Ray Allen produced all 14 of his points in the third quarter to boost the Boston Celtics past the New Jersey Nets 107-92 in their final preseason game last night at the TD Garden. Allen’s contributions sparked a comeback as part of Boston’s 36-16 run in the block to give the starters a chance to rest easy in the remaining minutes. Paul Pierce led in scoring with 17. Allen, Glen Davis and Kevin Garnett followed up with 14 apiece. Rajon Rondo hit his targets during his 31 minutes on the floor, dishing out 12 assists with a side of eight points and five rebounds.
Celtics head coach Doc Rivers rested his voice from the locker room after a throat biopsy test which came back negative. In light of his absence, Lawrence Frank was then given the opportunity to run the show against his former team that fired him back in November. “Let’s face it: We’ve got a very, very talented group,” he said. “We decided to turn it around.”
Shaquille O’Neal will likely get the nod to start at center while Jermaine O’Neal recovers from hamstring and hand injuries. “I think we feel like we’ve got a legitimate shot [to win a title],” echoed Shaq after the win. “Paul wants one more…I want one more. We’ve got the same motivation.” The highly anticipated Celtics vs Heat matchup is set for Tuesday, October 26th. Check here for regular season Boston Celtics tickets!
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!
Captain Paul Pierce netted 24 points in 28 minutes, convincingly leading his squad past the struggling New Jersey Nets 111-87 Wednesday at the IZOD Center. The Celtics came out of the gates on fire with 38 first quarter points. Ray Allen added 15 in his 25 minutes played. Brian Scalabrine, Kendrick Perkins, Rajon Rondo, Tony Allen and Glen Davis all contributed with double-digit numbers.
Boston was certainly motivated in yesterday’s contest following their disappointing 102-96 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at home. “This team, we’ve been very resilient all year, no matter who, or how, or what,” said Allen. “You go out and get ready for the game, everybody knows what the game plan is and win or loss, the next game you’ve got to bounce back.”
The C’s are scheduled to travel back to the Garden tonight for a game against the Chicago Bulls before they host the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, January 18th. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
The New Jersey Nets have now won two of their last three regular season contests following yesterday’s 103-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Brook Lopez led in scoring with 25 points as Chris Douglas-Roberts and Devin Harris following up with 20 and 17. “We just continue to get better,” said Douglas-Roberts. “The Bulls made a lot of runs at home and we were able to withstand those runs, which is big for an NBA team.”
The Bulls have slipped to a 7-12 record with eight losses in their last nine games. “When we make a run like that at home, we got to think mentally we have the advantage. We could never pull it together,” said Chicago’s Joakim Noah. “It never feels good to lose to the team with the worst record in the NBA. It hurts.” The Nets were up after three blocks when Chicago proceeded to miss four straight free throws to start the fourth quarter. From there they rallied to grab a point advantage with 2:10 remaining, all for Devin Harris to answer back quickly from trey land. The Nets will host the Golden State Warriors tonight as the Bulls travel to Atlanta to matchup with the Hawks.
After the Phoenix Suns handed them their first loss of the regular season, the Boston Celtics made sure they weren’t going to fall into any bad habits against the New Jersey Nets Saturday night. Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo led in scoring with 16 apiece as the C’s went on to win 86-76, leaving the Nets defeated at 0-7.
Even though New Jersey couldn’t hold on in the end, they definitely gave Boston a run for their money. “We expect that short-handed guys are going to come out and play hard. We didn’t take them for granted, they just played hard and executed,” Pierce said. “We’re playing a team that’s desperate. They haven’t won. They’ve got everything against them.”
Center Brook Lopez posted a game high 23 points with seven rebounds. The young seven-footer was glad to see his team fight to the end with one of the leagues premier teams. “We were right there,” said Lopez. “We all showed we can be competitive.”
The Celtics have a couple days to relax and build their strength back up before hosting the Utah Jazz this Wednesday at 7:30 PM. Boston Celtics tickets are available right here with us at AceTicket.com!
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen all took the night off yesterday for the Celtics preseason contest against the New Jersey Nets, giving others the opportunity to step up and showcase how deep their bench can really go. The Celtics Big Three-less featured four players in double figures and a late game comeback to win 91-88.
Rajon Rhondo was key to Boston’s victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds while dishing out 13 assists. Before the game he decided that it was his time to test his endurance, playing over 40 minutes total. “I wanted to play it out,” he said. “I was playing to win. It’s still a game. You don’t put on the uniform to lose. People might not take as seriously, I wanted to win regardless.”
Rasheed Wallace came up big with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Glen Davis and Eddie House also contributed with 18 and 14 respectively. The Celtics will next take on the Toronto Raptors tonight at the XL Center in Hartford, CT.
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The New Jersey Nets may be changing locations sooner than expected since Russian multi-billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov just bought out 80% of the franchise. NBA commissioner David Stern has widely opened arms out to Prokhorov with the belief that the new deal will benefit the league on an international level. Standing at 6’6, the richest man in Russia was also a stand-out ball player back in the day.
Many owners and players are excited for the NBA’s new international addition. Russia has a proud basketball history and currently serve as top contenders in the Euroleague. Despite the country’s success that includes their recent Euro Championship run in 2007, the only Russian player in the NBA right now is Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko.
Highly outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is another opinion that is thrilled with the Nets new beginnings. “I love it. I think he will bring fresh ideas and viewpoints, and hopefully this will be the start of a trend toward international investors,” Cuban said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. “Plus, I took Russian in high school, so it will give me a chance to refresh.”
The Nets franchise began as members of the ABA in 1967. After going back and forth between New Jersey and New York they landed in East Rutherford, NJ in 1981. After 30 years in the Izod Center, the organization will find their new home in New York.
Multiple sources are reporting that Glen “Big Baby” Davis is heading to the New Jersey Nets. Kenyon Dooling, Yi Jianlian, Eduardo Najera, and the 2010 first round pick are among the possible assets the Celtics may be after. Two drafts ago, Danny Ainge expressed serious interest in Yi before opting to trade the pick. As the C’s may also be looking to deal Gabe Pruitt, the deal may be expanded to include more teams and more players.
Stephon Marbury (in the midst of his 24/7 webcast, StarburyTV) may have an offer to rejoin the Boston Celtics according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. Rumors of a deal that may potentially bring Bruce Bowen to Boston are circulating as well. Stay tuned for more updates and more 2009-2010 Boston Celtics news!
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.
The Celtics will next be heading down to Detroit to match up against the Pistons tomorrow night at 8:00 pm. Boston Celtics tickets are still available here at Aceticket.com!
Paul Pierce netted 31 points, including the go-ahead shot with 20.9 seconds left for the C’s to win over the New Jersey Nets last night 115-111. After notching the win the Boston Celtics joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as the only teams to already have a spot for the upcoming post-season. Cleveland has the top rank in the East so far, and Boston is just one game behind.
Rajon Rondo had a key night for the C’s with 20 points, five assists, and five rebounds. Kendrick Perkins scored 17 points with 13 rebounds, while Ray Allen totaled for 16 points. Despite Vince Carters 34 point performance, the Nets were not able to beat out the Celtics in the end. Devin Harris also contributed for the Nets, adding 25 points and 11 assists.
The Nets fought all the way to the last few seconds when Carter missed his last field goal attempt, leading to two made free throws by Allen. “They got what they wanted,” said Carter speaking of the Celtics execution down the stretch. “Paul shot the ball unbelievable. Great teams do that. We are trying to develop that same mentality and I think we learned a lot tonight.”
The Celtics will host the Cavaliers tomorrow night and fight for the #1 spot in the East. This battle may serve as a preview for what is to come in this years playoffs.
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