So it comes down to this. After a lockout that has lasted more than three months, whether the NBA season starts on time could hinge on one “very huge day” in labor talks.
Rajon Rondo had six points and 11 assists despite playing the fourth quarter with a dislocated left elbow, and the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 97-81 on Saturday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Paul Pierce scored 38 points, Ray Allen added 32, and Rajon Rondo had a Celtics’ playoff-record 20 assists as Boston beat the New York Knicks 113-96 on Friday night to take a 3-0 in their first-round playoff series.
Spike Lee and the celebrities will pack the place. ESPN will be there to televise it. After seven long years, Madison Square Garden is finally open again for postseason basketball business.
With the Knicks leading 85-84 on Sunday, Carmelo Anthony was called for pushing Paul Pierce with 21 seconds remaining. The foul set up a game-deciding Ray Allen three-pointer for the Celtics. Not surprisingly, Knicks fans were irate with the quick-whistled officials on Monday.
A big New York-Boston playoff series? Where have we seen this before?
Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Rajon Rondo added 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics scored the final 10 points in 96-86 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.
Brook Lopez scored 20 points and the New Jersey Nets extended their longest winning streak in three years to five games with an 88-79 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.
Brook Lopez scored 18 points and Devin Harris had 16 for the Nets, who scored just 10 points in the fourth quarter and had just two free throws in the last 6:17 of the game.
Paul Pierce is expected to play Wednesday when the Celtics look to continue their dominance of the visiting Nets in the final game before the All-Star break for both clubs.
The Knicks were a few tenths of a second away from beating the best team in the Eastern Conference. But the last thing I want to see this morning is a Knicks fan smiling about any of that.
Paul Pierce thought it was good. So did the fans who roared over what appeared to be the victory that would punctuate the Knicks’ return to relevance. Ray Allen knew otherwise, and so did the referees.
The Boston fans needed just 45 minutes to pronounce their verdict on the NBA’s alleged new superteam: “Over-rated!”
Ray Allen scored all 14 of his points in Boston’s big third quarter as the Celtics closed their preseason with a 107-92 win over the Nets on Wednesday night.
Paul Pierce made the tie-breaking jumper with eight seconds left as the Boston Celtics beat the New York Knicks 104-101 on Wednesday night.