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By CHILDS WALKER | May 8, 2008
Cavaliers@Celtics 7 p.m. [ESPN] LeBron James has to shoot better than 2-for-18, right? On the other hand, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce were pretty awful in Game 1 as well. Watch the league's most dynamic individual try to overcome its best team defense.
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The Washington Post | January 22, 2012
On one of the rare times Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce missed a shot Sunday, Andray Blatche corralled the rebound and fired a full-length pass down the court to Nick Young for a vicious one-handed jam. Admiring his work, Blatche stopped at half-court, looked over at the Washington Wizards bench and smiled as he struck his version of the Heisman Trophy pose. Blatche later joked that he's "a quarterback," showing a playful side that he had hid the past few games as fans at Verizon Center booed him. Blatche played through the distraction, just as Young was able to fight through a left hand injury.
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By Ray Frager | April 28, 2009
Bulls@Celtics 7 p.m. [TNT] With Kevin Garnett (left) unable to do more than make faces on the sideline, Boston is getting all it can handle - more than it can handle at times - from Chicago, with the series tied 2-2. Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Derrick Rose, Ben Gordon ... there has been no shortage of players hitting big shots.
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May 5, 2011
Heat are peaking Paul Doyle Hartford Courant What we've learned after two games is that the Heat's Big Three looks in championship form and the Celtics' Big Three looks, well, old. And with the Heat possessing home-court advantage, it's hard to envision the Celtics winning this series. That's not to say Boston won't make it interesting. The Celtics are too good and too experienced to fade away meekly, and it's conceivable that Boston could will itself to win all the games on its home parquet and push this series to the limit.
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By RAY FRAGER | October 31, 2008
8 p.m. [ESPN] You can be cynical and make a joke about how Paul Pierce (right) was crying when the Celtics got their championship rings because his was a size too small and it was hurting his finger. Or you can appreciate just how much the NBA title meant to him and how he's going to let the likes of Chicago rookie Derrick Rose know that he fully intends to raise another banner in Boston.
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June 2, 2010
Sweet repeat for L.A. Brian Schmitz Orlando Sentinel The NBA and its TV partners would surely love to have this royal retro couple — Lakers and Celtics — play a best-of-17 series instead of a best-of-seven. Stretch this baby out until the NFL camps open or until one of Kevin Garnett's body parts falls off defending Pau Gasol. I'm taking the Lakers in seven for the repeat and for revenge (Boston beat L.A. in '08), but only after undergoing intense counseling.
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December 24, 2009
Celtics forward Paul Pierce had fluid drained from his right knee Wednesday and will miss the next two weeks. Pierce did not make the flight to Orlando, Fla., for a Christmas Day game against the Magic, one day after Kevin Garnett missed his first game of the season with a thigh bruise. The Celtics are on a six-day, four-game trip that includes games against the Clippers, Warriors and Suns before they return home for a Jan. 2 game against the Raptors. Pierce could be back for a Jan. 6 game at Miami.
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By Tribune newspapers | May 23, 2010
If he so chooses, Paul Pierce could Tweet some taunts about a sweep and not blame hackers for it this time. The Celtics moved one victory away from fulfilling Pierce's tainted Tweet — "Anybody got a BROOM?" — with a dominating 94-71 victory over the Magic Saturday night at raucous TD BankNorth Garden. It was their sixth straight triumph in the NBA playoffs. Game 4 is scheduled for Monday night, which gives the Magic two days to orchestrate a search party and find the missing offense of Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis.
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By Tribune Newspapers | May 29, 2010
BOSTON — In the end, it was the beginning of the games that doomed the Magic and sent them on an unwanted vacation. The Celtics followed a familiar pattern in a clinching 96-84 victory in Game 6 on Friday night, charging out to take control and earn their second trip to the NBA Finals in three seasons. They will face the winner of the Western Conference finals between the Lakers and Suns, which the Lakers lead 3-2. The Celtics built upon early leads in three of their four victories, a tell-tale Game 3 rout putting the Magic in an inescapable 0-3 series hole.
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By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG | June 7, 2008
When the NBA Finals shift back to Los Angeles, we should hold a big ceremony at midcourt before the game so Jack Nicholson can hand over one of his Oscars to Paul Pierce. Nicholson will probably be fine with it. He has three, after all (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets). And a thespian like Nicholson can certainly recognize what a beautiful acting job Pierce did in Game 1 of the NBA Finals when he looked as if he needed to have his leg amputated at one moment.
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April 19, 2011
Give it to Allen Paul Doyle Hartford Courant It's tempting to give the ball to a young gun such as Derrick Rose, Chris Paul or Kevin Durant, but we'll wait until they win a ring before crowning any as Mr. Clutch. Elite scorers such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Paul Pierce, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade deserve consideration, but our choice is the best long-range shooter in NBA history. The Celtics' Ray Allen has shown an ability to create his shot and bury a jumper no matter the circumstances.
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March 24, 2011
Bulls will be kings Tom Yantz Hartford Courant The allegiance for the Celtics is strong in New England, as it should be. With Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and company, they are always a team to be reckoned with. But they're no longer the best in the East. The Bulls will be No. 1. Coach Tom Thibodeau, the defensive mastermind and former Celtics assistant coach, has infused his team with confidence and an acute defensive mindset. The Bulls have the coach of the year and the MVP in Derrick Rose.
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February 28, 2011
Count on Celtics, Heat K.C. Johnson Chicago Tribune Assuming the Spurs keep holding off Father Time to finish with the league's best record, the Celtics and Heat will finish second and third, respectively. Many are shocked at the Celtics dumping Kendrick Perkins. But while the move may hurt them in some playoff matchups, Jeff Green will help them win more regular-season games as he can back up two positions and lessen Paul Pierce's load. The Heat simply have too much individual talent not to finish strong.
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By Lisa Dillman and John Cherwa, Tribune Newspapers | June 14, 2010
BOSTON — Isn't this the way it's supposed to happen? The defending NBA champions with their superstar guard heading home for two elimination games. Or the underdog team looking to pull off the ultimate trifecta of upsetting two No. 1 seeds and one No. 2 to return the championship banner to its parquet home for the second time in three years. Such are the things that big TV ratings are made of. The Celtics wove those storylines to reality Sunday with a 92-86 victory over the Lakers to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
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By Broderick Turner, Tribune newspapers | June 6, 2010
LOS ANGELES — Twenty-seven seconds into Game1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, the Lakers' Ron Artest and the Celtics' Paul Pierce became entangled, wrestling each other to the floor and getting double technical fouls. Artest, Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher picked up two fouls in the first quarter, which featured 18 fouls and 20 free throws. It took 35 minutes to play the first quarter, 33 to play the second and 35 to play both the third and fourth. Lakers coach Phil Jackson would prefer the tone of Game 2 on Sunday at the Staples Center be different.
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June 2, 2010
Sweet repeat for L.A. Brian Schmitz Orlando Sentinel The NBA and its TV partners would surely love to have this royal retro couple — Lakers and Celtics — play a best-of-17 series instead of a best-of-seven. Stretch this baby out until the NFL camps open or until one of Kevin Garnett's body parts falls off defending Pau Gasol. I'm taking the Lakers in seven for the repeat and for revenge (Boston beat L.A. in '08), but only after undergoing intense counseling.
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By Lisa Dillman, Tribune Newspapers | June 1, 2010
WALTHAM, Mass. — Do the math. Or, in this case, don't do the math. Doc Rivers was asked about coaching against the Lakers' Phil Jackson in the NBA Finals on Monday at the Celtics' training facility. Rivers chuckled. "Oh, like I've always said, I don't even look at that matchup," he said a few hours before the team departed for Los Angeles to continue preparation for Game 1 on Thursday night. "Hell, you're comparing me to Phil … we're in trouble.
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By Tribune Newspapers | May 29, 2010
BOSTON — In the end, it was the beginning of the games that doomed the Magic and sent them on an unwanted vacation. The Celtics followed a familiar pattern in a clinching 96-84 victory in Game 6 on Friday night, charging out to take control and earn their second trip to the NBA Finals in three seasons. They will face the winner of the Western Conference finals between the Lakers and Suns, which the Lakers lead 3-2. The Celtics built upon early leads in three of their four victories, a tell-tale Game 3 rout putting the Magic in an inescapable 0-3 series hole.
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