10/17( 58.8 %)
TO - CELTICS 16 / DEN 21
ASSISTS - CELTICS 34 / DEN 25
STL - CELTICS 14/ DEN 10
BLK - CELTICS 8/ DEN 11
PF - CELTICS 19/ DEN 19
BENCH POINTS - CELTICS / DEN
TOTAL TEAM TURNOVERS (Points off turnovers) – CELTICS 16 (17) /DEN 21 (24)

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POST GAME RECAP

ESPNBOSTON.COM

Rapid Reaction: C's 118, Nuggets 114 (3 OT)

By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Rapid reaction after the Boston Celtics defeated the Denver Nuggets 118-114 in triple overtime on Sunday night at TD Garden:

THE NITTY GRITTY
Paul Pierce utilized the extra sessions to register his third triple-double in the seven games since Rajon Rondo was lost for the season. Pierce finished with a team-high 27 points to go along with 14 rebounds and 14 assists over a career-high 54:11, while Jason Terry posted a season high with 26 points on 10-of-22 shooting. Kevin Garnett added a double-double with 20 points and 18 rebounds for Boston, while Jeff Green (17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks) hit some huge shots in clutch situations to help Boston eventually emerge. Ty Lawson scored the Celtics to the tune of 29 points, hitting bit shots all night to keep the Nuggets alive. Danilo Gallinari overcame an ice cold start to score 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Kenneth Faried added 14 points and 12 rebounds.

TURNING POINT I: NUGGETS TAKE LATE FIRST LEAD
Despite leading by as much as 12, the Celtics watched the Nuggets pull even two minutes into the fourth quarter after Andre Miller spun his way through the lane for a crafty turn-back-the-clock layup that tied the score at 78 with 9:54 to go. Terry responded with a 15-foot jumper to ignite a 7-0 burst that included a corner 3-pointer from Avery Bradley, but Denver rallied back to take its first lead on a 3-pointer from Lawson with 1:43 to play (Faried, who kept the play alive, was whistled for a post-shot technical that allowed Boston to immediately tie the game at 90).

TURNING POINT II: TIE LAWSON
Green got Faried in the air with a pump fake beyond the arc, then buried a 16-foot baseline jumper with 47.9 seconds remaining for a 92-90 lead. Faried nearly atoned, driving hard at the basket and drawing a blocking foul on Pierce with 5.4 ticks to go, but he missed the first of two freebies. Faried missed the second free throw on purpose and Miller sneaked in for a clean putback attempt that would have tied the game, but missed it. Denver got another chance when Boston knocked the ball out of bounds with 3.6 seconds to go (video replay overturning the initial call) and Lawson made it hurt by banking in a layup with 0.8 seconds to go to tie the game at 92, forcing the first overtime.

TURNING POINT III: DOULBE OVERTIME
Green's clutch corner 3-pointer with 23.8 seconds to go tied the game at 99 in the first overtime and Lawson missed a triple at the buzzer to force a second extra session. Boston rested Garnett to start double overtime, but the team as a whole didn't have enough left in the tank. The Nuggets scored the first two hoops of the frame and Boston didn't get on the board until Green's driving layup with 88 seconds to play. Garnett tied the game at 103 with a jumper, but Danilo Gallinari, ice cold to that point, hit a 19-foot fadeaway with 37 seconds to go to put the Nuggets back out front. Pierce got the line, but missed the second of two freebies and Lawson responded with a 19-foot straightaway jumper for a 107-104 lead with 18.9 to go. Pierce went isolation and somehow willed in the tying 3-pointer with Miller draped on him with 5.2 seconds to go.

TURNING POINT IV: CELTICS EMERGE
Garnett, with a whopping 47 minutes for the game, hit some huge shots to start the third extra session, but it was Terry who hit a clutch 3-pointer with 1:33 to go in a tied game, produced a late-game steal, then capped the game with a layup in transition as an exhausted Boston squad celebrated a gritty win.

FAST START, QUICK RESPONSE
The Celtics opened the game on a 12-0 run, holding the Nuggets without a bucket for the first 4:18 (Denver turned the ball over five times during that span). Ty Lawson finally broke up the shutout (after another near-turnover) with a pull-up jumper that ignited a little 9-0 run (highlighted by a monster alley-oop slam by Faried in transition off a Lawson feed) as the Nuggets got right back in the game. Denver turned the ball over seven times (for 14 points) in the frame allowing Boston to build a 10-point cushion (29-19) after 12 minutes -- but it chipped away all night.

WHAT IT MEANS
Wow, what a game. The Celtics simply refused to let this one get away. In doing so, they ended Denver's nine-game winning streak and pushed their own winning streak to a season-high seven games. The Celtics have now played a ridiculous 14 overtime sessions (5 single; 3 double; 1 triple). That’s 70 extra minutes (1.5 games). And Boston has a back-to-back looming Monday in Charlotte. For now, the Celtics will savor this one and worry about that when they get to North Carolina.
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Dig this: Celtics outlast Nuggets in 3OT, 118-114

A. SHERROD BLAKLEY

BOSTON — For the fans of the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets who braved the elements and trekked out to the TD Garden Sunday night, they got their money's worth.

Boston and Denver put on a triple-overtime thriller that left everyone feeling good except the Nuggets who could not muster up enough big plays down the stretch and left with a 118-114 triple-overtime loss.

Paul Pierce had his second triple-double of the season with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists while Jason Terry came off the bench to score a season-high 26 points. Boston also got a strong game and some clutch baskets from Jeff Green who had 17 points to go with four rebounds.

The Celtics (27-23) have now won a season-high seven straight, and in doing so ended the Nuggets (33-19) winning streak at nine in a row.

In the third overtime period, it was clear that Kevin Garnett was fed up with this game taking so long.

He went into "I got this" mode, scoring Boston's first six points to put the C's ahead 113-110. Garnett finished with 20 points and 18 rebounds in addition to six assists.

But as well as Garnett played to start the third overtime, the Nuggets once again had an answer.

Danilo Gallinari drilled a high-arcing 3-pointer over Garnett's outstretched hands to tie the game at 113.

And right back came the Celtics with a big shot from Terry to put Boston ahead 116-113 with 1:33 to play.

Gallinari had a pair of free throws with 1:13 to play, making the second to cut Boston's lead to 116-114.

Following a 3-point miss by Andre Miller, the Celtics got the loose ball that wound up in Terry's hands for an uncontested lay-up as time expired.

The game's ending wasn't all that surprising when you consider how it began.

The Celtics could not have drawn up a better start to the game as they opened with the game's first 12 points.

But the Nuggets countered with nine straight of their own.

The Celtics spent the rest of the quarter with a lead, one that they pushed back to double digits (29-19) with a 5-0 spurt to end the first quarter.

Boston's lead remained steady throughout the second quarter, although Denver made multiple mini-spurts that brought them within striking distance.

However, each surge by the Nuggets was matched with a similar push back by the Celtics who took a slim 50-46 lead into the half.

Pierce was on a pace for his second triple-double of the season with nine points, five rebounds and four assists at the half. Kevin Garnett was headed towards his 14th double-double this season with five points and seven rebounds at the half.

Meanwhile the Nuggets were being led by Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson who each had eight first-half points. Faried finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Lawson tallied a game-high 29 points and nine assists.
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THE COLD TRUTH: PAUL PIERCE LEADS CELTICS TO 7TH STRAIGHT IN EPIC FASHION 02.10.13 at 9:15 pm ET
By Mike Petraglia

The two hottest teams in the NBA rewarded hearty New England basketball fans with the game of the year in professional basketball. In a game with countless ebbs and flows, the Celtics outlasted the Nuggets, 118-114, in triple-overtime Sunday night at TD Garden, earning their season-high seventh straight win in the process. The Celtics also ended Denver's nine-game win streak with Rajon Rondo in attendance.

In 54 spectacular minutes, Paul Pierce finished with a triple-double, scoring 27 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and dishing 14 assists. But with a chance to tie the game, his second free throw rattled in and out with 32.5 seconds left in double-overtime. Ty Lawson hit jumper to put Denver up three. Pierce came down and drained a three with 5.2 seconds left to send the game into triple-overtime.

After missing six straight 3-pointers, Jason Terry drilled a straightaway three with 1:33 left in triple-overtime to put the Celtics up, 116-113. Terry finished with 26 points off the bench. Sunday marked Boston's ninth overtime game this season, matching a franchise record for a season (1950-51 and 1953-54). Kevin Garnett was big on the boards in 47 minutes, hauling in 18 rebounds to go with 20 points.

The Celtics were 3.6 seconds from their seventh straight win when the officials overturned a Nuggets turnover out of bounds under the Celtics basket. Given a second chance, Ty Lawson hit the game-tying layup off glass to send the game into overtime.

There were very few empty seats in TD Garden as Celtics fans braved the elements and lack of public transportation to get to the game just 24 hours after a state of emergency was lifted in the wake of the "Nemo" blizzard.

The Nuggets entered the game with an NBA-best nine-game win streak, beating the Cavaliers Saturday night. The Nuggets (104.Cool entered the game as the third-highest scoring team in the NBA, with only the Thunder (106.6) and Rockets (106.0) scoring more per game.

With the NBA's hottest team on short rest after getting from Cleveland at 3 a.m., the Celtics took full advantage. Behind the sharp-shooting of Pierce and the ice-cold shooting of the Nuggets, Boston raced out to a 12-0 lead. But the Nuggets came back and scored the next nine points to get back into the game.

But the biggest impact on the opening quarter was Boston's defense, forcing seven Denver turnovers, leading to 14 points as the Celtics took a 29-19 lead after 12 minutes. Terry hit a 3-pointer with three seconds left in the quarter to give Boston its 10-point lead heading into the second.

Terry continued that momentum into the second quarter, helping Boston maintain its double-digit lead. Terry scored five in the second quarter and finished with 10 at the halftime break. The Nuggets went on an 8-2 run late in the second quarter to close Boston's lead to four, 48-44, before Leandro Barbosa converted a layup late to give the Celtics a 50-44 halftime lead.

With star Andre Iguodala out for the remainder of the game with a right cervical strain, the Nuggets tried to withstand a Celtics three-point barrage in the third quarter as Boston hit four 3-pointers and built their lead to 78-70 after three.

Andre Miller's spectacular spin move in the lane led to a layup with 9:54 left to tie the game for the first time since the opening tip.

But Terry responded moments later to put the Celtics back on top, 80-78, with 9:40 left. The Celtics pulled away to lead, 87-80, only to have the Nuggets respond again. Faried was fouled by Kevin Garnett and converted a three-point play with 2:34 left. The Nuggets had a chance for their first lead of the night. Faried grabbed his own offensive rebound off a miss and fed Ty Lawson for the go-ahead jumper with 1:43 left. But Faried took a technical foul and Terry tied the game with a free throw with no time running off the clock.

Pierce drove the lane but had the ball go off him and out of bounds, giving the ball to the Nuggets. But a video review reversed the call and gave the ball back to Boston.

Green hit the go-ahead jumper with 47.9 seconds left, putting Boston up, 92-90. Kenneth Faried missed two free throws with 5.4 seconds left with a chance to tie the game.

The Nuggets, after two misses by Faried, had one final chance. Andre Miller grabbed the rebound and appeared to have a chance at a layup. The ball was knocked out of bounds, with the initial ruling of Celtics' ball overruled upon replay and the Nuggets were given the ball with 3.6 seconds left. Miller inbounded to Ty Lawson on the wing. Lawson drove into the lane and banked in the game-tying shot with 0.8 seconds left. Terry's desperate three was way off the mark, sending the game to overtime.

Down three, a driving Garnett found Green in the left baseline and Green, like he did in regulation, hit the clutch shot. His three with 23.8 seconds left in overtime tied the game, 99-99. Garnett did it again in the second overtime, hitting a bank shot with 58.8 seconds left to conclude a four-point run and tie the game, 103-103. But Danilo Gallinari came down and hit a jumper with 37 seconds left to put the Nuggets up, 105-103.

The Celtics have little time to rest. They left after the game for Charlotte and a Monday night road game against the Bobcats.

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Post by dboss on Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:58 am

Fun game to watch..

The 9 OT games may come back like Jacob Marley.

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Post by hawksnestbeach on Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:05 am

Heroic, but I'd like to see KG and PP take tonight off and get ready for Chicago. Did Collins even play? Hawk

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Post by MDCelticsFan on Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:16 am

STellar performances from KG (47 min.), and Pierce (54) min. Wow! At their respective ages how remarkable especially against George Karl's young guns. Mad props to the C's elder statesmen. Green, Terry, and Bradley made major contributions as well. The 3 OT win may cost the C's tonight in Charlotte. I imagine there was much need for pillows and blankets on the plane to Carolina. At least the Shamrock brigade had sweet dreams of this win.

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Post by Matty on Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:29 am

took my wife out to dinner and by the time we got back in, the game was near the end of the 4th, and my wife wanted to go swimming, dangitt i missed what might be the most exciting game this side of mid april for the C's all year.

hopefully we can extend this tonight even with everyone likely dog tired.

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Post by MDCelticsFan on Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:42 am

Dboss:

Is Jacob Marley related to Bob or Ziggy Marley?

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Post by cowens/oldschool on Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:30 am

Heroic performance by team, they were off, fading and sucked it up and willed their way to victory. Paul Pierce shows hes got the biggest balls of any player in his generation....KG stepped up, as did Jet and most importantly Jeff Green took and hit some huge clutch shots, great to see total team effort and players growing on the fly. CELTIC PRIDE!!!!

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Post by cowens/oldschool on Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:33 am

hawksnestbeach wrote:Heroic, but I'd like to see KG and PP take tonight off and get ready for Chicago. Did Collins even play? Hawk

agreed we should do a San Antonio, give KG and Pierce a night off.....please

Up yours David Stern!!!

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Post by worcester on Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:04 pm

Hawk, Collins played for 3 seconds.

Cow, Yes Paul has the biggest cajones in a generation. Mr. Clutch, and it looks like his protege Jeff Green is developing major cajones of his own. These guys have guts and a lot of pride. How about KG hitting his stride in OT. Paul playing 54 minutes sure lays to rest this concept that these guys are ready to be put to pasture.

7-0 without Rondo. The question emerges, does Rondo become trade bait this year for a major Big Man. If so, who? Do we need Rajon to return at point more than we need ahigh quality center/power forward. Is there anyone available for whom it would be worthwhile to make the swap? Is a star PG more important than a star PF/C?

Mind you, I'm a big Rondo fan and know he's a huge asset to this team. Still, what do we need most, and could we contend for #18 this year by trading RR?

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Post by cowens/oldschool on Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:28 pm

worse

I said on another thread I'd trade Rondo for Nene in a second, unfortunately Wiz have John Wall so don't see it happening. From my eyes team could use Sullys inside presence more than Rondos erratic game as we have a good enough 4 man guard rotation.

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Post by steve3344 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:29 pm

worcester wrote:Hawk, Collins played for 3 seconds.

Cow, Yes Paul has the biggest cajones in a generation. Mr. Clutch, and it looks like his protege Jeff Green is developing major cajones of his own. These guys have guts and a lot of pride. How about KG hitting his stride in OT. Paul playing 54 minutes sure lays to rest this concept that these guys are ready to be put to pasture.

7-0 without Rondo. The question emerges, does Rondo become trade bait this year for a major Big Man. If so, who? Do we need Rajon to return at point more than we need ahigh quality center/power forward. Is there anyone available for whom it would be worthwhile to make the swap? Is a star PG more important than a star PF/C?

Mind you, I'm a big Rondo fan and know he's a huge asset to this team. Still, what do we need most, and could we contend for #18 this year by trading RR?

Can't trade an injured player so any trade of Rondo would not help our (unlikely) quest for #18.

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Post by worcester on Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:32 pm

Is that true, NBA rules don't allow for trading an injured player?

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Post by tjmakz on Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:34 pm

Teams can trade injured players.
The receiving team would have to accept the player as is.
Mehmet Okur was traded by the Nets to Portland last March even though he was ruled out for the year with a knee injury.

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Post by steve3344 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:36 pm

worcester wrote:Is that true, NBA rules don't allow for trading an injured player?

No.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120305121056AAv8Jwl

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Post by worcester on Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:37 pm

So Danny may have something up his sleeve.

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Post by tjmakz on Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:39 pm

steve3344 wrote:
worcester wrote:Is that true, NBA rules don't allow for trading an injured player?

No.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120305121056AAv8Jwl


Yahoo Answers is people writing in with their opinions.

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Post by bobheckler on Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:50 pm

I didn't see the game. I watched every second of the blow out against the Lakers, but I miss what might have been the best game of the year. Damn.

I guess these will just have to do for me.










I can't help but think that if Rondo was still playing Pierce would have forced this shot.
































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Post by worcester on Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:36 pm

Thanks Bob. I could only follow the game on ESPN's Gamecast, so the pix were welcome. Funny how ESPN didn't say anything about the game on any Sports Center shows. All they could talk about was LeBron and MJ.

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Post by bobheckler on Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:00 pm

worcester wrote:Thanks Bob. I could only follow the game on ESPN's Gamecast, so the pix were welcome. Funny how ESPN didn't say anything about the game on any Sports Center shows. All they could talk about was LeBron and MJ.



worcester,

Even today, ESPN headline is "Celtics need 3OTs to fend off Nuggets".

Um, don't the Nuggets have the better record? Still? Didn't the Nuggets have a league leading 9 game winning streak, the longest in the league this year? But we're "fending them off", like they were gnats?

How about "Surging Celtics end Nugget's streak"? Or "Red hot Celtics ice the Nuggets"? Or "Rondo-less Celtics continue to impress!". How about a headline that highlights that we have been playing well for a couple of weeks now and we had beaten a couple of good teams (Miami, the Clippers), obliterated a very talented, albeit dysfunctional Laker team that had won 6 out of their last 7 before playing us and now just beat the #5 team in the West who won their last 9 in a row?

I'm starting to feel like Rodney Dangerfield...



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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:08 pm

Stay away from those national feeds Worcester! Can't you get Grande and Max at all? Much better to listen to them instead of those idiots. No matter how bad the Lakers play, all the fighting and arguing on the court, Kobe still makes Sports Center night after night after night. Makes me sick!l

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