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  1. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 6: Celtics overwhelm meek Cavs to advance to Eastern Finals

    May 13, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

    And so it ends. The number one seed in the East. The number one seed in the NBA. The title favorite, again. The MVP. Cleveland’s best chance for redemption. Swept away in a green tidal wave of Celtic pride. The Boston Celtics out-executed the Cleveland Cavaliers 94-85 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals because…

  2. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 6: Celtics have a Magic reason to close out

    May 13, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    The Boston Celtics believe they’re the best team in basketball. That doesn’t really make them any different than any of the other teams left in the playoffs, save the Phoenix Suns (The Phoenix Suns: our NBA Playoffs Mickey and Mallory). But one thing they do know in the back of their heads is that a…

  3. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 6: The LeBron referendum

    May 13, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Usually when a sportswriter makes the statement “Game X is the most important game of Player X’s career” it belies a rather pathetic lack of imagination and a pandering to traditional cliched writing. Every playoff game is the most important one, because every one could end up defining his career. What do people remember more,…

  4. The scheduling powers that be have put the Western Conference Finals in cryostasis

    May 12, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

    The NBA doesn’t care about you. It doesn’t care that you’ve become accustomed to a certain standard of basketball living in the playoffs, and that your week is built around the usual nightly postseason fare. That’s why rather than schedule the Western Conference Finals to start at the tail end of this weak while the…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Ray Allen steadily increasing his free agent value

    May 12, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    Let’s keep it simple, for starters: Ray Allen is old. Soon to be 35-years-old, in fact. That means that when Allen enters free agency this summer, a number of teams will see him as a bit too much the elder statesman to be part of their rebuilding projects, and a few quasi-contenders may also take…

  6. Understanding the intricacies of LeBron's Game 5 letdown

    May 12, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

    LeBron James had a rough Tuesday night. He shot 3-of-14 from the field as his team struggled to escape from under the heel of the Boston Celtics. Cleveland lost by 32 points on their home court, and when that happens to the best team in the league (record-wise, at least) boasting the best player in…

  7. NBA Playoffs Celtics Cavs Game 5: Let's not overlook the return of the Celtics' horsemen

    May 12, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    I understand the reaction. I had the same. Shock. Disappointment. Disbelief. It’s not about who you root for. LeBron James performing at a high level? It’s good for the NBA. It’s good for the playoffs. It’s good for the sport. And his monumental failure last night left a lot of basketball fans feeling betrayed, and…

  8. NBA Playoffs Celtics Cavs Game 5: Celtics dominate as LeBron James fails in the big time

    May 11, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    If it’s true that the sports Gods hate the city of Cleveland, Ohio, tonight was an especially delectable act of maliciousness by the deities. The Boston Celtics walked into Cleveland, dragged the Cleveland Cavaliers outside, and executed them as if they were a lottery team, 120-88. LeBron James had 15 points on only 3 of…

  9. Tim Donaghy makes wildest claim yet, crosses about eight lines of decency

    May 11, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    Tim Donaghy has no credibility. In addition to the fact he is a disgraced referee with a gambling problem who spent time in jail for his crimes, reasonable studies looking into his claims — people that broke down the numbers — showed he was full of crap. The claims he made turn out to be…

  10. The Boston Celtics: This is Rajon Rondo's team now

    May 10, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    The Big Three. KG, PP and Ray Allen. The veteran All-Stars who got together to return Boston to glory. The men that hung a new banner in the Garden two years ago. Three men now part of Celtics lore. This is not their team any more. This is Rajon Rondo’s team. If they are going…

  11. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 4: Rajon Rondo puts on a show while LeBron James doth defer too much

    May 9, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

    We finally got a close one. And the Celtics finally have a hero besides Rajon Rondo. Tony Allen came in and played a huge game for the Celtics, who evened the series at 2-2 after a 97-87 win in Boston. Allen had 18 points off the bench and finished consistently off Rajon Rondo’s drive and…

  12. Last Night in the Playoffs: Classic defenses torn asunder

    May 8, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    For the past three seasons, the San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics have been pillars of defensive excellence in the NBA. They’ve consistently managed to find victory by shutting down their opponent. The blueprint was always the same. Consistent terrific help on any perimeter penetration, effective, smothering doubles on post-players, and a persistent maintenance…

  13. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 3: Witness the power of this fully operational elbow

    May 7, 2010, 9:18 PM EDT

    The pendulum swings both ways. Tonight, LeBron James swung it through the Celtics’ fortress walls and left their homecourt advantage in ruins. James took over in a way we haven’t seen, maybe since his Game 5 performance against the Pistons in 07, completely dominating at both ends of the floor while getting his teammates involved.…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Celtics look to put the knife to Cavs' elbow…er, throat

    May 7, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT

    Things change just that quickly. Four weeks ago, the Celtics were meekly limping into the playoffs, looking like nothing but a stepping stone for whoever would contend for a title. The Cavaliers looked very much the best team in the league, and once again looked like this would finally be their their. Things can change…

  15. Jeff Van Gundy: What's so wrong about a serious head coach?

    May 6, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    “We need a guy who can relate to today’s player.” You here variants of that sentence in so many coaching searches, teams looking for a guy who can relate to, joke around with and get through to players that way. Jeff Van Gundy wants to know why? In talking about why Boston assistant coach Tom…

  16. Celtics benched Nate Robinson, saved themselves a cool $2 million

    May 6, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    Nate Robinson came over to the Celtics with some hype bordering on the delusional — this was going to be the guy to change the Boston bench, provide that much-needed scoring punch, change the dynamics. The reality is that Nate Robinson was Nate Robinson — he scores a lot some days but he shoots a…

  17. NBA playoffs: Celtics crash Cavs' Game 2 MVP party, send series back to Boston tied 1-1

    May 3, 2010, 10:18 PM EDT

    There have been more embarrassing games by a number one overall seed at home after having their franchise player win the MVP. Well, one at least. But the performance by the Cleveland Cavaliers was so pathetic, and that of the Boston Celtics so dominant, this one is likely to leave a lingering stench in the…

  18. NBA Playoffs Celtics Cavs Game 2: Celtics attempt to charge the gates once more

    May 3, 2010, 6:19 PM EDT

    Celtics fans: “Okay, guys, just do what you did in the first half of Game 1, but for the WHOLE GAME THIS TIME. Got it?Ready…break!” Cavs fans: “Let’s not toy with them this time, okay guys?” The Cavs came out in the first half of Game 1 and looked shellshocked. They had no answers for…

  19. Tom Thibodeau may finally be off the coaching carousel

    May 2, 2010, 11:44 PM EDT

    For several years Tom Thibodeau has been riding the coaching carousel, interviewing for head jobs. He’s been on it so long that the unicorn has his vomit stained on it and he’s permanently lost his sense of balance. But finally, mercifully, his merry-go-round may be coming to an end. The Boston Herald is reporting that…

  20. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 1: The rematch begins

    May 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    It’s right that it should go this way. These two never faced one another last year, and now that the Celtics are at full strength and the Cavaliers are ruling the roost, we need to settle this. The 2008 Champions, seeking to regain what they feel is their rightful title. And the Cavaliers, aiming to…

  21. Kobe Bryant still king of NBA Jersey sales, LeBron is queen, Celtics fans will buy anything.

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant. Love him or hate him, you buy his gear. Admit it. The Lakers sudden defensive stopper topped the sales chart at NBA.com and the NBA Store in Manhattan for the second straight year, according to a league announcement Wednesday. LeBron James was second, because really the NBA is all about LeBron and Kobe…

  22. NBA Playoffs Heat Celtics Game 5: Celtics move on, Heat move to summer of mystery

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:04 AM EDT

    The rumors of the demise of the Boston Celtics have been greatly exaggerated. The Celtics didn’t dominate the Heat in Game 5 of their first round series in Boston, but they left no doubt. They are still a contender, and Miami is not. Boston, looked at by many, including your devoted author here, as a…

  23. NBA Playoffs Celtics Heat: Anatomy of a heart-breaker

    Apr 27, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade talked to his hand and destroyed the Celtics to get the Heat a game in Miami. But most people consider this series to have ended when Paul Pierce stuck the dagger in in Game 3. It was a maelstrom of both the Celtics’ excellence and the Heat’s failure to execute. The Heat watched…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Dwyane Wade isn't quite ready for his season to be over, goes bonkers in the fourth to down the Celtics in Game 4

    Apr 25, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade had six turnovers, missed eight shots, and botched five free throws in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics. Other than that, he could do no wrong. An enormously impressive 46-point, five-rebound, five-assist performance stands testament to that, and Wade’s performance was capped off brilliantly by scoring 17 of Miami’s 30 points in the…

  25. NBA Playoffs: We're pretty sure the Celtics beat the Heat so bad they won the series in two games

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:07 AM EDT

    Some people, I won’t name names, thought the Miami Heat would not only challenge the Celtics in the first round, but would win the series. Those people look incredibly foolish after the first two games of this series. (I was very much one of those names.) The Celtics, without Kevin Garnett due to suspension, thoroughly…

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