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Game 4: Third quarter update 04.26.09 at 2:55 pm ET
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After three, the Celtics have a 70-65 lead. Following two breathtaking games in Boston, and a blowout in Chicago, the Celtics and Bulls have settled in for a grind-it-out playoff game. No one is shooting the ball well, but the Celtics have been doing a good job on the defensive glass and limiting Chicago’s second-half points.

The C’s started the second half slowly, but picked it up at the end of the quarter with Paul Pierce scoring the final seven points of the quarter. Rajon Rondo continued his torrid play. He has 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Kendrick Perkins has also had a strong game with 15 points and seven rebounds. Perk’s play has made up for Big Baby Davis who is just 1-for-8 from the floor.

This is make or break time for the Bulls, and for the Celtics it’s a chance to take command of the series.

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Pierce reveals favorite players to watch 04.26.09 at 2:17 pm ET
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During halftime of Game 4 between the Celtics and Bulls, ABC revealed Paul Pierce’s favorite five players to watch growing up:

1. Charles Barkley
2. Shaquille O’Neal
3. Magic Johnson
4. Michael Jordan
5. Dominique Wilkins

Click here to see Ray Allen’s favorite five shooters of all-time.

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Game 4: Second Quarter Update 04.26.09 at 2:14 pm ET
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Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins are proving just how much they have learned from playing with the Big Three. Once considered a supporting cast, Rondo and Perkins were the driving force behind the Celtics to a 46-45 first half lead over the Bulls.

Rondo is on pace for another triple-double with 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Perkins, often left alone to fight at the basket, posted 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

The Bulls kicked off the second quarter with a 16-2 run, stemming back to the first quarter. But Paul Pierce broke out of his offensive slump, scoring his first points of the game during an 8-0 by the Celtics. He finished the half with 7 points and 5 rebounds.

Derrick Rose leads the Bulls with 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Brad Miller also added 10 off the bench.

While it is still anyone’s game at this point, the Bulls have to be concerned about second half surge from the Celtics. Glen Davis (1-6 FG, 2 points) has yet to get going and Pierce seems to just be warming up.

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Game 4: First quarter update 04.26.09 at 1:30 pm ET
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The Celtics got off to a solid start in Game 4, and have a 19-18 lead. It hasn’t been overly pretty, but as expected, Chicago came out aggressive but couldn’t convert that energy into points. A key for the Celtics was their impressive work on the defensive glass. They have grabbed 11 of an available 13 defensive rebounds.

Rajon Rondo is once again leading the Celtics with seven points, three rebounds and two assists. Ray Allen has also been efficient with six points on three shots. Paul Pierce is off to a slow start–he’s missed his first three shots and Kendrick Perkins picked up two quick fouls at the end of the quarter.

But everything else is going Boston’s way. Chicago is shooting just 36 percent and the Bulls are having trouble getting good shots. The bench will have to make a bit of a stand in the next 12 minutes.

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D-League Season over for Giddens 04.25.09 at 4:50 pm ET
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J.R. Gidden’s postseason is over — with the Utah Flash, at least. The Celtics rookie led the Flash to the NBDL Finals before losing to the Colorado 14ers on Friday night, 123-104. Giddens, who was assigned to the Flash in March, posted 17 points , 15 rebounds, and 5 assists  in the loss. He averaged 17.2 points (57.8% FG) and 6.3 rebounds during the D-League playoffs. Giddens was selected by the Celtics with the 30th pick in the 2008 Draft.

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No avoiding Kobe vs. LeBron 04.24.09 at 5:21 pm ET
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Even though NBA Commissioner David Stern spoke out against the NBA’s inclination toward a Cleveland Cavaliers-Los Angeles Lakers Finals, there is no ignoring the Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James chatter during the playoffs. This weekend vitaminwater is launching an ad on ESPN hypothesizing about a match up between the two All-Stars. Fans can weigh in on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vitaminwater.

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NBA Weekend Playoff Guide 04.24.09 at 4:11 pm ET
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Friday, April 24

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers @ (8) Detroit Pistons*
7:00pm EST, ESPN

(3) Orlando Magic @ (6) Philadelphia 76ers
8:00pm EST, ESPN2

(4) Portland Trail Blazers @ (5) Houston Rockets
9:30pm EST, ESPN

Saturday, April 25

(2) Denver Nuggets @ (7) New Orleans Hornets
1:00pm EST, ESPN

(3) San Antonio Spurs @ (6) Dallas Mavericks
4:00pm EST, TNT

(4) Atlanta Hawks @ (5) Miami Heat
6:30pm EST, TNT

(1) Los Angeles Lakers @ (8) Utah Jazz
9:00pm EST, ESPN

Sunday, April 26

(2) Boston Celtics @ (7) Chicago Bulls
1:00pm EST, ABC

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers @ (8) Detroit Pistons
3:30pm EST, ABC

(3) Orlando Magic @ (6) Philadelphia 76ers
6:30pm EST, TNT

(4) Portland Trail Blazers @ (5) Houston Rockets
9:00pm EST, TNT

* The Cavaliers (2-0) are the only team eligible to clinch a series victory this weekend.

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