|02.05.10 at 9:26 pm ET|
Third quarter: Nets 73 – Celtics 72
The Celtics were unable to come out of halftime and put the Nets away. The underdogs aren’t backing down and they continue to attack the basket and the glass. They are outrebounding the C’s 26-22.
|02.05.10 at 8:42 pm ET|
Second Quarter: Nets 55 – Celtics 51
The boos were audible. This is a score you would expect from the Warriors or Suns before the Nets. Despite ranking last in the league (42.2 percent), the Nets are shooting 63 percent from the field. They have a 55-51 lead at halftime.
Rajon Rondo leads all players with 12 points. The Celtics are 8-5 when trailing at halftime.
|02.05.10 at 8:07 pm ET|
First quarter: Celtics 29 – Nets 25
The Celtics jumped out to a four-point lead over the Nets shooting 57 percent in the first quarter. The Nets shot slightly better at 59 percent, but the C’s maintained an advantage with nine rebounds and nine assists.
|02.05.10 at 7:45 pm ET|
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Paul Pierce continued his cardio workout on Friday but is still unsure whether the team’s captain will be able to return on Sunday for the showdown with the Orlando Magic at TD Garden.
“It’s day-to-day,” Rivers said of Pierce’s left mid-foot strain. “That’s about it, really. He’s moving around, shooting around a little bit. I don’t know yet.”
Marquis Daniels, meanwhile, will practice again on Saturday but Rivers said there’s still no guarantee he’ll be ready to play against Orlando. Rivers’ main concern is not the thumb but rather the ability of Daniels to run the team’s offensive sets that have been installed since he last played on Dec. 4.
“I’m not so sure about him on Sunday.” Rivers, whether Daniels will be prepared to return. “We’ll have to throw him in eventually.”
For Daniels, it’s his 28th straight game missed following ligament surgery on his left thumb.
[Click here to listen to Doc Rivers compare the 2010 Nets to the 24-win 2007 Celtics.]
“Really, I didn’t know that,” Rivers said. “That’s unbelievable. You Boston guys [media], I thought you were tough. That’s surprising. They’re some guys out there that clearly should be doing this a lot longer than me. You know how this league is – it’s a talent-based league. If you have enough of it and do your job with it, then you stay.
The pregame discussion ended with his thoughts on Sunday’s big game between Indianapolis and New Orleans.
“Super Bowl predictions?,” Rivers said, repeating the question asked of him. “The Saints, what the [heck]. No reason for that. Maybe the reason is I’ve heard about Colts. I wondered if [the Colts] were playing anybody so I’m going with the other team.”
|02.05.10 at 3:37 pm ET|
Paul Pierce is now officially among the field of six who will take part in the NBA Three-Point Shootout on Sat., Feb. 12, in Dallas. Pierce’s 46.7 percent from long range this year leads the group, though his 37.0 percent career rate from distance is the second worst among the six competitors, behind only 2009 champion Daequan Cook of the Heat.
|02.05.10 at 3:29 pm ET|
The NBA officially announced the 2010 Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout Field on Friday afternoon. Eddie House revealed that Pierce would be competing on Dale & Holley this past Thursday. Chauncey Billups of the Denver Nuggets joins Pierce to headline a field of six in this year’s Shootout. The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night. Pierce will hope to dethrone defending champion Daequan Cook of the Miami Heat.
FOOT LOCKER THREE-POINT SHOOTOUT YEAR-BY-YEAR WINNERS
1986 – Larry Bird, Boston
1987 – Larry Bird, Boston
1988 – Larry Bird, Boston
1989 – Dale Ellis, Seattle
1990 – Craig Hodges, Chicago
1991 – Craig Hodges, Chicago
1992 – Craig Hodges, Chicago
1993 – Mark Price, Cleveland
1994 – Mark Price, Cleveland
1995 – Glen Rice, Miami
1996 – Tim Legler, Washington
1997 – Steve Kerr, Chicago
1998 – Jeff Hornacek, Utah
2000 – Jeff Hornacek, Utah
2001 – Ray Allen, Milwaukee
2002 – Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento
2003 – Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento
2004 – Voshon Lenard, Denver
2005 – Quentin Richardson, Phoenix
2006 – Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
2007 – Jason Kapono, Miami
2008 – Jason Kapono, Toronto
2009 – Daequan Cook, Miami
|02.05.10 at 9:35 am ET|
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the NBA version of the dreaded trap game. On the face of things, there is no conceivable reason why the Celtics should lose to the Nets. But when you factor in the absence of Paul Pierce, the nationally televised showdown with the Magic looming on Super Bowl Sunday and the fact that the All-Star beak is right around the corner, this is the kind of effort and focus game everyone has spent so much time talking about.
The Celtics are beginning to get on a nice little role. They’ve won two straight and should make it three against New Jersey. That would give them a chance to calm down all the rumors and innuendo, and there is nothing the veterans on this team like more than calm. A loss would bring all those distractions back into play.
NETS (4-44, 1-9 last 10)
Points Per Game: 90.0
Points Allowed: 101.7
Differential: -11.7 (30th)
Offensive Efficiency: 97.5 (30th)
Defensive Efficiency: 110.2 (27th)
Pace: 92.2 (17th)
CELTICS (31-16, 4-6 last 10)
Points Per Game: 99.3
Points Allowed: 93.8
Differential: +5.6 (3rd)
Offensive Efficiency: 107.8 (13th)
Defensive Efficiency: 101.8 (1st)
Pace: 91.5 (22nd)
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