This meeting will be the last of the season for the Celtics and Cavaliers. The Celtics have won two out of the three games this season with their only loss coming in Cleveland in the middle of the Celtics’ five game losing streak at the end of January. (more)
LeBron James dropped 24 points in the third quarter from 10-of-12 shooting as part of his season-high 38 point performance to lift the Miami Heat past the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-90 in his return to the Quicken Loan Arena. James seemed unfazed by the hostile Cleveland crowd, who haven’t seen their former franchise player since last season’s humiliating Game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics back in May. “It was impressive,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “It takes a special player and a person to be able to respond to all of this scrutiny.”
The Cavs held the lead through the majority of the first quarter until Miami’s Big 3 eventually found their rhythm and took over. Dwayne Wade produced a near triple double with 22 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Chris Bosh controlled the inside game with 15 points and five boards. James Jones came off the bench for 18 points and six rebounds. The Heat are now 12-8 approaching their next game this Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks at home. Miami Heat tickets are now available!
Multiple sources have confirmed that Shaquille O’Neal has agreed to join the Boston Celtics for the veterans minimum of $1.4 million. The length of the contract is debatable due Shaq’s push for a two-year deal. The Celtics were at the top of his list this offseason alongside the Atlanta Hawks. The 15X All-Star will give Boston more depth inside with a side of additional championship experience. At the age of 38, he averaged 12 points and 6.7 rebounds last season as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Shaq is certainly qualified to fill the extra position at center to coincide with Jermaine O’Neal while Kendrick Perkins recovers from knee surgery. During a segment on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote his television show Shaq Vs, the Big man expressed his desire to play for a real title contender if the opportunity were to present itself. “For me, it’s been a real thinking process,” he said. “I came into the league very graciously and want to go out very graciously. My main thought was I would like to play for a winning franchise, somebody that’s used to winning, somebody that keeps winning. Hopefully, I’ll make my decision here in the next one or two days.”
The Celtics are set to kick off their 2010-2011 campaign at home against the revamped Miami Heat. Christmas day will showcase a rematch of Last year’s Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Magic at the new Amway Arena. All NBA schedules are expected to be released by next week. Check back for regular season Boston Celtics tickets!
2X MVP LeBron James announced that he will join forces with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh as part of the Miami Heat franchise on a “made-for-LeBron” live show covered by ESPN last night in Greenwich, CT. “Winning is huge,” said James after his decision. “All three of us are ultimately going to take less money because we wanted to all play alongside each other, and we feel like we can be great together. Hopefully Pat (Riley, team President) and the rest of those guys, Micky (Arison, owner), can bring some guys in to help us out, which we believe.”
Wade and Bosh gave their verbal agreements to the Heat on Wednesday with hopes to have their fellow Olympic teammate play alongside them in the NBA. When no one thought it could be done, Riley was able to pitch his sale to the most celebrated free agent in sports history and bring three super-stars together under his organization. “We are looking forward to the opportunity of building something that our fans in Miami will be proud of for a long, long time,” Riley said. “The journey is just beginning.”
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert had some choice words for James following his decision, saying the former franchise player publicized his free-agent process in “narcissistic, self-promotional” ways. He also went on make a bold prediction that Cleveland will find their way to an NBA title before LeBron can. Miami only has two other players signed under contract aside from their new trio. Keep up to date with the latest NBA offseason deals right here with us at AceTicket.com!
ESPN.com just recently reported that free agents LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh met earlier this week in Miami to talk business before franchises are able to reach out to the super-stars on July 1st. Wade previously made clear that his first choice will be to stay with the Miami Heat, but also expressed his interest to meet with other players facing career-changing decisions this summer. In the possible scenario that Miami can deal Michael Beasley to a team with salary-cap space, the organization could afford to bring in James and Bosh while re-signing Wade.
Sports analyst Stephen A. Smith believes that the trio has already vowed to figure a way to make it work. “I got a call last night from a source and I double-checked it with another and they told me essentially that LeBron James and Chris Bosh are going to tag team and go together and join Dwyane Wade in Miami,” he said. “I believe it’s highly likely, I wouldn’t say anything is a done deal with LeBron James until it’s signed.”
The 2x MVP is also scheduled to meet with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks. Many are still convinced he’ll remain a Cavalier in light of the organizations ability to offer as much as $30 million more than other suitors. The Bulls make a good case with their ability to immediately surround the King with strong role players that include Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose. Check back for more NBA offseason updates right here with us at Ace!
Kevin Garnett came alive with 22 points and 12 rebounds to lift the Boston Celtics past the top ranked Cleveland Cavaliers last night at the TD Garden in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. The Celts will continue their run with hopes to claim the East over the Orlando Magic. The seven-game series is set to kick off Sunday, May 16th at 3:30 PM. Meanwhile, LeBron James will once again make an early exit and watch the later rounds with his regular season MVP trophy by his side.
There’s no telling where LeBron will end up on next season. Many have speculated for ‘the King’ to discuss potential contracts with Cleveland, Chicago, New York, New Jersey and Miami. “I want to win. That’s my only thing, my only concern,” said James. “I’ve always prided myself – it’s all about winning for me and I think the Cavs are committed to doing that. But at the same time, I’ve given myself options to this point. Me and my team, we have a game plan that we’ll execute and we’ll see where we’re at.”
The Celtics are currently in top form during the most crucial time of the season. Everyone from the Big 3, Rondo and down played to their job description and more. Yesterday’s heroics were supplied by Tony Allen and Rasheed Wallace with 23 points combined off the bench. Allen was also able force nine turnovers out of James while gathering three steals for himself.
“Winning is gratifying,” said Garnett. “You’re playing the best team in basketball; the challenge is there; you don’t have to dress it up. One thing we don’t lack is confidence. We’re a veteran team and we understand when it’s time to lock in as a group. I think we did just that. I think the experience is taking over.”
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Game 1: Sunday, May 16 Boston at Orlando, 3:30 PM
Game 2: Tuesday, May 18 Boston at Orlando, 8:30 PM
Game 3: Saturday, May 22 Orlando at Boston, 8:30 PM
Game 4: Monday, May 24 Orlando at Boston, 8:30 PM
Game 5: Wednesday, May 26 Boston at Orlando, 8:30 PM
Game 6: Friday, May 28 Orlando at Boston, 8:30 PM
Game 7: Sunday, May 30 Boston at Orlando, 8:30 PM
Boston’s Big 3 came through with a collective 64 points to lead the Celtics to win in convincing fashion over the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-88 yesterday at the Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland’s attention was initially directed towards Rajon Rondo following his phenomenal Game 4 stat line. As LeBron and Co. shut down the young PG in the first half, it was the usual suspects were able to rise to the occasion between Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.
Once the Cavs shifted to keep the veteran trio honest, Rondo found space to spark a run in the third with 12 points. Rondo finished the night with 16 points and seven assists. Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis was a key contributor off the bench with 15 points and four rebounds. “That’s the beauty of our team, it’s what makes us so dangerous,” said Pierce. “You look at Cleveland, you know you gotta stop LeBron. With us, it’s any number of guys. We’ve got four or five guys who can lead us in scoring in me, Rondo, Ray, Garnett, and Wallace. That’s why we’re so dangerous, different guys are stepping up on different nights.”
One player who failed to step up was Cavaliers franchise player LeBron James. His 15 points from 3-of-14 from the field may be his last game representing the city of Cleveland at home. The 2X MVP has previously made clear that he will keep his options open during his upcoming free agency period this summer.
With a 3-2 series lead, the Celtics will try to shut the door in Game 6 this Thursday at the Garden. “We cannot come back here,” said Garnett. “We have to think this is our Game 7 coming up and we cannot afford to have the best team in the league have a Game 7 on their floor. Just not possible.” Boston Celtics playoff tickets are still available with us at Ace!
Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 29 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists to earn MVP chants in yesterday’s 97-87 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 at the Garden. The four-year veteran is now second on the Celts career list with four triple-doubles in the playoffs behind Larry Bird’s 10. “I think it starts with Rondo. He’s kind of the engine that really gets them going,” said Cleveland’s LeBron James. “He does everything for them. His performance was unbelievable.
Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen netted 18 apiece with Tony Allen coming off the bench for 15 points and five rebounds. The C’s were able to hold LeBron to just 22 points while keeping the reserves to a combined 11. Boston was up nine at the end of the first block and kept the lead through the majority of the contest. The Cavs made a run in the third but the Celtics revamped in the fourth courtesy of Rondo, Allen and Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis. Game 5 is scheduled for Tuesday in Cleveland. Boston Celtics playoff tickets are now available!