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  1. 2012 NBA Finals: 50 Observations

    Jun 12, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    The most entertaining Finals of probably the last fifteen years begins Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. With that here are 50 thoughts, observations, and predictions as the Oklahoma City Thunder face the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals. 1. This is going to be fun. 2. I’m not talking like “oh, hey, we’re going…

  2. Kevin McHale says Celtics’ Big 3 may not be done just yet

    Jun 11, 2012, 10:21 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    The Celtics have a lot of questions heading into next season. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen will both enter free agency this summer, and the organization will have to decide if they think the core four of those two, along with Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo, are solid enough to contend for one or two…

  3. Might Boston bring back Garnett, Allen? Ainge is open to it.

    Jun 11, 2012, 9:54 AM EST

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    At the trading deadline, Boston didn’t look right on the court and while the players in the locker room believed nobody else did. Boston general manager Danny Ainge considered blowing it all up with trades. He didn’t. He and Celtics fans were rewarded with a run all the way to Gam 7 of the Eastern…

  4. Heat-Celtics Game 7: One quarter of exceptional LeBron enough to send Miami to finals

    Jun 10, 2012, 1:12 AM EST

    Miami Heat's James reacts after a foul is called on Boston Celtics'  Pierce  in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami, Florida

    LeBron James in Game 7 Saturday was not the LeBron James of Game 6. At least not for the first three quarters. In fact, at the half his performance pretty pedestrian — he and Brandon Bass had matching point totals. But with the game tight in the fourth quarter, LeBron put his head down, barreled…

  5. “Fearless” LeBron carries Heat, but he’ll have to do it again

    Jun 8, 2012, 12:18 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    Sometimes it’s good to have the best player on the planet on your team. LeBron James made Boston Garden his own personal playground for Game 6 — 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. It was as dominant a performance as he has given in the playoffs. He set the tone from the opening moments and…

  6. Celtics unable to capitalize on momentum, Miami Heat force Game 7

    Jun 8, 2012, 12:03 AM EST

    NBA: Playoffs-Miami Heat at Boston Celtics

    The Boston Celtics had an excellent opportunity to close out the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night, setting up a meeting with Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA finals. LeBron James would not allow that to happen, however, and the Heat cruised to an easy 98-79 victory en route to forcing a Game 7…

  7. Video: Wade’s block leads to Pietrus’ game-changing three

    Jun 6, 2012, 2:00 AM EST

    Mickael Pietrus

    This was the play that changed everything. Miami was up 6 and had been on a 16-4 run when Dwyane Wade makes a spectacular block on Brandon Bass at the rim and the usually sleepy Heat crowd bolted to life. But then Rajon Rondo made the play of the game — a touch-pass off the…

  8. Celtics-Heat Game 5: Heat play to stereotype, wilt while Celtics take control of series

    Jun 6, 2012, 12:33 AM EST

    Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, LeBron James, Keyon Dooling

    This game felt like the entire Miami Heat season — there were spurts of athletic, beautiful play, but they couldn’t sustain it. They wilted after the All-Star break. They wilted in the second and third quarters of this game when they shot just 29 percent in the face of Boston’s pressure. They could not make…

  9. Celtics-Heat Game 4: The bizarre development of the Boston offensive juggernaut

    Jun 3, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    It makes no sense, you understand. We’re talking about throwing away not just the stats, forget the stats. We’ve seen it. We’ve seen the Boston offense not only struggle, but look absolutely apoplectic for six months. That Sixers series was something out of a Rob Zombie film on offense. It wasn’t just gross, it was…

  10. Eastern Confernence finals preview: Celtics vs. Heat

    May 28, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

    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…

  11. It wasn’t pretty, but Sixers think Game 6 win a thing of beauty

    May 23, 2012, 11:45 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday stretches past Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett in Game 6

    If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, for Philadelphia 76ers fans Game 6 Wednesday night was Kate Upton on the beach in Fiji. For the rest of us — especially Boston Celtics fans — it looked a lot more Joan Rivers. But what matters to Sixers fans are the results and the 82-75…

  12. Philly needs to contain Rondo to force Game 7 against Boston

    May 23, 2012, 3:58 PM EST

    Boston Celtics guard Rondo drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers guard Turner during the first quarter of Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    There are a lot of things worth watching in Game 6 between the Celtics and Sixers. For one, Kevin Garnett has invited the considerable wrath of Philadelphia down on him, one of his tricks for self-motivation. It will be loud and angry in the building. All eyes will be on Brandon Bass to see if…

  13. Brandon Bass? Yes, Brandon Bass leads Celtics to win, 3-2 series lead

    May 21, 2012, 10:49 PM EST

    Brandon Bass

    In Game 3, Doc Rivers went with a lot of small ball and not enough Brandon Bass, and after the loss said he regretted it. Well, that worked out well. Brandon Bass scored 18 of his 27 points in the third quarter — Bass alone outscore the Sixers 18-16 in the third — and that…

  14. Celtics, Sixers try to woo fickle lady momentum in Game 5

    May 21, 2012, 4:36 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    What part of Game 4 will we see repeated in Game 5? The start where the Celtics looked poised and crisp and raced out to a 14 point lead? Or the second half where the Sixers dominated the offensive glass, got fantastic bench play from Lavoy Allen (guarding Kevin Garnett) and Thaddeus Young, they had…

  15. Poise? Young Sixers have it, out execute Celtics down stretch to even series

    May 14, 2012, 10:45 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    In Game 1, the Boston Celtics turned up the defensive pressure late, the young 76ers wilted and Boston escaped with a tight win. Lesson learned. The Sixers were the poised team down the stretch Monday, with Jrue Holiday hitting a three, Evan Turner making a difficult scoop shot, all the Sixers playing good defense and…

  16. Sixers try to adjust to little problem of Celtics smallball in Game 2

    May 14, 2012, 3:59 PM EST

    Paul Pierce, Andre Iguodala, Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young

    It was a bit surprising in historical context — this is the Boston Celtics, the franchise of Bill Russell, the team who one a 2008 title thanks to their big front line — but it worked, and that’s all Doc Rivers cares about. In Game 1, Rivers went small in the fourth quarter with Kevin…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Hawks stay alive against Celtics thanks to presence of Al Horford, luck

    May 8, 2012, 11:06 PM EST

    NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks

    There was a point at the end of the third quarter that it seemed like the Atlanta Hawks were going to crumble once again in the second half, but somehow they were able to overcome the turnovers and terrible offensive possessions that saw their 12 point lead with less than three minutes to go in…

  18. With Josh Smith out due to injury, Hawks need someone to step up in Game 3 against Celtics

    May 4, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

    Ivan Johnson and Paul Pierce

    The Boston Celtics picked up a solid victory without Rajon Rondo in the lineup earlier this week in Atlanta, evening their series against the Hawks at one game apiece. One has to wonder, then, what might happen on Friday night now that momentum is in the favor of the Celtics, the game will be in…

  19. Hawks’ Josh Smith sprains knee, questionable for Game 3

    May 2, 2012, 8:46 AM EST

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    The Hawks have enough trouble after a Celtics team without Rajon Rondo evened the series Tuesday night, now they may have to go without one of their two best players. Josh Smith left the court with 4:20 remaining after a collision with Kevin Garnett (video is below) and did not return. While this is not…

  20. Hawks’ Horford says he doesn’t expect to return for playoffs

    Apr 23, 2012, 1:34 PM EST

    Al Horford

    The path for Atlanta to beat Boston in the first round of the playoffs just got harder. The Hawks are going to have to do it without their best player, center Al Horford. He had been out for much of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. The hope was that he could return for…

  21. Monday morning one liners: Beasley may not see qualifying offer

    Apr 16, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

    Michael Beasley

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Don’t expect Michael Beasley to get a qualifying offer from Minnesota, writes Timberwolves…

  22. Should we consider Boston a title contender now?

    Apr 11, 2012, 12:42 PM EST

    Brandon Bass,  Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo

    The play for the first three quarters of this season confirmed the conventional wisdom going in — the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls were the class of the East, everybody else was a couple of steps back. But in the past 10 days, the Boston Celtics have thumped the Heat twice. And although the Bulls…

  23. A small part of why the Nuggets traded Nene: Kenneth Faried

    Mar 18, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    kenneth-faried

    So many trades are made for singular reasons. A team will need to change its identity. A relationship between a player and a coach will become toxic. A player will be leaving in free agency. But there are often times trades that “make sense, ” as the popular phraseology goes, because they’re good for multiple…

  24. Magic may want to land Ellis, but trade complicated, unlikely

    Mar 13, 2012, 10:33 AM EST

    Monta Ellis, Chris Singleton

    It looks more and more like the Orlando Magic are going to go with the Jerry West philosophy and call Dwight Howard’s bluff — go ahead and leave us and that guaranteed $30 million on the table. (Which is not really $30 million, really, but we’ll get to that.) What’s more, they are trying to…

  25. Celtics-Lakers: 5 Things to Watch

    Mar 11, 2012, 2:34 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol drives between Boston Celtics Brandon Bass and Celtics Jermaine O'Neal in the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    With the Lakers and Celtics renewing their epic rivalry this afternoon, it’s time to look ahead at what we’re witnessing when the two face-off at Staples Arena at 3:30 p.m. EST. It’s the NBA’s oldest, best, and most celebrated rivalry and despite the turning point both teams are facing in their history. Here are five…

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