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  1. Celtics-Heat Game 7: The Truth about Boston’s Revenge Tour

    Jun 9, 2012, 9:52 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Game 7 Saturday night between the Celtics and Heat would honestly be better had the Celtics not won the title. You’d have so many legacies on the line. As it stands, this is the Celtics’ push for a second title, which just isn’t as much of a big deal. It’s not even as important as a…

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

    Jun 8, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 8, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    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.…

  4. Video: Celtics, Heat coaches and players talk Game 6

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    In case you didn’t see the highlights from the post-game press conferences Thursday night, here you go. The Heat all focus on LeBron James and how he played, although doesn’t LeBron himself sound tired? The Heat also talk about moving on. The Celtics talk about putting this behind them and focusing on Game 7, but…

  5. Celtics fans dump drink on LeBron, hit Wade with ball

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    They wouldn’t do that to the opposing team in Miami. Mostly because nobody actually stays until the end of the game. As LeBron James was walking off the court after dropping 45/15/5 and leading the Heat to a surprisingly easy Game 6 win in Boston, some Celtics’ fan drops a drink on LeBron. Childish. And…

  6. Celtics-Heat Game 6: LeBron crashes his own funeral

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    “He’s not smiling.” I made that remark to my wife Thursday night as the Heat took the floor for Game 6 in Boston when I saw LeBron James, a serious, almost somber look on his face. James is a known “happy-go-fun” guy, often to the annoyance of teammates and opponents. Sure, he tries to look…

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

    Jun 8, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    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…

  8. “Fearless” LeBron carries Heat, but he’ll have to do it again

    Jun 8, 2012, 12:18 AM EDT

    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…

  9. Celtics unable to capitalize on momentum, Miami Heat force Game 7

    Jun 8, 2012, 12:03 AM EDT

    NBA: Playoffs-Miami Heat at Boston Celtics

    The Boston Celtics had an excellent opportunity to close out the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night, setting up a meeting with Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA finals. LeBron James would not allow that to happen, however, and the Heat cruised to an easy 98-79 victory en route to forcing a Game 7…

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

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

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

    Jun 7, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    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…

  12. Chris Bosh may start, will see more minutes in Game 6

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    We don’t know how Chris Bosh was really feeling in the fourth quarter of Game 5, we don’t really know what the doctor’s orders were on him. We just know that the Heat were getting outplayed and coach Erik Spoelstra decided not to go there — he kept his third best player on the bench…

  13. PBT Extra: Talking Celtics-Heat with Zach Lowe of SI

    Jun 6, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Today on PBT Extra it was time to talk but what has been and also what’s coming up in the Boston-Miami series as we head to a Game 6 Thursday that could see the Heat golfing on Friday. To break it down I bring in Zach Lowe a reporter/blogger with Sports Illustrated who runs their…

  14. Just a reminder: Kevin Garnett is lucky, made a lot of money

    Jun 6, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Business Insider posted a fascinating graph today: Just to remind you that not only has Kevin Garnett won a lot of basketball games and been a hero in Boston, he has been well compensated for his efforts. This graph represents just salary, not endorsements (which is where Jordan slaughters everyone who ever played the game).…

  15. Winderman: Problem with Riley in Miami, Jackson in Orlando is they’re not coaching

    Jun 6, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Introduce LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade

    We have reached a compelling intersection of what is and what could be. The fact that the protagonists are Pat Riley and Phil Jackson makes it all the more intriguing of a case study. At the very moment when the Riley-as-front-office-sage approach is coming under fire 200 miles south on Florida’s Turnpike, there is increased…

  16. Report: Heat to go after Andre Miller as free agent

    Jun 6, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Miami clearly needs something. Is that something a new, quality point guard? Is a guy used to having the ball in his hands and creating shots for others going to mesh with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the court? But the point guard line of thinking seems to have gained some momentum. There have…

  17. Celtics-Heat Game 5: Erik Spoelstra vs. the depths of pressure

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    The thing you have to understand is that I don’t think you can really study Erik Spoelstra and think he’s a bad coach. His preparation, his devotion, his work ethic, his approach, most of his tactics, and his overall intelligence make it pretty hard to validate what so many people say about him, just because…

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

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

    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.…

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

    Jun 6, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 6, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    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…

  21. Kevin Garnett remains beating heart of these Celtics

    Jun 6, 2012, 7:45 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:06 AM EDT

    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,…

  23. Video: Wade’s block leads to Pietrus’ game-changing three

    Jun 6, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

    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…

  24. Celtics-Heat Game 5: Heat play to stereotype, wilt while Celtics take control of series

    Jun 6, 2012, 12:33 AM EDT

    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…

  25. Chris Bosh’s masseuse collapsed, died at his home

    Jun 5, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    UPDATE 8:25 pm: Chris Bosh and his wife Adrienne have issued a statement (via Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel): “Last evening, a massage therapist that we have used for some time, arrived at our home to provide massage therapy. Shortly after she arrived, she fainted and lost consciousness. We called 911 and emergency personnel arrived at…

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