May 31, 2012 10:13 AM EDT
Rajon Rondo had a brilliant 44 points to go with 10 assists, eight rebounds and three steals in Boston's 115-111 Game 2 loss at Miami.
"Absolutely amazing," said LeBron James of Rondo's night. "The performance he put on will go down in the record books. He's a unique player, an unbelievable player."
"He almost singlehandedly beat us," Miami's Shane Battier marveled. "That's one of the best games I've ever seen in person."
May 30, 2012 11:09 AM EDT
Ray Allen has ruled out the suggestion from Doc Rivers that he sit out Game 2 to rest his injured ankle.
Allen arrived early to Boston's morning shootaround for extra shooting.
May 29, 2012 10:07 AM EDT
Ray Allen's ankle injury has been bothering him throughout the past few months, but even impacted him at the foul line in Game 1.
Allen went 3-for-7 at the foul line and 1-for-7 from the floor.
“I’m just trying to find my balance,’’ said Allen, who shot 1 of 7 from the floor and had 6 points. “I feel good over it, I’m just not in a great rhythm right now. I just know I don’t have good timing right now.
“The shot feels fine. If it’s short, I know that I do have less lift on it. I just take it day by day, trying to figure out what I’m dealing with. I do have restrictions. That’s why we have a great team here, why we have each other.
“I believe you guys know what I’m dealing with. It’s nothing really to talk about. It’s like a battle within myself, I have to try to win. It’s a daily situation I have to deal with. This is the time I need to be out here to help the team win. When the season’s over with, I’ll have to deal with what I have to deal with myself personally. Right now, it’s the playoffs and you play.’’
May 29, 2012 9:38 AM EDT
The Celtics had five technical fouls called against them in Game 1's 93-79 loss to the Heat.
Doc Rivers, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo received technicals, while they also had two delay of games and one defensive three-second call.
"I know mine wasn't. I can tell you that much. I don't know how long I've been in the league, but that has to rank as the worst I've ever had. I would have loved to earn it."
Ed Malloy called Rivers' technical foul.
May 29, 2012 9:27 AM EDT
The Heat varied their defensive looks on Rajon Rondo during their 93-70 win over Boston.
Rondo was held to 16 points and seven assists as the Heat made sure to have help defenders in the paint waiting for him.
“He’s one of the most unique players I have seen in this league," said Erik Spoelstra. "We know what he is. What is part of his greatness is his utter unpredictability. You don’t know where he comes up with that great play. He has great timing, knows the moment and what his team needs most. And it can be anything.”
May 29, 2012 9:12 AM EDT
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade attacked the basket at will in the second half of Miami's 93-79 Game 1 victory over the Celtics.
"Nothing dirty, but they have to hit the deck too," said Rajon Rondo.
May 28, 2012 5:35 PM EDT
Doc Rivers believes the Heat may be more dangerous without Chris Bosh.
"Obviously, Bosh makes them better but in some ways you can say they're more dangerous because now those 15 shots that Bosh had, they're going to [Dwyane] Wade and LeBron [James], so in some ways they have the ball more,'' Rivers said before shootaround Monday. "They're more aggressive. It almost activated them to be more aggressive which puts a lot of stress on your defense.
"Clearly, Chris is a terrific player and obviously it changes them. I don't know what the difference is but just like our guys [injuries] change you. It shouldn't make you worse, it should just make you different.''
The Heat are scoring more efficiently during the playoffs, averaging 108.3 points per 100 possessions, a mark which would have placed them 5th out of 30 teams during the regular season.
Bosh has been sidelined since straining a lower abdominal muscle in Game 1 of Miami's second-round series against the Pacers.
May 27, 2012 6:20 PM EDT
Dwyane Wade said Miami was predestined to face the Celtics in the Eastern Conference championship.
"Inevitable. It's the matchup the game of basketball wants," Wade said. "Obviously, with the Chicago Bulls being out, this is the biggest matchup the Eastern Conference can have. So we accept the challenge and we look forward to the series."
Added Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: "Was there any doubt that it'd be us and Boston?"
LeBron James has faced Boston in 18 playoff games - more than any other active player, and more than any club the reigning MVP has squared off with in the postseason.
"I wouldn't have it no other way, personally," James said. "It's really the only team I'm accustomed to playing in the playoffs. No matter where I go, I find a way to play Boston. ... We've got a lot of history."
May 25, 2012 12:04 PM EDT
Avery Bradley will undergo surgery on his left shoulder on Friday.
Bradley has been a key member of Boston's defense since becoming a starter following Ray Allen's injury.
Bradley will miss the remainder of the playoffs.
May 25, 2012 10:32 AM EDT
A record 24 teams will compete at the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. From July 13-22, 23 NBA teams, including 11 that participated in the NBA Playoffs, as well as a team of NBA D-League Select players will compete in Las Vegas.
The 2012 competition will mark the eighth summer that the league has been held in Las Vegas since its inception in 2004. Each of the participating teams will play five game each for a total of 60 contests over the course of the event’s ten days.
The 2012 field for NBA Summer League (years participated) will be the following:
Atlanta Hawks (2010)*
Boston Celtics (2004-07)*
Charlotte Bobcats (2008)
Chicago Bulls (2005, 2009-10)*
Cleveland Cavaliers (2004-10)
Dallas Mavericks (2005-10)*
Denver Nuggets (2004-10)*
D-League Select (2009-10)
Golden State Warriors (2005-10)
Houston Rockets (2006-10)
L.A. Clippers (2005-10)*
L.A. Lakers (2007-10)*
Memphis Grizzlies (2007-10)*
Miami Heat (2010)*
Milwaukee Bucks (2007-10)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2006-10)
New Orleans Hornets (2005-10)
New York Knicks (2005-10)*
Phoenix Suns (2004-10)
Portland Trail Blazers (2005-10)
Sacramento Kings (2005-10)
San Antonio Spurs (2007-10)*
Toronto Raptors (2008-10)
Washington Wizards (2004-10)
*Indicates 2011-12 NBA Playoff team.
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LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard have been named to the All-NBA First Team.
May 24, 2012 | ESPNBoston.com
Kevin Garnett did not attempt a shot within 10 feet of the rim in Game 6.
Avery Bradley is likely done for the postseason due a left shoulder injury.
LeBron James received 24 out of 29 first place votes.
Kyrie Irving, Ricky Rubio, Kenneth Faried, Klay Thompson, Iman Shumpert, Kawhi Leonard and Brandon Knight have been voted to the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team.
May 20, 2012 | ESPNBoston.com
During the playoffs, Boston is 4-0 in games in which Garnett attempts 16 or more shots.
May 20, 2012 | Boston Herald
Lavoy Allen has refused to engage in a war of words with Kevin Garnett.
Rajon Rondo took responsibility for allowing the Sixers to speed up the pace during their 15-2 third quarter run.
Brian Scalabrine is covering Boston's playoff run for Comcast in New England now that the Bulls have been eliminated.
The Sixers limited Kevin Garnett to just nine points on 3-for-12 shooting from the floor.
May 18, 2012 | Boston Herald
Kevin Garnett is shooting 63.3 percent through the first three games series of Boston's Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Sixers.
May 17, 2012 | Boston Herald
Following Boston's Game 3 win over the Sixers, Paul Pierce acknowledged that this will likely be the final run for the team during the Big 3 era.
May 15, 2012 | ESPNBoston.com
Paul Pierce is playing despite a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
May 14, 2012 | CSNPhilly.com
The Sixers are content to allow Kevin Garnett open shot attempts from the perimeter.
Ray Allen continues to play through his ankle injury and didn't score a field goal in the fourth quarter.
Boston led the league in defensive field percentage, while Philadelphia ranked third.
Kevin Garnett opened his postgame press conference by taking aim at Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr.
Draymond Green expects to be selected somewhere in the first round.
May 05, 2012 | Boston Globe
Avery Bradley injured his left shoulder in Friday's win over Atlanta.
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May 04, 2012 | Boston Globe
Ray Allen returned for Game 3 after missing almost a month due to an ankle injury.
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