Found May 29, 2012 on
Oklahoma City Thunder
San Antonio Spurs
Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
1: Miami too much in Game 1
The Boston Celtics needed a lot of things to go right to steal Game 1, and very little of it did. Aside from Kevin Garnett having another strong performance (23 points, 10 rebounds), the Celtics were taken out of their comfort zone by a tough Miami defense, led by, who else, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Wade and James, beyond combining for 54 of Miami's 93 points, also combined for five blocks, two steals, and countless changes of plan, especially when it comes to Rajon Rondo's aggressiveness. Shane Battier chipped in nicely with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and a couple of blocks of his own. Miami blocked 11 of Boston's shots, holding them to 39.5% shooting.
Offensively, Miami patiently waited for Boston's stingy defense to show weaknesses, and they attacked relentlessly when they did. And while there will be a lot of chatter today abo...
BEST OF MAXIM
Flopping in the NBA seems to have become even more prominent this year. From the Miami Heat to Blake Griffin to Manu Ginobili (the biggest flopper in the league) the NBA is looking more like soccer everyday.
Sunday night during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Spurs and Thunder, we witnessed something that has rarely been seen. The double flop. Manu Ginobili and...
The Boston Celtics’ season was in the balance, and their stable of All-Stars had been reduced to one simple offensive set. Paul Pierce had fouled out with four minutes left, Ray Allen — despite two gigantic triples — couldn’t be relied on for offense and Doc Rivers felt he could only thoroughly trust two players.“We were kind of down to Rondo and Kevin (Garnett) in pick...
I don’t look at them as the Big Three. I look at them as the championship four. My hat is off to them. – Doug Collins on the Celtics’ core Those that listen to The Celtics Late Night Show and the CLNS Celtics Post Game Show, know I am not always jumping to Rajon Rondo‘s [...]
Ok here's the situation: Last year Rajon Rondo was voted to the NBA All-Defensive 1st team (2nd only to Dwight Howard in overall votes). There wasn't a guard in the league considered a better defender than Rajon Rondo. This year Rondo was bumped down to the NBA All-Defensive 2nd team, partly because he missed games to injury and partly because Avery Bradley became known...
It really looked like the Oklahoma City Thunder might steal Game 1 in San Antonio. The Spurs were turning the ball over like crazy and OKC had a 9-point lead going into the 4th quarter. Then the Thunder only scored three points through the first half of the fourth, letting the Spurs back in and even giving them a three point lead with six minutes to go in the game. At that...
The Celtics need to be zoned in for 48 full minutes (or reasonably close to it) to beat the Heat. They need Rajon Rondo to play like a superstar. They need to rebound and rotate on a string and move the ball sharply.None of that happened tonight, so the Celtics trail 1-0. This is their first double-digit playoff loss, so we’ll see how they adjust and respond on Wednesday. I...
The Boston Celtics finished off the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday in dramatic fashion, winning Game 7 by a 10-point margin. The game was in the balance until the final moments, when the Celtics heated up on offense, shooting just over 69 percent in the fourth quarter. Rajon Rondo filled up the stat sheet in the closing moments, collecting 11 of his 18 points inside the five-minute...
Kevin Garnett told Miami, “Let’s get it on,” after beating the 76ers in game seven. Jrue Holiday was one of the 76ers go-to scorers in this tight series with the Celtics and he spoke to CLNS about covering Rajon Rondo and assessed his own performance.
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The general manager of the Boston Celtics was trying to understand how LeBron James could get to the free-throw line those 24 times, and so Danny Ainge stood in the hallway recreating a clear-path foul call...
MIAMI Within moments of the opening tip, the Boston Celtics were in character. Kevin Garnett missed a dunk on an alley-oop pass from Rajon Rondo, illustrating the difference between Lob City and Hub City. Then Paul Pierce clanked a wide-open jumper, which was a work of art compared with what followed: Ray Allen, preternaturally silky release or not, shooting a 19-foot jumper from...
SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs won their 20th consecutive game, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-111 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday at the AT&T Center. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 34 points and eight assists as the Spurs never trailed, holding off a fourth-quarter Oklahoma City rally to take a 2-0 series lead. Spurs guard Manu Ginobili...
Boston Celtics (8-6, 0-1) at Miami Heat (9-3,1-0)
Playoff Game #15 – Road Game #8
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
8:30 pm ET
TV: ESPN, TSN
Radio: WEEI, 790 AM, ESPN Radio
American Airlines ArenaReferees: Ken Mauer, James Capers, Tom Washington
The Celtics looked slow and old in the second half of game 1. They allowed way too many dunks and open layups. They had their...
Boston Celtics (8-5, 0-0) at Miami Heat (8-3, 0-0)
Monday, May 28
8:30 PM ET
Playoff Game #14 Road Game #7
TV: ESPN, TSN
Radio: WEEI, 790 AM, ESPN Radio
American Airlines Arena Referees: Ed Malloy, Dan Crawford, Jason Phillips
The Celtics finally have made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. There were times against the Sixers when it seemed like they might...