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  1. Fans send Boston off with four-minute “Let’s go Celtics” chant

    Jun 8, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    The way Boston laid an egg in Game 6, not a lot of fan bases would have stuck around to the end. Plenty would have mixed in a smattering of boos. But Celtics fans did the opposite. The ones that remained at the end of a crushing loss broke into a four-minute long “Let’s go…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Rivers says if Chris Bosh is back Miami’s offense improves

    Jun 4, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Miami may have Chris Bosh back on Tuesday for Game 5. It’s huge in a series where the Heat offense has struggled against a good Boston defense, because the Heat’s pick-and-roll is about to become a lot more dangerous. Right now the Heat have shown limited respect for the damage Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem…

  7. LeBron, Pierce foul out of sadly whistle-happy game

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    The biggest problem for the NBA is that the day after every major game we are discussing the officiating. And the officiating — particularly late in Game 4 of Miami and Boston — was a key part of the story Sunday. There were five offensive foul calls in the second half of the fourth quarter…

  8. Celtics-Heat Game 4: Boston out executes Heat, evens series 2-2

    Jun 4, 2012, 1:05 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Boston owned the first half with a sharp offense. Miami played defense for the first time since their plane landed in Boston in the second half and tied it up. But with everything on the line at the end of the game and in overtime it came down to execution, and the veteran Celtics were…

  9. Celtics-Heat Game 4: The bizarre development of the Boston offensive juggernaut

    Jun 3, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    It makes no sense, you understand. We’re talking about throwing away not just the stats, forget the stats. We’ve seen it. We’ve seen the Boston offense not only struggle, but look absolutely apoplectic for six months. That Sixers series was something out of a Rob Zombie film on offense. It wasn’t just gross, it was…

  10. Celtics-Heat Game 4: Celtics can survive a LeBron onslaught, can Heat survive another Rondomination?

    Jun 2, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Here’s the secret to this series, and the Celtics’ postseason in general. Kevin Garnett getting points off the pick and pop and in the post over Ronny Turiaf and yelling and barking and cursing is nice. Paul Pierce getting an inefficient number of points per FGA is fine. Ray Allen hitting some in-between freezeouts is…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Even Doc Rivers is hurt for the Celtics. It’s that bad.

    May 30, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics - Game Seven

    Jeff Green. Chirs Wilcox. Avery Bradley. Jermaine O’Neal. Ray Allen. Paul Pierce. And now Doc Rivers? Come on Basketball Gods, show some mercy. The Celtics have lost four players to season ending surgery and have a couple of key guys dragging injured bodies through the playoffs. And now you can add Doc Rivers to the…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. The Celtics are OK with a quick turnaround vs. Miami

    May 27, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    The Celtics wrapped up their series with the Sixers on Saturday night, and now have to fly to Miami Sunday morning for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against a Heat team that has been healing and waiting for five days. Considering the age and injury status of most of the Celtics, this might…

  20. 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…

  21. Video: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson remind you what everyone’s playing for

    May 26, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    ESPN’s rafters commercials have been really good. The Kevin Durant one held the promise of future, the Paul Pierce one held the reminder of glory for a franchise that hasn’t seen a title since 2008. The new “A Champion Will Rise” commercials speak to the league’s history, and feature two of the greatest to ever…

  22. Boston vs. Philadelphia Game 7: First team to 80 wins?

    May 26, 2012, 10:55 AM 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

    Game 7. It’s usually when even veterans get tight, playing like they are afraid to make a mistake. It means in Game 7 the offensive numbers plummet — but I don’t know that they can much more in Boston vs. Philadelphia. This has been a series about which team could find enough offense against a…

  23. Kevin Durant, LeBron James head All-NBA Teams

    May 24, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Here’s the problem with nitpicking the All-NBA teams — there are no bad players on any of the first three. You can argue if you want (and as I would) that LaMarcus Aldridge deserves a spot on the third team more than Carmelo Anthony or Dirk Nowitzki, but that doesn’t make the guys on the…

  24. It wasn’t pretty, but Sixers think Game 6 win a thing of beauty

    May 23, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday stretches past Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett in Game 6

    If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, for Philadelphia 76ers fans Game 6 Wednesday night was Kate Upton on the beach in Fiji. For the rest of us — especially Boston Celtics fans — it looked a lot more Joan Rivers. But what matters to Sixers fans are the results and the 82-75…

  25. Brandon Bass? Yes, Brandon Bass leads Celtics to win, 3-2 series lead

    May 21, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

    Brandon Bass

    In Game 3, Doc Rivers went with a lot of small ball and not enough Brandon Bass, and after the loss said he regretted it. Well, that worked out well. Brandon Bass scored 18 of his 27 points in the third quarter — Bass alone outscore the Sixers 18-16 in the third — and that…

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