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  1. NBA Playoffs: The Heat outlast the Celtics

    May 9, 2011, 11:21 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Jermaine O'Neal

    The first half of Miami’s 98-90 overtime win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals consisted of two very good teams executing very well. The second half of the game was a battle of wills — the kind of game the Miami Heat weren’t supposed to be able to win against the Celtics. They…

  2. He will play, but how good can Rondo be in Game 4?

    May 9, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    The good news for the Celtics: An MRI of Rajon Rondo’s left elbow showed no break. Basically, it’s not going to get worse. The bad news: As expected, the swelling and pain got worse on Sunday, Doc Rivers said. There was a lot of ice and a lot of pain medication, as reported by the…

  3. Paul Pierce has strained Achilles, says he is day-to-day

    May 4, 2011, 12:50 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce and head coach Doc Rivers react during a break in fourth quarter action against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    Paul Pierce left the court and went back to dressing room midway through the first quarter of Game 2. He came back out and played in the second quarter and scored 8 points in the second half. But he did strain his left Achilles and told the media after the game he is day-to-day, according…

  4. Pierce avoids suspension, but James Jones gets a flagrant

    May 2, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

    Celtics Pierce is ejected by NBA official Molloy as teammate Garnett looks on after an altercation during fourth quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    So the NBA has watched the tape (well, digital recording) of Game 1 of the physical Boston/Miami series and has made a few changes. The biggest news is that Paul Pierce will not get a suspension, reports Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Which is the only just move because he never should…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Wade leads Heat to Game 1 victory

    May 1, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    The Miami Heat aren’t the most complete team in the championship hunt. They don’t have a reliable starting center or point guard. They don’t have a deep rotation. They don’t have a lot of guys who can create their own shots. However, the Heat do have a stingy defense, players who can make open shots,…

  6. Paul Pierce ejected from Game 1

    May 1, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    PIERCE_PAUL

    There was a lot of bad blood between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat coming into the conference semifinals, and it’s only going to get worse after Paul Pierce was ejected from Game 1 of the series. The Celtics’ captain was thrown out of the game after being involved in two altercations that resulted…

  7. What Heat-Celtics means to the Miami Heat

    Apr 30, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat want to be great. Greatness is such a bizarre concept. How often is it used outside of sports? Politics. Spirituality. Business. Show-business. And all those things are complex and contextual. But it’s what we pursue. If the Boston Celtics symbolize that single-minded obsession with gold, the Heat are pursuing something that almost…

  8. NBA Playoffs: The Knicks get swept

    Apr 24, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Paul Pierce

    It looked like the Knicks were going to give the Celtics a run for their money after the first and second games of the series were so close, but the Knicks didn’t have the same energy in New York that they did in Boston, and the Celtics were able to sweep the Knicks out of…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Celtics rout Knicks, take 3-0 series lead

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    This is why the Celtics are the conference champs until somebody beats them. Sure, the team hasn’t looked quite right since it traded away Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green, and their bench is still a complete mess. Yes, the Celtics gave up the No. 2 seed in the East by finishing their regular season in something of…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Celtics overcome Carmelo’s 42, take 2-0 lead

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game Two

    The Knicks have certainly made the first games of their series with the Boston Celtics interesting. In Game 1, the Knicks were able to take the Celtics to the wire thanks to the stellar offensive play of Amar’e Stoudemire. In Game 2, back spasms limited Stoudemire to four points in only 16 minutes of play,…

  11. NBA Playoffs: The Celtics survive the Knicks

    Apr 17, 2011, 10:28 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Well, it’s been an interesting first round so far, hasn’t it? The Knicks were the latest underdog to give the home team a lot more than it bargained for in the series opener, and they were probably one shot away from stealing a game in Boston on Sunday. Unfortunately for them, poor late-game execution cost…

  12. How they can win it all: The Boston Celtics

    Apr 14, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Chicago Bulls

    Let’s just get this myth out of the way: It’s not about Kendrick Perkins. Would Perkins help Boston right now? Damn straight. Would I have made that deal? No. Has Danny Ainge set himself up as a scapegoat? Yup. And he might want to think about spending the summer outside the city if Boston doesn’t…

  13. NBA Playoff Preview: Boston vs. New York

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:39 AM EDT

    Celtics' Pierce drives into defense of Knicks' Anthony during the first half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    SEASON RECORDS Celtics: 56-26 (No. 3 seed) Knicks: 42-40 (No. 6 seed) SEASON SERIES Celtics sweep 4-0, but know that two games were in December and one was a meaningless game played largely by substitutes on the last night of the season. So, three of the four have no real bearing on the playoff games…

  14. New York vs. Boston in another sport, Pierce says this could be fun

    Apr 13, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce Knicks

    New York and Boston do not like each other. Their baseball rivalry can at times dominate the sport (and your television, even if you’re just trying to get other scores). The Bruins and Rangers are original six, old-school hockey rivals. I wouldn’t be shocked if the New York Philharmonic and Boston POPS have street fights…

  15. Celtics Sit Starters, Choose Rest Over Playoff Seeding

    Apr 11, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    celtics-benched

    Any Celtics fans in the D.C. area who bought tickets to Monday’s game in hopes of seeing Boston prepare for the postseason with a thrashing of the home-town Wizards is going to be disappointed.  Boston may still very well beat Washington, because the Wizards, in the simplest of terms, just aren’t very good. But the…

  16. Heat exorcise some demons in win over Celtics

    Apr 10, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Let’s get this out of the way for the Boston faithful. The season series? Already went to the Celtics 3-0. The Celtics still have a good shot at the second seed and homecourt advantage in the second round. It was a mid-April game in the last week of the regular season for a Boston team…

  17. If the Heat can’t beat the Celtics now, they’re never going to

    Apr 9, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Okay, Miami Heat. You lost to the Celtics in the season opener. You lost to the Celtics at home. You lost to the Celtics after you’d supposedly gotten everything figured out. This your last chance. And it’s a good one. The Heat are in a no-win situation here. They beat the Celtics on Sunday in…

  18. “Just wait until Shaq gets back” is legitimate argument for Boston

    Apr 9, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    The Chicago Bulls made their statement Thursday. Right now, the Bulls are the better team. If Thursday had been Game 1 of a seven-game series the Celtics would be in trouble. After the game, Kevin Garnett talked about Boston having another gear for the playoffs. Their fans are counting on that. That those days off…

  19. Doc Rivers still wants time away from coaching. Question is when?

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    Doc Rivers almost left the Celtics last summer. To spend time with his family, his son the elite hoop recruit and his daughter a college volleyball player. Maybe see his wife some more. Be a normal dad (whatever that is). He came back to the Celtics for another run at a ring. But he still…

  20. SI Player Poll: Varejao, Ginobili top floppers

    Apr 2, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Sports Illustrated’s latest anonymous poll of players is out, and the subject is the biggest floppers in the league. The top guys will not surprise you. Here’s the top 5: Anderson Varejao Manu Ginobili Luis Scola Derek Fisher Kevin Martin Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, and Shane Battier all make appearances in the top 15 as…

  21. Spurs, Celtics slouching towards playoffs; count them out at your own peril

    Mar 30, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    Back at the All-Star break, a Celtics vs. Spurs finals seemed like a good bet. Sure, it made the guys who count the profits at ABC/Disney nervous — you know they want Lakers/Heat, and they really don’t want the Spurs — but the Celtics and Spurs were playing the best basketball by far. That matchup…

  22. Somebody get Ray Allen the ball. The man can shoot.

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    Boston’s offense is off. In their last 10 games, Boston’s offense has averaged 104 points per 100 possessions, down from their 106.4 points per 100 for the season (based on the Knickerblogger numbers). Ray Allen is part of that — he is shooting 44.3 percent in the last 10 games, down from 49.3 percent for…

  23. Video: Celtics show the Knicks how to run the break

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:05 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    Since the Knicks aren’t running anymore, we thought we’d show them a little clinic on how it is done. Although, they saw this clinic up close and in person Monday night courtesy the Boston Celtics. You don’t see Kevin Garnett get out and run the break a lot like this anymore (he never ran the…

  24. Knicks’ slide continues as Celtics come from 15 down to win

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    pierce-celtics-knicks

    Because there might be a little rivalry between the two cities when it comes to sports, we’re rooting for — and could see — a New York/Boston first-round matchup. Boston is deadlocked with Chicago for first, and New York is comfortably in the seventh spot, with no reason to believe that the team will be…

  25. Video: Paul Pierce dunks on Channing Frye. Yes, that Paul Pierce.

    Mar 3, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 4

    Don’t tell Channing Frye, but Paul Pierce still has some hops. Actually you don’t need to tell Frye, he found out the hard way. Frye tried to challenge Pierce, and might have been successful if Pierce had dunked with his right hand, his shooting hand. But Pierce switched to his left and the result was…

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