Found June 03, 2012 on NESN.com:
The Big Four can only take the Celtics so far. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen aren't getting any younger, and Game 2 proved that even when Rajon Rondo takes over, a Celtics win is not guaranteed. In order to take down the Miami Heat and advance to the NBA Finals, the Celtics need to get contributions off the bench. In Game 3, Marquis Daniels stepped up, providing energy and contributing 17 minutes of solid basketball on both ends of the floor. The bench contribution did not stop there. Keyon Dooling pitched in 20 minutes, attempting to fill the...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Kevin Garnett stands tall as Boston Celtics pound it inside

Kevin Garnett was joking, I think. He had already begun getting critiqued for the push-up form he unveiled during the second quarter of Boston’s 101-91 Game 3 victory, but he wanted to make an announcement:“I want people to notice that it was on the knuckles,” he said. “That’s old school. My uncle taught me to do push-ups on my knuckles. I don’t know who does push-ups...

Paul Pierce can't get caught up in battling LeBron anymore

  May 18, 2008. Five years ago.  Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.  LeBron James was 23 years-old, a year removed from an embarrassing Finals sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs, and, at the time, believed to be on the cusp of leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a championship.  Surely, people thought, the next logical step after losing...

Ray Allen Still 'Ginger' on Painful Ankles But Finding Ways to Fight Through Pain

BOSTON -- Ray Allen looked finished. In a three-game stretch against the Philadelphia 76ers, Allen mustered a total of 13 points. A game later he fouled out after playing only 25 minutes, and in the deciding Game 7 he shot 3-for-11 from the field and 2-for-7 from the free throw line. The stats were not the only troubling indicators for the veteran Celtics shooting guard. He seemed...

Small Lineup Works for Celtics, But Kevin Garnett Is Key As Always

WALTHAM, Mass. -- The playoffs are about storylines, and the facts usually have to be tweaked to fit into the narrative. That is why the story of the Celtics' victory over the Sixers in the last round was about the "Big Three" standing strong one final time, when it was really about two exceptional defenses and even though it is possible that Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen...

The Celtics’ Last Stand? Not Yet

Tonight the proud Celtics wouldn’t say die, and behind 24 points from Kevin Garnett and 23 points from Paul Pierce, Boston held off a late Miami charge to secure a 101-91 victory to get on the board in this series — they now trail two games to one, with Game 4 set for Sunday night at 8:30 P.M. Eastern. The Celtics led by only two points (30-28) after the first quarter, but gradually...

Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo Take Over in Overtime After Paul Pierce Fouls Out

BOSTON -- Paul Pierce put both hands on his head in disbelief and looked around, like he expected someone to pop out and tell him he was on some sort of hidden camera show. There was no gag, though. While jockeying for position in the post with Shane Battier early in overtime, Pierce picked up his sixth foul and went to the bench. The Celtics faced more than four minutes of crucial...

How did Celtics crank up KG to beat Heat?

Executing eight "knuckle" pushups on a parquetfloor really shouldn't be much of a challenge for a professional athlete. But for Kevin Garnett, this exercise interlude certainly seemed a bit moredifficult than dominating the low post in Game 3 of the Eastern Conferencefinals. KG, now working at center for the Boston Celtics, executed the aforementionedFriday night...

Celtics Live Blog: Kevin Garnett, C's Shoot to Even Up Series With Heat in Game 4

8 a.m. ET: Home court advantage has held so far in both conference finals, and the Celtics hope to keep it that way Sunday. The Celtics need a win to pull even with the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, but they know it will not be easy. LeBron James has been a handful all series, and he is not likely to slow down with his legacy on the line. Kevin Garnett capitalized on his...

Video: Rajon Rondo creates crease where it doesn’t exist, hits Paul Pierce

Here’s Doc Rivers on Rondo “crossing a line” by becoming consistent:“Yeah, he’s good. That’s what he is now, when you think about it. He’s just a good basketball player. Great basketball player. And now he’s consistent. That’s when you cross the line, when you’re no longer inconsistent. He’s consistent. His effort has been consistent. He’s been just terrific for us.”

Paul Pierce, LeBron James Fouling Out Indicative of Inconsistent Officiating in Eastern Conference Finals

BOSTON -- The squares of the parquet floor resembled a different type of surface on Sunday, when it took more than four quarters for the Celtics to finally put the Heat in checkmate. First, Paul Pierce exited with his sixth foul, followed less than three minutes later by LeBron James. The final 1 minute, 51 seconds of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals was played without either...

The KG/Rondo dynamic: clash and recover

In many ways, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo are the same person, they just express themselves a little differently.  Think of them as cars with the same engine, but different bodies.  The thing about their personalities, though, is that they're always right... at least in their own minds.  And they're not going to believe they're wrong until someone they respect...

Your Morning Dump... Where the jungle was f---ing rocking

  Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. "The next game, game 4 is going to be even more. You gotta anticipate them making adjustments.  We're gonna make some adjustments.  But the tenacity, the desperation has to be there.  We...

Kevin Garnett Bangs Out Push-Ups After Getting Fouled by Udonis Haslem (Video)

Maybe Kevin Garnett should change his nickname from "The Big Ticket" to "Big Poppa Pump," because he certainly channeled his inner Scott Steiner during Game 3. After getting fouled by Heat forward Udonis Haslem with just under nine minutes left in the second quarter of Friday's contest, Garnett went into full-on professional wrestler mode, banging out a few...

Doc Rivers Plays It Safe, Smart With Celtics' Lack of Practice in Playoffs

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Paul Pierce was in street clothes, while Rajon Rondo shuffled around in flip-flops. On their one-day break between Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics were not about to be mistaken for the Richmond High School boys basketball team engaging in one of the grueling practices from Coach Carter. Days off are almost precisely that for the Celtics...

Comments from the other side - Heat Game 3 6/1

Miami has such bandwagon fans.  They go from Chalmers being their 3rd best player to hating him and calling him garbage.  Wade goes from the greatest ever to having low BBIQ.  I love all the complaints about the refs.  They are so used to getting EVERY call that they can't recognize it when the refs are actually  calling it mostly even.  The foul count was even, unlike...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.