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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Wade leads Heat to Game 1 victory

    May 1, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    The Miami Heat aren’t the most complete team in the championship hunt. They don’t have a reliable starting center or point guard. They don’t have a deep rotation. They don’t have a lot of guys who can create their own shots. However, the Heat do have a stingy defense, players who can make open shots,…

  5. Paul Pierce ejected from Game 1

    May 1, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    PIERCE_PAUL

    There was a lot of bad blood between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat coming into the conference semifinals, and it’s only going to get worse after Paul Pierce was ejected from Game 1 of the series. The Celtics’ captain was thrown out of the game after being involved in two altercations that resulted…

  6. 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.…

  7. 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…

  8. Shaq practiced and he’ll play. Eventually. Maybe not Game 1.

    Apr 29, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    shaquille o'neal Celtics

    Shaquille O’Neal practiced with the Boston Celtics Thursday and Friday. He’ll play against the Miami Heat. At some point in the series. Probably. Yes, I know, pretty vague. But that’s what the Celtics have left us with. CSN New England gives us the quotes from Doc Rivers himself. “He just did a little bit yesterday,”…

  9. Heat need to start Chalmers, Anthony against Celtics

    Apr 28, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Mike Bibby, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams

    The numbers do not lie — the Miami Heat’s starting five with Mike Bibby and Zydrunas Ilgauskas was outscored by 39 points in the first round. By the 76ers starting five. Every game — including Game 5 — the Heat would fall behind quickly, but in four of the games the Heat’s substitutes stabilized them,…

  10. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Apr 28, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Fantastic story from ESPN’s Rick Reilly (seriously) on Chris Paul and the murder of his grandfather. LeBron James called knocking off the 76ers “finishing off their breakfast.” The quote that spawned 1,000 food metaphors around the Web. Lunch is going to be a lot tougher to swallow, by the way. LeBron should talk food with…

  11. Now we have what we want: Miami vs. Boston

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:42 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Give the people what they want. And this is the series nearly everyone wanted. Old school big three vs. new school big three. LeBron James against the Celtics again — but this time he has new friends with him for backup. Tradition rich New England vs. modern and stylish Miami. Celtics vs. Heat. A seven-game…

  12. Eastern Conference Round 2 Playoff Preview: Boston vs. Miami

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:37 AM EDT

    Heat's Wade and Celtics' Pierce shove each other during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    SEASON RECORDS Heat: 58-24 (No. 2 seed) Celtics: 56-26 (No. 3 seed) PLAYOFF SERIES: Heat: defeated Philadelphia 4-1 Celtics: defeated New York 4-0 SERIES SCHEDULE Game 1: Sun., May 1 at Miami, 3:30 p.m. (ABC) Game 2: Tue., May 3 at Miami, Time TBD (TNT) Game 3: Sat., May 7 at Boston, 8:00 p.m. (ABC)…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Heat will close out tonight or regret it Sunday

    Apr 27, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Miami Heat are going to close out this series tonight. Sure, in theory in one game anything can happen (the NCAA bases a whole basketball tournament around that theory). Even Burnie (the Heat mascot you didn’t know had a name) will admit this Heat team is fully capable of playing a lazy, terrible game…

  14. Winderman: Celtics advantages came courtesy Riley, Heat

    Apr 26, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    Rare is the NBA playoff series when the opposition opens with a 3-0 lead without playing a game. That, however, essentially, will be the case with the impending Heat-Celtics Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Heat will take on the Celtics with a decided deficit at center, point guard and backup power forward. In each case,…

  15. Are the Miami Heat clutch? Not by the numbers.

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James reacts on the bench while playing against the 76ers in the second  quarter during Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Philadelphia

    The real test for the Miami Heat is coming. No, not Tuesday night, they will destroy the Sixers in that game. We’re talking next weekend, when they will take on Boston in round two. Or the conference semi-finals. Or when the playoffs really get serious. Whatever you want to call it. There are going to…

  16. Video: Lou Williams dagger three to beat Heat

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    This may have been the pinnacle of the Philadelphia season. This is a pretty good team overmatched in the first round, but on Sunday they were the team that executed better with the game on the line. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were missing shots and defending poorly while Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams were…

  17. Marriage license says Chris Bosh tied the knot, he denies it

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    My experience with marriage has suggested that denying you are married does not go over well with your wife. Actually, suggested is the wrong word. Made unquestionably clear may be a better phrasing there. Based on that, I feel for Chris Bosh. Friend of the blog Ira Winderman and the Sun-Sentinel searched marriage records in…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Philly earns itself one more game this season. One.

    Apr 24, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    If you believed in conspiracy theories, you could say that Miami is going to make a lot of extra money out of the extra home date for a Game 5 Tuesday. We’re not that guy. We think Miami came out flat as a lot of teams do up 3-0 and let the Philadelphia hang around…

  19. NBA Playoffs: 76ers playing for pride, Heat for days off

    Apr 24, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Miami Heat shooting guard Wade and James speak during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Miami

    This series has played out exactly like the regular season for the Miami Heat. They overwhelmed lesser teams where they had more talent, the real tests were against the other elite teams where they struggled at times. The Heat have simply overwhelmed the Philadelphia 76ers on their way to a 3-0 series lead, but the…

  20. It’s not a joke setup, LeBron drinks a gallon of water a day during playoffs

    Apr 22, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    I’m not going to do it. You insert your own jokes about LeBron James urinating during this post. I will not take part in your juvenile game. Much. During these playoffs, as he has done for years during the playoffs, LeBron James strives to drink a gallon of water a day. So you know what…

  21. Note to Bulls, Heat fans: First round sweeps don’t mean rings

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Chicago Bulls

    Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls fans are pretty cocky today — their teams are on the verge of getting first round sweeps. That means extra rest, players can sit home and watch opposing playoff games and be annoyed by the NBA talking ball ads just like the rest of us. It just means more time…

  22. Video: LeBron James stumbling, bumbling assist to Wade

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:07 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James grimaces on the floor while playing against Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia

    There are no style points in the NBA. It’s wins and losses, it’s results. And at the end of the day this is an assist for LeBron James and two points for Dwyane Wade that the team needed in going up 3-0 on the Philadelphia 76ers. Whether or not James is stumbling, it’s still pretty…

  23. NBA Playoffs: Miami rebounds stop Sixers from rebounding

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:59 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers loss

    The NBA playoffs are a game of adjustments. After two games of getting burned by Chris Bosh and LeBron James, Philadelphia coach Doug Collins turned up the defensive pressure by bringing more help over to the strong side (where the ball is) faster. The 76ers tried hard to stop whichever of Miami’s triad had the…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Now or never for 76ers in Game 3

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Philadelphia 76ers are a pretty good team who could pose a threat to some upper echelon Eastern Conference teams in the first round. Miami is not one of them. The Sixers lack the ability to pound the Heat inside where they are soft. Philly also relies on getting out and running a little, getting…

  25. Heat’s Chris Bosh looks like a beast in the middle. For now.

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Bosh shoots under pressure from Philadelphia 76ers Battie and Young in the second half during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Miami

    Chris Bosh would like to play the Philadelphia 76ers every game, if you please. Remember back when Chris Bosh signed with the Heat, between all the LeBron James fawning there was Bosh saying that he wanted to play power forward, not center. They needed to go out and get a real center. And the Heat…

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