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  1. Miami flips the switch to off for Game 3, can they turn it back on?

    Jun 2, 2012, 2:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Let’s give all due credit to the Boston Celtics — staring in the face of a must win night they brought it like you expect of a veteran, battle-tested team. Kevin Garnett was fantastic in the paint, Rajon Rondo controlled the flow. Their defensive intensity was stepped up. Boston won 101-91. But this was another…

  2. Rondo gets some help, LeBron doesn’t so Celtics win Game 3

    Jun 2, 2012, 12:23 AM EDT

    Heat Celtics Basketball

    Rajon Rondo didn’t put up 44 points in Game 3 because he didn’t have to — he had help this time. But if the Heat were going to win Friday night LeBron James would have needed to put up huge numbers because his teammates didn’t bother to show up until the fourth quarter. The result…

  3. David Stern shrugs at NBA Draft Lottery conspiracy

    Jun 1, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    David Stern, Tom Benson

    Even David Stern gets how you can draw the connections. In 2010 the widow of long-time Wizards owner Abe Pollin is on the stage when her team wins the lottery in a Hollywood story. In 2011 it was the Cavaliers — who had lost LeBron James — that won the lottery. Then this year the…

  4. You know Boston will not go gently against Heat in Game 3

    Jun 1, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    We have written the epitaph for the “big three” era in Boston too many times to be sure that this time is really the end. If feels like it. The Heat are up 2-0 despite a monster game from Rajon Rondo in Game 2. If the more athletic Heat split the pair of games at…

  5. RondoWorld and the limitlessness of what we don’t know

    May 31, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Lost in the nonsense about officiating in a game in which a team that has averaged 97.1 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs scored 118 yet the calls were what was out of place in Game2, there’s Rajon Rondo. Rondo is, and always has been, a complete mystery, to everyone. It’s taken years for…

  6. Winderman: League’s silence on Rivers, Rondo comments speaks volumes

    May 31, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

    Celtics Heat Basketball

    Something rather curious happened in the two days leading to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. Nothing. Silence. No NBA announcement of a fine for Doc Rivers. No statement from Stu Jackson, the league’s vice president of discipline. Nothing. Not even after the Celtics coach called his Game 1 technical foul from referee Ed…

  7. Players, team execs, everyone on “lottery was rigged” train

    May 31, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    David Stern, Tom Benson

    Right now, the NBA still owns the New Orleans Hornets. The league is still in the process of selling the team to Tom Benson to keep the team in the NBA’s smallest market, but as you read this technically David Stern is the defacto owner of the Hornets. The Hornets who just won the NBA…

  8. Video: LeBron James misses a dunk. Spectacularly.

    May 31, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures during a free throw in the second quarter of Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs against the Boston Celtics in Miami

    LeBron James dunks spectacularly. When he misses, he misses spectacularly.

  9. Video: Dwyane Wade’s key shot over Garnett, foul on Rondo

    May 31, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    After the Celtics had done a good job taking the ball out if his hands in the first half, Dwyane Wade was involved in two key plays in overtime that helped earn the Heat their 115-111 win. One was the and-1 on Kevin Garnett above, an acrobatic bit of body control. And, arguably, an offensive…

  10. Celtics find their offense in Rondo, Heat still pull out OT win

    May 31, 2012, 12:51 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    There are occasional games where the Celtics offense looks good. Games where Rajon Rondo looks like the best point guard in the land, driving the lane and knocking down threes. Games where the Celtics and passing and cutting and scoring with the shots they want. Boston had one of those nights Wednesday. In a series…

  11. Dwyane Wade helps Heat overcome stellar game from Rajon Rondo

    May 31, 2012, 12:31 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Boston Celtics looked like they might be on their way to a big win on Wednesday night in Miami as Rajon Rondo had his offense hitting on all cylinders in the first half. It apparently wasn’t meant to be for Boston, however, because Dwyane Wade re-ignited the Heat in the second half to take…

  12. Celtics, Heat Game 2: Boston needs to get some buckets

    May 30, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Rondo, Garnett, Allen and Pierce speak during a timeout during Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    Everyone is focused on Rajon Rondo’s comment that those driving Heat players — particularly Dwyane Wade and LeBron James — “have to hit the deck, too.” Because Boston had a big problem in Game 1 and Boston’s mindset when they have a problem is to fix it by tightening up their fantastic defense. But the…

  13. Expect Ray Allen to play Wednesday night in Game 2

    May 30, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    Doc Rivers may have thought about sitting Ray Allen, may have talked about it with the media, but you didn’t really expect it to happen, did you? Officially the call will be made on game day, as Rivers told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Allen doesn’t want any part of that, he wants to play.…

  14. What would it mean for teams to win NBA Draft Lottery

    May 29, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Fates will be decided by some bouncing balls and random numbers Wednesday. Not just the fate of lock No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis (and guys like Andre Drummond, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson and many more). It’s the fate of franchises (and general managers) that will be decided. What would it mean to the 14…

  15. Tuesday And-1 links: Derek Fisher has no plans to retire

    May 29, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Derek Fisher says he has no plans to retire. I don’t think he’s…

  16. Rajon Rondo says Heat “have to hit the deck, too”

    May 29, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    If you are going to beat the Heat, you have to turn them into jump shooters. If Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are getting dunks and layups you are in trouble. Even Ronny Turiaf makes his dunks. You have to push them out away from the hoop. Boston didn’t do that in Game 1, Miami…

  17. Video: Dwyane Wade’s touchdown pass (plus other highlights)

    May 29, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade gestures to the crowd before the start of play against the Boston Celtics during Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    It’s always a highlight show when the Miami Heat take the court. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals was no different, including Dwyane Wade‘s touchdown pass to LeBron James. Which is trouble for Boston — they aren’t scoring a lot of points in this series and when the Heat are racking up easy baskets…

  18. Miami’s athletic defense is biggest hurdle for Boston to clear

    May 29, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce is defended by Miami Heat's Wade and James in Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    It wasn’t the technical fouls. It wasn’t the officiating period (Miami shot 23 free throws, Boston 21). It’s not about fatigue. It’s not something being more physical can solve. It is not something zone defense is going to solve. The core problem the Boston Celtics have to overcome against the Miami Heat is something very…

  19. No surprises in Game 1 as Heat cruise to win over Celtics

    May 29, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    lebron-game1-celtics

    The first game of the Eastern Conference Finals went largely as expected. With LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combining for 54 points, and with the Celtics offense being wildly inconsistent, Miami cruised to a 93-79 victory that seemed to see Boston’s worst fears in facing the Heat in this series become reality. James got going…

  20. Kevin Garnett feels Chris Bosh’s pain… he had that injury

    May 28, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Garnett and Miami Heat Bosh compete for the ball in their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Chris Bosh was back, working on the court on Sunday. But the Heat are downplaying it, calling it a “mild” workout and not to expect Bosh back soon from his strained abdomen. Don’t expect to see him this round against the Celtics. Kevin Garnett feels for him. Not that the ultimate competitor wants him back…

  21. Chris Bosh opens up about crying last year, injuries now

    May 28, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    Chris Bosh clearly just wants another shot at it. He and the Heat came within two games of winning an NBA championship last season, he helped them get there by being the most consistent Heat player through the playoffs (including outplaying Kevin Garnett in the second round). If there was ever any doubt to Bosh’s…

  22. Chris Bosh works out on court, still not ready for Game 1

    May 28, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Chris Bosh is not walking through that door… yet. The Heat’s big man who is key to their offensive spacing — and in the Eastern Conference finals could help cover Kevin Garnett — is still officially “out indefinitely” with a strained abdomen and will not dress for Game 1 against Boston Monday. However, Bosh was…

  23. Eastern Confernence finals preview: Celtics vs. Heat

    May 28, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Kevin Garnett

    SEASON RECORDS Miami 46-20 (No. 2 seed) Boston: 39-27 (No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Boston won the season series 3-1. In their second to final game before the playoffs the Heat did not play any of their big three against the Celtics, so toss that one out. KEY INJURIES Celtics: Starting two guard Avery Bradley…

  24. Rondo is not lacking confidence about beating the Heat

    May 27, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo was asked Saturday night about how the Celtics feel about their chances. From Fox Sports Florida’s Chris Tommasson: Rajon Rondo believes Celtics can beat Heat: “We feel we can beat Miami. Obviously, we got to this point. There’s no doubt in our mind we can. We got to go down there and take…

  25. Sixers-Celtics Game 7: Rajon Rondo when you need him

    May 26, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Rondo drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers guard Turner during the first quarter of Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    There is an argument to be made that Rajon Rondo is the single most compelling player in the NBA, at least the one still playing in these now Conference Finals after the Celtics’ 85-75 win in Game 7 over the Sixers to advance to face Miami. And if anything, Game 7 reinforced that idea as…

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