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  1. Garnett, Rondo snub Heat, head to locker room before final buzzer. Classy.

    Jun 10, 2012, 3:11 AM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    It was an emotional moment. Doc Rivers pulled out his stars Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in what may have been their final game together. There were hugs and embraces all around on the Celtics bench. Then Rondo and Garnett kept walking, all the way back to the locker room before…

  2. Video: Emotional exit for Boston’s Big Three from Game 7

    Jun 10, 2012, 1:45 AM EST

    Celtics' Pierce, Garnett and Allen sit on the bench during their loss to the Heat during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    We don’t know what the future will hold, but there’s a good chance that Boston’s Big Three (or Core Four or whatever other nickname you have for them) will not be back together next year. Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett are free agents, and their futures with the team are uncertain. So it was an…

  3. 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…

  4. Celtics fan Pacquiao will not enter ring until Game 7 ends

    Jun 8, 2012, 8:55 PM EST

    Manny Pacquiao, world junior welterweight champion, spars during a media day workout at Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles

    Manny Pacquiao already had plans for Saturday night and the Celtics screwed them up. One of boxing’s biggest draws is set to fight Timothy Bradley at the MGM in Las Vegas on Saturday night, defending his WBO welterweight championship. About 16,000 in house in Vegas, countless more at home watching PPV. And like a lot…

  5. Doc Rivers has Celtics packed for trip to Oklahoma City

    Jun 8, 2012, 6:29 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    Doc Rivers made his point with luggage. After the Miami Heat rolled Boston in Game 6 Thursday, Rivers went into the locker room and told his Celtics not to back for the trip to Miami, but to add clothes so they could head straight to Oklahoma City for the start of the NBA finals Tuesday.…

  6. Erik Spoelstra once went to Doc Rivers for coaching advice

    Jun 8, 2012, 9:10 AM EST

    Erik Spoelstra

    Coaches like to learn from each other. Not only within their own sport but also from great coaches in other sports — during the lockout the Heat’s Erik Spoelstra spent time with Chip Kelly, the Oregon football coach, trying to learn about space and attacking. Spoelstra also once sought advice from Doc Rivers. Spoelstra attended…

  7. Fans send Boston off with four-minute “Let’s go Celtics” chant

    Jun 8, 2012, 8:40 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    The way Boston laid an egg in Game 6, not a lot of fan bases would have stuck around to the end. Plenty would have mixed in a smattering of boos. But Celtics fans did the opposite. The ones that remained at the end of a crushing loss broke into a four-minute long “Let’s go…

  8. Video: LeBron James’ high-flying putback dunk

    Jun 8, 2012, 1:47 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    Most of LeBron James 45 points came outside the paint, but when he went to the rim he went hard. Like this putback near the end of the second quarter where LeBron’s biggest concern was hitting his head on the rim, a shot that had twitter buzzing. LeBron’s whole game had twitter buzzing and carried…

  9. “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…

  10. Chris Bosh again to come off bench for Heat in Game 6

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:02 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    Everybody talked about how Chris Bosh was not on the court for the Heat in the fourth quarter of Game 5. I bet he is in Game 6. But he will not be there at the start. Bosh will come off the bench again for the Heat in Game 6, coach Erik Spoelstra said and…

  11. Boston is making this playoff run without practices

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:35 PM EST

    Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce

    This is how you handle a veteran team that knows what is needed in the playoffs. Doc Rivers gets it. Boston is making a longer playoff run than everyone not wearing green-tinted glasses expected, and they are doing it without traditional practices. From the New York Times. Rajon Rondo joked last week that he thought…

  12. Heat-Celtics Game 6: It has to be LeBron/Wade show for Heat to survive

    Jun 7, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James and Wade react after a play against the Boston Celtics during the first half in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    In all the schadenfreude over watching the Miami Heat lose and seem to unravel, one thing seems to be consistently overlooked — the Boston Celtics are a really good defensive team. They were second in the league in points allowed per possession, they blow up pick-and-rolls, they are tough to score on in isolation. They…

  13. Meet the “good job, good effort” kid. He was being genuine.

    Jun 7, 2012, 9:11 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Twitter was all over it as soon as the moment above was aired — “good job, good effort” quickly became a punch line, the joking t-shirt, an email signature line, a sarcastic joke among basketball fans. But it wasn’t a joke to 9-year-old Jack Meyer who was saying it. In a cynical world where we…

  14. Video: Spoelstra, Bosh, Rondo talk Boston Game 5 win

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:56 AM EST

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers gestures to Rajon Rondo in the second quarter as the Celtics play the Miami Heat during Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami, Florida

    Above you see some highlights of the post-game press conferences in Miami after Boston came in and stole Game 5, taking a 3-2 series lead (with the chance to close it out at home Thursday). Erik Spoelstra used a lot of vague coach speak and sounded more like a motivational speaker than a anything else.…

  15. Quote of the day: Wow, LeBron just does not get it

    Jun 6, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    “We played good enough to give ourselves a chance to win. That’s all you can ask for.” —LeBron James, following the Heat’s Game 5 loss to Boston. Via Adrain Wojnarowski of Yahoo. That pretty much sums up the mental difference in this series — Kevin Garnett or Rajon Rondo or no other Celtic would ever…

  16. At least one kid thought Miami gave “good effort, good job”

    Jun 6, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    It’s good to know that while the rest of us will spend the day killing the Heat for their effort and the job they put forth Tuesday night there is one young fan that believes they did their best. He was the lone voice of support as LeBron James, Shane Battier and DNP-CD Ronny Turiaf…

  17. Kevin Garnett remains beating heart of these Celtics

    Jun 6, 2012, 7:45 AM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    At age 36, Kevin Garnett has been the most important player in the Eastern Conference finals. Because of his play, the Boston Celtics knocked off Miami 94-90 in Game 5 and are on the doorstep of returning to the NBA finals for the third time in five years. Because of him the team that everyone…

  18. Miami’s next step: Figure out how to be a team

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:06 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    With the game and maybe the season on the line, the Miami Heat were what they have been since October of 2010 — individuals. Dwyane Wade was the guy with the ball, standing out top and attacking off the dribble trying to find a seam to slice through. LeBron James was in the corner, motionless,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. Chris Bosh active, available; Haslem still starts for Heat

    Jun 5, 2012, 8:21 PM EST

    Chris Bosh

    Chris Bosh is active for the Miami Heat. However he will be coming off the bench, Udonis Haslem will get the start for Miami against Boston in a crucial Game 5. The series is knotted up 2-2. Haslem is the third starting center for the Heat this series. While Erik Spoelstra refused to say if…

  22. Heat-Celtics Game 5: Bosh will be the difference, not Rondo

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:09 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh react following Wade's game winning shot against the Indiana Pacers during overtime of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    No doubt, Rajon Rondo has been fantastic against the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. He had a 44-point game, he dropped 15 and 15 on Miami in Game 4 and led Boston to even the series. For Celtics fans wanting to be convinced he was the bridge to a strong future, he has been…

  23. Chris Bosh officially a game-time decision. But he’ll play.

    Jun 5, 2012, 12:21 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    From the moment word started to leak out that Chris Bosh could play in Game 5, you knew the Heat would try to play it down. You expected coach Erik Spoelstra to say exactly what he did at Tuesday shootaround — Bosh is a game time decision. But you can bet your rent money that…

  24. What was with Miami’s final play? A Wade isolation three? Ugh.

    Jun 4, 2012, 12:38 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    Dwyane Wade is shooting 29.2 percent from three in the playoffs. Which is better than he shot during the regular season. It is not what he does well. So the fact Miami’s final play of overtime devolved into a Wade pull-up three to win it was poor. Bad design, not great execution, just not putting…

  25. LeBron, Pierce foul out of sadly whistle-happy game

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:16 AM EST

    LeBron James

    The biggest problem for the NBA is that the day after every major game we are discussing the officiating. And the officiating — particularly late in Game 4 of Miami and Boston — was a key part of the story Sunday. There were five offensive foul calls in the second half of the fourth quarter…

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