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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 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. Video: Heat make big plays in overtime

    May 10, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    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…

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

    May 9, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    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…

  12. 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…

  13. Rondo to have MRI, expected to go in Game 4

    May 8, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    As you would expect, Rajon Rondo is going to have an MRI on his left elbow after his injury Saturday night. And as you would expect, he is going to play in Game 4 regardless of what the MRI says. That’s basically the story from coach Doc Rivers of Celtics practice Sunday, according to A.…

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

    May 7, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 6, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    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…

  16. Doc Rivers says Shaq will play in Game 3

    May 5, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    shaq-return-april-1

    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…

  17. 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…

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

    May 4, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    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…

  19. 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…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Boston defenseless against Miami

    May 3, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James celebrates after scoring against the Boston Celtics in Miami

    Boston is down 2-0 to Miami. It feels a lot worse. Celtics fans can take solace that the Celtics are heading back to the Garden, but it’s hard to see how that — or Shaq or anything else — is going to make a big difference in this series. For two games, Miami has robbed…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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