Minnesota Timberwolves recent draft pick Ricky Rubio is still not sure if a deal can be worked out for him to play in the NBA this season. DKV Joventut Badalona (his professional team in Spain) still has him under contract for two more seasons, but has offered a $6.6 million buyout option. Under NBA rules teams can conduct a buyout for no more than $500,000.
Timberwolves president David Kahn assures fans that they are doing everything they can to improve the situation. “I believe we kind of know what the parameters are and I think that we have a chance,” said Kahn. “I wouldn’t even begin to state the percentage toward that chance of this being accomplished this season versus next season or even two seasons. It’s still very problematic.” Rubio is currently training with the Spanish national team, and hopes to join the NBA as soon as possible. After meeting with the Rubio family in Spain, Kahn insisted that Ricky’s single issue preventing him from joining the Wolves is this buyout. Jonny Flynn is currently expected to run the show at PG for Minnesota this season. Their first notable pre-season test is set for Friday, October 16th against the Chicago Bulls.
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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.
The Celtics will be back in action on Monday with a chance to even up the series. Boston Celtics playoff tickets are available for all games.
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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The Boston Celtics will host a much improved Chicago Bulls club tonight. The Bulls come in at 1-0 on the year after an impressive opening night win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The young Bulls team has high expectations for their number one overall pick in the draft, Derrick Rose. After a tough 33-49 season last year, the Bulls should manage a winning record in ’08-’09. They’ll have a tough battle tonight though as the defending champs try to duplicate last year’s strong start that saw them go 8-0 out of the gate.
The Celtics expect to be looser right from the opening tip tonight. In Tuesday’s home opener against the Cavs, an emotional Celtics squad started slow, only to clamp down in the 2nd half. With the festivities of opening night and banner raising behind them the Celtics are now ready to focus on defending their title.
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Celtics Upcoming Schedule:
Celtics vs Bulls 10/31
Celtics at Pacers 11/1
Celtics at Rockets 11/4
Celtics at Thunder 11/5
Celtics vs Bucks 11/7
Less then one month after the Boston Celtics captured their 17th NBA Championship, many teams around the league are already beginning to try and make some adjustments so that they can put themselves in contention for a title run. Many teams have begun to sign their lottery draft picks and several free agents are close to signing multi-year deals with new teams.
It is expected that the Golden State Warriors will sign Corey Maggette to a five year deal estimated right around $50 million dollars. Last season, Maggette averaged 22.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for the struggling Los Angeles Clippers. At 6-foot-6, great speed and a soft perimeter touch, he would fit right into Golden State coach Don Nelson’s run and gun style of play.
The Philadelphia 76ers continue to make moves, freeing up salary cap space which many suspect is so that they can make a strong offer to Elton Brand to come and play for them. On Tuesday the 76ers traded away forward Rodney Carney, a future first round draft pick and reserve forward Calvin Booth to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a future second round draft pick and $2.8 million dollars. The Sixers now have another $2 million in salary cap space to add to the $11 million in space available that they hope will land them the post player in Brand that they desperately need to become a contender in the East.
First round draft pick O.J. Mayo (third pick overall) signed a multi-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday. The Grizzlies pulled off an eight player trade the night of the NBA draft to acquire the rights to the third pick and land Mayo. Memphis also announced the signing of Darrell Arthur, the 27th overall selection of this year’s draft.
The number one and two picks of this years’ NBA Draft have been in the spotlight in the early action of the NBA’s summer league games. Michael Beasley (2nd pick in the draft) scored 28 points in the first game of the summer season for the Miami Heat but then followed it up with only a 9 point outing in the second game a night later. Derek Rose of the Chicago Bulls (1st pick in the draft) scored 10 points in his NBA summer league debut against Miami and Beasley and then followed it up with 9 points in his second game against the Indiana Pacers.
In other league news, the NBA set the new salary cap at $58,680,000 for the 2008-2009 season. This year’s cap went up by more than $3 million dollars over last season’s, which was set at $55.630 million. The minimum team salary for 2008-09 was 75 percent of the cap, or $44.010 million.
On Sunday in Orlando, Michael Beasley made the case for why he should have been picked number one in the NBA draft. Beasley looked confident on the floor; racking up 29 points and 9 rebounds in just 23 minutes of play.
“It’s just basketball, man. Played it in college, high school and middle school,” Beasley said in a post-game interview. “The same game, same concepts, the same rules. I was just out there having fun.
Beasley did not seem to be bothered by the cracked sternum he suffered Wednesday in a practice session with the Heat.
“I felt like me, man… I don’t play to get injured, and if it happens it just does. I just go and play.”
Number one pick Derrick Rose, on the other hand, seemed a step behind the game. He seemed tentative and slow in his professional debut, with only rare flashes of the speed and athleticism that the Bulls were expecting