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New Celtics experience 'Gino' for the first time

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New Celtics experience 'Gino' for the first time

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- They didnt go over this in practice. There was no mention of it in the playbooks, either.

On Sunday night, the newcomers on the Boston Celtics got a crash course in Gino Time.

Closing in on a 31-point victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, the American Bandstand video -- which has become a Celtics tradition to commemorate blowout wins -- hit the Jumbotron.

As always, Kevin Garnett raised his fist and danced in celebration as the man wearing a Gino Vanelli t-shirt danced on the screen. Only this time, Garnett was alone for the most part.

The newly acquired Celtics had never experienced Gino before, at least not on the winning end.

Im going to give them an introduction, Garnett said after the 87-56 victory. Weve got to have a couple more blowouts. Gino only comes out only one way -- yall know the way Im talking about. So the more convincing wins we get here, the more Ill have better material to teach them.

See how the Celtics newcomers reacted to their first Gino experience:

Troy Murphy: For the first time in Murphys career, the sight of Gino meant his team would not be in trouble after the game. Ive been on a lot of Gino experiences before, just on the other end, so its good to be on this end of it tonight, he told CSNNE.com. Its really not good as an opponent. You know youre going to have a long practice the next day and youre going to watch some film and the coach is going to be cursing, so its not good.

Carlos Arroyo: Mention of Gino was news to Arroyo after the game. He was so zoned in on hearing Rivers timeout talk that he was unaware of the party atmosphere going on around him. Gino? I had no idea about the Gino thing, he told CSNNE.com. But this is good, right? I didnt see KG dancing -- I was focused.

Jeff Green: A fan wearing a Gino t-shirt informed him of the significance of the video. It was cool. I didnt get a chance to see the whole thing because Doc Rivers was drawing up something, but it was good to be on the winning end of that and not seeing it on the opposite side of the court, he said. It feels good. Im glad we finally got one under our belt. I think thats something that we needed to continue our pursuit to make the push to keep this number one seed.

Nenad Krstic: Krstic, who admitted he liked disco music, did not know about the meaning of Gino, or even watch the video. No, Ive never seen it, he said. Guess thats good for him, considering hes never been on the losing end of it either.

Sasha Pavlovic: The victory celebration gave Pavlovic a deeper sense of appreciation for being a member of the Celtics. Ive seen him before. Ive seen him when weve played against you guys in the playoffs, he told CSNNE.com. Its fun, its unbelievable. I love it, I love it. It was just a great experience for me and guys are great. Im just enjoying it now.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter athttp:twitter.comjcameratoNBA

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Report: Celtics meeting with Al Horford "went very well"

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Report: Celtics meeting with Al Horford "went very well"

The Boston Celtics' meeting with free agent center Al Horford "went very well," a source told The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach.

The source also added that the Celtics have a "good chance" of signing Horford.

Horford is expected to demand a max contract valued at roughly four-years, $113 million.

Multiple other reports suggest the Hawks have resisted offering Horford a max, though they are working to clear space to re-sign him.

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Danny Ainge wears pair of Kevin Durant's Nike shoes to son's engagement party

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Danny Ainge wears pair of Kevin Durant's Nike shoes to son's engagement party

Danny Ainge had Kevin Durant on his mind -- and on his feet -- while attending his son's engagement party this week.

Ainge's son, Cooper Ainge, tweeted a series of images showing that his father was wearing a pair of Kevin Durant's Nike KD 8 shoes:

We can only assume Ainge will walk into Saturday's meeting with Durant wearing a pair of these.