Boston sports teams playing long games is becoming a common occurrence, and Thursday night was no exception. The Celtics played a close game that went all the way to triple overtime. Despite a playoff career-high 51 point effort by Ray Allen, the Celtics fell short. Both Glen Davis and Paul Pierce were fouled out for the conclusion of the game, and both teams appeared to be severely fatigued. Second-year Bulls center Joakim Noah forced a steal and a dunk(with a foul) that helped Chicago to put the Celtics away in the 3rd OT. “This series is a lot of fun for the fans, the people of Chicago, the people of Boston,” Noah told the AP’s Andrew Seligman. “It’s a lot of fun for us, too, playing in environments like this on the big stage. It’s special to be part of this, and I know that it’s a series people will be talking about for a long time.”
The Series returns to Boston on Saturday for a decisive game 7. Last year, the Celtics were taken to the brink in the first round by the Atlanta Hawks, though that team also featured a healthy Kevin Garnett.
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Despite some sloppy defense and questionable shots, the Boston Celtics bested the Chicago Bulls in an overtime nail-biter on Tuesday night. Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins made a solid case for their inclusion in this year’s big three as Ray Allen fouled out in the 4th quarter. Rondo scored 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists, as well as the tough defensive foul on Brad Miller than sealed up the game for the C’s. Perkins had 16 points, 19 rebounds, and seven blocked shots. “When you’ve got Ray fouled out of the game and you’re searching for bodies, it didn’t look good,” C’s coach Doc Rivers told the AP’s Jimmy Golen. “And we dug down and won the game.”
Paul Pierce had huge shots to both tie the game and send it into overtime, and to give the C’s the win. The Celtics travel to Chicago on Thursday to try to take the series on the road.
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Despite Ray Allen’s huge 3 to tie the game at the end of regulation, the Bulls forced a second overtime and eventually took the win. Ben Gordon had his own big three, taking a feed from John Salmons to force the second OT. The Bulls had the upper hand in the second extra period, besting the C’s 121-118. “It’s 2-2 and we’re in a fight,” Rajon Rondo told the AP’s Andrew Seligman. “Give them a lot of credit. They stuck with it. They fought back. They executed down the stretch very well and we didn’t.”
A close game throughout, the Celtics’ third period surge gave them a slim going into the last quarter. Sloppy play, fouls, and turnovers gave the Bulls a 3-point lead with just 16 seconds to go, but Allen made his shot count, sending it into overtime. The teams played close, with the C’s holding a slim with less than ten seconds to go before Gordon’s three.
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Ray Allen drained the last six points for Boston including the go ahead three pointer with 2 seconds remaining to lead the Celtics past the Chicago Bulls 118-115 last night at the TD Banknorth Garden. After shooting 1-12 in game 1 and just 1-4 with just two points in the first half of game 2, he finally broke out to score 28 second half points shooting 6 for 9 from behind the arc. Rajon Rondo stepped up for the C’s as well with 19 points and 15 assists. Glen Davis and Kendrick Perkins filled Kevin Garnett’s role with 26 and 16, but even with their performances the Bulls never let up until the final horn sounded.
Ben Gordon played outstanding for the Bulls, scoring 12 points in the last 3:43 and 25 in the second half to bring his total to a game high 42 points. His biggest shot came with 12 seconds remaining when he hit a fade away jumper over Allen and Glen Davis. The two former Connecticut Huskies went back in fourth for the final two minutes until Ray was finally able to seal the deal with almost no time on the clock.
“Doc said going into the half, ‘Be aggressive, but let it come to you,’” Allen said. “I never think I’m not in my rhythm. It can be a grind as a shooter. As a scorer you’re always trying to find something.” The next two games of the series will be held in Chicago on Thursday night and Sunday. Boston Celtics Playoff tickets are available now!
The Boston Celtics headed into today’s Round 1, Game 1 Playoff game against the Chicago Bulls without the services of their emotional and defensive leader, Kevin Garnett. The result was not what the Celtics wanted. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce struggled and Rajon Rondo’s strong effort wasn’t enough to stop the Bulls in a 105-103 OT loss at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. Garnett watched from the bench for the 1st half but ever the fierce competitor KG couldn’t stay for the 2nd half without being able to help.
The game was mostly a battle of point guards as Boston’s Rajon Rondo had 29 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and Chicago’s Derrick Rose had 36 points in his playoff debut. Pierce added 23 points for the Celtics but Ray Allen had a terrible shooting day going 1-12 and missing a big shot in OT.
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers confirmed this morning that All-Star forward Kevin Garnett will not be available at all for the 2009 post-season. Sources say Garnett is only 70 percent healed from his knee injury, which first bothered him in a game against the Utah Jazz on February 19th. He will continue to get treatment with hopes of coming back for the later rounds of the playoffs.
After a 20 minute work-out session early this morning, Rivers knew that there was no chance for Garnett to come back for the first two rounds. “This was an honest run today, you couldn’t fake your way through it.” said Rivers. “The guy is a warrior, you can see him trying to mask it, but after 20 minutes of running, there’s just no way…If he can’t get through biking and working out without swelling and stiffness and his leg locking, I just don’t know how you play in the playoffs.”
Game one of the first round will be held Saturday, April 18th at the TD Banknorth Garden vs. the Chicago Bulls. Boston Celtics tickets are now available.
Cleveland vs. Detroit
Game 1 – Sat. April 18, Detroit at Cleveland, 3 p.m., ABC
Game 2 – Tue. April 21, Detroit at Cleveland, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Fri. April 24, Cleveland at Detroit, 7 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 – Sun. April 26, Cleveland at Detroit, 3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN Radio
Game 5 * Wed. April 29, Detroit at Cleveland, Time TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 1, Cleveland at Detroit, Time TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 3, Detroit at Cleveland, Time TBD
Boston vs. Chicago
Game 1 – Sat. April 18, Chicago at Boston, 12:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 – Mon. April 20, Chicago at Boston, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Thu. April 23, Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 4 – Sun. April 26, Boston at Chicago, 1 p.m., ABC
Game 5 * Tue. April 28, Chicago at Boston, Time TBD
Game 6 * Thu. April 30, Boston at Chicago, Time TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 2, Chicago at Boston, Time TBD, TNT
Orlando vs. Philadelphia
Game 1 – Sun. April 19, Philadelphia at Orlando, 5:30 p.m., TNT
Game 2 – Wed. April 22, Philadelphia at Orlando, 7 p.m., NBA-TV
Game 3 – Fri. April 24, Orlando at Philadelphia, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Game 4 – Sun. April 26, Orlando at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue. April 28, Philadelphia at Orlando, Time TBD
Game 6 * Thu. April 30, Orlando at Philadelphia, Time TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 2, Philadelphia at Orlando, Time TBD, TNT
Atlanta vs. Miami
Game 1 – Sun. April 19, Miami at Atlanta, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 2 – Wed. April 22, Miami at Atlanta, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Sat. April 25, Atlanta at Miami, 6:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4 – Mon. April 27, Atlanta at Miami, Time TBD
Game 5 * Wed. April 29, Miami at Atlanta, Time TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 1, Atlanta at Miami, Time TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 3, Miami at Atlanta, Time TBD
L.A. Lakers vs. Utah
Game 1 – Sun. April 19, Utah at L.A. Lakers, 3 p.m., ABC/ESPN Radio
Game 2 – Tue. April 21, Utah at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Thu. April 23, L.A. Lakers at Utah,10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4 – Sat. April 25, L.A. Lakers at Utah, 9 p.m., ESPN/ESPN Radio
Game 5 * Mon. April 27, Utah at L.A. Lakers, Time TBD
Game 6 * Thu. April 30, L.A. Lakers at Utah, Time TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 2, Utah at L.A. Lakers, Time TBD, TNT
Denver vs. New Orleans
Game 1 – Sun. April 19, New Orleans at Denver, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 2 – Wed. April 22, New Orleans at Denve, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Sat. April 25, Denver at New Orleans, 1 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 – Mon. April 27, Denver at New Orleans, Time TBD
Game 5 * Wed. April 29, New Orleans at Denver, Time TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 1, Denver at New Orleans, Time TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 3, New Orleans at Denver, Time TBD
San Antonio vs. Dallas
Game 1 – Sat. April 18, Dallas at San Antonio, 8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN Radio
Game 2 – Mon. April 20, Dallas at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Thu. April 23, San Antonio at Dallas, 8:30 p.m., NBA-TV
Game 4 – Sat. April 25, San Antonio at Dallas, 4 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue. April 28, Dallas at San Antonio, Time TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 1, San Antonio at Dallas, Time TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 3, Dallas at San Antonio, Time TBD
Portland vs. Houston
Game 1 – Sat. April 18, Houston at Portland, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 – Tue. April 21, Houston at Portland, 10 p.m., NBA-TV
Game 3 – Fri. April 24, Portland at Houston, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 – Sun. April 26, Portland at Houston, 9 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue. April 28, Houston at Portland, Time TBD
Game 6 * Thu. April 30, Portland at Houston, Time TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 2, Houston at Portland, Time TBD, TNT
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With two games left to play in the 2009 regular season, the defending champion Boston Celtics are ready to make their next run at an NBA title. They will either match up for the opening round against the Philadelphia 76ers or the Chicago Bulls. The Sixers are currently a 1/2 game ahead of the Bulls with a 40-40 record. Chicago has one game left against the Raptors, and Philly will be challenged by the Celtics and the #1 seeded Cleveland Cavaliers in their final two games.
The C’s have matched up against the Sixers very well this year, winning all three contests thus far. They went 2-1 against the Bulls, losing in Chicago last March. With home court advantage on their side, Boston should be able to handle either team in a series.
Kevin Garnett recently stated that he will be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season. They are going to need him for the playoffs in round 2 when they run into the Cavs. After losing 76-107 last Sunday in Cleveland, Boston will be fired up to prove themselves as real contenders. If Garnett comes back healthy for the post-season and the rest of the C’s continue to play their game, the Celtics could be in the midst of possibly earning their second straight NBA championship.
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Rajon Rondo scored 31 points with nine rebounds and five assists to help the Boston Celtics hold on to win against the New Jersey Nets 106-104 last night in Boston. Eddie House and Ray Allen chipped in with 15 and 12 points, hitting five of nine shots together from beyond the arc. The win helped the C’s keep their one-game advantage for second place over the Orlando Magic.
Last year head coach Doc Rivers was able to rest the big 3 in the last weeks of the regular season. With four games left to play this time around the starters will be apart of the action. “The more important thing is just building on something going into the playoffs,” said Celtics captain Paul Pierce. We’ve won five in a row, but we want to be playing well.”
Vince Carter led the Nets in scoring with 33 points while pulling down 12 boards. New Jersey had previously been eliminated from the playoffs when the Pistons beat the Knicks last Wednesday. “To fall short is just disappointing,” said Carter. “I think people were picking us to be last in the league – in the East, period. We showed otherwise.
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Ray Allen hit the go ahead 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining for the Celtics to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 111-109 in double overtime. After missing the rim completely on an attempted jump shot with 33 seconds left in the period, Allen remained poised and drained the one they really needed.
“That’s Ray,” said Celtics captain Paul Pierce. “He’s a future Hall of Famer, and great players find a way. When Ray shoots and misses shots, it doesn’t discourage him.” Pierce led the Celtics in scoring with 32 points, followed by Allen with 22. Rajon Rondo and Eddie House supplied 39 combined points for the Celtics, and were two of the major factors for Boston’s second half comeback.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers couldn?t be happier with last night?s results going into the last few games of the regular season. “There were so many times when we were down and could’ve gave up, and just made big shots,” said Rivers. “Our guys executed down the stretch.”
Boston remains one game ahead of the Orlando Magic for second place in the Eastern conference with the win. They will host the Atlanta Hawks next this Friday night at 7:30 pm. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!