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Welcome to the Garden

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  December 19, 2007 04:54 PM

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Welcome to the Garden, where the Boston Celtics (20-2) will tip off against the Detroit Pistons (17-7) at 7 p.m. (note the early start time).

This is the game the country’s NBA fans have been waiting for. The Pistons have been a dominant force in the East for the last five years, and the Celtics look to be the class of the conference in the early going. It’ll be interesting to see how both teams are approaching this game beforehand.

We’re early here tonight, which means there’s not a whole lot going on yet. Rajon Rondo is standing right in front of me shooting jumpers from the corner in front of the Celtics bench. Rondo is being challenged by former Celtics guard Dana Barros, who was recently hired as the team’s director of player development. Barros shares those duties with former Williams point guard Mike Crotty.

Not sure what’s going on, but Rondo looks off tonight on his jumper. He’s got a couple hours to get that straightened out before the game. It might also help if he tied his shoes. I can’t imagine the Celtics are happy with Rondo jumping up and down with his laces flying everywhere.

Tony Allen just walked in and is shooting on the other end of the court. The Celtics dancers are warming up at midcourt.

That brace on Allen’s left knee is huge. He’s been playing better of late, but it can’t be easy playing with that thing.

  • ESPN is setting up their set for tonight’s game on the side of the court opposite the benches. National television is the reason this game is starting 30 minutes early.

    We'll be providing updates from the Garden all night. Stay tuned.

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