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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Celtics Davis wants to find himself. Not in a spiritual way.

    May 10, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Last season, Glen Davis was a playoffs star for the Celtics. He was Shrek. He averaged 7.3 points per payoff game on 47.6 percent shooting, this season it has fallen to 4.8 on 39 percent. Rebounds are down, too. His PER has dropped from 14.5 (solid bench player level) to 4.6 (hope to hang on…

  5. 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.…

  6. 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…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat make the leap with overtime win

    May 9, 2011, 11:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James hugs teammate Dwyane Wade after defeating the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Early in the year, it didn’t look like they would ever get here. Miami struggled in close games. They struggled against good teams. Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh played next to each other, not with each other. They took a mountain of criticism. They weathered it. They matured as a team. They started…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Boston got one, but can they beat a better Heat?

    May 9, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Pierce defends Miami Heat forward James during the fourth quarter of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Boston looked good in getting the Game 3 — they were defending again, they had the inspiration of Rajon Rondo‘s rreturn, they got big games from Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce… Which is to say just about everything except Rondo’s elbow went right for Boston. Don’t expect that to be the case a second game…

  9. Chris Bosh admits he got nervous before Game 3

    May 9, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Pierce guards the Miami Heat's Bosh during the first quarter of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    For the first two games of the Heat vs. Celtics series, Chris Bosh did not have great numbers but he essentially played Kevin Garnett to a standstill. Not in Game 3 — Bosh had 6 points on 6 shots, plus just 5 rebounds. Garnett had 28 points and 18 boards. What happened? Bosh explained that…

  10. Erik Spoelstra may tweak starting lineup. Finally.

    May 9, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Erik Spoelstra

    Miami’s starting five has been a disaster these playoffs. The Heat are still winning games, but they are not going to continue doing that consistently playing out of a hole. So far in these playoffs, the starting five for the Heat — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with Mike Bibby and Zydrunas Ilgauskas…

  11. Cedric Maxwell: If Shaq were a horse, he’d be glue

    May 9, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Shaquille O’Neal is back in the playoffs — wasn’t that worth all the wait? He lumbered up and down the court and had little impact on the game in his 8.5 minutes. Well, he was a +2. So there’s that. On CSN New England, former Celtic Cedric Maxwell was not exactly waiving the towel of…

  12. Rajon Rondo, just like Celtics, bounces back for win

    May 8, 2011, 2:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade and Boston Celtics Rondo tangle in second half of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Rajon Rondo has been the bellwether for the Celtics. When he is on his game, the Celtics offense flows. When he is off, the team is flat. In Game 3, he wasn’t really on his game. But he became a Celtics legend, anyway. He dislocated his left elbow in the third quarter in a gruesome…

  13. NBA Playoffs: The Miami Heat show their ugly side in Game 3 vs. Celtics

    May 8, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Welcome back the Miami Heat we have mocked and derided all season. We’re glad you could visit after the impressive, competent team that has inhabited your body for eight weeks. They were no fun at all, what with their championship aspirations and focused intensity. The Boston Celtics rediscovered themselves in Game 3 on Saturday, as…

  14. LeBron thinks Rajon Rondo is a lot like Barry Sanders

    May 5, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    Obviously, I’m an NBA guy. I’ll watch random 1970s NBA finals games on NBA TV and get sucked in like it was happening live. I could watch Magic or Ice Man or even Harold Minor highlights all night long. But are there better sports highlights than Barry Sanders runs? That man was a wizard. So…

  15. Heat deny report Celtics bus burglarized during season

    May 4, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce high-fives recently acquired teammate center Nenad Krstic in Boston

    Earlier today we passed along a Yahoo report — from an anonymous source — that during a late regular season game when Boston was in Miami that the team bus had been burglarized and “a lot” of money and more had been stolen. The Heat are denying that report. And they have details. Here is what…

  16. Celtics were burglarized in Miami during regular season

    May 4, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Anthony and Bosh block Boston Celtics' Davis during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    It hasn’t been just the last couple of games where Miami’s American Airlines Arena has been a house of horrors for Boston. Turns out the regular season sucked for them there, too. As evidence we present this tidbit from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. When the Boston Celtics climbed on the team bus in the bowels…

  17. Paul Pierce has strained Achilles, says he is day-to-day

    May 4, 2011, 12:50 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce and head coach Doc Rivers react during a break in fourth quarter action against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    Paul Pierce left the court and went back to dressing room midway through the first quarter of Game 2. He came back out and played in the second quarter and scored 8 points in the second half. But he did strain his left Achilles and told the media after the game he is day-to-day, according…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Can Boston flex its muscle in Game 2?

    May 3, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    Sunday Miami knocked the expected story lines of this series on its head — they were more physical than Boston. For all the talk about composure and the referees James Jones from three, the biggest surprise out of Game 1 was that Miami pushed Boston around. And that’s where things need to start to change…

  19. No Shaq for Celtics, no Udonis Haslem for Heat in Game 2

    May 3, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Shaquille O’Neal will not be playing in Game 2 against the Heat Tuesday Night. I know. Stunning. The big man himself limped into shootaround Tuesday and ruled himself out, according to A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England. But he almost certainly will play in Game 3,…

  20. Pierce avoids suspension, but James Jones gets a flagrant

    May 2, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

    Celtics Pierce is ejected by NBA official Molloy as teammate Garnett looks on after an altercation during fourth quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    So the NBA has watched the tape (well, digital recording) of Game 1 of the physical Boston/Miami series and has made a few changes. The biggest news is that Paul Pierce will not get a suspension, reports Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Which is the only just move because he never should…

  21. Boston far from dead, but they better get well fast

    May 2, 2011, 12:30 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    This series is far, far from over. Miami set the tone in Game 1. They got the big game they needed from Dwyane Wade, the Heat were more physical, the Heat bench stepped up and most surprisingly it was Boston players that lost their composure. (That said the second technical on Pierce was just bad…

  22. Video: Doc Rivers says Heat defense was “chippy”

    May 1, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    And so the post-game working of the officials has begun. Below is the post game interview with Doc Rivers where he says the Heat defense was not physical, it was “chippy” and that Miami should have been called for a couple of technicals. Remember when it was the Celtics that were either chippy or physical…

  23. Boston had no Shaq in Game 1, but will by Game 3

    May 1, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

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    There are a number a number of things Boston is going to have to change if they plan to win this series against the Heat. Game 1 went very poorly for Boston. Changes have to start with execution issues, particularly on the defensive end, but there is a laundry list. Something they could use is…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Boston and Miami try to set tone in Game 1

    May 1, 2011, 1:18 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James and Dwyane Wade wait during a timeout against the Philadelphia 76ers in Miami

    Often, the first game of an NBA playoff series can feel like the first round of an overhyped boxing match — a lot of dancing around, a lot of feeling each other out, a lot of jabs but no haymakers. Not Boston vs. Miami. Game 1 is going to set a tone in this series.…

  25. What Heat-Celtics means to the Celtics

    Apr 30, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    “How dare they? I mean, really, how dare they?” That’s the attitude the Boston Celtics have had about the Miami Heat since the introduction of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade with the smoke and the dancing and the pomp and the circumstance last July at AmericanAirlines Arena. Many neutral observers have taken up the Celtics as the…

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