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  1. Report: Kevin Garnett may have off-season surgery on ankles

    May 6, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    What will Kevin Garnett do this summer, retire or come back for another year with the Celtics? A lot of that is tied to what the Celtics do with Paul Pierce — they can buy him out for next season for $5 million before June 30. Come July 1 he’s back at $15.3 million next…

  2. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce say it’s too soon to talk future with the Celtics

    May 4, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    Immediately following the Celtics elimination from the playoffs at the hands of the Knicks in Game 6 on Friday, the questions began to turn to the team’s veteran core, and whether or not they’d be back in Boston next season. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are both under contract, but are also in very different…

  3. After giving back most of a 26-point lead, Knicks get Game 6 victory to close out Celtics

    May 3, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after hitting a shot against Celtics during the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff basketball series in Boston

    In each of the first three games of the series between the Knicks and the Celtics, all of which were New York victories, Boston managed to put together a horrific half of offensive basketball. The trend that subsided for two games returned for Game 6 back in Boston, and that was more than enough for…

  4. Knicks/Celtics Game 6 all about ‘Melo, New York

    May 3, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green

    We know exactly what we are going to get from the Boston Celtics in Game 6 Friday night — they are going to defend hard, Kevin Garnett is going to crash the boards and get his points, Paul Pierce will create looks for himself. They will scrap, that’s what champions on the verge of elimination…

  5. Ainge says Celtics face “very hard” decision with Pierce this summer

    May 2, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    Is it time to break up the Celtics and rebuild? Or does the way they played the last couple games, and once they get Rajon Rondo back, mean it’s time for one more run at it? That decision falls to Celtics decision maker Danny Ainge — the Celtics have until June 30 to buy out…

  6. Celtics take care of business against unprofessional Knicks, force a Game 6 back in Boston

    May 1, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    The Knicks looked every bit like the second best team in the East that they were all season in getting out to a three games to none series lead against the Celtics, winning those games by 14, 16, and 17 points. Maybe the success came too soon, and too easily. After dropping Game 4 in…

  7. Celtics forced Game 5, but can they really win it?

    May 1, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Anthony reacts after a foul was called during NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    J.R. Smith said that if he had played in Game 4, this series would have been a sweep. Argue that if you want — quantum physics tells us there are alternate universes where he plays and the Knicks both and lose. We all care about this timeline, where Smith is back for Game 5 at…

  8. Ten players to make you restructure NBA’s 50 All-Time greatest

    Apr 30, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Back in 1996 — the year the baby crawling on the ceiling in “Trainspotting” gave us all nightmares — the Association released its list of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players. It was undoubtedly a strong list. Nobody on the list is weak. We could quibble around the edges about who should have gotten in, but…

  9. Jason Collins’ road from journeyman to household name

    Apr 29, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

    FILE:  NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out As Gay

    Jason Collins was the kind of player NBA people like on their team, but not a guy who was a household name. Until now. Collins — a 12-year NBA veteran — came out as gay on Monday. He’s the first active major American team sport athlete to come out as gay. At this point his…

  10. Boston lives to see another day, beat Knicks to force Game 5

    Apr 28, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Terry celebrates game winning shot against New York Knicks during overtime NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff basketball series in Boston

    What was it going to take for the Celtics to beat the Knicks in games this series? 1) A strong defense that contained a powerful Knicks offense. Like holding them to 34.4 percent shooting. Check. 2) Not letting Carmelo Anthony take over a game, force him into inefficient isolation shots. Such as 10-of-35 shooting. Check.…

  11. Do Celtics have one complete game in them? More likely Knicks break out brooms Sunday.

    Apr 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    How many times have we seen this the last couple games of the Boston/New York series: The Celtics set their defense and for the first 15-17 seconds of the clock the clog everything the Knicks want to do. Their on-ball defenders are in the Knicks faces, their defensive rotations are sharp, there are no good…

  12. Knicks continue to dominate Celtics, take a 3-0 series lead

    Apr 26, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    The Celtics are doing everything they can to compete in these playoffs, but the results haven’t been there, for a variety of reasons. Playing in Boston for the first time since the tragic Marathon bombings, there wasn’t a lack of inspiration or emotion for the Celtics heading into Game 3. As has been the case the…

  13. Can emotion of coming home lift Celtics to Game 3 win over Knicks?

    Apr 26, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Doc Rivers

    The blueprint for Boston to get back into this series is there — they have won the first half of Games 1 and 2. Tenacious defense, getting points out of Jeff Green and/or Jason Terry to go with Paul Pierce, and to make the little hustle plays. The Celtics have had two problems. First, they…

  14. Celtics with long-distance alley-oop, Pierce to Green (VIDEO)

    Apr 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game One

    Paul Pierce and Jeff Green apparently have been watching Clipper games and wanted to get in on the act. The Celtics are not exactly know for bold, athletic plays but Pierce threw the half-court alley-oop and Green went up and finished it. Boston is going to have to find more easy buckets (such as transition…

  15. Celtics look to Garnett, Knicks look to ball movement to spark offenses in Game 2

    Apr 23, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    Game 1 of the Celtics vs. Knicks played to form — the Celtics’ physical and aggressive defense made it hard for the Knicks to score, but Boston struggled even more on offense putting up just 8 points in the fourth quarter and falling 85-78. But for the Celtics there was one real reason to be…

  16. Celtics win three quarters, Knicks own fourth to take Game 1

    Apr 20, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    Basketball is about how you adapt and how you finish. The first 24 minutes Saturday’s Game 1 between Boston and New York went exactly how the Celtics want this first round series to unfold — Boston shot 53.6 overall and 4-10 from three, Jeff Green had 20 points on 10 shots, Avery Bradley had 11…

  17. Paul Pierce, Carmelo Anthony speak on Boston Marathon bombing before Game 1 (VIDEO)

    Apr 20, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Carmelo Anthony

    Before the Knicks and Celtics tipped off the postseason at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Paul Pierce and Carmelo Anthony stood together at center court, and each spoke briefly on the tragic Boston Marathon bombings that occurred earlier this week. Anthony sent along prayers and condolences on behalf of the Knicks organization, while Pierce thanked…

  18. Looking at the possible first round upsets in the NBA playoffs

    Apr 19, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Heat's Bosh and Bulls' Boozer await a rebound from a Miami free throw in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    There are some first round series in the NBA playoffs, like the one between the Heat and the Bucks, for example, that are nothing more than foregone conclusions. But there are others where the lower seed has a more than legitimate shot at beating a higher-seeded team winning and advancing, at least in theory. In…

  19. Seven NBA playoff story lines to watch

    Apr 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    After weeks of trying to predict seedings and matchups while watching teams rest their perfectly healthy superstars, the playoffs are finally upon us. In no particular order, here are the story lines we’ll be watching when the postseason tournament opens on Saturday. How much damage can the Lakers do without Kobe Bryant? L.A. opened the…

  20. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks

    Apr 18, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    SEASON RECORDS New York:54-28, second seed in East Boston: 41-40, seven seed in East (the odd number of games is due to the cancelled one the day after the Boston Marathon tragedy, it did not impact the standings) SEASON SERIES The Knicks won the regular season 3-1, but both these teams went through seasons within…

  21. Who can knock off Miami? NBA playoff power rankings

    Apr 18, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan

    If you want to hold the Larry O’Brien trophy — the one that goes to the NBA champions each June — you’re going to have to pry it out of Miami’s cold, dead hands. Good luck. They are the defending champs. They had the best regular season record in the NBA despite coasting to start…

  22. LeBron James drives baseline, throws down on Celtics (VIDEO)

    Apr 12, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James returns to the court after dunking against the Boston Celtics in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    Miami Heat rolled out their big three against a Celtics team without Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. The bottom line is Boston’s defense isn’t the same when KG isn’t patrolling the lane. So you knew the Heat would put up a lot of points. And you knew there would be plays like this, where LeBron…

  23. Heat to play LeBron, Wade, Bosh Friday vs. Celtics

    Apr 12, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Welcome to NBA basketball the final week of the regular season. The Miami Heat are going to throw their big three out on the court Friday night for the first time in a couple weeks — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will all play against the Celtics, coach Eric Spoelstra told the media,…

  24. Dwyane Wade says he will play Friday vs. Boston

    Apr 11, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    The Celtics may be sitting guys — Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will be out — but the Heat will be bringing back at least one star. Dwyane Wade, who has missed the last six Heat games with a bruised kneecap, told the press he would return Friday night, reports Tim Reynolds of the Associated…

  25. Garnett, Pierce out for Celtics against Heat Friday. Are too many players getting rested?

    Apr 11, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    Should NBA stars be rested at the end of the season? It’s been a topic this year, in part because the Heat have been doing it and some fans will look for any excuse to rip the Heat. In part it’s because David Stern fined the San Antonio Spurs $250,000 earlier in the season for…

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