Found May 08, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Ray AllenPaul Pierce
TEAMS: Boston Celtics
The Celtics will try to close out the Hawks on Tuesday night, but they may be doing it at 100 percent. Boston's had a bunch of marquee names battling the injury bug all season long, and the playoffs have been no different. While Ray Allen has been in and out of the lineup for weeks now thanks to bone chips in his ankle, he showed very few signs of rust in his return to the hardwood in Game 3. Paul Pierce, however, left the next game with an apparent knee injury before returning to the court, causing some concern among...

Who do you ride in the final six minutes of a close game: Ray Allen or Avery Bradley?

Ray Allen’s presence helps so much for the Boston Celtics. He’s their biggest three-point threat. He’s the bench’s only real scorer and also its best play-maker. He can change a game’s momentum in a hurry, like when he tied Game 5 at 83-all with a triple from the corner. I understand everything Allen brings to the table.But with Allen’s return, Doc Rivers now has serious...

Paul Pierce has sprained MCL, will still play tonight

Damn it all to hell. I knew Pierce looked hobbled during his last outing, but I didn’t know he looked “sprained MCL” hobbled. This is just another setback the Celtics will have to overcome. Hopefully Pierce’s mobility will improve with time and treatment.Even if it does, this, THIS RIGHT HERE, is why the Celtics should have taken care of business in Game 5 and afforded...

Your Morning Dump... Where this might not be this team's last run

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 key is to get Garnett and Allen to return on shorter contracts and reduced money. It’s difficult to believe Garnett would eagerly pursue playing for another club if the Celtics wanted him to return...

Avery Bradley, Josh Smith in; Ray Allen back for second straight game

BOSTON — For the second straight game, all 15 Boston Celtics are available. The Celtics weren’t sure Avery Bradley (shoulder) would play until 65 minutes prior to tipoff, but team doctors who watched the guard shoot jump shots gave him the go-ahead. “He’s going to go. We’re just going to see how it feels and [...]

Paul Pierce has a sprained MCL

The Celtics say Paul Pierce has a sprained MCL. This is what we know about Pierce's knee injury: One free throw attempt last 2 games.— Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) May 10, 2012

Pierce helps Celtics top Hawks for 3-1 series lead

Paul Pierce scored 24 points in 18 minutes and the Boston Celtics opened a 37-point third-quarter lead before coasting to a 101-79 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Celtics can finish off the Hawks in Atlanta on Tuesday. Game 6 would be in Boston on Thursday, if necessary. Two nights after his triple-double helped...

NBA Columnist Adrian Wojnarowski to Appear on 'Dennis and Callahan' as Celtics Prepare to Finish Off Atlanta Hawks

The Celtics made a statement with their 101-79 victory over the Hawks on Sunday night, and they'll look to finish the job Tuesday in Atlanta. Boston carries a 3-1 series lead into Philips Arena, but the team is also taking a load of injuries into the game. Paul Pierce is dealing with knee pain while Ray Allen continues to battle ankle soreness. And Avery Bradley and a host of...

Join Celtics Reporter Ben Watanabe for Twitter Q&A on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

The Celtics hold a 3-1 edge in their best-of-seven series with the Hawks, and have a chance to put Atlanta away on Tuesday night. Before the action tips off on the court, though, the action will be electric on Twitter. That's because Celtics beat writer Ben Watanabe will be tackling any Celtics or NBA questions you may have before Tuesday's Game 4. Whether you'...

Hawks 87, Celtics 86: Atlanta extends the series to Game 6

Three different times during tonight’s Game 4, I exhibited the Boston Celtics’ lifeless bodies and properly identified them as deceased. Three different times they jumped straight out of the coffin doing the Bernie and making quick comebacks. But the Celtics could not get a shot off on the final possession after Rajon Rondo improbably stole an inbounds pass to give them a last...

Comments from the other side - Hawks Game 5 5/8

Hawks fans were slightly more civil in this game than they were the previous game.  At least no one was wishing death or aids on anyone. But then again, their team wasn't getting blown out in this one.   I can't help but think that it was a big mistake for the Celtics to give the Hawks confidence.  They are getting healthier and now they have confidence they can beat the...

Atlanta survives wild fourth to stay alive: ATL: 87 BOS: 86

Both teams traded double digit leads in this game. The Boston Celtics in the second quarter and the Atlanta Hawks in the third. Neither team enjoyed such a lead in the fourth as the teams traded punches and the game was never far from a one or two possession game for very long. Both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett scored 16 points for Boston but Al Horford, playing for the second...

Celtics 101, Hawks 79

BOSTON -- Paul Pierce ignited Boston's sizzling shooting start, scoring 24 points in just 16 1/2 minutes of action to carry the Celtics to a 101-79 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, giving Boston a 3-1 edge in the playoff series. Rajon Rondo added 20 points and 16 assists, and Kevin Garnett scored 13 points for the Celtics. Boston can wrap up the best-of-seven series...

Fiddlin' & Diddlin' - Daily Links 5/8

Herald  True grit vs. true quit Ray Allen impresses after time off No surprise, Paul Pierce wants to play Avery Bradley shoulders the postseason pain Heat seeking focus Sixers out to finish off Bulls Swelling down, but Joakim Noah remains out for Game 5 Lakers looking for big finish Game 5 will be a business trip for Celtics Globe  Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea...

Which Hawks Player Would Most Like to See on Celtics?

The Boston Celtics have found themselves in a fairly competitive opening-round series with the Atlanta Hawks. While Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo have been superb throughout the five game series, some of the Hawks big name stars have given the Celtics fits in trying to close out the best-of-seven. Joe Johnson has posed plenty of problems for Boston, as the Celtics first...

Careless Whispers Tonight at 9 et!

Next time on Careless Whispers: Matt Rury discovers the meaning of life, but refuses to share it with Calvin Chamberlain.  The guys fight to near death and compromise on discussing the NBA playoffs, Cole Hamels’s supension, Paul Pierce’s “injuries”, and more!  Tune in tonight at 9 eastern.
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