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  1. Video: Rondo, both coaches talk Celtics Game 4 victory

    Jun 4, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Here is a slice of Erik Spoelstra’s post-game press conference from Sunday night. He is pretty composed. It would have been way more fun to make Pat Riley get up there and see if he could hold his tongue about LeBron James fouling out. Also speaking here are Rajon Rondo, the guy that makes the…

  2. What ankle problems? Ray Allen plays 46 minutes, looks good

    Jun 4, 2012, 8:03 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    At the start of the Eastern Conference finals, Ray Allen was moving around the court like Betty White. Battling bone spurs in his ankles, he wasn’t moving crisply to get open and when he did get a look there was no lift in his legs and shots clanged off the rim. He was even missing…

  3. Report: Heat to activate Chris Bosh for Game 5

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:27 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward Bosh stands near bench during Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami

    Miami has sorely missed Chris Bosh. They could use his size on defense to create problems for Kevin Garnett. Their pick-and-roll desperately misses him because right now nobody respects the pick setter, everyone can focus on Dwyane Wade or LeBron James. But Miami may not have to wait much longer. There is a report that…

  4. Celtics-Heat Game 4: Boston out executes Heat, evens series 2-2

    Jun 4, 2012, 1:05 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Boston owned the first half with a sharp offense. Miami played defense for the first time since their plane landed in Boston in the second half and tied it up. But with everything on the line at the end of the game and in overtime it came down to execution, and the veteran Celtics were…

  5. Video: Kevin Garnett’s “Army/Navy style” knuckle pushups

    Jun 2, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    I’m not sure that pushup form would have been approved my Mr. Loveless, my freshman PE teacher, but it worked for Kevin Garnett. And the Celtics players and fans ate it up. KG brought real energy in the paint, he brought the early post position (and great finishes off impressive passes from Rajon Rondo when…

  6. Miami flips the switch to off for Game 3, can they turn it back on?

    Jun 2, 2012, 2:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Let’s give all due credit to the Boston Celtics — staring in the face of a must win night they brought it like you expect of a veteran, battle-tested team. Kevin Garnett was fantastic in the paint, Rajon Rondo controlled the flow. Their defensive intensity was stepped up. Boston won 101-91. But this was another…

  7. Rondo gets some help, LeBron doesn’t so Celtics win Game 3

    Jun 2, 2012, 12:23 AM EDT

    Heat Celtics Basketball

    Rajon Rondo didn’t put up 44 points in Game 3 because he didn’t have to — he had help this time. But if the Heat were going to win Friday night LeBron James would have needed to put up huge numbers because his teammates didn’t bother to show up until the fourth quarter. The result…

  8. Thunder’s Perkins motivated by Kerr’s correct criticism

    Jun 1, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Kendrick Perkins

    Steve Kerr and the TNT broadcast crew called it like it was — Kendrick Perkins struggled on defense the first two games of the Thunder’s series against San Antonio. He was not able to contain Tony Parker when he showed out on pick-and-rolls, he did not recover fast enough to keep up with a rolling…

  9. PBT Extra: Talking Celtics/Heat with Jessica Camerato

    Jun 1, 2012, 8:03 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    It’s going to be an interesting vibe in Boston Friday night — Celtics fans know that this is likely the last season we will see the “big three” Celtics team together like this. And with the Heat up 2-0 in the series this could be the final home games for these Celtics. I brought in…

  10. Winderman: League’s silence on Rivers, Rondo comments speaks volumes

    May 31, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

    Celtics Heat Basketball

    Something rather curious happened in the two days leading to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. Nothing. Silence. No NBA announcement of a fine for Doc Rivers. No statement from Stu Jackson, the league’s vice president of discipline. Nothing. Not even after the Celtics coach called his Game 1 technical foul from referee Ed…

  11. Celtics find their offense in Rondo, Heat still pull out OT win

    May 31, 2012, 12:51 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    There are occasional games where the Celtics offense looks good. Games where Rajon Rondo looks like the best point guard in the land, driving the lane and knocking down threes. Games where the Celtics and passing and cutting and scoring with the shots they want. Boston had one of those nights Wednesday. In a series…

  12. Expect Ray Allen to play Wednesday night in Game 2

    May 30, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    Doc Rivers may have thought about sitting Ray Allen, may have talked about it with the media, but you didn’t really expect it to happen, did you? Officially the call will be made on game day, as Rivers told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Allen doesn’t want any part of that, he wants to play.…

  13. Video: Coaches Spoelstra, Rivers talk about Game 1

    May 29, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra watches Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat in Indianapolis

    Boston has some changes to make after getting handled easily in Game 1. Doc Rivers talks above about taking away the layups Miami got — the Celtics players talked about being more physical. What Rivers really needs to do is find a way to get more points on the board because this isn’t Philadelphia and…

  14. Video: Dwyane Wade’s touchdown pass (plus other highlights)

    May 29, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade gestures to the crowd before the start of play against the Boston Celtics during Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    It’s always a highlight show when the Miami Heat take the court. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals was no different, including Dwyane Wade‘s touchdown pass to LeBron James. Which is trouble for Boston — they aren’t scoring a lot of points in this series and when the Heat are racking up easy baskets…

  15. Doc Rivers, Celtics teed off about technical fouls

    May 29, 2012, 1:37 AM EDT

    Celtics Heat Basketball

    Let’s just get this out of the way up front — Boston did not lose this game because they got five technical fouls. Their problems in this series are much larger than that and it only amounted to three Heat points anyway. But still — five technicals. It was enough to get referees names (Ed…

  16. Miami’s athletic defense is biggest hurdle for Boston to clear

    May 29, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce is defended by Miami Heat's Wade and James in Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    It wasn’t the technical fouls. It wasn’t the officiating period (Miami shot 23 free throws, Boston 21). It’s not about fatigue. It’s not something being more physical can solve. It is not something zone defense is going to solve. The core problem the Boston Celtics have to overcome against the Miami Heat is something very…

  17. Wade says Celtics, Heat matchup “inevitable.” Really?

    May 28, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade moves past Boston Celtics' Garnett during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    There is something fitting about the aging powerhouse Celtics taking on the new team on the block, the Heat, for the right to go to the NBA finals. Sure, the Heat were there last year but this feels like a “passing the torch” moment. Which Wade gets but then says something odd about it. From…

  18. Eastern Confernence finals preview: Celtics vs. Heat

    May 28, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Kevin Garnett

    SEASON RECORDS Miami 46-20 (No. 2 seed) Boston: 39-27 (No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Boston won the season series 3-1. In their second to final game before the playoffs the Heat did not play any of their big three against the Celtics, so toss that one out. KEY INJURIES Celtics: Starting two guard Avery Bradley…

  19. Eastern Conference finals schedule (starts Monday)

    May 27, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    The Boston Celtics don’t mind the short two-day turnaround until the start of the Eastern Conference finals. At least that’s what they are saying now. We’ll see what they are saying Monday night after the game. So you can set your DVR and not miss a moment, following is the schedule for the Eastern Conference…

  20. Did Danny Ainge cost the Celtics this championship? No.

    May 12, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    It’s an obvious and easy target. A changing point in the Celtics season. Back at the start of February, the Celtics were 37-11, the top seed in the East, three games ahead of Miami, three-and-a-half ahead of the Chicago Bulls. They were title contenders. They had gotten Kendrick Perkins back in the lineup and Shaquille…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Can Celtics’ veteran savvy, desperation fix many problems?

    May 11, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James and Chris Boch react towards the end of the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Through four games, the Miami Heat have exposed and exploited so many advantages against the Boston Celtics that it’s hard to logically pick the Celtics in Game 5 Wednesday night in Miami. A win and the Heat close out the series, and a Miami win seems as inevitable as David Caruso taking off his sunglasses…

  22. Shaq out for Game 5. Not that anyone will notice.

    May 11, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    For those of you playing NBA playoffs fantasy basketball, let’s hope you didn’t pick up Shaquille O’Neal. After playing 3:31 in the first quarter of Game 4 and picking up two quick fouls and nothing else, Shaq has had a relapse of his calf/Achilles injury and will not play in Game 5, Doc Rivers told…

  23. Miami big three says Celtics big three was its inspiration

    May 11, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    With the torch about to be passed — not willingly, but it may happen Wednesday night anyway — the Miami Heat are paying homage. They told Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN that without what Boston did in forming it’s big three back in the summer of 2007 — Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen coming to join…

  24. Celtics failure on final play symbolic of struggles

    May 10, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    For years, for much of this past regular season, this is where Boston thrived — they executed at the end of games. At the time they needed it most — a final shot in the last 19.5 seconds of regulation that would even their series with Miami — it fell apart. In an ugly fashion.…

  25. LeBron on verge of slaying Celtics, demons that haunted him

    May 10, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat small forward LeBron James yells at directions against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    James Bond movies are only as good as the villain — unless there is someone who pushes Bond to new extremes, his victory is hollow. (Well, except for all the hot Bond girls.) That need for the hero to have to reach new heights is true of all drama. It is true of sports. What…

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