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Canceled games mean Celtics' savings

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Canceled games mean Celtics' savings

With Friday's all-too-predictable announcement by the NBA that all games through November are canceled, it means players are finally going to feel the financial impact of the lockout.

Players are paid bi-weekly during the season, with the first check coming around Nov. 15, and the last one being in May.

From the outset, players knew that fighting for the best deal possible would come at a cost.

And while no one is going to feel sympathy for multimillionaires missing out on a few paychecks, that doesn't diminish the reality that the players in their desire to get what they believe is the best deal possible, are leaving a lot of money on the table that they're unlikely to ever recoup.

The Celtics are no different in that regard, than any other franchise.

While the C's only have a handful of players under contract for this upcoming season, they're all well paid which means each canceled game comes at a hefty price for them all.

But how much?

At CSNNE.com, we've taken a look at just how big a financial hit the C's under contract -- there are six of them, a tally that does not include Jeff Green, who is a restricted free agent -- will take now that the all games in November have been wiped out.

When it comes to figuring out per-game salary, each game represents 190th of the season which includes eight preseason games and a full 82-game schedule.

For the Celtics, that amounts to a total of 22 lost games lost (eight preseason, 14 regular season).

To put in perspective how big a loss this is, those 22 games missed account for 24.4 percent of their entire season (preseason and regular season games combined).

We all know that the Boston Celtics have had one of the league's highest payrolls ever since Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were traded to Boston in 2008.

But how much is this lockout REALLY costing them?

While the money they're losing out on is significant, don't expect to see KG, Rondo or Allen at a grocery store near you whipping out coupons anytime soon.

And if you're wondering why the owners have been so willing to see games missed, consider this: with no preseason games or games in November, the C's will save nearly 16 million in salaries, a number that would be substantially higher when you consider they would have a roster with at least seven more players.

Player 2011-2012 salary Salarygame missed The lockout cost so far ...

Kevin Garnett 21.247M 236,078 5.2M
Paul Pierce 15.333M 170,370 3.748M
Rajon Rondo 10.045M 111,616 2.455M
Ray Allen 10M 111,111 2.444M
Jermaine O'Neal 6.226M 69,180 1.521M
Avery Bradley 1.524M 16,938 372,416
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Total 64.375 M 715,293 15.7 M

Isaiah Thomas likes video of Jalen Rose calling Paul Pierce 'petty'

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Isaiah Thomas likes video of Jalen Rose calling Paul Pierce 'petty'

Just when all the video tribute controversy between Isaiah Thomas and Paul Pierce seemed to be dying down, Jalen Rose heated it right back up.

Live on ESPN's "NBA Countdown," Rose called Pierce "petty" for his comments on the Celtics potentially holding a video tribute for Isaiah on Feb. 11 when Pierce gets his jersey retired.

Jalen Rose called Paul Pierce petty right to his face... 😳

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Thomas tweeted on Tuesday that he (again) declined the Celtics' offer to hold the tribute for him so it wouldn't interfere with Pierce's night. But if you look at the likes on the Instagram video above, posted by dimemagazine, you'll see Thomas appears to agree with Rose on the matter.

It doesn't look like the video tribute drama is going to end until the Feb. 11 matchup between the Celtics and Cavaliers is over with.

Horford: Fighting in NBA 'needs to stop'

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Horford: Fighting in NBA 'needs to stop'

WALTHAM, Mass. – Three Houston Rockets players entered the Los Angeles Clippers’ training room before being stopped by security but not before a profanity-laced exchange that’s sure to result in fines and possibly some suspensions.

Orlando’s Arron Afflalo threw a punch – and barely missed – hitting Minnesota’s Nemanja Bjelica which led to both players being ejected and for Afflalo will likely result in a suspension of some kind.

Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons got into it with Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, resulting in both players being tossed and apparently leading to Simmons signaling to Lowry that they could continue having their “discussion” in the hallway.

That hallway encounter never happened (Lowry said he was there, Simmons said he didn’t see Lowry so you believe who you want to), but the fact that it was even a possibility speaks to this being one of the more bizarre weeks in recent memory when it comes to potential fighting in the league. 

And remember … it’s only freakin’ Wednesday!

I asked Boston’s Al Horford about this.

“It’s very, very bizarre,” said Horford, now in his 11th NBA season. “I don’t think I remember any period of time, (with) all this chippiness going on. You want to compete, you want to play hard; that’s fine. But all the extra stuff, I think needs to stop. At the end of the day you need to focus on basketball. We’re here to play.”

Horford added, “I’m sure the NBA will address those things and fix them.”

No one was shocked that things got a little testy in the Houston-Los Angeles Clippers game which was played on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It was the first time Chris Paul, now with the Rockets, returned to Los Angeles to face his former team. 

The Clippers won 113-102, a game filled with trash talk from both sides. But apparently the chatter soon turned to chippy play with hard fouls delivered and taken in the latter stages of play with a total of five technical fouls called, two of which were on Blake Griffin which is an automatic ejection. 

Talking trash gone bad was a factor in the Simmons-Lowry bruhaha with the Sixers emerging with the victory. 

And on Tuesday, Afflalo and Bjelica had already been assessed a technical for an earlier run-in. Soon after, there was a collision between the two which pissed off Afflalo who swung with great force at Bjelica’s face. 

“We’re professionals,” Horford said. “We can’t get caught up in that stuff.”

Horford plays around the basket and is no stranger to banging around with the big, bad angry bodies. 

But as much as there will be times when he’ll want to snap, Horford has consistently resisted the urge. 

“It’s hard; it’s hard,” he said. “But we have to remember what we play the game for; I play to win. I’m playing for my teammates and sometimes you need to take a step back before you do something you regret. That’s the way I look at it.”

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