A look back at Celtics home performances

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A look back at Celtics home performances

The Boston Celtics walked off their home court on Friday night for the last time in 2012. The team will finish out the year on the road, starting in Brooklyn on Christmas Day and finishing on the West Coast.

Take a look back at notable performances this season at the TD Garden, where the Celtics are 9-5:

Most points scored
By a Celtic: Paul Pierce, 40 points vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, December 19
By an opponent: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), 29 points, November 23

Field goals made
By a Celtic: Paul Pierce, 13 FG (twice) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (December 19) and Milwaukee Bucks (December 21)
By an opponent: Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), 12 FGs, November 21

Three-point shots made
By a Celtic: Paul Pierce, 6 3PG vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (December 19)
By an opponent: Jerry Stackhouse (Brooklyn Nets), 5 3PG, November 28

Most rebounds
By a Celtic: Kevin Garnett, 13 rebounds vs. Washington Wizards (November 7)
By an opponent: Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks), 20 rebounds, December 21

Most assists
By a Celtic: Rajon Rondo, 20 assists (twice) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (November 9) and Toronto Raptors (November 17)
By an opponent: Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers), 14 assists, November 9

Most points in the paint
By the Celtics: 44 vs. Utah Jazz (November 14)
By an opponent: 58 by the San Antonio Spurs (November 21)

Most second chance points
By the Celtics: 17 vs. Philadelphia 76ers, December 8
By an opponent: 20 (twice) by the Utah Jazz (November 14) and Milwaukee Bucks (December 21)

Most fast break points
By the Celtics: 20 vs. Portland Trail Blazers (November 30)
By an opponent: 16 by the Milwaukee Bucks (November 2)

Most bench points
By the Celtics: 41 (twice) vs. Washington Wizards (November 7) and Portland Trail Blazers (November 30)
By an opponent: 53 by the Washington Wizards (November 30)

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.