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It was Sunday, April 29 that the media restarted their "too old, too slow" routine about the Celtics. Boston lost Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round by a score of 83-74, and everyone was ready to count out Boston yet again. The C's have come to expect these comments ever since their deep playoff run in 2010. That year, the Celtics played the Cavs in the Semis. Not many predicted the Celtics to win that series, yet the Celtics stepped up and beat Cleveland in six games. It wasn't until Boston won the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals on the road that people started to pay attention to them. The insults sprung up again last year when Miami ousted the C's in five games in the second round. "Too slow, too much mileage, not enough left in the tank."
Naturally, not many saw the Celtics advancing even past Atlanta, down 0-1, and losing Rajon Rondo for Game 2 after bumping a referee. Well, the Celtics stepped up and won the next thre...
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Doc Rivers has, from time to time, shown he's not entirely fond of last year's Celtics team. He'll tell you flat out that last year's team was more talented than this one, but this one actually plays together.
Today, less than a day removed from a tough, gritty win to even up the Eastern Conference Finals at two games each, he brought it up again.
Rajon Rondo has had much flashier passes in the Eastern Conference Finals, but a fourth-quarter tip to Mickael Pietrus in Game 5 is his most important assist of the series thus far. The Celtics built a five-point lead a couple of minutes into the final frame on Tuesday night, but the Heat came roaring back to seize the lead and briefly control of the game. That momentum only seemed...
Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen wouldn’t comment on the ever controversial refereeing after Game 4, but Rondo did talk to CLNS about Kevin Garnett’s defensive leadership at the 5:10 mark. Doc Rivers praised Ray Allen’s best performance of the post season after Game 4 and spoke to CLNS about KG’s defense at the 6:22 mark.
B-Paul and Nick Gelso will return to the mic this evening for a condensed Celtics Late Night Show. The show will be at a special start time of 6 pm, EST and will be a 60 minute broadcast. The guys will be breaking down the Eastern Conference Finals, taking a look at Rajon Rondo’s historic [...]
I don’t have much time at all to write about that win that was alternately brilliant, frustrating and brilliant again, but check out my column for the Springfield Republican newspaper.
For the Miami Heat, it was a chance to take the series back to Miami with a 3-1 lead. For the Boston Celtics, it was the perfect opportunity to get even. Rajon Rondo scored 15 points and added 15 assists, including three points in overtime, to propel the Celtics to a 93-91 win and even the Eastern Conference Finals to two games each.
One gets the feeling Rajon Rondo uses controversy like most use caffeine. He hears trade rumors and becomes a triple-double machine. Craig Sager asks him an innocent question about how the Celtics can handle rest and Rondo responds as if Sager just called his daughter ugly. Doris Burke asks him about Boston’s unexpected scoring binge and Rondo uses it as an excuse to call the...
*** Crawford. Kennedy. Willard. Davis. Their names strike fear in the hearts of all Celtics fans. No they are not members of the Miami Heat (not officially anyways, pardon the pun) but they are members of the Evil Axis of Officials. Their reputations are synonymous with ineptitude, narcissism, bias, bullying, and flat out ridiculousness [...]
Dwayne Wade had 27 points. Lebron James had 30. The Heat had their home crowd dressed all in white behind them. Miami out rebounded Boston 49-39. Paul Pierce shot 6-19. Ray Allen made just 2 of 9 field goal attempts. And Rajon Rondo hit only 3 of the 15 shots he put up. Yet somehow the Celtics won their third straight game in this series.
What the Celtics are doing...
Three reasons the Celtics won this game:
Grit and balls.
Balls and grit.
Grit and balls.
What did I tell you all before the game via Twitter? Joey Crawford is the only ref with the balls to take on LeBron Wade and Dwyane Wade. And Joey delivered with the 6th whistle on James.
Now excuse me while I restart my heart.
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The Boston Celtics went into Game 4 Sunday night trailing in the series 2-1, but with the game at home there was a lot on their side. Coming off a big win Friday Night against the Miami Heat to keep from being swept, the Celtics charged into Game 4 on a tear, staying in the lead for the majority of the game. After the half though is when the Heat started to close the gap eventually...
The Boston Celtics made it quite clear to the Miami Heat Sunday night, that if they expect to advance to the NBA Finals, they will a battle on their hands; as the “Green Team” blew a 14 point lead that they held at the half, but came back to defeat their opponents in overtime, by a final score of 93-91. The Celtics put on a show for their fans at the “New Garden” in the...
When Keyon Dooling hit his second consecutive three pointer (yes, you read that right) with 9:45 to go in the 2nd quarter last night, Boston led 45-28. The Celtics had scored 45 points in just over 14 minutes of game time. In the remaining 39 minutes, they would score just 48 points. In fact, the C’s scored more in the 1st quarter (34), than they did in the second half and...
Things haven’t gotten better for Wade against the Boston Celtics because they have been quick to send double-teams his way without the threat of Chris Bosh to keep them honest. The result is Wade is only averaging 21.0 points while seeing his shooting percentage steadily decline in each game so far this series.
Kevin Garnett is averaging a team-high 19.7 points against the Heat.