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  1. Friday And-1 links: Can Kobe and Nash coexist as leaders?

    Aug 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Steve Nash Kobe Bryant

    Here is our regular 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 like these guys love Alex Morgan. • Interesting post by the always… well, at…

  2. Avery Bradley thanks Ray Allen for being a good tutor

    Aug 8, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    We know what kind of reception Ray Allen is going to get from the fans when he returns to Boston as a member of the Miami Heat. We know how Paul Pierce feels about Allen bolting for the enemy. But Avery Badly, the guy who basically took Allen’s starting job, he feels differently. He was…

  3. The Inbounds: Indiana and defense of second

    Aug 6, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Welcome to the Inbounds, touching on one big idea, story, or discussion point of the day.  It’s fine to think the Celtics were the second best team in the East in last year’s playoffs (factoring the Bulls post-Rose injury). I mean, they finished second, right? They pushed the eventual NBA champions to seven games, and…

  4. Paul Pierce says he’ll consider playing beyond 2014, and maybe not in Boston

    Aug 4, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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

    Paul Pierce was drafted a Celtic. He has been a Celtic in good times and bad. From Ricky Davis to Antoine Walker, to Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, Pierce has been a Boston Celtic and has defined the franchise since the turn of the century. But the end is in sight for Pierce, and he’s…

  5. Pierce “a little bitter” Ray Allen went to Miami, but they’re still “brothers”

    Aug 3, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

    paul-pierce--ray-allen-game-4-of-the-2008-nba-finals

    I think Paul Pierce and the Celtics players are handling Ray Allen’s departure to the Miami Heat better than some of the fans. That doesn’t mean they are really happy about it. As example A, I bring you what Paul Pierce told Celtics.com when asked if he had talked to Allen since he signed with…

  6. The Inbounds: Saint Anthony and America’s war on isolation

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Today, a bonus segment. So Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points in an Olympic basketball game Thursday, and based on probability,…

  7. Pietrus will not play for veteran minimum, so goodbye Boston

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:13 PM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus

    Boston is already pretty deep with swingmen. They have Paul Pierce starting at the three with Jeff Green back behind him. Avery Bradley starts at the two guard and Courtney Lee is behind him, with Jason Terry able to play that role depending on how Doc Rivers decides his rotations. Mickael Pietrus is a luxury…

  8. The Inbounds: How Danny Ainge created the FrankenCeltics monster

    Jul 23, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. As Boston entered last year’s playoffs, they were favored against the Hawks. The biggest reason for that, despite what anyone…

  9. Avery Bradley to have shoulder surgery, will miss start of season; Celtics to pursue Courtney Lee

    Jul 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    Perhaps you are confused, after Avery Bradley had shoulder surgery during the Eastern Conference Finals. Yeah, he has to have the other one done. Not good. CSN New England reports that Bradley will have surgery on his right shoulder on Tuesday, and the injury will keep him out for the start of the season. That’s…

  10. Ray Allen joins Miami Heat: No such thing as traitors here

    Jul 7, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    In 2007, Ray Allen had spent five years in Seattle. There were likely kids in Seattle who had Ray Allen jerseys. Sonics fans touted him as a great scorer. The team wasn’t great. But Allen had ties to the Sonics at that point, since coming over in a trade from Milwaukee. Allen didn’t have a…

  11. Report: Heat to make very hard push to get Ray Allen

    Jun 30, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler

    Ray Allen is going to be a popular guy Sunday. With Kevin Garnett back in the fold in Boston you know they are going to make a big run at him, but as rumored the Miami Heat will as well. From Brian Windhorst at ESPN.com. The Heat, according to sources, have made Allen their prime…

  12. Celtics decision to rebuild or reload hinges on Kevin Garnett

    Jun 22, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Celtics' Pierce, Garnett and Allen sit on the bench during their loss to the Heat during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    The good news for Celtics fans is that all the talk of this season’s playoff run being the last for the Big Three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett may have been a bit premature. The bad news might be that the club’s decision to go into a complete rebuild or to try…

  13. NBA Finals: Season over, but LeBron/Durant rivalry just beginning

    Jun 22, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant reacts after not getting a foul call against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    For years, the LeBron/Kobe rivalry was the most compelling one in basketball, but we never truly got to see it play out on the court. Sure, their teams would play each other twice a year, and people would try to extrapolate conclusions from those biannual meetings, but there was never really anything substantial on the…

  14. LeBron says you can’t stop KD, you can only hope to contain him. That also will not work.

    Jun 17, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Lost in the eternal pursuit of a high quality shot by any NBA team on a given possession in the name of efficiency is this reality: you’re always going to have bad possessions. End of the shot clock, up against a trap, heat checking, trying too hard to victimize a mismatch, all these things happen…

  15. What does Kevin Garnett want to see if he returns to Celtics?

    Jun 13, 2012, 10:16 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    A lot of teams are going to reach out to free agent Kevin Garnett, to see if he wants to wear a third uniform in his career. I don’t see that happening. As Romeo Void taught us long ago “never say never,” but it’s hard to picture KG doing anything but returning to the Celtics…

  16. 2012 NBA Finals: 50 Observations

    Jun 12, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    The most entertaining Finals of probably the last fifteen years begins Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. With that here are 50 thoughts, observations, and predictions as the Oklahoma City Thunder face the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals. 1. This is going to be fun. 2. I’m not talking like “oh, hey, we’re going…

  17. Kevin McHale says Celtics’ Big 3 may not be done just yet

    Jun 11, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    The Celtics have a lot of questions heading into next season. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen will both enter free agency this summer, and the organization will have to decide if they think the core four of those two, along with Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo, are solid enough to contend for one or two…

  18. Video: LeBron James hits a massive dagger three to end the Celtics’ hopes and dreams

    Jun 10, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James reacts after a foul is called on Boston Celtics'  Pierce  in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami, Florida

    The Bosh threes were what won the day. The Wade and-one and jumpers were what ran them out. But this LeBron James dagger pull-up three with 5:46 to go? That was when the Celtics knew. It was not their day. Their day is over. It is the Heat’s day, the Heat’s world, the Heat’s time,…

  19. Celtics-Heat Game 7: A fade from green to black

    Jun 10, 2012, 3:38 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    It’s possible, however remotely, that Miami’s 101-88 win in Game 7 wasn’t the end of the Big 3 era in Boston. It’s not inconceivable that Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers could elect for one more ride. But it doesn’t feel like it. It doesn’t feel like it because of how close this team came to…

  20. Garnett, Rondo snub Heat, head to locker room before final buzzer. Classy.

    Jun 10, 2012, 3:11 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    It was an emotional moment. Doc Rivers pulled out his stars Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in what may have been their final game together. There were hugs and embraces all around on the Celtics bench. Then Rondo and Garnett kept walking, all the way back to the locker room before…

  21. Video: Emotional exit for Boston’s Big Three from Game 7

    Jun 10, 2012, 1:45 AM EDT

    Celtics' Pierce, Garnett and Allen sit on the bench during their loss to the Heat during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    We don’t know what the future will hold, but there’s a good chance that Boston’s Big Three (or Core Four or whatever other nickname you have for them) will not be back together next year. Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett are free agents, and their futures with the team are uncertain. So it was an…

  22. Stan Van Gundy thinks people should back off of Erik Spoelstra

    Jun 9, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    Stan Van Gundy’s unfiltered these days. He’s no longer employed by a team, so he’s kind of free to spout off however he likes. He’s not a guy who says things just to say them, like his brother, he has a tremendous amount of respect for players and coaches in the NBA and will want…

  23. Celtics-Heat Game 7 Preview: Five things to watch

    Jun 9, 2012, 4:00 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

    With so much on the line in Game 7, what are the things that will decide this game? What does it come down to? Here are five things to watch as the Boston Celtics meet the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday night. 1. For the love of God, stop…

  24. Heat-Celtics Game 7 Preview: The thing about chaos is it’s fair

    Jun 9, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    You want to know the truth about this game, the hidden, ugly, “no one will talk about it because it’s like running a news report on the Disney Channel about how Santa isn’t real” truth? Game 7 between the Heat and the Celtics? All that drama, all the impact on legacies and careers and the…

  25. Celtics-Heat Game 7 Preview: The disturbing mystery of Dwyane Wade

    Jun 9, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Dwyane Wade has not been good. No superstar has struggled more in the Conference Finals than Wade, which is bizarre considering his matchups. Wade’s facing Ray Allen, who is better, but not completely back from bone spurs. He should be eating him alive. But the Celtics’ help defense has been brutal in cutting off Wade’s…

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