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Posts tagged ‘Paul Pierce’
Posted: May 22nd, 2010

If Dwight Howard can't play with fouls in Game 3 tonight, the Orlando Magic can kiss their championship aspirations goodbye.

We’re about 90 minutes before the start of Game 3  in Boston where the Orlando Magic will try avoid going down 3-0 to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals.

Here are three keys for the Magic to win this game and stay in the series because if they lose tonight, it’s over.

1. Get Rashard Lewis going. After averaging 17 points in Orlando’s sweep of the Atlanta Hawks in the conference semifinals, Lewis has scored 11 points total in the first two games of this series against the Celtics. At the same time, he can’t be standstill jump shooter. Got to mix his offensive game up.

2. Howard must keep cool. He’s been called for 42 fouls in 10 playoff games. His lowest foul total has been three and that was in Game 1 against the Hawks. Calls are going to go against him tonight, but he can’t let that frustrate him. Defense will win this game and the Magic need the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year in the game.

3. Contain Rondo. While the Big Three – Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce – are key components to the Celtics, point guard Rajon Rondo is the one who makes the team go. Jameer Nelson has to put pressure on him to play the defense and get Rondo in foul trouble. That is a sure-fire way to keep him from dictating the game.

The Magic are more talented than the Celtics, but Boston has had the edge in terms of point-guard play and bench play in this series and have the edge in championship experience.

Although Orlando made it to the NBA Finals last season, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Magic in five games. The Celtics beat that same Laker team in six games to win it all in 2008.

Posted in: NBA
Posted: May 19th, 2010

Center Dwight Howard and point guard Jameer Nelson will have the same look they did after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in last year's NBA Finals if the Orlando Magic are unable to figure out the Boston Celtics in this year's playoffs.

The Boston Celtics are the runaway locomotive no one in the Eastern Conference has been able to handle in this year’s playoffs.

After beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games, the Celtics take a 2-0 series lead heading into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday at home.

Orlando is in big trouble.

The Magic got a big scoring night from Dwight Howard (30 points on 9 of 13 shooting), but he only got eight rebounds in Tuesday’s Game 2 loss, 95-92, at home.

So Boston has proven it can beat the Orlando even if Howard goes nuts offensively.

Here’s the laundry list of  problems for Orlando.

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: May 11th, 2010

Was this LeBron James' last game Tuesday night in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena wearing a Cavalier uniform?

  The two-time MVP’s body language wasn’t good.

  And since LeBron James is their leader, the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers were just as lifeless.

  Now they’re a loss away from seeing championship aspirations expire after losing Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, 120-88, to the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena.

  If the Celtics close out the Cavaliers in Thursday’s Game 6 in Boston, the sellout crowd of 20,562 may have watched James play his last game for Cleveland in Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night.

   They didn’t see his best effort.

   In fact, it may have been the worst playoff performance of his splendid 7-year NBA career.

    James had just 15 points, shooting a woeful 3-of-14 from the field. He only attempted four shots in the first half, missed them all and the electric energy that typically radiates off him was barely pulsating.

   By the fourth quarter when James missed a free throw with 10:31 in the game, sprinkle of boos came from the stands.

   James wasn’t the only who didn’t bring it Tuesday night.

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: May 1st, 2010

His elbow may be hurting, but it didn’t stop LeBron James from scoring 35 points Saturday night in leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 101-93 win past the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Quicken Loans Arena.

That’s a nice way to go into receiving the MVP award later today at the University of Akron. James won’t need help hoisting the trophy, but he got some much needed help Saturday night.

Mo Williams dropped in 20 points that included a one-handed flush on Paul Pierce to turn the game around. The Cavaliers were down 11 before Williams dunked on Pierce and they wound up taking a 79-78 lead at the end of third quarter.

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: April 27th, 2010

Paul Pierce and the Celtics eliminate Miami tonight.

The Boston Celtics took care of Miami, 96-86, in Game 5 to win the series, 4-1, and advance to the Eastern Confernce semifinals.

If Cleveland is able to hold on tonight to win Game 5 and wrap up this first-round series against the Chicago Bulls, they will face Boston in  Game 1 of the conference semifinals Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

If the Cavs lose, Game 6 of their series with the Chicago Bulls will be Thursday night in Chicago.

Posted in: NBA
Posted: April 24th, 2010

Charlotte needs its new owner, Michael Jordan, to turn back the clock and play in order to beat the Orlando Magic.

Orlando is doing it without Dwight Howard scoring a ton of points and being in foul trouble.

Boston is playing like it did early in the season.

No wonder they are each a game away from sweeping their respective first-round series in the Eastern Conference.

The Magic took a 3-0 lead Saturday by winning, 90-86 at Charlotte against the Bobcats. Howard had just 13 points and fouled out in the fourth quarter after playing just 26 minutes.

As for the Celtics, they can sweep the Heat  by winning Sunday’s Game 4 in Miami. Paul Pierce gave them a 3-0 series lead by hitting a game-winning shot at the buzzer to give Boston a 100-98 win.

Posted in: NBA
Posted: April 18th, 2010

After his elbowing incident with Quentin Richardson in Game 1 of the Eastern Confernce playoffs, Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett is under the gun heading into Game 2 of the first-round series against the Miami Heat.

You’ve got Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah saying he’s a “dirty player.”

Now Garnett is expected to get suspended for Game 2 on Tuesday.

Posted in: NBA
Posted: October 27th, 2009

Boston 51, Cleveland 45

The Cavaliers lead by as many as 14 points in the first half only to trail by five at the break.

If I’m Cleveland, these are my concerns.

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Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: October 27th, 2009

Celtics Cavaliers Basketball

I just came out of the visitor’s locker room, which is smaller than a telephone booth, a little while ago, but I can’t get rid of that heavy scent of  Bengay right that roared out there as I hit the door.

That’s an old team in that locker room.

Ya’ll know the Celtics got some veterans in there. KG. Sheed. Ray Ray. Might as well through Paul Pierce in there. Those guys have a combined 52 years of playing experience.

Wow. Clear the cob webs.

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Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 17th, 2009
Magic Celtics Basketball

Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics bowed out Sunday to the Orlando Magic by losing Game 7.

The Orlando Magic finally made the defending NBA champions disappear.

The Magic took care of the Boston Celtics, 101-82, to win Game 7 and advance to the Eastern Conference finals to take on NBA MVP LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Took a game longer than I thought they would to beat the Celtics, but the Magic put way the Celtics, who were without injured leader and defensive force, Kevin Garnett.

Still have to give Orlando credit. The Magic made the Celtics play their style Sunday night.

The Magic have some mismatches in their favor against the Cavaliers. Dwight Howard could have a field day and between Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu, the one James doesn’t guard will get an opportunity to do work against Anderson Varejao.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix

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