Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo takes the low road as he drives past Trail Blazers center Greg Oden for a first-quarter basket.
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo takes the low road as he drives past Trail Blazers center Greg Oden for a first-quarter basket.
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Boston Celtics defeat Portland Trail Blazers, 93-78

Usually, only nitpickers would detect negatives in a 15-point victory over the second-best team in the Western Conference.

But Celtics coach Doc Rivers went into near no-comment mode regarding the reserves following a 93-78 win over the Portland Trail Blazers last night. And Kevin Garnett went into a high-volume scolding of the second-teamers.

The Celtics got into the blowout spirit early in the second half, then got rid of Portland center Greg Oden after 18 minutes ...

Same building. Same fans. Same wildly talented, widely adored player.

Much different reception.

The same Celtics fans who two years ago chanted, "We want Oden," in the hopes of landing the draft rights to Greg Oden, last night rained mocking "OOO-Den" chants on the Portland rookie big man during a 93-78 Boston demolition at TD Banknorth Garden.

In a turn of events that would have been unimaginable two years ago, Oden finished the game on the bench, having picked u...