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Villanueva tweeted during Sunday's Celtics game

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  March 16, 2009 06:13 PM

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva sent a "tweet" during halftime of Sunday's Celtics-Bucks game, an act the PR in Sports blog says could be the first instance of a professional athlete using the increasingly popular Twitter service during a game.

Villanueva, whose Twitter ID is "CV31", sent this tweet from the locker room as his Bucks and Celtics were tied at 41:

"In da locker room, snuck to post with my twitt. We’re playing the Celtics, tie ball game at da half. Coach wants more toughness. I gotta step up.”

His halftime social networking apparently not a distraction, Villanueva scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Bucks pulled away for the win.

For those of you who haven't tried it, Twitter is an online service that allows users to send out 140-character messages to whoever chooses to follow them. Popular athletes who use Twitter include Shaquille O'Neal and Lance Armstrong. As far as I know no Celtics players are currently using Twitter.

If you're on Twitter and not following us already, search "GlobeCeltics" to get tweeted every time this blog is updated, or "GlobeAllSports" for all our blogs. You can also search "garydzen" to follow me as I cover various Celtics games.

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