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  1. Sixers’ season rests on matching energy, defense of Celtics

    May 18, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers  v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Boston’s veterans came out playing in another gear in Game 3, leaving the Sixers standing by the side of the road looking confused. Rajon Rondo got wherever he wanted on the court and was aggressive doing so on his way to 23 points and 14 assists. Kevin Garnett looked young and quick while Elton Brand…

  2. Video proof Paul Pierce can still dunk on people

    May 16, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    Paul Pierce has a bad knee? He says no but yes, he actually does. You could see it on his jump shots from the field.  But he played through it with a real energy on Wednesday night, and it showed with that dunk on Thaddeus Young near the end of the first quarter. It seemed…

  3. Celtics find Fountain of Youth (or offense), rout 76ers in Game 3

    May 16, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    For the first couple of games, Boston looked old and injured, with Philly’s aggressive defense forcing improvisation and a lot of missed shots. In Game 3, Boston got their groove back. From 2008. Boston attacked the paint early with post ups, Kevin Garnett could not miss a turnaround jumper on his way to 27 points…

  4. Boston, Philly enter Game 3 thinking… even more defense?

    May 16, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo (C) looks to pass between Philadelphia 76ers Andre Iguodala and Spencer Hawes during the first half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final playoff basketball series in Boston

    It seems weird to say after two games that have felt like Sahara Desert of watchable offense, but going into Game 3 both Boston and Philadelphia are thinking about locking down their defense. But that speaks to the mindsets of why these teams are here. Boston is struggling to score with Paul Pierce and Ray…

  5. Video: Spencer Hawes talks Sixers/Celtics series, Garnett

    May 16, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Six

    Spencer Hawes swung by NBC’s SportsTalk yesterday to talk some Sixers and Celtics with host Erik Kuselias. And yes, Hawes said was surprised that Kevin Garnett got called for the illegal screen with 10 seconds left — he said it was a good call, just one you don’t normally get at that point. He also…

  6. Pierce says his knee is fine, it’s not. Sixers covering him like he’s fine anyway.

    May 16, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Lavoy Allen

    It’s obvious — painfully obvious — that Paul Pierce’s sprained knee is bothering him. He’s not moving the same, he has no lift, he’s shooting 5-20 in the last two games, he’s just not the guy who carried the Celtics at stretches in the first round. Except, don’t tell him that. Pierce clearly got tired…

  7. Video: Evan Turner’s late-game layup keys Philly win

    May 15, 2012, 2:53 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers' Evan Turner drives to the basket past Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-finals playoff basketball series in Boston

    That was the play that made the difference. Evan Turner‘s impressive scoop layup with :40 left gave the Sixers a 76-75 lead over the Celtics, a lead that they would never relinquish. (Ray Allen would miss a jumper for Boston, Turner would sink a couple free throws, then Kevin Garnett would get called for an…

  8. Poise? Young Sixers have it, out execute Celtics down stretch to even series

    May 14, 2012, 10:45 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    In Game 1, the Boston Celtics turned up the defensive pressure late, the young 76ers wilted and Boston escaped with a tight win. Lesson learned. The Sixers were the poised team down the stretch Monday, with Jrue Holiday hitting a three, Evan Turner making a difficult scoop shot, all the Sixers playing good defense and…

  9. Video: Controversial moving pick call against Kevin Garnett

    May 14, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Garnett reacts after missing shot against Philadelphia 76ers during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final playoff basketball series in Boston

    This is the play everybody is talking about in the wake of Boston’s 82-81 loss to Philadelphia. Even though this play did not decide the game. Sorry Celtics fans, it didn’t — Rajon Rondo‘s missed jumper, Ray Allen‘s missed jumper had you down 3 when this play took place. You already put yourself in a…

  10. Celtics’ Bradley leaves game with dislocated shoulder; returns in fourth

    May 14, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand, Avery Bradley

    UPDATE 9:05 pm: Bradley returned in the second half and was playing key minutes in the fourth quarter. 8:13 pm: Celtics starting two guard Avery Bradley has been battling left shoulder dislocation issues all season including in Game 3 against the Atlanta Hawks. It happened again in Game 2 of the Celtics and Sixers series,…

  11. Sixers try to adjust to little problem of Celtics smallball in Game 2

    May 14, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Andre Iguodala, Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young

    It was a bit surprising in historical context — this is the Boston Celtics, the franchise of Bill Russell, the team who one a 2008 title thanks to their big front line — but it worked, and that’s all Doc Rivers cares about. In Game 1, Rivers went small in the fourth quarter with Kevin…

  12. Monday And-1 links: Is Vinny Del Negro the right guy for Clippers?

    May 14, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro, Blake Griffin

    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. • How much respect does Vinny Del Negro deserve for the job he’s done…

  13. Celtics 92 Sixers 91: Tell us you didn’t see this coming

    May 12, 2012, 11:25 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers  v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. The Boston Celtics play badly for 2.5 quarters, scrap and grind their way to get the deficit into reasonable territory, then turn on the jets while the other team does a series of remarkably stupid things, going away from everything that had worked the entire game through,…

  14. NBA Playoffs Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers

    May 11, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young, Kevin Garnett

    SEASON RECORDS Boston: 39-27 (No. 5 seed) Philadelphia: 35-31 (8 seed) SEASON SERIES Philadelphia took it 2-1, with the home team winning easily in each game. KEY INJURIES Celtics: Paul Pierce has a sprained knee that will not be right until this summer, Ray Allen is battling through ankle pain that may need surgery, and…

  15. Video: Iguodala’s game…. er, series-winning coast-to-coast drive

    May 11, 2012, 7:55 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala,

    That’s about as exciting an ending of a game as you are going to see. It started when rather than try to run out the clock and try to draw the foul himself with 7 seconds left, C.J. Watson (an 80.8 percent free throw shooter) passed the ball to Omer Asik, who tried to score…

  16. NBA Playoffs: 76ers hold on, end Chicago’s season

    May 10, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    Boozer Attempt

    Normally, when an 8-seed upsets a 1-seed, like the Golden State Warriors did in 2007 or the Memphis Grizzlies did last year, NBA fans are generally thrilled for an underdog team that beat the odds and prevailed. This time, however, it’s hard to feel anything but a sense of melancholy for the Chicago Bulls, who…

  17. Three Game 6s, who is going on to Game 7?

    May 10, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Game 6 — it means somebody will be punching their ticket to the next round, but others are headed to a win-or-go-home Game 7. We’ve got three Game 6s tonight, a couple we didn’t expect to see. Who is going to push it to a Game 7? Here is a look at each of the…

  18. Thunder’s Harden named Sixth Man of Year on Thursday

    May 10, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    UPDATE 4:18 pm: The NBA has made it official, James Harden is your runaway winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award. Of the 118 ballots cast 115 had Harden No. 1, the other three had Philadelphia’s Lou Williams in the top spot. As I said below, those three people should have to explain…

  19. Deng, defense allow Bulls to defeat 76ers, keep season alive

    May 9, 2012, 12:47 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Deng goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Derrick Rose is out for the rest of the playoffs. Joakim Noah, who was a game-time decision, ended up not playing a minute. And it didn’t matter from the Chicago Bulls, who staved off elimination in Game 5 of their series with the Philadelphia 76ers thanks to a great performance from Luol Deng and some…

  20. Noah might play in Game 5, but Asik will start

    May 8, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    From ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell: DEERFIELD, Ill. – Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah shot free throws without a brace on his sprained left ankle at shootaround and is a game-time decision for Game 5 Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Omer Asik will start regardless of whether Noah, who was still walking with a limp, plays. The Bulls are down 3-1 in…

  21. Four 3-1 series, do we see four series closeouts Tuesday? No.

    May 8, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Four games — every one of them featuring a team up 3-1 in a best-of-seven series. Tuesday night could see four series close out in the NBA playoffs. Not likely. We’re not sure who, but someone will push the series forward to a Game 6. One team will lose some days off to rest. That…

  22. Monday And-1 links: I don’t think Charles Barkley used a gay slur

    May 7, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    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. • I did not see it live, but it did not sound to me…

  23. Report: Joakim Noah out for Game 5, Bulls in heap of trouble

    May 7, 2012, 7:50 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Sorry Bulls’ fans, But Game 5 against the 76ers Tuesday could look a lot like Game 4, just with different logos on the floor. And that’s not good. Joakim Noah will be out for Game 5 Tuesday due to his ankle sprain, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune (via CSNChicago.com). The Bulls trail the…

  24. NBA Playoffs: 76ers take 3-1 series lead over depleted Bulls

    May 6, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes

    You’ve gotta feel for the Chicago Bulls right now. After going 50-16 in the regular season to secure the Eastern Conference’s best record, the Bulls watched their best player tear his ACL with just over a minute remaining in Game 1 of the series, and Game 3 saw Joakim Noah go down with an ankle…

  25. Sixers 79 Bulls 74: A crushing Bulls collapse as a postseason of misery continues for Chicago

    May 4, 2012, 11:35 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    The Bulls had everything going for them. They were the number one seed, they had beaten all the contenders, they had homecourt advantage, the best defense, one of the best coaches, a superstar. And then it all went wrong. In Game 3, they had a 14-point lead, had everything going for them. They had gotten…

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