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Box Score Bank: Election Night

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Box Score Bank: Election Night

Good news for Doc Rivers. With the Celtics off until tomorrow, he doesn't have to kick himself out of a game to watch tonight's election unfold. Thanks to the schedule, the whole team even you, Darko can kick back and relax in the shadow of presidential history without worrying about another loss. Of the basketball variety, at least.

As it turns out, the Celtics almost never play on Election Night. In fact, they've taken the court on the first Tuesday in November (in an election year) only twice in the last 40 years. The first time was down in New Orleans on November 2, 1976 the night Jimmy Carter knocked off Gerald Ford when the defending champs dropped a 115-97 decision to the Jazz. (Pistol Pete scored 43 for New Orleans).

The most recent time? Well, that occurred on the night of our country's last presidential election, and it's also today's Box Score Bank. So, let's set the flux capacitor for . . .

November 4, 2008

"Whatever You Like" by T.I. sat atop the Billboard charts. High School Musical 3: Senior Year was regrettably the No. 1 movie in America. Jared Sullinger was in the middle of High School Basketball 3: Junior Year (sorry). Sarah Palin was enjoying her last moments of relevance.

And over at the Garden, coach Rivers was celebrating his buddy Barack's big night with a victory over the Rockets:

Final Score: Celtics 103, Rockets 99

Times have certainly changed for the Celtics since America's last big Election Night. First and foremost, they were still the champs, and in the midst of a ridiculous 27-2 start to their title-defending campaign. The time lapse is also evident in the fact that only three players Rondo, Pierce and KG that saw the court against the Rockets are still with Boston today. But while that may seem like a lot of turnover, it's nothing compared to what we've seen in Houston. They've gone through an entire roster reset everyone's gone. And anyway, if the Celtics were going to keep three guys from that year's team, I think they made the right choice.

Although on this night, one of the guys who got away made the biggest contributions to Boston victory: Ray Allen, who torched the Rockets for 29 points, plus a surprisingly-balanced five rebounds and five assists.

But the most surprising thing of all? Doc didn't even get himself ejected!

If there was ever a night he would've been happy to see Bill Kennedy . . .

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Woj: Celtics yet to make Cleveland an offer for Kyrie Irving

Woj: Celtics yet to make Cleveland an offer for Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving -- described by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski as "the most unique player to reach the trade market in years" -- has drawn the interest of about 20 teams, according to a report by Wojnarowski. And, yes, the Celtics are one of them.

A. SHERROD BLAKELY: Celtics should resist temptation to trade for Irving

But just how interested remains to be seen.

According to Woj:

The Celtics are monitoring, but it's unclear how aggressive they'll get -- and how motivated the Cavaliers would be to make a deal with their fiercest conference rival.

They are not one of the six teams that have already made trade offers to Cleveland; according to Wojnarowski, those six are the Spurs, Clippers, Suns, Timberwolves, Knicks and Heat. He says the Cavs "want a package that resembles the 2011 Denver Nuggets-New York Knicks deal for Carmelo Anthony -- young players, win-now veterans and draft picks, league sources said."

And, of course, the Celtics are one of the few teams with all those assets:

Several suitors contend there are two teams with the best ability to make deals for Irving: the Suns and Boston Celtics.

As for the moment, the Celtics appear to be keeping their powder dry.

But stay tuned,