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Boston's playoff run is going to be tough, no matter who they face.We are a day late on this story, but it keeps getting passed around the internet. So in case you missed it, Doc Rivers doesnât want to face the Miami Heat in the playoffs. Fair enough.From WEEIâs Green Street blog:So, Rivers is actually admitting he wants avoid the Heat?âOf course we would,â Rivers admitted when asked that very question. âBut if we play them, weâll be ready. But of course we would. Listen, Iâm not that dumb. Iâm not the brightest guy but come on. Really, you would love to avoid anyone [like Miami]. Listen, no matter who we play, weâre going to play a tough team. Itâs going to be New York, Indiana or Miami. Thereâs no cakewalk for us. Itâs going to be hard.âOn the one hand, Doc is quite right that if it were possible, the Celtics should avoid playing Miami given the whole âThey have LeBron James who is currently the best basketball player in the world and itâs really not that closeâ thing. While some teams (New York, Indiana and Atlanta to a certain extent) present match-up problems because of size, Miami presents match-up problems because of their level of talent. And really, they present those problems to any team they face.On the other hand, if getting to the Finals is honestly still on Bostonâs radar, they arenât going to be able to avoid Miami. The Knicks and the Pacers are both extremely good teams, but they wonât face the Heat before Boston, since both Indiana and New York are 5+ games up on Brooklyn, who is currently the 4th seed. Any trip to the Eastern Conference Finals (or beyond) is going to involve Miami, whether Doc likes it or not. The question is whether the Celtics want to potentially build up some momentum (with the opportunity to beat two very good teams) or face the Heat fresh (by tanking for the eighth seed and a first-round matchup).Docâs words and his actions seem to be at odds; he says he wants to avoid Miami, but heâs resting Pierce and Garnett extensively, which honestly makes the Celtics worse than teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers. But we wouldnât expect him to tell reporters âYeah, we are trying to lose these last few games to face a superior playoff opponent,â so that makes plenty of sense. Itâs a double-edged sword for this team, since they have proven repeatedly this season that momentum DOES matter, and dropping games to teams like the Wolves and the Cavs is a bad way to build momentum. On the other hand, theyâve also proven that they are bad without their best players, and theyâll need everyone healthy to make any kind of progress in the playoffs.Really, it will take a combination of the right circumstances and the best basketball weâve seen all season for the Celtics to advance, and even then, there are no guarantees. We may wish Boston could avoid Miami, but the options really are face Miami or be eliminated early.God save us all.Follow Tom on Twitter: @Tom_NBA.
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Celtics fans can relax a bit before playoffs start the last week of this month as they know their team will be one of the contenders. The only question left is who they will face in the first round!Coach Doc Rivers stated that he would rather not play Miami in the first round but that his team will be prepared to face anyone! Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett re-affirmed this by saying...
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Jeff Green scored 23 points and Shavlik Randolph contributed with a carrer-high 16 points, but it wasn't enough as theCavaliersÂ beat theÂ Boston CelticsÂ 97-91.Â Jared Weiss from CLNS Radio recaps the game in tonight's Three at the Buzzer.Â Â Â Â
In a show of bitterness, the Boston Celtics Jordan Crawford gave the Boston Globe a really hard time when Baxter Holmes attempted to interview him about facing his previous team the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
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8:12: The Celtics had a very decent first quarter. They currently are ahead 28-26, but they should be doing better. They gotta beat these weak teams. Technically, they're doing that, but they need to do it better. This is getting ridiculous.
Â The Celtics beat the Washington Wizards in a game that featured the return of Paul Pierce (who sat the last game due to an ankle injury) and Kevin Garnett, who hadnât played since March 8. However, it was BrandonâŚ
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce returned tonight, the Celtics moved Jeff Green into the starting lineup for good (and Courtney Lee to the bench, sorry Courtney), and the Celtics put together a quality win over John Wall and the Washington Wizards. A 19-3 run put the Celtics up big in the third quarter and the Câs cruised to an easy victory aside from a collective brain-fart by the...
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The Boston Celtics defeated the Washington Wizards 107 to 96 tonight at the TD Garden. Pierce and Garnett both returned to the lineup, which gave the entire team a nice boost. This win was a full team win, as 5 players scored in double figures and 3 more almost did. Flat-out the Wizards were no match for the Celtics talent. KG was sharp in his return to the court, but the leader...
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The Boston Celtics could be getting back their two top scorers at the same time.
There's a chance Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will both return Sunday night at home when the Celtics try to defeat the visiting Washington Wizards for the seventh straight time.
Pierce sat out Friday's 97-91 loss to lowly Cleveland with a sore left ankle, but returned to practice Saturday...
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