Celtics Bow Down To The New Big Three

After dominating the fourth quarter and overtime periods against the Boston Celtics on their home floor in game four, the Miami Heat came right back and beat the Celtics in crunchtime again. Only this time when Lebron James put the finishing touches on the Celtics in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, he [...]

Heat Big Three Exorcise Their Demons In Boston

It’s becoming increasingly popular for people to proclaim game for for a team with a 2-1 series advantage a must-win. Whether it’s the possibility of the opposition gaining momentum, the great opportunity to establish a dominant 3-1 lead or the fear of resetting the series to a best of three contest, that fourth game [...]

Kobe, Lakers Pick Apart The Celtics

The Los Angeles Lakers, at some point, needed to take one of these games – those against the league’s other elite teams – to make a statement to the rest of the league. They needed to take a stand, if only for a night, just they could stop hearing about their supposed demise. The same rumblings were around last season and when the Lakers had had enough of it, they went out and sent a message. In a similar situation tonight, the Lakers went out and convincingly handled the Celtics for a half en route to a 92-86 victory over their most bitter rivals.

The Celtics started off the game with the momentum, with their fans jacked up about the possibility of Ray Allen breaking the NBA record for three-pointers made. Allen’s first three attempt was errant, but the fans were still up, going crazy in anticipation. Allen ended up tying and breaking the record in the first quarter, which may have been the worst thing for the Celtics. They had a 15-point lead in the first half, but because Allen had already broken the record – and because Allen had to sit out a good chunk of the game because of foul trouble – the Garden crowd never got into in the second half.

Allen hit a few mid-range jumpers in the first half as well, as Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and even Von Wafer helped to grow the Celtics lead. But once the second half begin, the Lakers took control of the ball game. Entering the third period down five thanks to a spurt at the end of the first half, the Lakers scored the first 10 points of the quarter thanks a three from Derek Fisher, a pair of nice finishes from Kobe Bryant and a Pau Gasol mid-range two. The Celtics would cut the lead to four to start the fourth period but the Laker reserves would keep them at bay – a Lamar Odom three, a Shannon Brown tip-in and a few nice plays from Steve Blake on both ends would help the Lakers maintain their cushion.

Phil Jackson may have went with his reserve unit a bit too long in the fourth, as Kobe and Pau sat until the five minute mark in the period. By then, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce had already returned, with Allen hitting a triple and Pierce getting to the bucket to cut the lead to three. But when Kobe checked in, the game was all but over. Bryant channeled Mamba mode for the first time all season and flat out dominated Boston down the stretch.

He started things off with a 19-foot turnaround over Ray Allen, then he swished a 20-footer coming off a curl, then he took the ball to the basket for an easy deuce, then he drove baseline, drew the double team and gave Pau Gasol a beautiful pass for an easy two, and he finished things off with an isolation destruction of Ray Allen, taking him the half-court line to the free throw stripe, with Allen guessing every which way before Kobe pulled up and knocked down the jumper to seal the deal.

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Eastern Conference Champs Add Brandon Bass

The Orlando Magic have added, presumably, their final piece of the puzzle, signing free agent forward Brandon Bass to a four-year deal worth $18 million.

Bass was also being pursued by the New Orleans Hornets and the Charlotte Bobcats among other teams.

Bass will add a very tough player to a team that lacked [...]

The Trade That Could Have Been

Although there were two fairly large deals yesterday, the one deal that would have trumped both was denied by the team receiving the offer.

According to reports, the Boston Celtics offered Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen to the Detroit Pistons for Rodney Stuckey, Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince.

Some initial reactions were negative, which [...]

Too Much Turkey-Glue as the Magic Take Game 7 From the Celtics in Boston

Hedo Turkoglu had 25 points, 12 assists and five rebounds to lead the Magic to a 101-82 victory over the Boston Celtics. Turkoglu recovered from his 3-for-13 shooting performance in Game 6 to shoot 9-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 from deep in this contest.

Dwight Howard was key in keeping the Boston crowd [...]

Block Party

After stealing a game in Boston, the Orlando Magic had an opportunity to make a big step towards a series win, and that is exactly what they did.

Orlando did what they did so often during the regular season, shoot 3s and dominate the paint. They carried out their game plan so well that [...]

House Party

It wasn’t Paul Pierce. It wasn’t Ray Allen. It wasn’t Rajon Rondo. It was Eddie House and Kendrick Perkins who lead the Boston Celtics over the Orlando Magic to take Game 2 of the series by the score of 112-94. House provided the necessary spark that the Celtics and the Celtic fans needed in [...]

Game of the Year?: Bulls Defeat C's In 3 OTs

This game isn’t very hard to describe. It was amazing, fast paced, clutch, exciting, thrilling, physical, and so on and so forth.

After playing 6 quarters of basketball, the Bulls and Celtics found themselves tied at 118-118. During the third overtime, Ben Gordon amd Kendrick Perkins had fouled out, and each team was sticking [...]

Ray Allen: Cavs Celebratings Too Much

Whether it be their pre-game introductions or their in-game shananigans, the Cleveland Cavaliers have clearly been enjoying themselves this season.

But during yesterday’s game against the Boston Celtics, they may have taken it too far.

During a timeout, the song “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Alstey played throughout the arena and the [...]