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While NBA nation remains all giddy about DWade’s performance against us yesterday (rightfully so; it was a masterpiece), I have found myself asking (myself) where that performance ranks all time in playoffs elimination games.

I suppose this is a subjective question –the kind Nick loves for the Celtics Late Night Show in that it sparks a conversation where a conclusive answer will never be reached, but I nonetheless will attempt to put Wade’s performance into some type of historical perspective.We’re only going to go back 20 years for this discussion as well, for if nothing else:Because I only have about an hour in between conf calls to research this We’ll make this a “Jordan Era to Current Era” discussion (with my def of the Jordan Era beginning in ’91 with his first title)I know, I just eliminated all of Larry Legend’s best elimination game performances from this discussion, but like I said- I only have an hour here to research, and it’s tough to find good consistent data pre-90’s anyways.Having said that, two Paul Pierce elimination games immediately come to mind:his 41-point duel with Lebron in Game 7 of the Eastern Semi’s of the championship season And his 46-point outburst in Game 5 of 2002, 1st round against Philly.How do those games stack up over the last 20 seasons and to Wade’s yesterday?First, we need to establish some basic criteria. While I know, Brandon would simply like to filter all of this into a simple +/- stat, that’s not going to be quite enough for this topic (sorry Bran!)Admittedly, there is no perfect formula here either, but one we can use is the “Game Score” ranking introduced by John Hollinger of ESPN. (I figure we all know who Hollinger is, and we all at least casually reference his PER rankings, so why not?)“Game Score” is intended to be a rough measure of a player’s productivity for a single game. Essentially, it is a simpler version of Hollinger’s Player Efficiency Ratings. The “Game Score” formula –for those of you keeping track at home- is: PTS + 0.4 * FG - 0.7 * FGA - 0.4*(FTA - FT) + 0.7 * ORB + 0.3 * DRB + STL + 0.7 * AST + 0.7 * BLK - 0.4 * PF - TOV. The scale is similar to that of points scored, i.e., 40 is an outstanding performance, 10 is an average performance, etc.With that in mind, here are the Top 50 performances, by “Game Score” in playoffs elimination games since 1991:Date Player Team Opp Rd G# MP FG FGA 3P FT FTA ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS GmSc6/5/1993 Charles Barkley PHO SEA WCF 7 46 12 20 1 19 22 10 24 1 1 1 1 3 44 45.05/3/2002 Paul Pierce BOS PHI EC1 5 44 16 25 8 6 7 1 4 6 1 1 0 1 46 41.65/14/2001 Dirk Nowitzki DAL SAS WCS 5 47 14 24 0 14 18 6 18 2 6 1 3 2 42 41.35/20/1995 Kevin Johnson PHO HOU WCS 7 42 12 26 1 21 22 1 3 10 1 1 1 3 46 40.05/5/1995 Clyde Drexler HOU UTA WC1 4 41 12 18 4 13 14 3 9 6 1 0 1 3 41 39.75/1/1997 Anfernee Hardaway ORL MIA EC1 4 48 12 23 4 13 16 3 7 4 4 3 1 4 41 38.15/11/2009 Dirk Nowitzki DAL DEN WCS 4 44 14 25 0 16 17 1 13 3 2 1 4 1 44 36.45/22/2006 Tim Duncan SAS DAL WCS 7 50 12 24 0 17 23 6 15 6 1 3 3 4 41 36.25/22/2006 Dirk Nowitzki DAL SAS WCS 7 50 11 20 0 15 16 2 15 3 1 1 0 3 37 34.95/3/2000 Gary Payton SEA UTA WC1 4 42 11 23 3 10 11 2 10 11 6 0 4 4 35 34.84/28/2002 Allen Iverson PHI BOS EC1 3 44 10 23 3 19 20 0 5 4 5 0 3 3 42 34.66/12/1998 Karl Malone UTA CHI FIN 5 44 17 27 0 5 6 4 9 5 1 1 1 2 39 34.24/28/2001 Tracy McGrady ORL MIL EC1 3 50 14 32 0 14 18 0 8 10 3 2 2 3 42 34.25/8/1993 Hakeem Olajuwon HOU LAC WC1 5 46 14 27 0 3 3 9 21 3 3 7 3 2 31 33.86/1/2005 Amare Stoudemire PHO SAS WCF 5 46 16 32 0 10 11 7 16 2 1 4 3 4 42 33.85/18/1997 Patrick Ewing NYK MIA ECS 7 44 17 27 0 3 3 6 17 4 0 2 2 2 37 33.85/14/1991 Tim Hardaway GSW LAL WCS 5 51 11 22 1 4 6 0 1 20 5 2 1 3 27 33.75/18/2001 Vince Carter TOR PHI ECS 6 43 17 31 4 1 2 3 5 5 4 1 0 3 39 33.45/4/2006 Anthony Johnson IND NJN EC1 6 45 16 23 3 5 9 1 5 5 2 0 2 2 40 33.35/28/2009 LeBron James CLE ORL ECF 5 46 11 24 0 15 19 3 14 12 1 1 4 3 37 33.35/17/2006 Tim Duncan SAS DAL WCS 5 44 13 19 0 10 15 4 12 4 1 3 3 2 36 33.24/25/2010 Dwyane Wade MIA BOS EC1 4 43 16 24 5 9 14 0 5 5 2 0 6 4 46 33.05/27/2003 Michael Finley DAL SAS WCF 5 44 9 14 1 12 12 1 8 3 5 2 2 3 31 32.95/18/2008 LeBron James CLE BOS ECS 7 47 14 29 3 14 19 1 5 6 2 0 2 4 45 32.85/1/2009 Dwyane Wade MIA ATL EC1 6 39 11 23 3 16 17 0 5 2 0 2 0 1 41 32.86/3/2001 Allen Iverson PHI MIL ECF 7 44 17 33 4 6 7 1 6 7 2 0 2 4 44 32.85/18/1997 Tim Hardaway MIA NYK ECS 7 45 12 20 6 8 10 0 3 7 5 0 6 1 38 32.45/19/2004 Kevin Garnett MIN SAC WCS 7 46 12 23 1 7 11 1 21 2 4 5 2 1 32 32.35/4/2006 Steve Nash PHO LAL WC1 6 46 9 14 1 13 13 0 2 13 0 0 3 1 32 32.15/2/1994 Reggie Williams DEN SEA WC1 3 39 11 16 3 6 7 0 6 8 2 2 1 4 31 32.05/3/2005 Mike Bibby SAC SEA WC1 5 43 13 24 2 7 8 0 3 10 4 0 2 3 35 31.75/17/1992 Brad Daugherty CLE BOS ECS 7 36 9 11 0 10 13 2 9 6 0 3 0 2 28 31.75/17/2001 Sam Cassell MIL CHH ECS 6 42 10 16 0 13 15 1 4 11 2 0 3 4 33 31.75/30/1996 Karl Malone UTA SEA WCF 6 39 13 22 0 6 9 2 10 7 4 0 1 2 32 31.55/18/1995 Hakeem Olajuwon HOU PHO WCS 6 43 13 22 0 4 4 1 8 10 2 5 2 4 30 31.54/30/2000 Terrell Brandon MIN POR WC1 3 48 10 16 2 6 6 1 7 12 1 0 1 1 28 31.35/18/2007 Amare Stoudemire PHO SAS WCS 6 41 14 28 1 9 10 5 12 0 0 4 0 2 38 31.25/18/2008 Paul Pierce BOS CLE ECS 7 44 13 23 4 11 12 1 4 5 2 0 4 4 41 31.26/1/2001 Ray Allen MIL PHI ECF 6 43 12 25 9 8 8 0 2 4 3 0 2 4 41 31.15/5/1995 Hakeem Olajuwon HOU UTA WC1 4 38 14 22 0 12 15 2 8 3 0 1 2 5 40 31.06/2/1995 Reggie Miller IND ORL ECF 6 35 13 19 6 4 4 1 7 2 2 0 2 2 36 31.05/17/1992 Michael Jordan CHI NYK ECS 7 42 15 29 0 12 13 3 6 4 2 3 5 3 42 31.05/2/1991 Doc Rivers ATL DET EC1 4 42 14 19 0 6 7 3 9 4 0 0 1 2 34 30.85/2/2008 Tracy McGrady HOU UTA WC1 6 42 13 26 2 12 18 1 10 5 0 1 1 1 40 30.84/29/1997 Anfernee Hardaway ORL MIA EC1 3 47 16 30 1 9 10 1 8 2 2 0 1 4 42 30.65/2/2006 Boris Diaw PHO LAL WC1 5 38 7 12 0 11 11 4 10 9 1 0 0 3 25 30.15/5/2000 Shaquille O'Neal LAL SAC WC1 5 35 15 24 0 2 7 7 18 4 1 3 3 1 32 29.95/3/2005 Peja Stojakovic SAC SEA WC1 5 42 14 25 5 5 5 2 4 4 1 0 0 5 38 29.94/30/1997 Kenny Anderson POR LAL WC1 3 41 9 11 3 9 10 1 5 5 2 0 2 3 30 29.75/2/2003 Chauncy Billups DET ORL EC1 6 45 11 23 7 11 12 0 4 4 1 0 2 3 40 29.7…………….Charles Barkley’s historic Game 7 of the ’93 Western Conf Finals (45.0 Game Score rating) beats out Pierce’s ’02 game against Philly (41.6 rating) because he had 24 boards to go with his 44 points. (Even though Pierce had a better offensive game; 16 of 25 from the field, 8 of 10 from behind the arc).Wade’s game yesterday lost points with Game Score for his six turnovers, and relatively low rebound and assist numbers leaving him an overall rating of 33.0.Also, Dirk Nowitzki is littered all over the Top 10 with his Game 5 in ’01-Western Conf semis vs Spurs, Game 4- ’09-Western Conf semis vs Denver, and Game 7- ’06 Western Conf semis vs Spurs all with a 34.9 Game Score rating or higher. With the Mavs down 3-1 to the Spurs this year, are we in store for another legendary elimination game performance from Dirk?The aforementioned Pierce duel with Lebron registered in at a 31.2 Game score rating on the strength of Pierce’s 13 of 23 from the floor and 11 of 12 from the line. (and one historic tap in from Red at the line!)Ray Allen also cracked the Top 50 in 2001 when he nearly led his Bucks team to the NBA Finals. His Game 6 in the Eastern Conf Finals against Philly tallied a 31.1 Game Score rating behind 41 points including 9 of 13 from distance and a –ahem- perfect 8 of 8 from the line.KG’s top elimination game came against Sacramento in the ’04 Western Conf semis as a member of the T’Wolves. 32 points-21 rebs- 5 blocks- 4 steals- 2 dimes was enough for a 32.3 Game Score rating.And lo and behold, a veteran PG for the Atlanta Hawks in 1991 posted a 34 point (14 of 19 shooting)- 9 rebound- 4 asst effort (to only 1 turnover) in Game 4 of the Eastern Conf 1st round for a 30.8 Game Score rating. His name? Doc Rivers.
So, does this actually answer any questions? Probably not. But it certainly adds some data to an already interesting discussion!
Monday, 26 April 2010 09:40

Paul Pierce is a Blogger Again

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From Boston.Com:

On Game-Winner's, I was a Late Bloomer

...by Paul PierceI think everyone who plays the game of basketball, they’ve been in their backyard, or they’ve been on that playground envisioning it -- clock winding down, last-second shot, game on the line.That moment started for me back in the like sixth grade, on the court by myself. You envision it and when it actually happens it’s like, “Wow, this is what I’ve played the game all these years for.”I really can’t explain it. I think you have to have a certain confidence, when it’s actually on the line and for all the money. Referees on the floor. Fans in the crowd. You’ve got to believe the shot’s...READ MORE

(Courtesy of NBA.Com)

No one could have stopped Dwyane Wade on Sunday afternoon. All of the frustrated looks and dejected gestures from game's 1, 2 and 3, culminated in the playoff performance of a life-time. Wade scored 46 points on 16-24 shooting, 5-7 from three. The "Wade-Show" had not slowed the Celtics down a bit in the first three games of the series but, on Sunday, Quintin Richardson and Michael Beasley chipped in with double digit points.

The Miami Heat jumped out on the Celtics in the first quarter, taking a 31-18 lead. The Celtics started the game on the wrong foot with 8 first quarter turnovers while trying to adjust to a zone defense. Committing just 8 turnovers the rest of the way, the Boston Celtics made it a competitive ball game.

Rajon Rondo led the way for Boston with 23 points, 9 assists and 4 rebounds. Kevin Garnett looked as mobile as I've seen him. His mid-range game and post-play looked excellent. Garnett ended the game with 18 points and 12 rebounds on 9-13 shooting-- vintage Garnett except one area. KG missed TWO clutch free throws in crunch time.

The foul shooting woes were not limited to Garnett either. With the Celtics trailing 96-92 with just over two minutes remaining, Ray Allen stepped to the foul line. When Ray goes to the line, it's usually my cue to get up, grab a water or pop some popcorn-- Ray's shots are a lock. Ray Allen (15 points) missed THREE consecutive free throws and I dropped my bag of popcorn. It was the first time Allen had missed three consecutive from the stripe in 411 games.

Five consecutive free throw misses from two over 80 percent shooters, coupled with D-Wade's super-human performance, has set up the stage for a game 5 clincher in Boston.

I will be in Boston for game 5. Look for live game updates.

Noteworthy:

Only Nate Robinson played less minutes (4:26) than Rasheed Wallace (10:57). I hope that Doc continues to play 'Sheed cautiously as his defense was horrendous in the 10 minutes he did play.

Rasheed, we are still waiting to see it.

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Sunday, 25 April 2010 11:56

An Open Letter To Dwyane Wade

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Dear D-Wade,There was a time when I admired the way you balled. It was fun to watch you cut and slash your way to the lane, somehow managing to hit a layup among three defenders and get to the line. Your first step explosiveness left defenders icing their ankles after games and the art of the block from behind has been revived with your arrival to the NBA.You won a Championship carrying the hopes of a city, Shaq and an awkward dismissal, er, leave of absence by your head coach when Pat Riley saw you were good enough to win it and decided to muscle him out. Stan Van was getting snuffed out and you continued on, leading my fantasy league of players most likely to end up three rows deep in the stands after a layup (Rondo and CP3 were close behind).I could overlook your overexposure when you were injured and every three seconds the camera would catch you on the bench in your suit and bowtie with that ridiculous Nelly-esque bandage under your eye even though that injury had healed weeks prior. Even with the T-Mobil commercials in which you profess to the world that you like to look good I gave it a pass because maybe Barkley needed to be reminded or something.Paul Pierce recently joked that you should sign with the C’s when you become a free agent. While I think that would be pretty awesome, Boston is already way over the salary cap for next year even without signing Ray Allen and your acquisition would be a pipe dream at best. Regardless, what you showed me in the second quarter of game three made me question your overall integrity as a player.You flopped.In and of itself, that isn’t really all that bad. I understand exaggerating to get a call or draw attention to some contact, however ticky tack it may be. What you did was disgusting. Running up behind Rondo when the C’s were on a fast break, deliberately running into him and the jumping backwards on the ground like a pit bull just took a run at your skin eggs was mind boggling. The fact that you actually got the call was the cherry on the top of the flop cake.You are friggin’ Dwyane Wade, not Zaza Pachulia. What the hell were you thinking? That was pure Euro trash play. Even Anderson Varejao thinks that was a flop for the ages and you don’t even have his Side Show Bob hair that calls like a siren to the ref’s eyes when he starts his downward accent. In all my time of watching all levels of basket ball I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so ridiculous in my life. Kids who play Biddy Ball think that was a bush league.I lost a decent sized chunk of respect for you on Friday night that that thought would even cross your mind. If you would have made a hard foul, I could get behind that. That is just a superstar mixing it up. That flop was a role player coming off the bench to get some hustle and aggravate the other team, like Varejao or Noah.While I’m not off the Wade bandwagon yet, if your game starts incorporating moves like that I’m going to have to write more posts decrying your basketball integrity. You proclaim you like to look good, but on Friday night, you looked like a clown.Play the game, Dwyane, not the refs.

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It's kind of unbelievable that during the Celtics Big Three Era of domination, they have never swept a seven game series. The Celtics, a team that's season is defined by their playoff success, is taking one step at a time en-route to their second finals birth in three season's.It's not out of the question to think that the Celtics are not only looking to get back to their championship form of 2008 but the 2009-10 NBA playoffs can also be considered a run that's in defense of their lost crown. The Boston Celtics did not get an opportunity to defend their NBA crown in 2009. Injuries to Leon Powe and Kevin Garnett left the Celtics to fill in with Mikki Moore, Glen Davis and Brian Scalabrine-- not necessarily the same team that won the championship a season earlier.In 2010 the Celtics have gotten healthier as the season has worn on. Entering the playoffs at full speed, the Celtics can now consider this to be a campaign not only to win the NBA title but also to reclaim what was stolen from them last season amidst injuries.The NBA couldn't be happier either. No doubt, David Stern has two choices to come out of the East. The Cavs and Celtics will square off in the next series in a meeting that will have more meaning then just another semi-final match-up. King James will finally have the chance to beat his "bullying big brother" and avenge the loss of 2008. The Cavs also have an opportunity to make up for their Eastern Finals flopper against the Magic. Who better to make right what went wrong in season's past by squaring off against a team that clearly hates each other. Before the NBA can start to hype up that rivalry, however, both the Celtics and Cavs have to wrap up their current series' to advance and it looks like the Celtics may accomplish that task first.Surprisingly, the scrutinized Celtics will likely finish their series before the Cavs can dispose of the Bulls. I have called every game of this series thus far a "must win." Game four is no different.The Celtics can take away confidence if they sweep the Heat but, most importantly, it will give them a chance to catch their breath and prepare while the Cavs finish off the Bulls. I am praying for the Bulls to squeeze one more game out of the Cavs, extending the series and giving the C's even more rest.The Celtics are not discounting the value of a sweep nor are they dismissing the Heat's determination to extend their season one more game. Even more encouraging is the rhetoric coming from the Celtics locker room. The C's have shifted their quotes and are now honed back in on terms like "marathon," "process," and "finish lines." The Celtics are not satisfied with a first round victory but they're are not resting on their laurels either.From Julian Benbow/Boston Globe: "You don’t win anything if you get four in the first round," Ray Allen said. "Winning three games doesn’t mean anything either. You can’t go around and be fuzzy because you’ve won a couple of games. We have to make sure that we follow through because it is a process. It’s like running a marathon. You’re not done until you cross the finish line. So we have a finish line and we have to cross it.""You have to anticipate this game is going to be like a desperation game, just all out for them," Kevin Garnett said. "That’s what we’re anticipating. Nothing more, nothing less from them.""I think we’ve done a great job of focusing on individual games, one at a time," Garnett said. "We haven’t looked past or done any of the idiotic things to lose focus. I think we’ve done a really, really good job of coming in and executing and knowing the gameplan for that particular game and going out and displaying it." So nice to see the rhetoric shift from, "we have to focus," "we have to play 48 minutes," and "we have to execute down the stretch."The Boston Celtics can send a message to the NBA today that they are still relevant and not to be dismissed. That every bit of confusion, discussion and speculation that a frustrating season has provided was just a team preparing for the real season. I still do not believe that a team can win a championship without performing at a higher level throughout the entire season but the Celtics are starting to prove me wrong. I couldn't be happier to be proved wrong on this point.

GO CELTICS!

Sunday, 25 April 2010 08:38

The Lakers are Reeling-- How's it Feel?

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Today the Boston Celtics look to be the first team in the NBA Playoffs to advance to the Semi-Finals. After the most frustrating season I can remember in a year the Celtics are competitive, it's now kind of gratifying to sit back and chill while the Celtics look to clinch. The C's look to be back to their "elite" form and the timing couldn't be better.Meanwhile, elsewhere in the NBA, the Lakers lost their second straight game to the eighth seed OKC Thunder. Watching the Lakers getting head butted by the Thunder Saturday night was pleasing, to say the least. While watching, I was able to recognize the intensity level displayed by LA because it looked very familiar. The Boston Celtics coasted through the final four month's of the regular season and everyone was questioning every quality that derives from the player's heart. It was as if an impostor possessed the bodies of the Celtics players and left them unemotional and reeling in losses. The playoffs began and the Celtics looked to have exorcised the demon that had ruined their season. It seems as if that demon has traveled out west and took over the 2009 NBA champions.After their second consecutive loss Phil Jackson addressed the media. Usually the Zen-Master fills the press room with annoying subtleties and cryptic jabs-- usually directed at referee's or anyone that may be coming in the way of his players path to victory. Last night, Jackson had no one to blame but his own players,From NBA.COM: "Not much to say about that one, they just took it to us," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson. "The beginning of the second half was as bad as we can start and we tumbled from there. It was a pretty good meltdown."After all his years of playing for Jackson, LA point guard Derek Fisher said, "I don't know if I've ever heard him say that. Where we melted down and didn't even give ourselves a chance to win." The ESPN coverage has started to turn their back on Kobe Bryant as well. Kobe's age and health have taken over the air waves and is now officially the focus of ESPN coverage of the Lakers. How's it feel Kobe? The Celtics have been dealing with that nonsense since 2008.Does Kobe deserve this scrutiny? Well, he is averaging 28 points per game in the playoffs in typical Bryant fashion. The Lakers are getting zero out of any other player besides Gasol (20 ppg). I can't say that Kobe's point production is anything to scoff at. His field goal (37%), three-point shooting (38%) and free-throw (74%) percentages, however, are rather concerning for Lakers fans.It's apparent that the champs did not expect the high intensity defense the Thunder have brought to them in OKC. The OKC crowd has also seemed to rattle the Lakers a bit. As the crowd held "Beat LA" posters and chanted the Celtics rallying cry, I couldn't help but be transported back to 2008. It's clear that the Thunder want to upset the champs and their fans are whole heartidly behind them-- raucous and involved. The Lakers are running back to LA with the head down and focus in question.It's pretty obvious that the Lakers are not going to lose the pivotal game five at home. The series may end up going seven games and the Lakers will probably pull it out but not before the media has turned their back on them, their looming opponents have uncovered their vulnerabilities-- thanks to the Thunder and every opponent in the NBA is on notice that anyone can beat LA.Has the NBA-World been turned upside down?The Lakers are reeling, the Cavs dropped one to the Bulls and the Celtics are finally reaching full stride. In my mind the "ship is finally righted" and the timing couldn't be better.

Game three is supposed to be the hardest game to win because it is the first game on an opponent’s home court. The home team is determined to protect what is theirs and the opponent better beware. All this would be true if Dwyane Wade had help.

The Boston Celtics have decided that they don't care if Wade scores 40 points no other Heat player will be able to sniff the other side of 17 points.

In fact no other Heat starter has averaged more than six points. Michael Beasley might have cracked that barrier with his game three performance.

The Miami Heat have attempted to build a supporting cast for Wade that is similar to what the Cleveland Cavaliers did for Le Bron James. The only problem is that the Wade has not been able to instill confidence in his group.

Wade is averaging over 30 points a game and is showing signs of wear and tear.

The final seconds of game three found him on the sidelines suffering from cramps. He could only watch as 'The Truth', Paul Pierce sank the game winning jumper as time expired.

The bewildered Heat players watched Boston celebrate and effectively douse any hope of them advancing to the second round.

It would be embarrassing for Pat Riley if this team gets swept, because it might mark the end of Wade's tenure in South Florida.

That being said this current core of Celtic players have had issues with closing out opponents. Their history has shown that they have done a lot of falling down when other teams have challenged them.

The question is what will Boston do to close out this series and get the rest that their older bodies need?

The Celtics must try and duplicate the same type of effort that they exerted in game two, where they ran Miami off the court in the second half.

Glen Davis will have to duplicate hie efforts in limited minutes, this has always been a challenge because 'Big Baby' has an ego as large as his frame.

Tony Allen and Rajon Rondo will need to continue to harass the Heat point guards into submission.

Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett have to limit the second chance opportunities for the Heat.

Paul Pierce and Ray Allen must continue to torch Miami's wing players with their offensive onslaught.

Rest assured that the Miami Heat will play like possessed men in what could be their final game of the 2009-2010 season.

In the end it won't be enough because the Boston Celtics have no intentions of coming back to South Beach to play basketball this year.

It is now up to the Celtics to turn out the lights on the Heat, if they do the rest of the NBA playoff contenders will definitely take notice.

Saturday, 24 April 2010 10:37

The Boston Celtics Sound Off After Game 3 Victory

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Thank-you Quintin Richardson!

The Cavaliers, Lakers and Mavs have all lost a game in their first round series. The Boston Celtics have not. Paul Pierce pulled out his clutch game last night and the C's took a commanding 3-0 lead on the Miami Heat. Totally worth a second look.

(Courtesy of Celtics.Com)

Compliments of CSNNE:

Paul Pierce:

Doc Rivers:

Rajon Rondo:

Unemotional, as usual...

Ray Allen:

Saturday, 24 April 2010 03:49

Playoff Game Winners In Big Three Era

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What’s the most exciting play in basketball? A game-winning shot. What’s better than that? A game-winning shot in the NBA Playoffs.Since the formation of the modern Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce, the Boston Celtics have given viewers plenty of opportunities to jump out of their seats during the regular season.It’s been in the playoffs though, when those game-winners have proved to be most exciting. There’s something special about ending a hard-fought postseason contest on one shot. All the work put into the game and all the preparation comes down to one play and the ball seems almost frozen in midair on its path to the basket. It just gives you the chills.Despite not having any game winners during the playoffs in their championship season in 2008, the Celtics won on the last shot in two contests last year and one already this postseason. It also comes as no surprise that three of the game winners came from Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, two of the most clutch shooters in the NBA.

BOS at MIA Game 3 – April 23, 2010

This past Friday night, the captain delivered his best game of the playoffs to increase Boston’s lead over Miami to 3-0 in the first round. After defeating the Heat in Game 2 with Garnett sidelined with a one-game suspension, the Celtics had a chance to put Miami in an insurmountable hole on the road.With the Heat playing their best basketball of the series, Boston needed someone to step up and match Dwayne Wade. That someone was Pierce, who put the team on his back like he’s done so many times in his career with Boston and capped off his 32-point night with the game winner as time expired.Coming out of the timeout, head coach Doc Rivers designed the play specifically for Pierce to get the last shot. Any movement by the other four players was extraneous and used as a decoy. Guarded by Dorell Wright, Pierce waited until the last possible moment to get to his sweet spot at the right elbow to bury a step-back jumper to give the Celtics the two-point win. Maybe the best part of this video is that after hitting the shot, Pierce acts likes he’s been there and done it before.

BOS at ORL Game 4 – May 10, 2009

Trailing in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, an unlikely hero emerged for Boston. Glen Davis, who started in place of the injured Garnett, scored 21 points and hit the game winner against the Magic in Orlando. Not only did the shot even the series at two apiece, it also merited Davis’ self-proclamation as the “Ticket Stub” for his play in the absence of Garnett.Though the play was originally designed for Pierce and Allen as the primary options, Davis was left open after setting a screen for Pierce. Rather than forcing the action while being double-teamed, Pierce instinctively made the right play by passing it to Davis. Before that game, Davis was playing on a different level than he had been during the regular season, and with the success he had in the prior series against Chicago, Davis’ confidence was high. It showed in the final seconds as he calmly knocked down the mid-range jumper he had been working on every day in practice.

CHI vs. BOS Game 5, April 20, 2009

This game winner, while being nearly the exact same shot The Truth nailed against Miami, was Pierce’s first game-winning shot of his postseason career. It also came in one of the best playoff series in NBA history as Boston and Chicago battled through multiple overtimes before concluding the series in seven games.With the series tied at two, Boston needed a win to defend its home court before heading to Chicago for Game 6. With Ray Allen fouling out and Garnett injured, it was the longest tenured Big Three member who hit clutch shot after clutch shot to help the Celtics win. Pierce first made a shot towards the end of regulation to send the game into overtime, before finally ending it with his bread and butter jump shot.

CHI vs. BOS Game 2, April 28, 2009

After having the air sucked out of the TD Banknorth Garden in an overtime loss in Game 1, the Celtics could ill afford to lose both contests on their home floor. After failing to tie the game in overtime of the series opener, Ray Allen wouldn’t miss this time around.The play was designed and executed perfectly with Pierce being used as a decoy and Allen coming off of a screen for a catch-and-shoot. Joakim Noah picked up on the play just a moment too late and Allen was given just enough air space with his quick release to get the shot off in time. Allen came through numerous times for Boston and this was just one of the many big shots he hit in the series.

And the Truth shall set you free…from the perils of overtime anyway.Paul Pierce dropped a stone cold dagger into the hearts of the Miami Heat after a back and forth game that never had double digit lead. Pierce had 11 of his 32 PTS in the fourth quarter and shot 11-23 from the floor, adding 4-10 from behind deep.Pierce held the ball at the top of the on an isolation against Dorell Wright while the rest of the C’s cleared out to let the Captain go to work. Paul dribbled twice to the right with three seconds left in regulation and Miami with a foul to give, stepped back with a hand in his face and splashed a 21 foot jumper that left the clock all zeros.Somehow, the Celtics won despite getting absolutely nothing from Kendrick Perkins offensively and only 10 PTS from their reserves. Ray Allen was smooth while collecting his 25 PTS, accounting for the other 4 of Boston’s made three pointers and shot 8-16 from the field overall. Kevin Garnett even showed us some shimmy shake on the baseline and chipped in with 16 PTS.Boston certainly didn’t win this game with defense, allowing the Heat to shoot a blistering 5o percent from the field for the game. Dwayne Wade had a game high 34 PTS to go with his 8 ASTS but was hit with a technical after complaining about foul on Pierce. In my opinion, if you run down the court and up the back of an opposing player then fall back on the ground like you were attached to a bungee cord (which Wade did, drawing a foul on Rondo) you don’t get to bitch about anything.Miami’s scoring came in stark contrast to the C’s points, having the bench contributing 39 PTS while only Wade and Michael Beasley being the only starters with more than 5 PTS. Dorell Wright played well coming off the bench for the Heat, pouring in 15 PTS on 4-5 from the field and some good defense all night. He even defended Pierce as well as you could on the game winning shot without fouling in the act or getting a piece of the ball.The only thing that was jarring to me was seeing that Miami dominated the paint, outscoring Boston 42-28 inside. With Perkins and Garnett patrolling the paint, 42 PTS is a pretty high number whereas the Celtics had been bringing the hammer with an astonishing 52 PTS in the painted area in the first game, more than half their total of 85.I was bemoaning earlier this week about the long layoffs between games when there is no travel in between but right now I welcome it, as to the rubbery legs of the starting five in Green that have been pushed to the limit tonight. Boston has a chance to go for the sweep in the early game on Sunday. We can only hope that if the C’s pull it off, the Bulls can steal another win to push the Cavs deeper than they want to go.
Friday, 23 April 2010 09:03

Boston Celtics: Trying to Avoid History's Demons

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If a lesson needs to be raised for the Boston Celtics about not resting on their laurels, certainly the 2008 series against the Atlanta Hawks comes to mind. The Celtics blew the Hawks out of the Garden in the first two games of the first round series. Celebrating the wins, the Celtics took their show on the road and headed down south. The Hawks shocked Boston with two convincing wins in Atlanta. The C's went back to Boston and took game five but, again dropped game six on the road, forcing a seven game series. The Celtics won game seven in convincing fashion and were poised to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Semi-Finals. Doc Rivers and his coaching staff have been reminiscing about their "issues" allowing Atlanta back into the series two post-season's ago, I don’t have to bring it up because everybody else will,” Rivers said. “We’ve just got to stay focused. The history of any series doesn’t matter. We talk about it in a roundabout way, but they know what we’re talking about. At the end of the day, we just have to come out and play. Any avid Celtics fan can remember that series. It was a dramatic growing experience for a newly assembled team that had dominated the regular season but had not yet been playoff tested.Though the current Celtics are former NBA champions and can now be considered elder statesmen in the NBA, the pending game three is proving to be more important than any game played so far in 2010. As Cleveland is now facing a (minimum) of five games in there first round series with the Bulls, the Celtics can capitalize on some extra rest if they close out their series in four games.Younger Celtics fans may not remember very similar circumstances that occurred twenty season's ago.In 1990, Larry Bird had re-joined his teammates. Similar to Kevin Garnett's absence from the playoffs in 2009, Bird had missed 76 games (and the playoffs) in 1989 with bone spurs in both feet.The Celtics had entered the 1989-90 season with only Danny Ainge missing from their core unit that won the title in 1986 and reached the Finals in 1987. The trade of Danny Ainge and retirement of Bill Walton had been defused by the acquisition of Jim Paxson and emergence Reggie Lewis.The NBA was ablaze with anticipation of another Bird/Magic Finals match-up. The regular season had ended in disappointing fashion as the Celtics finished with their worst record of any team led by Larry Bird. 52-30 was not considered a winning season for a franchise that had not won less then 56 games in 10 of their last 11 seasons. The NBA had declared the Celtics to be old and past their prime. Sound familiar yet?Their was unthinkable speculation about locker-room divides. Jim Paxson had gone public accusing Larry Bird of trying to do to much on offense. That pretty much sealed Paxson's fate in Boston but not before uncovering the cracks that had materialized in a decade old wall of cohesion that nothing could penetrate. The Celtics were vulnerable.The playoffs kicked off on Causeway Street as the old Garden was electric with the playoffs. The Celtics "flipped the switch" and beat the Knicks in game one, 105-116. Doing what basketball fan's had expected the Celtics to do all season, they were seeming to mesh in the most important time of the year. What was to follow had the Boston area more enthusiastic than they had been since reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in 1988.American flags had been draped from the balconies of the Old Boston Garden signifying that it was spring and spring meant playoff time. This veteran Celtics team was "built for the playoffs." After their convincing game one victory, Boston fan's were pessimistically optimistic about a sweep. No one expected what was to follow.In game two, the Celtics destroyed the New York Knicks. The "old" Celtics had ran the Knicks off the parquet and showed a style of play that was reminiscent of their great championship run's of the 1980's. I can still remember Kevin McHale fist pumping the baseline camera after hitting one of his patented low-post moves and drawing a foul on Charles Oakley. I recall Dennis Johnson running the break like a rookie and playing Defense on the New York back-court that had us all thinking, "maybe this team's got it."The Boston Celtics finished game two with a 128-157 blowout that had everyone thinking the Knicks would not recover. The Celtics were set for a let-down in game three but nearly pulled off the win. Down three points with only seconds on the clock, Larry Bird popped out after screening for DJ. His defender got a hand in his face but with a patented shot-fake, Bird shook off his defender and got a clean look at a game tying three-point shot. The Madison Square Garden crowd gasped as Bird was looking to tie the game and add another chapter to his book of clutch shots. Silence over-took MSG (and my living room) as Bird's shot was launched in slow motion. The ball rotation was picture-perfect (as most of Bird's shot's were) and it looked to be dead-on target. Bird was going to again drive a steak through the heart of an opponent. It was not meant to be on this night, however, as the ball bounced off the rim, hit the backboard and the game was over.The C's got blown out, 135-108, in game four and now the momentum had swung.In 1990, the first round was still a five game series-- something a prefer. The series was moved back to Boston for the deciding game and everyone was expecting a victory by the Celtics. Everyone was wrong.Boston got bounced in game five, 121-114, at home. Unthinkable, it was the only time any Bird-led team would not advance out of the first round. It was the end of an era. As the season concluded early, major changes were on the horizon in Boston. Coach Jimmy Rogers was fired. Red Auerbach had stepped even further into retirement as Dave Gavitt was brought in to run the team. Dennis Johnson was released.That first round series that started so strong for the Celtics had seemingly ended the Larry Bird Era as we knew it.Twenty season's later, the Celtics find themselves in similar circumstances. A self-proclaimed team "built for the playoffs", disappointed fans, finishing 50-32. The "switch" has been over-discussed by Celtics fans and media. Seeming to have been "flipped," the Celtics jumped out to a game one victory and embarrassed the Heat in game two. Now the Celtics are poised to put the series out of reach tonight by winning game three.Most Celtics fans will have that Atlanta series from 2008 in mind tonight. I will have the memories of my hero's of a different era in my head tonight. Regardless of which team you have haunting your thoughts, lets not let history repeat itself.
(Image Courtesy of the Boston Globe)

From The Boston Herald: The NBA last night announced Rasheed Wallace has been fined $35,000 for publicly criticizing game officials in comments to the media on Monday. Wallace said he believed a referee tried to bait him into getting a technical in Saturday’s Game 1.

Rasheed Wallace: 5 points, 3 rebounds per game in the 1st round

Hey 'Sheed, how about you go out and do what you promised us. This is your time of year right? I'd love to see some consistent contributions other that technical fouls and NBA fines.When are you going to prove that the playoffs is you're "time of year"? You said you were saving your "kung-fu" moves for the post-season. We are all still (not so) patiently waiting.

Thursday, 22 April 2010 09:03

NBA Fans, Don't Advertise Your Ignorance

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Wednesday night, after the Celtics Late Night Show concluded, I hopped on over to Boston and That Sports Babe (BTSB). "BTSB," is a sports show featuring John Karalis and Jackie Taylor. Their constant bickering about various sports topics is very fun to listen to. Jackie is a Lakers/Yankees fan and we all know John is a Celtics/Red Sox fan so you can only imagine how heated the arguments get.During the last hour of the show they allowed my big mouth to hog the mic. We had an amazing debate on topics ranging from Paul Pierce being a "drama-queen" to Kobe's wife being a bitch. We settled on the topic of when the media will start swirling around the idea that the Celtics may be better without Kevin Garnett. As John said, it's already started.Heading into game three, Celtics-Nation is the most enthusiastic it's been since November/December. The Celtics are pounding the snot out of the Miami Heat and, in the progress, returning to the form that has made them so dominant over the course of three seasons.Heading into Miami, with all the drama that has spiraled around this series already and a pumped up South Beach crowd, the Celtics are primed for a let-down in game three. It could quite possibly be the case even if Michael Jordan was our starting 2-guard. Not much can stop a team, returning home, that has been embarrassed on national television for two straight games. I don't even want to mention the look on the dejected Dwyane Wade's face as his Heat were getting smudged into the Parquet floor.Wade is definitely going to make it a long night for the C's. That fact, coupled with the public scrutiny Michael Beasley and Jermaine O'Neal have taken for their lack of productivity in the series thus far, is bound to give the C's a run for their money.All the star's may be aligned for the Heat to nab a game in Miami and would you criticize the Celtics for letting one slip? Considering that in 2008, the C's faced two consecutive seven game series en-route to the Eastern Finals, I can live with one loss away from the Garden. Sure, I'd love to see a sweep but if the Celtics lose game three, I will not even contemplate the idea that Boston is better without KG.That's just plain stupid. It's a lack of basketball knowledge. It's basically NBA-ignorance and it's coming. Just brace yourselves to be annoyed Saturday morning as you are scanning the national sporting news.Of course, all of it can be avoided if the C's can rip off two more games and close the series-- broom in hand.
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Wednesday, 21 April 2010 19:16

Color Me Surprised: Doc And Baby Get It Done

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Though it pains me to say it, Doc Rivers certainly made the right choice when he gave Glen Davis the start last night. It pains me because I’ve been riding Doc about his decision making and Baby over his general uselessness. For forty eight minutes, the duo made me look like a chump.Going into the game I was just hoping that Davis wasn’t going to bring the first unit’s efficiency down. Before TNT ran the stat that he get’s nearly twenty percent of his shots blocked I had predicted at least five of Davis’ shots would end up back in his grill piece. Baby either needs to feel the pressure around him or develop a pump/head fake when he’s down low, though maybe he just needs some general awareness since Wade swatted a twenty two foot jumper he tried to get off at the end of the shot clock.So how many shots did Davis get blocked on? Five. I wish I had documented proof but you’ll have to take my word for it. To be honest, after the end of the first quarter, I thought that number was going to be abysmally low as Baby was rejected four times, all by Jermaine O’Neal. The only other time Baby was turned back was at the end of the second when the aforementioned jumper was sent two rows deep…of the opposite end of the court.Think about that 18.9 percent clip that he is getting blocked at. Of the seven missed shots Davis took, three were legit misses and the rest were batted away. That’s an unreal thirty five percent. Sorry, I know it was a win but holy effing wow, that is horrible.Aside from Baby’s personal hot mess underneath the basket, he actually did really well in the roll that Doc put him in. Not only did he get way out over his skis trying to do too much, he contributed some great energy that I didn’t know he’d be able to sustain since he hasn’t exactly been in shape, unless you count “round” as a shape.Davis got himself to the charity stripe eleven times, converting on nine shots. That was one less time than the entire starting five for Miami. I sincerely don’t think Rasheed Wallace would have had as much of an impact that Baby did. In fact, I think he might have slowed down the pace of the game and maybe would have thrown off the flow.Sheed played eight less minutes than Glen and is (allegedly) the number one scoring option off the bench (I would say TA is the most reliable option at this point). Sheed only had six points on 2-6 shooting. Not that Wallace really had to do any work since the C’s were up large for most of the game, the glaring +/- stat (my nemesis) was -12. I’m not a fan of the stat but a -12 at one extreme and a +41 (Kendrick Perkins) shows me that Miami made their scoring spurts with Sheed and his matador/drive by hack defense in the game.Overall I am happy with what I saw from Big Baby, Doc and Boston as a whole. In fact, Davis should work on that sky hook that he busted out in the lane. It didn't come close to getting blocked and he could even trademark that junk. Baby Sky Hook. Something to think about, anyway. Maybe I shouldn't get too ahead of myself.As a final thought, I can only imagine the mugging that KG was putting on display in the Ainge household. I hope Danny kept his kids in another room. Preferably soundproof.

They say that you should always keep your ticket-stub, it may prove to be invaluable some day. That time came for the Boston Celtics. they had lost their 'Big Ticket' Kevin Garnett due to his league mandated one game suspension and it gave Miami hope for cause.

They forgot that the Celtics had been without KG before. They forgot how the self proclaimed 'Ticket Stub,' Glen Davis had played a major role in KG's absence before. Not even the home team could predict the veracity and passion that Davis would release to help the Celtics to a 2-0 series lead. He took charges, rebounded, and took advantage of his opportunities.

Davis as well as the rest of his teammates must now take that same intensity into game three in Miami.

A Dwayne Wade led team will not go gently into the night. They have a lot to prove since the Celtics summarily told them to go home and come back when they grow up.

Speaking of growing up; Michael Beasley specifically is the one that Wade hopes will take the leap from JV status to Varsity play. Miami's hope of any advancement relies on this gifted athlete's ability to match his mental capacity with his physical tools.

At times he makes it look so easy he can drive effectively with either hand and he can extend the defense with his three point shooting. He even shows some toughness on the boards in spurts. Sadly, the Heat are not looking for spurts they are looking for consistency.

It takes longer for a big man to grow into his game so the Heat will have patience; even though he will be fodder for the big men of the NBA for now.

This game will mark the return of Kevin Garnett and it will give Beasley a chance to redeem himself. He will be in the bowels of his home in South Beach and he will be fully recovered from the stains he left in his shorts in Boston.

Miami will have the support of their fans and they will gained energy from it, but don't forget that KG will be looking for repentance. In his eyes he let his teammates down.

In his eyes the Miami Heat must pay and that will be the driving force for the Celtics in game three.

Stay tune: Rotweillers: 2, Poodles:0

Wednesday, 21 April 2010 10:26

Booo TNT Sports! Booooooooooooo!

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I have always been vocal about my disdain for ESPN and undying love for TNT. Last night, I was let down by Ernie, Charles and Kenny.
Yes the game was a flopper as the Celtics tore apart the Heat, however, that was the game scheduled and that's the game I tuned in to see-- start to finish.
TNT decided to flip over to game two of the Portland/Suns series when the C's put the game out of reach. I really would have rathered see the celebration at the Garden then the first quarter of a western conference playoff series.
That was idiocy by TNT and it really let me down. I may write to Ted Turner (not that he'll listen) and bitch about the lack of courtesy in insulting a Celtics blow-out victory by flipping the switch to a boring first quarter of a game not many people care about. Well, at least I don't.
That was a move I'd expect of ESPN but not my favorites over at Turner. You guy's really let Celtics-Nation down.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010 10:09

Tonight at 8 pm, EST-- Show Recapping Games 1 & 2!

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Well, we are going to enjoy this tonight! Tonight will be one of the few times since the Celtics Late Night Show went live back in December, 2009 that we will be able to celebrate some really good play from the C's.

Lots to break down from game's one and two! Brandon and Nick are psyched and ready to throw out some real analysis from the first two games of the series. We will also be looking ahead to game's 3 and 4 in Miami.

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