The Miami Heat are rumored to open their 2010 campaign at the TD Garden against the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics on Tuesday, October 26th. What better way for Miami’s new partnership to test their abilities than to matchup with a proven veteran lineup in front of a guaranteed hostile crowd in Boston. Due to President Pat Riley’s success in creating the NBA’s latest mega-trio between Dwayne Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, many consider the Heat as the new priority team to beat. The Celtics collectively share the same opinion on the matter following their successful Finals run when a number of analysts predicted them to fall in the first round.
“Miami looks really good on paper, and I’m sure they’re going to be really good. But they still have to come together as a team,” said Boston PG Rajon Rondo. “I’m not saying they won’t, but who knows if those guys can jell? Our biggest opponent each night is ourselves – that’s how I look at it. Not to be cocky or anything, but that’s how we honestly feel. We are the defending Eastern champs. But we are going to go into training camp looking to get back to the Finals and win it.”
The Celtics front office has been hard at work this off-season to keep their Big 3 intact while convincing head coach Doc Rivers to return for another season. They were able to re-sign captain Paul Pierce to a four-year deal and lock up Ray Allen for an additional two. With Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis, and Kendrick Perkins still under contract, the roster was completely solidified after ownership agreed to terms with Marquis Daniels and Nate Robinson. They also picked up former Heat center Jermaine O’Neal to fill in for Perk as he recovers from knee surgery. Check back for additional NBA schedule updates.
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!
Seven-year veteran Dwayne Wade is expected to re-sign with his Miami Heat this week while attracting fellow super-star free agent Chris Bosh in the process. The 2006 NBA Finals MVP previously expressed his desire to stay in Miami, but also requested that the front office do their best to surround him with suitable role players. Bosh is certainly more than qualified to serve as D-Wades sidekick, averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in his time with the Toronto Raptors.
The final step in this year’s free agency frenzy will occur tomorrow night at 9 PM, when LeBron James announces his future during a one-hour special on ESPN. The 25-year old phenom hasn’t given any indication as to where he is leaning after listening to various pitches from the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls. Despite the fact that he met with Wade and Bosh to discuss the possibility of joining together earlier this summer, he never let his team USA buddies in on his other plans and opinions.
Many are speculating that James will remain in Cleveland with Chicago and New Jersey as the other two relevant contenders. He can still sign with the Heat to make the ultimate Big 3 assuming they could settle for a minor paycut. If the Nets can lure in LeBron, they will next look to sign either Carlos Boozer or David Lee. More NBA offseason updates to come!
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!
Ray Allen netted 9-of-13 from downtown as Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis filled in for the Big Ticket with 23 points and eight boards to lead the Boston Celtics to a decisive 106-77 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. After elbowing Quentin Richardson in the opening contest during a mid-game scuffle near the Miami bench on Saturday, league officials issued Kevin Garnett a one-game suspension. The rest of the C’s lineup didn’t seem to have any problems stepping up in his absence.
In a block of time between the second and third quarters, Boston found themselves on a 44-8 run en route to showcasing four players in double digits. “When I stepped out there today and I saw the lineup, I was like, ‘This is the same lineup we had going into the playoffs last year that pushed Orlando to seven games with Glen out there,’” said Captain Paul Pierce. “We all know what he’s capable of.” The series is scheduled to debut in Miami for two games starting Friday before returning to Boston next week if necessary. Check here at AceTicket.com for the best Boston Celtics ticket deals!
The Boston Celtics are now gearing up to face the Miami Heat for the first round of the 2010 post-season. Game 1 and 2 will take place at the TD Garden on Saturday, April 17th and Tuesday, April 20th before the series moves to Miami. It’s evident that the C’s couldn’t catch rhythm towards the home stretch of the regular season, winning just three of their last ten regular season contests. “We’ll find out who we really are,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “I hope we’re more consistent, but the No. 1 thing is, we’ll be healthy.”
The playoffs provide a different schedule that seems beneficial to Boston’s veteran lineup with more days to rest between games. The series strategy for the Celtics will be to contain franchise player Dwayne Wade without fully stopping him. The super-star shooting guard is bound to average close to 30 points per-game. If they can lock up the rest of the Heat roster between Michael Beasley, Jermaine O’Neal and Quentin Richardson, they’ll live to see the top ranked Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. Boston Celtics playoff tickets are now available!
Celtics vs Heat First Round Schedule:Game 1 at Boston – Saturday, April 17, 8 PM
Game 2 at Boston – Tuesday, April 20, 8 PM
Game 3 at Miami – Friday, April 23, 7 PM
Game 4 at Miami – Sunday, April 25, 1 PM
Game 5* at Boston – Tuesday, April 27, TBD
Game 6* at Miami – Thursday, April 29, TBD
Game 7* at Boston – Saturday, May 1, TBD
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.
Dwayne Wade represented his Miami Heat well, earning MVP rights with 28 points, 11 assists and six rebounds to help lead the Eastern Conference to a 141-139 NBA All-Star victory in front of the 108,713 in attendance at Cowboy Stadium. “To be able to perform in front of a crowd like that, I know that. I know I can do it, I’ve done it before,” said Wade. “So just to be able to put on a show like that and to get the win, and to make key plays down the stretch was what I like.”
LeBron James and Chris Bosh enhanced yesterday’s entertainment with a pair of flashy 25 and 23 point performances. Carmelo Anthony posted a game-high 27 despite the West coming up short in the final minute. Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki impressed his hometown crowd with 22 points. This year’s All-Star spectacular was certainly special in light of the record breaking attendance. “You could look up in the stands, and there was not a seat open,” said James. “To be part of history is something that you always wish and dream for.”
LeBron James took control at point guard and racked up 36 points and eight assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to coast past the Miami Heat 102-86 last night at the Quicken Loans Arena. With Delonte West and Mo Williams sidelined along with Daniel Gibson’s first quarter absence due to family matters, James was easily able to come in and play floor general for the Cavs to extend their win streak to 10.
“I knew I was going to have the ball in my hands a lot because I was the starting point guard or point forward, whatever you want to call it,” said James. “Like Magic (Johnson). I can go coast to coast and do a lot of things with the ball that point guards in this league can’t do.”
Dwayne Wade led Miami in scoring as always with 24 points. LeBron has now defeated Wade in 13 of 22 total career matchups. “This team is just better than us,” said Wade. “You have to be realistic. I understand this team has NBA championship aspirations. We don’t have that. We’re focusing on trying to get to the playoffs and this team is trying to get to the championship. It’s totally different.” The Cavs are set to host the New York Knicks tomorrow night as the Heat travel north to face the Chicago Bulls.
Celtics captain Paul Pierce could only watch from the sidelines as others filled the void for Boston to will themselves over Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat 107-102 last night at the TD Garden. Rajon Rondo stepped up to assume his role as floor general with 22 points and 14 assists. Kevin Garnett earned a career high nine assists with 14 points as Ray Allen led the scoring campaign with 23. Eddie House came off the bench to shoot over 50% in the process of netting 16 points in just 24 minutes played.
After a handful of rumors in regards to locker room controversy in Boston, the Celts were certainly able to resolve any problems before yesterday’s contest judging by their style of play. “It was contagious,” said Rondo. “We shared the ball tonight and played very unselfishly.”
Miami is now 24-25, facing seven of their next eight games on the road. They’ll start with LeBron and the top seeded Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at 8:00 PM. The C’s will next play host to the New Jersey Nets on Friday. Boston Celtics tickets are now available right here at Ace!