Boston Celtics defeat Dallas Mavericks, 96-90

Kevin Garnett missed his third consecutive game last night, and his coach produced a timetable for a return without a calendar.

In other words, indefinite. Or he could be back Tuesday. Does that make it any clearer? Didn't think so.

Garnett has an abdominal strain and, yes, that can be troublesome. Shaquille O'Neal missed 21 games with one during the 1997-98 season. Manny Ramírez - the anti-Garnett - had a strained oblique last season and missed 24 games. It's one of th...

So far, the Celtics know how the West is won.

They defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 96-90, last night at a sold-out TD Banknorth Garden. With Celtics legend Bill Russell sitting courtside, Boston improved to 13-0 against the Western Conference this season.

While the Celtics have yet to play the reigning champion Spurs and the hot Suns and Hornets, defeating the Mavericks legitimized Boston's unblemished West record.

"I didn't know that," said Celtics coach Doc River...