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December 11, 2007
Back on the beat in Boston

BOSTON - When the Kings touched down in Boston on Tuesday night, they were greeted with what the locals have dubbed "a wintery mix."
That's the politically correct term for the sleet and snow combination that has left the Beantown streets slushy, or so said Celtics CEO Wyc Grousbeck in a Monday interview for the Dec. 26 piece on the Big Three. There was plenty of old-fashioned snow outside the city limits, though, as I took a fascinating drive to the team's practice facility that is nearly 20 miles outside of Boston in Waltham, Mass. For anyone who remembers the movie "Cobb" with Tommy Lee Jones playing the grumpy ballplaying legend, the trip through icy hills and windy roads reminded me of the treacherous trail taken by Cobb's handpicked writer Al Stump (played by Robert Wuhl) on his way to Cobb's estate.
Thankfully, no one shot at me (like Cobb did Stump) once I arrived. It was quite a scene, though, with some 30 media members on hand who were eager for soundbites since coach Doc Rivers had given his team the previous two days off. Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen assured me the media contingent had grown significantly from last season - no surprise since these guys are playing better than even they could have dreamed so far.
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And if the Kings thought they could get overlooked by the Celtics because of their 0-8 road record, there was much talk from Gang Green of why their next opponent remain dangerous. There were compliments about Ron Artest from Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, mentions of Brad Miller's All-Star resume and how they remain a competitive lot even with the recent injury to Kevin Martin.
"Their scoring really hasn’t gone down at all," Rivers said. "They’re still scoring points and winning games. They have a nice system. The guys understand their system and other guys are picking it up.
"We’re not overlooking anybody. We’ve been pretty good with that. (But) we don’t really concern ourselves a lot with the other team as much as we concern ourselves with ourselves and (focus) on getting better."
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A few quick hits...
* Mike Bibby (torn ligament, left thumb) did not make the trip, as he is getting rehab on his left hand back in Sacramento. He had his cast taken off last week and is trying to regain strength. Martin did make the trip.
* Just to clarify, the waiving of rookie center Darryl Watkins on Monday that coincided with the signing of fourth-year swingman Dahntay Jones wasn't necessary in terms of numbers. The Kings currently have 14 players on their roster, one shy of the league limit of 15. If nothing else, Jones shows in this clip that he certainly helps the Kings' overall athleticism.
- Sam Amick

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