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

    May 11, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 11, 2011, 8:12 AM EST

    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…

  3. Celtics failure on final play symbolic of struggles

    May 10, 2011, 11:37 AM EST

    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.…

  4. Video: Heat make big plays in overtime

    May 10, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    This is where the Miami Heat showed they had grown up. In overtime, they made the big plays. Granted some of them — the LeBron fade away and the Wade three — were more about individual skill than strategy, but they made the plays. You expect the veteran, champion Celtics to make the big plays…

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

    May 9, 2011, 4:24 PM EST

    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…

  6. He will play, but how good can Rondo be in Game 4?

    May 9, 2011, 11:45 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    The good news for the Celtics: An MRI of Rajon Rondo’s left elbow showed no break. Basically, it’s not going to get worse. The bad news: As expected, the swelling and pain got worse on Sunday, Doc Rivers said. There was a lot of ice and a lot of pain medication, as reported by the…

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

    May 9, 2011, 10:58 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 8, 2011, 1:30 AM EST

    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…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Shaq is back, but Boston needs more

    May 7, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Shaquille O’Neal will be back in Game 3 for Boston. Probably for about 10 minutes, 15 tops. There are questions about how effective he can be as he has not really played since January. And the Heat have said when he is on the floor they are going to try to run on everything because…

  10. Chris Bosh admits it’s The Big Two and Bosh in Miami

    May 6, 2011, 5:38 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    When the Miami Heat do post-game player interviews, first Chris Bosh comes in and talks from the table. Then later (often quite a bit later) LeBron James and Dwyane Wade come in and speak together. It’s felt like that on the court too this season — that the Big Three is really a Big Two…

  11. What should scare the league: Wade, Lebron figuring it out

    May 6, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade and LeBron James talk on the sidelines during a timeout against the Boston Celtics during fourth quarter of Game 2 in Miami

    When the season started, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were playing next to each other. Basically taking turns with shockingly little action unless they were in transition. Slowly that has evolved as the season has worn on. Now, they are working in unison — sometimes as a pick-and-roll pairing, sometimes with James working off the…

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

    May 5, 2011, 11:05 PM EST

    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…

  13. Doc Rivers says Shaq will play in Game 3

    May 5, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

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    Desperate times call for desperate measures. And right now there is no desperate measure quite like Shaquille O’Neal. Boston coach Doc Rivers told the media today that Shaq would be a go in Game 3 Saturday at the Boston Garden, tweets A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England. Rivers also said that the rest of…

  14. Heat deny report Celtics bus burglarized during season

    May 4, 2011, 11:07 PM EST

    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…

  15. Video: Heat’s Wade abuses Garnett with Euro Step move

    May 4, 2011, 11:14 AM EST

    Miami Heat's Wade drives to the basket past Boston Celtics' Pierce during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    Dwyane Wade was not new to the Euro step move. And the Euro step is not new to the NBA (have you seen Manu Ginobili?). But this is the textbook application, with the guard attacking an almost stationary big man in the open court.  And it spun Kevin Garnett around during a key sequence in…

  16. Celtics were burglarized in Miami during regular season

    May 4, 2011, 10:06 AM EST

    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 EST

    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 EST

    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. LeBron, Wade admit they fight like an old married couple

    May 3, 2011, 3:25 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    For better or worse, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will be joined at the hip for a few more years. Which from the outside looks pretty good — they are up 1-0 on the Celtics in the second round of the NBA playoffs, and they get to live in Miami and eat good Cuban food…

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

    May 3, 2011, 11:26 AM EST

    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,…

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

    May 2, 2011, 7:17 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 2, 2011, 12:30 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 1, 2011, 9:41 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 1, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

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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…

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

    May 1, 2011, 1:18 AM EST

    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.…

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