|Daniels’ stepfather arrested, tasered at Game 2||05.19.10 at 8:44 pm ET|
The stepfather of Celtics guard Marquis Daniels was subdued by a Taser gun and arrested during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals at Amway Arena on Tuesday.
Willie L. Buie, 55, was charged with resisting arrest with violence.
Police reports indicate that officers responded to a disturbance in Section 106-107 around 10:55 p.m. The officers tried to remove Buie from his seat, but Buie refused. With the help of several more officers Buie was finally removed from the arena and into a security area.
Buie, however, continued to resist arrest, keeping his hands under his body and refusing to be handcuffed. At that point an officer took his Taser and shot Buie in the back, a hit of electricity that lasted five seconds, according to reports. Following the Taser shot Buie put his hands behind his back and was handcuffed.
Buie reportedly has a long criminal history, including an arrest for second-degree murder. He served 11 years in prison and was released in 1989.
|Fast Break: Celtics-Cavs||05.13.10 at 11:09 pm ET|
The Boston Celtics have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. And LeBron James and the Cavaliers are heading home.
Rajon Rondo scored 21 points with 12 assists and Kevin Garnett added 22 points to lead Boston scorers as the Celtics defeated the Cavs by a final score of 94–85 in Game 6 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal Series.
The Celtics win the series 4-2, the second time in the last three seasons that they have sent James and the Cavs packing.
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals will be Sunday at Orlando.
A 10-0 fourth-quarter run by the Celtics was punctuated by a Garnett dunk to give Boston an 88-74 lead with 5:50 left. The Cavaliers made a few small runs, but could never get closer than four points.
James, playing what could be his last game with the Cavs, was sloppy but extraordinarily active, finishing with 27 points (on 8-of-21 shooting) 19 rebounds, 10 assists and nine turnovers. Mo Williams scored 22 points, but only had two points in the second half.
The Cavs shot only 38.4 percent from the floor in the game and finished with 22 turnovers.
Paul Pierce struggled in the first half (two points) but had 11 second-half points, including three three-point field goals. Tony Allen (10 points, strong defense on James) and Rasheed Wallace (13 points) played well off the bench.
The Celtics led by a score of 51-49 at halftime.
Rondo topped the Celtics with 12 points in the half.
Mo Williams, who had struggled since a big Game 1, was the story for the Cavs in the first half, pacing all players with 20 points. James took 12 shots (just two fewer than Game 5), but made just four. He finished the first half with 12 points, six boards, five assists and four turnovers.
The Celtics had a three-point edge (25-22) after the first quarter. The lead was as large as nine (20-11), but the Celtics made just one field goal in the final 5:11. The Celts shot 55.6 percent in the quarter, led by Garnett, who made all four field-goal attempts to lead all Celtics with eight points. Rondo had five points and four assists, but also turned the ball over four times. The Celtics had six turnovers in the opening quarter, leading to seven Cavs points. That kept the game close as the Cavs shot just 40 percent from the floor.
For the Cavs, Williams led all players with 10 points and James had nine points (on 3-of-8 shooting,) five rebounds, two assists, two steals and three turnovers. That was the story all game for James as he could never find his rhythm.
The third quarter was the game’s most physical, with the Celtics emerging with a 76-67 lead. Plenty of hard fouls and pushing and shoving. Garnett and Pierce each had eight points in the quarter.
|Halftime Wrap: Celtics-Cavs||05.13.10 at 9:25 pm ET|
The Celtics lead the Cavaliers by a score of 51-49 at halftime of Game 6.
Rajon Rondo topped the Celtics with 12 points. He also has seven assists and three steals. But the big story of the first half? Foul trouble for the Celtics. Rondo, along with Paul Pierce, has three fouls. Tony Allen came off the bench to score 10 points and Kevin Garnett also chipped in with 10 on five-of-six shooting.
Mo Williams, who has struggled since a big Game 1, was the story for the Cavs in the first half, pacing all players with 20 points. LeBron James took 12 shots (just two fewer than Game 5), but made just four. He finished the first half with 12 points, six boards, five assists and four turnovers.
The Celtics led by three points (25-22) after the first quarter. The lead was as large as nine points (20-11), but the Celtics made just one field goal in the final 5:11. Despite the cold stretch, the Celts shot 55.6 percent in the quarter, led by Garnett, who made all four field-goal attempts to lead all Celtics with eight points. Rondo had five points and four assists, but also turned the ball over four times. The Celtics had six turnovers in the opening quarter, leading to seven Cavs points. That kept the game close as the Cavs shot just 40 percent from the floor.
For the Cavs, Williams led all players with 10 points and James had nine points (on 3-of-8 shooting,) five rebounds, two assists, two steals and three turnovers. A sloppy first quarter from James, but unlike Game 5 he was anything but passive.
|Celtics maintain Game 6 is really Game 7||05.12.10 at 5:04 pm ET|
WALTHAM — Following the Celtics’ Game 5 blowout road win over the Cavaliers on Tuesday, Kevin Garnett was quick to set the tone for the team’s mentality as they prepared to head back to Boston for a potential series-clincher on Thursday.
“We cannot come back here [to Cleveland],” said Garnett in a postgame interview . “We have to think this is out Game 7 coming up and we cannot afford to have the best team in the league have a Game 4 on their floor. Just not possible.”
Forgetting for a moment the irony of Kevin Garnett telling us that something is NOT possible, the Celtics on Wednesday were quick to agree that Game 6 falls in the “must-win” category.
“That’s the way we have to have it,” said Glen Davis following practice on Wednesday. “We got to look at it – Game 7. This is the last game. We gotta finish it, gotta close it out. He [Garnett] is right. We have to make sure that we go into the game like it’s our last.”
Kendrick Perkins — already no stranger to a Game 7 in his still-young career — wants no part of a winner take all battle in Cleveland, particulary when the Celtics have a chance to take care of business at home.
“Yeah it is,” said Perkins when asked if he agreed with Garnett’s thoughts. “It’s like our Game 7 coming up. We don’t want to back to Cleveland so we just have to come out with the right focus, right mindset.”
Davis is of course aware that the Celtics have already won a pair of games in Cleveland during this series, so winning a Game 7 (the real Game 7, not the Game 6 as Game 7, just to be clear) isn’t an impossible task. Still, the forward isn’t interested in tempting fate.
“It [Game 6] is the biggest game of the series,” said Davis. “Close game. Also, people don’t realize how much we have on our backs. If we lose this game at home, we have to go back to Cleveland. We know we can win there, but at the time, that’s their house, their environment, they play there more than we do. It’s a tough situation. We have to win this game.”
Doc Rivers is on board. The head coach was quick to remind the media on Wednesday that while the Celtics are one win away from moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals, the last victory will be the toughest.
“We have one home game left in this series,” Rivers noted. “We haven’t done anything. And we’ve made that clear. And you know that you are going to get Cleveland’s best shot.”
And you are going to get LeBron James’ best shot as well. Rivers expects the two-time MVP to bounce back in Game 6.
“LeBron is going to play an amazing game and we’re going to have to be able to absorb that and still win the game.” Rivers said.
|Ainge on Big Show: ‘I regret’ towel incident||05.05.10 at 7:34 pm ET|
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show on Wednesday and talked about the controversy surrounding his actions in the second half of Monday’s Game 2 victory over the Cavaliers. Ainge was seen throwing a white towel in the air from behind the basket in an attempt to distract Cavs forward J.J. Hickson during a free throw attempt.
“I regret that. It was very unprofessional,” said Ainge. “I was having fun with the hecklers and the crowd who were sitting around me. There’s just no excuse. It was unprofessional. I regret doing it.”
Ainge admitted that his competitive nature can “get the best of me,” but hopes that “we can move on past this and just focus on the players and the real issues at hand.”
Ainge said that he has not heard from the league but “is sure” that he will at some point.
To hear the interview, click on The Big Show audio on demand page.
|Fast Break: Celtics-Heat||04.27.10 at 9:43 pm ET|
The Celtics advanced to the second-round of the playoffs, knocking off the Heat in five games with a 96-86 win on Tuesday night. Ray Allen scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half to lead the Celtics, while Paul Pierce finished with 21 points. It was a night in which all five starters submitted strong efforts, as Kevin Garnett posted a 14-8-3 line (with three steals) and Kendrick Perkins had eight points, six boards and three blocked shots.
Dwayne Wade did everything he could to keep the Heat alive. He entered the game averaging 33.6 points per game in the series, and he nearly reached that mark with a game-high 31 points (though he had to work for it, shooting just 10-of-24.) Mario Chalmers was a solid second option for Miami, scoring 20 points.
Wait and see time now for the Celtics. Should the Cavaliers finish off the Bulls Tuesday night, Game 1 of the semifinal series would be at Cleveland on Saturday night.
First Quarter: The Celtics finished the opening quarter on a 13-4 run to grab a 29-21 lead. Pierce led the Celtics in scoring with nine points, while Rondo added eight points, four rebounds and two assists.
Boston shot 67 percent from the floor and passed the ball brilliantly, collecting 11 assists on 14 field goals. However, five turnovers by the Celtics kept the game within shouting distance (or at least was the reason the lead wasn’t in double-digits.)
Wade and Carlos Arroyo topped the Heat with six points each.
Although the Celtics were able to get to the basket and had the only two offensive rebounds of the opening quarter, they did not attempt a free throw. The Heat got to the line four times.
Second Quarter: The Celtics were just 24 minutes away from ending this series, leading the Heat by a score of 48-38 at the half.
Pierce (13 points) and Rondo (12 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists) led the Celtics charge. Also a strong first half for Kendrick Perkins, who finished the opening 24 with six points, five rebounds and two blocks.
Wade led the Heat with 11 points, but shot only 4-for-11 and had trouble getting to the basket. Miami shot just 34.9 percent from the floor and missed all eight three-point attempts.
In the Something to Watch Department, things got a little chippy in the second, with Wade and Rondo exchanging some words and Quentin Richardson (who did NOTHING in the game) trying his charm on Garnett.
Third Quarter: The Celtics led the Heat by a score of 71-65 after the third quarter.
For the first five minutes of the quarter it looked like this series was on life support. When Perkins scored on a sweet pass from Rondo at 6:56 the Celtics had a 67-46 lead. The Perkins score capped a 19-8 run for the Celtics, a stretch that included a trio of three-pointers from Allen. It sure seemed at the time that Miami was more than willing to exit stage left and do so quietly.
But the Heat (OK, and by the Heat I mean Dwyane Wade) showed serious heart, ending the quarter on a 19-4 run. Wade scored 10 points in the quarter and led all players with 21 points through the third. Chalmers, to be fair, also stepped up, scoring nine points. Chalmers finished the third with 15 total points off the bench, seven more than the entire Celtics reserve unit.
Pierce and Rondo each had 16 points through the third to pace the Celtics. The Celtics hit just 12-of-34 shots in the second and third quarters combined.
Fourth Quarter: The crowd at the Garden was getting tense early in the fourth, as the Heat were able to trim the lead to three points (73-70) with 10:14 left. The idea of Wade taking over again and bringing the series back to Miami seemed a reasonable scenario at this point, but three points would be as close as it would get, as the Celtics authored a 15-6 run over the next 4:10 to put the game (and series) away. The Heat never got closer than eight points after that run.
Player of the Game: Has to be Rondo. He played nearly 44 minutes, finishing with 16 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds and four steals (just two turnovers.) And if you were looking to pick the nits on Rondo, have to find another weakness tonight, as he made all four free throw attempts. The unquestioned MVP of the series.
Stat of the Game: The Heat had 20 three-point attempts, making just five. Ray Allen needed just six three-point attempts to make five.
|Third-Quarter Wrap: Celtics-Heat||04.27.10 at 8:58 pm ET|
The Celtics lead the Heat by a score of 71-65 after the third quarter.
For the first five minutes of the quarter it looked like this series was on life support. When Kendrick Perkins scored on a sweet pass from Rajon Rondo at 6:56 the Celtics had a 67-46 lead. The Perkins score capped a 19-8 run for the Celtics, a stretch that included a trio of three-pointers from Ray Allen (now with 13 points in the game). It sure seemed at the time that Miami was more than willing to exit stage left and do so quietly.
But the Heat (OK, and by the Heat I mean Dwyane Wade) showed serious heart, ending the quarter on a 19-4 run. Wade scored 10 points in the quarter and leads all players with 21 points. Mario Chalmers, to be fair, also stepped up, scoring nine points. Chalmers has 15 points off the bench, seven more than the entire Celtics reserve unit.
Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo each have 16 points to pace the Celtics. The Celtics have hit just 12-of-34 shots since the end of the first quarter.