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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 74) With Paul Flannery and LeMont Calloway

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – With the start of the NBA playoffs just a couple of weeks away, no team in the league is hotter than the Boston Celtics.

From Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett to Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass, Doc Rivers has them all clicking at just the right time. Might another deep playoff run be in store?

Everyone believes the league-leading Chicago Bulls have another deep run in them. Even with Bulls superstar Derrick Rose hobbled and struggling to make an impact, as he did in Thursday night’s win over the Heat, the Bulls look poised to make some serious noise in the postseason.

And that’s why we’re making plenty of noise on Episode 74 of the Hang Time Podcast with “The Professor,” weei.com columnist and Boston University professor Paul Flannery, and NBA.com’s Dunk Ladder guru and Chicago’s very own LeMont Calloway.

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As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Sekou Smith of NBA.com, as well as our superproducer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog and the best engineer in the business, Jarrell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

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Hang Time Podcast (Playoff Previews)

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Before a ball officially goes up on the 2011 NBA playoffs, we need to take a little bit of your time so we can discuss a few things.

In fact, we’re going in-depth on all eight playoff series, dissecting the action in both the Eastern and Western Conferences with a few friends of the program on the Hang Time Podcast Playoff Preview extravaganza.

We broke down each series with an insider that has a unique perspective on the matchup, the key players and everything else that comes along with playoff basketball.

Can the Lakers complete the three-peat? Can the Spurs, Heat, Mavericks, Celtics or Magic stop them? Are the Bulls, the league’s top overall team based on regular season records, for real? We answered all those questions and more.

LISTEN HERE (and make sure you turn the volume up):

EASTERN CONFERENCE

- Chicago-Indiana,with NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner:

- Miami-Philly, with Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post:

- Boston-New York, with Paul Flannery of WEEI:

- Orlando-Atlanta, with Hawks radio broadcaster Steve Holman:

WESTERN CONFERENCE

- San Antonio-Memphis, with Dan Wolken of The Daily:

- Los Angeles -New Orleans, with Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register:

- Dallas-Portland, with Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge:

- OKC-Denver, with Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman:

As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Sekou Smith of NBA.com, as well as our super producer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog.

– To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here.

Surveying Sunday’s Wounded

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Watching Shaquille O’Neal hobble to the locker room Sunday had to scare the shamrocks out of Celtics fans worldwide.

His return had been talked about for weeks, particularly since that trade deadline move that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City and left Shaq as the Celtics’ low-post savior for the playoffs. But now a strained calf has Celtics fans biting their nails, wondering when the Big Shamrock will be ready for action with the start of the playoffs just days away.

The calf strain O’Neal suffered has nothing to do with the Achilles injury that cost him the last two months, per Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Still, Rivers admitted that what went down Sunday was “scary,” and especially so for a team that’s already trying to get injured bigs (Jermaine O’Neal is back, Nenad Krstic is on the way) back into a groove.

How much longer with the Celtics be without Shaq? WEEI’s Paul Flannery says that’s just one of the questions the Celtics need answered this morning. Rivers tried:

“I don’t know, is the answer,” he said. “I don’t think very long honestly. That’s what [team doctor Brian] McKeon and [the medical staff] thought, that it’s very minor. Scary, more than anything. We’ll see.”

Will this affect your plans to play him if he can come back during the regular season?

“I don’t know what to do, honestly. My inclination is not because he needs to play and we have to play at full tilt in six games, so I don’t know the answer yet.”

Celtics fans weren’t the only ones gasping in horror over the weekend.

Lakers fans had a scare of their own when the linchpins to the low-post advantage that’s helped power them to back-to-back titles, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, both went down with knee injuries in their loss to the Nuggets.

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