Boston Celtics defeat Atlanta Hawks, 98-88

The Celtics are quickly becoming a gerontologist's dream - as well as an even better team and a more serious championship threat.

Tonight, the final piece of the puzzle tumbled out of Waiver Heaven at 6 p.m. as Sam Cassell became a free agent. He has signed a contract with the Celtics, according to his agent, and will bring the paperwork up with him tomorrow from Baltimore to join his new team.

"He had some personal business he had to attend to in Baltimore. There was a...

Even though the Celtics were up only 7 points during a timeout with 2:01 to play during a 98-88 victory over the Hawks last night, the game operations staff at TD Banknorth Garden couldn't fight the urge to announce the showdown that is coming next.

Highlights were shown of the first two intense games this season between the Eastern Conference powers the Celtics (46-12) and the Pistons (43-16). And as the video montage came to a conclusion, the words "Round 3" appeared ...