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  1. NBA Playoffs: Witnessing the ascension

    May 12, 2011, 3:22 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    This was the dream. For all the criticism, the spontaneous hatred from people he never met in cities he’d never lived, for the questions and the scrutiny, this was what he had hoped for. When LeBron James decided to abandon the franchise that drafted him and pursue a team that didn’t think Wally Sczcerbiak/Ben Wallace/Mo…

  2. In the end, it was about the Heat execution

    May 12, 2011, 2:14 AM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    End of game execution — their best players stepping up in the clutch. That was the modus operandi Boston’s “big three” of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce for years. They were better than you at both ends when it mattered most. That is why championship banner 17 flies in Boston. Miami’s “big three”…

  3. Doc Rivers “leaning heavily” toward coming back

    May 11, 2011, 11:36 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    Apparently Doc Rivers wants to do more than just hang out around Mike Krzyzewski’s practices next season. After a season where the conventional wisdom was he was walking away at the end of the season, he said after the Celtics were eliminated Wednesday you probably will have him to kick around next season, as reported…

  4. NBA Playoffs: James, Wade defeat Celtics, their demons

    May 11, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    In the summer of 2007, a former league MVP and a perennial All-Star joined a franchise player to form a group that, when healthy, dominated the NBA’s Eastern Conference and kept its two best players from reaching an NBA Finals. They took out LeBron James‘ Cavaliers in 2008 in an amazing seven-game series that culminated…

  5. Celtics will be back for one more run, but they shouldn’t

    May 11, 2011, 10:47 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Four

    The time has now passed. The window has closed. Make no mistake, the Celtics are still a good team. Bring them back next year and they will win 50-plus games and put up a fight in the playoffs. But they are not a great team. Nor will they be again with this group. Boston fought valiantly in…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Can Celtics’ veteran savvy, desperation fix many problems?

    May 11, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James and Chris Boch react towards the end of the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Through four games, the Miami Heat have exposed and exploited so many advantages against the Boston Celtics that it’s hard to logically pick the Celtics in Game 5 Wednesday night in Miami. A win and the Heat close out the series, and a Miami win seems as inevitable as David Caruso taking off his sunglasses…

  7. Miami big three says Celtics big three was its inspiration

    May 11, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    With the torch about to be passed — not willingly, but it may happen Wednesday night anyway — the Miami Heat are paying homage. They told Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN that without what Boston did in forming it’s big three back in the summer of 2007 — Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen coming to join…

  8. Celtics failure on final play symbolic of struggles

    May 10, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    For years, for much of this past regular season, this is where Boston thrived — they executed at the end of games. At the time they needed it most — a final shot in the last 19.5 seconds of regulation that would even their series with Miami — it fell apart. In an ugly fashion.…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat make the leap with overtime win

    May 9, 2011, 11:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James hugs teammate Dwyane Wade after defeating the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Early in the year, it didn’t look like they would ever get here. Miami struggled in close games. They struggled against good teams. Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh played next to each other, not with each other. They took a mountain of criticism. They weathered it. They matured as a team. They started…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Boston got one, but can they beat a better Heat?

    May 9, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Pierce defends Miami Heat forward James during the fourth quarter of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Boston looked good in getting the Game 3 — they were defending again, they had the inspiration of Rajon Rondo‘s rreturn, they got big games from Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce… Which is to say just about everything except Rondo’s elbow went right for Boston. Don’t expect that to be the case a second game…

  11. Chris Bosh admits he got nervous before Game 3

    May 9, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Pierce guards the Miami Heat's Bosh during the first quarter of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    For the first two games of the Heat vs. Celtics series, Chris Bosh did not have great numbers but he essentially played Kevin Garnett to a standstill. Not in Game 3 — Bosh had 6 points on 6 shots, plus just 5 rebounds. Garnett had 28 points and 18 boards. What happened? Bosh explained that…

  12. NBA Playoffs: The Miami Heat show their ugly side in Game 3 vs. Celtics

    May 8, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Welcome back the Miami Heat we have mocked and derided all season. We’re glad you could visit after the impressive, competent team that has inhabited your body for eight weeks. They were no fun at all, what with their championship aspirations and focused intensity. The Boston Celtics rediscovered themselves in Game 3 on Saturday, as…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Celtics bounce back, shut down the Heat

    May 7, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    It looks like the Miami-Boston series might just live up to the hype after all. After looking sluggish and over-matched in the first two games of the series, the Celtics were able to get a convincing 97-81 win over the Heat by doing what they do best: spreading the ball around on offense and playing lock-down defense.…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Shaq is back, but Boston needs more

    May 7, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Shaquille O’Neal will be back in Game 3 for Boston. Probably for about 10 minutes, 15 tops. There are questions about how effective he can be as he has not really played since January. And the Heat have said when he is on the floor they are going to try to run on everything because…

  15. Which team is more likely to come back: Celtics or Lakers?

    May 5, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen

    Right now, you don’t want to be the Celtics or the Lakers. History tells us the teams that have won the last three NBA titles are in a lot of trouble. Watching the games and how they’ve been outplayed makes it feel worse. Heading into a playoffs filled with flawed teams — there was no juggernaut…

  16. Video: Heat’s Wade abuses Garnett with Euro Step move

    May 4, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade drives to the basket past Boston Celtics' Pierce during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    Dwyane Wade was not new to the Euro step move. And the Euro step is not new to the NBA (have you seen Manu Ginobili?). But this is the textbook application, with the guard attacking an almost stationary big man in the open court.  And it spun Kevin Garnett around during a key sequence in…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Boston defenseless against Miami

    May 3, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James celebrates after scoring against the Boston Celtics in Miami

    Boston is down 2-0 to Miami. It feels a lot worse. Celtics fans can take solace that the Celtics are heading back to the Garden, but it’s hard to see how that — or Shaq or anything else — is going to make a big difference in this series. For two games, Miami has robbed…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

  20. Celtics say Bosh is the key for Miami, numbers say otherwise

    Apr 29, 2011, 6:31 PM EDT

    bosh-kg

    Before the Celtics practiced on Friday, one of the things that both Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett mentioned was their belief that Chris Bosh is the key for Miami in this series. If Bosh can play well throughout — which would mean consistently outplaying Kevin Garnett — then Boston believes the Heat will be tough…

  21. Now we have what we want: Miami vs. Boston

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:42 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Give the people what they want. And this is the series nearly everyone wanted. Old school big three vs. new school big three. LeBron James against the Celtics again — but this time he has new friends with him for backup. Tradition rich New England vs. modern and stylish Miami. Celtics vs. Heat. A seven-game…

  22. 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…

  23. Irony alert: Player calls Garnett “coward” in anonymous column

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    I love the premise of this article — there is not enough trash talk in the NBA. It’s part of ESPN’s “Player X” series where some athletes in different sports get to spout off anonymously on whatever topic they want. And this time around an NBA player — clearly a veteran — complains about the…

  24. 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,…

  25. Heat’s Chris Bosh looks like a beast in the middle. For now.

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Bosh shoots under pressure from Philadelphia 76ers Battie and Young in the second half during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Miami

    Chris Bosh would like to play the Philadelphia 76ers every game, if you please. Remember back when Chris Bosh signed with the Heat, between all the LeBron James fawning there was Bosh saying that he wanted to play power forward, not center. They needed to go out and get a real center. And the Heat…

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