June 18, 2010 |
The Celtics signed Rasheed Wallace for games like Thursday, Celtics Coach Doc Rivers noted earlier this week. Wallace would be vital to their playoff run, a key veteran cog, and doubts about his productivity or injuries woes didn't worry Rivers at all. In Game 7 of the NBA Finals, Wallace proved Rivers right. The 35-year-old forward-center came to the Celtics' aid in their 83-79 loss to the Lakers, filling in capably for starting center Kendrick Perkins, who was out after tearing ligaments in his right knee in Game 6. Wallace scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished two assists and blocked two shots, surprising many with his play in 35 minutes and 36 seconds of floor time that helped keep the Celtics ahead for nearly the entire game.
June 11, 2010 |
The Celtics are a never-say-die tribe of ballplayers, but their stubbornness comes in strange ways. Some nights, they're akin to the Lernaean Hydra, the mythological Greek creature that sprouted two heads for every one that got sliced off. But they're resilient all right. They lost Game 1 in the NBA Finals and won Game 2. They lost Game 3 and won Game 4. Now, they're tied with the Lakers at two games apiece as both head into Sunday's Game 5 here. "That's been their MO of late, at least," Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said Friday.
June 4, 2010 |
There have been questions about Lakers forward Pau Gasol's toughness, about his heart. He eventually had to face his tormentors from Boston, those very Celtics who made the naysayers doubt Gasol's will after he wilted in the 2008 NBA Finals. This time, in the 2010 NBA Finals, against those physical, trash-talking Celtics, Gasol stood tall and firm, refusing to back down, taking his game to new heights in helping the Lakers defeat Boston, 102-89, Thursday night at Staples Center.
June 2, 2010 |
Two years ago, Rajon Rondo was the Boston Celtics' question mark as they headed into a Finals showdown with the Lakers. It trailed him as speculators wondered whether the second-year point guard was too green and erratic at 22 to lead veterans against veterans for an NBA title. But 24 months later, Rondo has become the Celtics' exclamation point, one of the NBA's top point guards, and now casts his own shadow, which is growing with every magazine cover he graces and highlight reel he owns.
January 21, 2010
Rodney Stuckey scored 27 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, leading the Detroit Pistons to a 92-86 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Rasheed Wallace had 16 points in his first game as a former Piston at the Palace, where he was a fan favorite. He received a mixed welcome and was booed late in the closely contested game. Wallace's three-point basket pulled Boston within four points with 43.5 seconds to play. Richard Hamilton scored on the ensuing possession to seal Detroit's fourth victory in five games.
November 4, 2009 |
at Dallas 96, Utah 85: Dirk Nowitzki scored a club-record 29 of his 40 points during a frantic fourth-quarter comeback to lead the Mavericks. Nowitzki broke the franchise record of 24 points in any quarter set by Mark Aguirre against Denver on March 24, 1984. at Cleveland 102, Washington 90: LeBron James scored 27 points, Shaquille O'Neal had a season-high 21. Cleveland trailed by 18 in the second quarter. Cleveland has won six in a row over Washington at home. Boston 105, at Philadelphia 74: Paul Pierce scored 21 points, Rasheed Wallace had 20 and the Celtics improved to 5-0 even without standout efforts from Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.