Rajon Rondo dished out 19 assists and 13 points to lead the Boston Celtics past the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-86 yesterday at the Quicken Loans Arena. The recent victory eliminates the Cavaliers home court advantage with the series now tied at 1-1 heading to Boston. The C’s increased the gap to 25 early in the fourth before withstanding a late Cleveland surge to solidify the W. “We did everything we set out to do,” said Ray Allen. “We’ve talked all year about closing out games. When we do that, we’re pretty good.”
Allen shot 8-for-15 from the field to rack up 22 points. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins all were able to produce double digit numbers. Rasheed Wallace came to play last night after being called out by Celtics coach Doc Rivers to net 7-of-8 for 17 points during his 18 minutes on the floor. The real momentum shift in favor of the Celtics came in the 3rd quarter when they outscored Cleveland 31-12. The Cavs shot 31% to Boston’s 59% during the block.
“We’ve got to fight better than what we did tonight. Coming from behind in the first game, coming from behind in the second game, that’s not good enough,” said Cavaliers coach Mike Brown. “That’s not good enough for me or anybody in that locker room. If we expect to win that series, we’ve gotta bring more of a sense of urgency than what we brought tonight. Plain and simple they kicked our behinds.” Game 3 is set for Friday, May 7th at the TD Garden.
Ray Allen hit 5-of-6 from downtown as Rajon Rondo produced all around for the Boston Celtics to send Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat home packing to watch the rest of the 2010 NBA playoffs from their living rooms. The 96-86 victory concluded the first five-game series won by head coach Doc Rivers. The C’s will move on to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals where LeBron James and the top ranked Cleveland Cavaliers will be waiting. Boston last saw Cleveland in the second round in 2008 en route to their 17th league Championship.
“I think it’s a great matchup. It’s great for basketball – such a classic series,” said captain Paul Pierce. “They’re the team to beat right now. They showed it through the course of the season the way they played. We know this is going to be a tough series, another really, really tough series.”
The Celtics found themselves up ten at the half. Miami took control in the third before Boston regained their composure down the stretch. Allen led the scoring campaign with 24 points as Peirce finished with 21. Rondo controlled the tempo with 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins owned the inside game with a combined 22 points and 14 boards.
Both Celtics and Cavs are set to rest for a few days before Game 1 at the Quicken Loans Arena this weekend. After handling the Chicago Bulls in five games, Cleveland is anxious and aware in regards to what they’re up against in round 2. “A lot of people are saying they’re too old, but we know they’re going to come out and give us their best shot,” said Antawn Jamison. “It’s going to be a hard-fought series. It should be fun.” Celtics vs. Cavaliers playoff tickets are available now!
Derrick Rose dropped 31 points while dishing out seven assists as the Chicago Bulls went on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday at the United Center. Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng contributed 27 and 20 while center Joakim Noah controlled the paint with 10 points and 15 rebounds. This marks Chicago’s first win over the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal round. “We stayed strong,” said Noah. “D-Rose played huge for us. It just feels really good to come out with a win right now.”
LeBron James produced 13 of his 39 points down the stretch in the fourth quarter despite coming up short in the end. The Bulls were able to capture the momentum through the first block with the initial 32-21 lead. Cleveland went on a run in the final minutes but there simply wasn’t enough time to stage a complete comeback. “I believe we’re going to be fine,” said Anderson Varejao. “We just have to play the way we did in the second half.” Next game is scheduled for Sunday at 3:30 PM. Bulls vs. Cavs playoff tickets are now available with us at Ace!
Ray Allen supplied the dagger three-pointer with 48 seconds left for the Boston Celtics to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-113 yesterday at the TD Garden. The C’s were up 22 before Cleveland surged back in the fourth to eventually gain their first lead with just over a minute remaining. From there it was a battle from the charity stripe with Ray’s 25-footer providing the necessary momentum. Allen finished with a season high 33 points, netting 6-of-9 from downtown. Kevin Garnett controlled the inside game with 19 points and eight rebounds. Rajon Rondo set the tempo with 16 points and 14 assists.
LeBron James collected 42 points, nine assists and seven rebounds despite coming up short in the end. Down by two with ten seconds on the clock, James thought he could steal the show with a game-winning three for the Cavaliers to solidify home court advantage through the playoffs. LeBron took the risk and missed to give Boston the W, evening the regular season score at 2-2.
High tensions, emotions and pure dislike for one another caused for six technical fouls to be handed out during the game. Boston and Cleveland both realize the potential to meet again in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the round in 2008 where the Celts edged the Cavs in a hard-fought seven games en route to winning their 17th NBA title. “We don’t like them. They don’t like us. So I wasn’t surprised at all,” said James. “It comes from them wanting to be really great, them winning the championship, us wanting to win the championship and having to come through Boston to try to win it.”
LeBron James finally spoke out to the press in regards to his upcoming free agency this summer. Despite avoiding all major details, he at least gave somewhat of an indication to how he’s approaching the matter. “At the end of the day, it is still a business,” said James. “This isn’t high school basketball anymore. You have to do what is best for your family and what is best for yourself. I’ve always said I love being in Cleveland. But for me as a basketball player, no matter what happens, I love to play the game. I play it with a joy and I love my teammates.”
The 25-year old phenom just recently became the youngest player to reach 15,000 points. Teams in the discussion to make offers during the off-season include Cleveland, New York, New Jersey and Chicago. The Knicks just reached a milestone in light of anticipation, already reaching 1,800 new season ticket orders for next year.
The 56-15 Cavaliers have now won eight straight heading into Wednesday’s contest against the New Orleans Hornets. Monday marks the first day the organization can speak to Zyrunas Ilgauskas about re-signing with the team. James was happy to address Big Z’s return, saying “He’s a good friend of mine and he’s a great teammate. Z’s a veteran his play will automatically guarantee him minutes because of how good he is, how tall he is and his shooting ability.”
LeBron James played floor general once again with 32 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to defeat the Indiana Pacers 99-94 last night at the Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs in their efforts earned the Central Division title for the second consecutive season.
“We have to cherish these moments and celebrate these moments,” said PG Mo Williams. “Our goal (last year) was so focused on a championship, we looked past clinching the division, clinching the playoffs and clinching home-court advantage. All that makes the main goal that much sweeter.” Cleveland was in control through most of the contest until the Pacers put the pressure on in the fourth. Despite a late fourth quarter run, Indiana was unable to pull ahead in light of their previous mistakes.
“The last two road games, we’ve given ourselves a chance to win in the fourth quarter and came up short against good teams,” said Pacers coach Jim O’Brien. “We’ve won our last three home games, so things are starting to pick up for us.” Indiana is next set to host the Detroit Pistons tomorrow night as the Cavaliers travel to Chicago to matchup with the Bulls at the United Center.
Mo Williams produced 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Boston Celtics 108-88, finally snapping their longtime losing streak at the TD Garden. LeBron James led Cleveland with 36 points while racking up a side of nine assists and seven rebounds. “We haven’t had much success here,” said James. “We’ve lost nine times coming into this building. So it gets the monkey off our backs. But don’t read too much into it.”
Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo contributed most of the scoring for Boston with 21 and 19. In the process of earning another double-double, Rondo scored 10 of Boston’s initial 12 in the first four minutes of regulation. After a dominant first quarter the Cavaliers were eventually able to wear down the depleted Celtics. They dominated the final 12 minutes 35-14 knowing the C’s had nowhere else to turn without captain Paul Pierce in the lineup.
“They were a lot more aggressive in the second half. They made adjustments to stop Rondo’s penetration,” said Kevin Garnett. “We knew it was a real big test. We can’t play one half and relax.” The Cavs are scheduled for a game against the Raptors tonight in Toronto as the Celts prepare to play host to the New Jersey Nets the following day.
Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points to rally his Denver Nuggets past the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-116 in OT yesterday at the Quicken Loans Arena. LeBron James produced a game-high 43 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists, two steals and four blocks. Despite the monster stat line, it was Melo who finished strong in the end to halt the Cavs win streak at 13.
“It’s finally me being on the other end I guess,” said James. “I’m so used to being on the other end making shots and looking at guys. It’s a great player and a great shot. If I got any closer, I was going to foul him. Big shot.”
Kenyon Martin and Chauncey Billups helped Anthony with 18 apiece for Denver. JR Smith shot 50% from the field to collect 14 points off the bench. Cleveland will next match-up with the Charlotte Bobcats as the Nuggets continue their east road trip to DC for a game against the Wizards.
The Cleveland Cavaliers just added forward Antawn Jamison to their roster after pulling off a three-team deal with the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers. The Cavs will also gain Sebastian Telfair from LA to further strengthen their back court. In return Cleveland was forced to send Zydrunas Ilgauskas to Washington along with a pair of future draft picks. The Clippers and Wizards have also agreed to swap Al Thornton and Drew Gooden.
Cleveland originally pushed for Suns forward Amare Stoudemire to give LeBron the necessary sidekick for their next title run. General Manager Danny Ferry believes this will be an easy transition for Jamison heading into the home stretch of the regular season.
“Antawn is a great pro. We are very excited to have an experienced all-star player of Antawn’s caliber and character join us,” said Ferry. “He has the ability to add a special, unique dimension to our team with a strong inside presence and the ability to stretch teams defensively, while impacting the entire court.” The Cavaliers are scheduled to host the Denver Nuggets at the Quicken Loans Arena tonight at 8:00 PM.
Suns forward Amar’e Stoudemire is the hot topic in regards to NBA trade rumors this week. The top two teams in the chase hold two of the league’s most talented players, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. The Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers are thinking alike, hoping to lure in a big name before the deadline instead of waiting for the free agency period.
LeBron and Wade are set to shop around this off-season and have even mentioned the possibility of playing together. The Amar’e deal would eliminate this fantasy in the sense that either team would be a championship contender with him in place. The Cavs are also pursuing Warriors swingman Corey Maggette and Wizards forward Antawn Jamison if the Stoudemire deal falls through.
There has been speculation as to whether Amar’e can co-exist with veteran center Shaquille O’Neal after their time together in Phoenix. Stoudemire made clear through his twitter account that he and Shaq are passed any issues, stating “You guys can stop saying we don’t play well together.” The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, February 18th.