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  1. NBA Playoffs, Celtic Magic Game 5: It's all about the pick-and-roll

    May 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    The numbers tell the story: In the first three games of the series the Magic ran 33 pick-and-roll plays. In Game 4 they ran 43. And won.(via Eddy Rivera) And these weren’t just your standard screens. They were staggered double screens, with Rashard Lewis setting a first screen before Jameer Nelson came off that one…

  2. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 5: Stan Van Gundy has to be willing to gamble

    May 26, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Once again, Orlando, this is it. You staved off the monster, backing into a cave and swiping at its tentacles, forcing Rajon Rondo to the locker room, forcing Kevin Garnett into tough decisions (other than yelling and barking), and generally didn’t suck. Congratulations. Now you just need to do it three more times in a…

  3. Kobe not surprised by Celtics success

    May 25, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    Most of the basketball world has been surprised by the Celtics playoff run. Not that they didn’t have the talent to make a serious run, but they had not shown any sign of pulling it all together since maybe November. Who thought they could turn it on now? Kobe Bryant. CBS’s Ken Berger reports Kobe’s…

  4. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 4: Magic fight off the icy cold hands of Celtics to stay alive

    May 24, 2010, 11:48 PM EDT

    You didn’t think it was gonna be that easy, did you? Actually, for a second there? We all probably did. The Orlando Magic staved off elimination Monday night with a gutsy 96-92 overtime win in Boston, avoiding a sweep and sending the series back to Orlando for Game 5. It was the first time all…

  5. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 3: Celtics somehow manage to outdo themselves

    May 22, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    There is no point in playing Game 4. None. If there was any way, I think the Magic would actually be okay with a mercy rule and just calling it a three game sweep. Because they clearly have no interest in trying at all. It’s a struggle to find a hook to explain this game.…

  6. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 3: Celtics dominating Magic, reaching for brooms

    May 22, 2010, 9:48 PM EDT

    Can we end this series now? Are we going to force ourselves to go through a Game 4? At the half, the Orlando Magic, facing an 0-2 deficit with little hope, their backs against the wall with their playoff lives on the line, are getting destroyed 51-34 by the Boston Celtics. This series could not…

  7. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 3: Where losing momentum is about the only Celtics concern

    May 22, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    NBA coaches tend to operate like a lazy politician — they use fear. Scare the team by showing them their mistakes and the consequences, press the buttons on their fear of failure (or threaten their playing time), motivate them to work and focus to avoid that. Doc Rivers has to find another way — there’s…

  8. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 3: Rashard Lewis and the last, best hope for the Magic

    May 22, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    Fans, the media, your local bartender, pretty much everybody is shoveling dirt on the Orlando Magic. They are not only down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals, they lost their first two games at home. Orlando has to go into Boston and win, and the Celtics don’t have all those banners hanging overhead because they…

  9. Winderman: NBA awards should not ignore the playoffs

    May 19, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Those ballots, the ones that had to be in no later than the close of the regular season, is it possible we might be able to get them back? Like every other major sports league, the NBA closes the balloting for its annual awards in advance of the postseason. Yet, as we’ve already seen over…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 2: The Celtics are feeling pretty good right now

    May 19, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    The Celtics have been here before. And they sound like it. There isn’t a lot of excitement or “wow, can’t believe we won that one” going on here. They are veterans, they are professionals and they are moving forward. The Magic are saying the right things, too. Not that it’s going to help.  

  11. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 2: Rajon Rondo may or may not have mastered the fine art of ninjitsu

    May 19, 2010, 1:02 AM EDT

    I would ask that you pay very close attention to what I am about to say. Imagine that you had just come to this planet from another world before the playoffs began. You have come on a mission to observe human culture, specifically, sporting events, specifically, professional basketball. You have no frame of reference for…

  12. Boston Celtics place foot to the throat, take 2-0 lead over Magic in Orlando

    May 18, 2010, 11:36 PM EDT

    Getcha brooms ready. Paul Pierce said last year while the Lakers were rolling the Magic in the Finals that the Celtics were Rottweilers and the Magic were poodles. So far the Celtics have bit the Magic in the throat and in Game 2 they shook the life out of them. But don’t misunderstand, the Magic…

  13. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 2, halftime: Celtics 53, Magic 51

    May 18, 2010, 10:23 PM EDT

    The Magic were much more aggressive getting Dwight Howard open. The Celtics matched that, being more aggressive attacking the rim. The result was an offensive half from two defensive teams that ended with the Celtics up two, 53-51 at the break. Paul Pierce led all scorers with 22 as he could not seem to miss,…

  14. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 1: Everything coming up Celtic Green

    May 16, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    If they keep playing like this, who’s going to stop the Boston Celtics? Certainly not the Orlando Magic, who walked into Game 1 against the Celtics as heavy favorites, having swept their first two series of the playoffs only to get blownout for thrre quarters, make a furious comeback that came up short, and eventually…

  15. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 1: The lineups and how they lineup

    May 15, 2010, 9:03 PM EDT

    So there’s a million lines of context to the Conference Finals. And we can and will discuss the intricacies of each one-on-one matchup. But what are some of the more distinct, specific elements of each team’s lineups? We decided to take a look. First, how did things shake out in the four regular season meetings…

  16. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 6: Celtics overwhelm meek Cavs to advance to Eastern Finals

    May 13, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

    And so it ends. The number one seed in the East. The number one seed in the NBA. The title favorite, again. The MVP. Cleveland’s best chance for redemption. Swept away in a green tidal wave of Celtic pride. The Boston Celtics out-executed the Cleveland Cavaliers 94-85 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals because…

  17. NBA Playoffs, Halftime: Boston Celtics 51, Cleveland Cavaliers 49

    May 13, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

    Just what we all predicted, Mo Williams was going to come out and carry his team. LeBron James has been much more aggressive, but he has not been efficient. He had 12 points on 4 of 12 shooting, plus he has six boards and five assists. The good news, only three of those 12 shoots…

  18. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 6: Celtics have a Magic reason to close out

    May 13, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    The Boston Celtics believe they’re the best team in basketball. That doesn’t really make them any different than any of the other teams left in the playoffs, save the Phoenix Suns (The Phoenix Suns: our NBA Playoffs Mickey and Mallory). But one thing they do know in the back of their heads is that a…

  19. NBA Playoffs, Cavs v. Celtics Game 6: Shaq identifies the elephant in the room, but that doesn't make it disappear

    May 13, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    LeBron James blew it big time on Tuesday, and tonight will be his chance to redeem himself. That wasn’t the only storyline from Game 5 though, as the Cavs struggled in just about every way possible to keep pace with an awfully impressive Celtics team. The problem with James’ particularly woeful performance was that in…

  20. NBA Playoffs Celtics Cavs Game 5: Let's not overlook the return of the Celtics' horsemen

    May 12, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    I understand the reaction. I had the same. Shock. Disappointment. Disbelief. It’s not about who you root for. LeBron James performing at a high level? It’s good for the NBA. It’s good for the playoffs. It’s good for the sport. And his monumental failure last night left a lot of basketball fans feeling betrayed, and…

  21. NBA Playoffs Celtics Cavs Game 5: Celtics dominate as LeBron James fails in the big time

    May 11, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    If it’s true that the sports Gods hate the city of Cleveland, Ohio, tonight was an especially delectable act of maliciousness by the deities. The Boston Celtics walked into Cleveland, dragged the Cleveland Cavaliers outside, and executed them as if they were a lottery team, 120-88. LeBron James had 15 points on only 3 of…

  22. NBA Playoffs, Cavaliers Celtics Game 5: Rajon Rondo is going to think this is a hockey game

    May 11, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    We don’t know much about what the Cleveland Cavaliers have planned to stop the Rajon Rondo layup parade — none of their key players have spoken to the media for a couple days. Mike Brown has chosen not to tell the national media the details of his plans. Smart man. But we can infer, from…

  23. NBA Playoffs, Cavaliers Celtics Game 4: Rondo was getting to the rim, but where was Shaq?

    May 10, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo had 21 official shot attempts (plus was fouled enough to get to the line 16 more times). Of that, 14 of those shots came in the paint. In game two, the Cavaliers did a good job of turning Rondo into a jump shooter — during the regular season his shot just 30 percent…

  24. The Boston Celtics: This is Rajon Rondo's team now

    May 10, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    The Big Three. KG, PP and Ray Allen. The veteran All-Stars who got together to return Boston to glory. The men that hung a new banner in the Garden two years ago. Three men now part of Celtics lore. This is not their team any more. This is Rajon Rondo’s team. If they are going…

  25. Rajon Rondo avoids being another LeBron James highlight, makes his own

    May 10, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    In the first game of the season, way back in October, Rajon Rondo had what looked like a breakaway layup, but instead it became a highlight chasedown block by LeBron James, who caught up with him and swatted it off the backboard. Fool me once… In the same situation in Game 4 Sunday, Rondo made…

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