The Boston Celtics continue to play in some of the best postseason games in NBA history. Last night’s 92-88 win over the Magic was no exception. Boston overcame a 14 point 4th quarter deficit to take a 3-2 lead in games. The Celtics fought back with help from an unlikely source, Stephon Marbury. Marbury had 12 4th quarter points as the Celtics got great support from their bench. “Big Baby” Davis had a team high 22 points for Boston.
The Celtics can close out the series on Thursday night in Orlando but the way this postseason has been going for Boston, expect a game 7 back in Boston on Sunday. Celtics tickets are available for a potential game 7 right now. The winner of this series will play the heavily favored Cleveland Cavaliers.
On Sunday night the Boston Bruins played with the intensity they lacked in the last 3 games. B’s captain Zdeno Chara led the way with two assists and dominant defensive play. Boston held Carolina to just 19 shots on goal, and swamped Hurricanes netminder Cam Ward with 40 shots. Carolina’s defense, who stopped 40 shots in the past two games, could only prevent 5 on Sunday. Boston’s superior physical play left the majority of the ice time on the Hurricanes end. “It was the only option we had, being down 3-1 and at home in front of our fans,” Chara said in a port-game press conference. “But we are in the same situation and are fighting for another day.”
The series moves to Carolina on Tuesday night. Though they have some momentum, the B’s will be facing elimination surrounded by a very loud and involved crowd at the RBC Center.
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The Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic 112-94 to tie up the series at a game apiece. Led by Eddie House’s dominant 31-point effort, and Rajon Rondo’s third triple-double of the playoffs, the Celtics hope to carry their newfound momentum to Orlando. “I’ve seen some great shooting shows in my life, but that was unbelievable,” Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy said of the C’s 4th quarter clinic. Magic center Dwight Howard finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, seeming lost at times. The win was Boston’s first at home in the playoffs against the Magic, including a meeting between the two in 1995.In the midst of House’s dominant 20-point second half, he was the recipient of a head slap from Magic Guard Rafer Alston, resulting in a double technical. Alston will miss game three as a result.
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The Magic led by as many as 28 points in Monday night’s series opener against the Boston Celtics. In his first game back after being suspended, Dwight Howard racked up 16 points, 22 rebounds, and three assists. The Celtics mounted an impressive comeback in the fourth quarter, getting within 3 points on a Paul Pierce 3. With 6.6 left on the clock the Celtics fouled JJ Reddick, who made both shots to give Orlando the 95-90 win.
“The last 16 minutes was a debacle,” Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said of the Magic’s late-game play. “We were sort of trying to run out the clock, and you can’t do that in games like this. Especially in the playoffs, teams are going to keep fighting and keep coming back.”
Despite the Magic putting the brakes on, Boston had trouble scoring. Both Ray Allen and Kendrick Perkins were held to single digits in scoring. Team captain Paul Pierce has led the Celtics to huge playoff comeback wins (down 21 points to Beat New Jersey in 2002, and down 24 points to the Lakers in game 4 of last-year’s finals), but the team was not able to pull it off on Monday. “We can’t wait until we’re down 25, 26 points until we wake up,” Pierce told the AP’s Jimmy Golen. “There’s no excuses for us not to be ready.”
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After a long opening round series against the Chicago Bulls, the Boston Celtics will face the Orlando Magic in the conference semi-finals. Orlando and Boston split the regular-season series, although the now-injured Kevin Garnett missed or had few minutes of playing time in both of the losses. “We didn’t win either game without Kevin,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers told the AP’s Jimmy Golen. “And so we’re going to have to go and find out why.” The Magic watched film on KG, but will be preparing for a team without him according to Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy. “It’s not like you’re going to go, ‘Kevin Garnett? I never heard of him,” said Van Gundy. “What does he do?’ I think we can make that adjustment pretty quickly. I think we all have a pretty good idea of who Kevin Garnett is.”
Dwight Howard, who was suspended for game 6 of the Magic/76ers series, will be available on Monday night. “If you want to be the champs, you have to beat the champs,” Howard said, eager to face the Celtics in round two.
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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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With the Capitals beating the Rangers, the Carolina Hurricanes became the round 2 opponent for the Boston Bruins. The Hurricanes epic last-minute comeback in Tuesday night’s game stunned the odds-on favorite New Jersey Devils. Carolina finished the season with a 45-30-7 record, were led in points by LW Ray Whitney (77), and in goals by C Eric Staal (40). The Bruins swept the Canes in the season series, notching four wins. By Friday’s game time, the Bruins will have had a week off since their last contest.
2009 Bruins vs Hurricanes Playoff Schedule
May 1, 7:30 pm in Boston
May 3, 7:30 pm in Boston
May 6, 7:30 pm at Carolina
May 8, 7:30 pm at Carolina
May 10, 7:30 pm in Boston
May 12,7:30 pm at Carolina
May 14, time TBA in Boston
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Michael Ryder scored the game winning goal against his former team to break a 2-2 tie and help the Boston Bruins win three in a row against the rival Canadiens in their first round series. The Bruins ended up winning the game 4-2 with the dagger coming from Chuck Kobasew in the final 37 seconds on an open net. The Bruins were able to make it through with out Milan Lucic, who was suspended for the game after cross-checking Montreal’s Maxim Lapierre late in Saturday’s 5-1 victory.
The Bruins are just one win away from advancing to the second round for the first time in ten years. The Canadiens have a tough task ahead of them but are not willing to go down without a fight. “All our players are on skates now and we know what the game represents, so we will be re-evaluating everyone,” said Canadiens coach and general manager Bob Gainey. “It’s the worst situation and the best challenge.”
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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!