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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. The history of Celtics vs. 76ers in Game 7s

    May 26, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

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    Saturday night will be the sixth time the Philadelphia and Boston have met in a Game 7. These are two of the NBA’s legendary franchises and located less than a six-hour train ride apart. They are natural rivals and this Game 7 Saturday in the Eastern Conference semifinals is just the next chapter in that…

  4. 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…

  5. Report: Celtics Avery Bradley to have surgery Friday

    May 25, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand, Avery Bradley

    If you need surgery, and there is a four-month recovery you need to get through, you don’t put it off. Boston guard Avery Bradley is to undergo surgery Friday to repair his injured left shoulder, tweets Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. That has been confirmed by Doc Rivers. So no, he’s probably not available…

  6. Celtics Avery Bradley needs surgery; 4 months recovery

    May 24, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    Not only is Avery Bradley out for the Celtics for the rest of these playoffs, he could be lost to them up to the start of next training camp. Bradley likely needs shoulder surgery on his bad left shoulder, Celtics GM and decision maker Danny Ainge confirmed that to ESPNBoston.com (via CSNNE.com). “We’ll probably find…

  7. Chris Bosh: “I think I’m healing at a very fast rate right now”

    May 24, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Chris Bosh will not be in a uniform for Game 6 Thursday night in Indiana. If there is a Game 7 this weekend he will not be playing in that, either. But if the Heat are going to have a real shot at a ring they are going to need Bosh back from his strained…

  8. Celtics Avery Bradley likely out for rest of playoffs

    May 24, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    Boston really missed Avery Bradley’s defense in Game 6. Jrue Holiday was getting into the paint at will and breaking down the Celtics defense, Evan Turner made some big plays, and Bradley’s replacement in the starting lineup Ray Allen picked up six fouls. Well the Celtics are going to have to figure out how to…

  9. Video: Andre Iguodala throws it down all over Paul Pierce

    May 24, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    There were not a lot of offensive highlights out of the ugly Philadelphia win over Boston Wednesday, but what few there were seemed to belong to Andre Iguodala. He and Jrue Holiday both seemed to want to get to the rim in this game, and while Holiday was more impactful (20 points), when Iggy got…

  10. 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…

  11. Philly needs to contain Rondo to force Game 7 against Boston

    May 23, 2012, 3:58 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 are a lot of things worth watching in Game 6 between the Celtics and Sixers. For one, Kevin Garnett has invited the considerable wrath of Philadelphia down on him, one of his tricks for self-motivation. It will be loud and angry in the building. All eyes will be on Brandon Bass to see if…

  12. LeBron, Ibaka lead NBA All-Defensive team voting

    May 23, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    Few things can be counted on for a consistent laugh like the NBA All-Defensive team voting. It is always a laugh. This year it didn’t disappoint — somebody voted for Carlos Boozer. Yes, that Carlos Boozer. For his defense. But no complaint about the top vote getter, LeBron James. He was a defensive force this…

  13. Point guards Irving, Rubio lead NBA All-Rookie team

    May 22, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving reacts after a turnover during the second quarter of the Cavaliers NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Cleveland

    The NBA is evolving into more of a point-guard league — if you can’t touch a quick ball handler on the perimeter they are going to carve up any defense. With the rules enforced as they are, Tony Parker can’t guard Tony Parker. So no shock that the two guys on top of the NBA…

  14. 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…

  15. Celtics, Sixers try to woo fickle lady momentum in Game 5

    May 21, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    What part of Game 4 will we see repeated in Game 5? The start where the Celtics looked poised and crisp and raced out to a 14 point lead? Or the second half where the Sixers dominated the offensive glass, got fantastic bench play from Lavoy Allen (guarding Kevin Garnett) and Thaddeus Young, they had…

  16. How the Sixers defense stopped Boston cold down the stretch… again

    May 19, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

    Thaddeus young

    In Game 2, it was this masterpiece that sealed the deal for the Sixers. In Game 4, it was the Sixers once again shutting down the lauded Boston clutch offense on a key late possession to steal the win. Andre Iguodala‘s jumpers were masterful. Lou Williams‘ offense was crazytown. The Sixers momentum was huge. But…

  17. Video: Andre Iguodala buries Celtics at end of game

    May 19, 2012, 11:57 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    For years, Philly fans have been asking Andre Iguodala to step up. Well, here you go. Down the stretch he knocked down a beautiful stepback jumper and then a dagger three to secure the Sixers Game 4 win, tying the series up at 2-2. Both are strong, confident plays from a guy who can step…

  18. Sixers edge Celtics with (surprise!) balanced offense

    May 19, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Jrue Holiday

    The Philadelphia 76ers’ 92-83 Game 4 win over the Boston Celtics may be remembered for many things: altogether brutal offensive play, defensive flurries, or even a pair of huge Andre Iguodala makes in the closing minutes of a game where points were precious. Or, more realistically, this is exactly the kind of game that might…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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