|Third Quarter Wrap: Celtics – Cavs||05.07.10 at 9:03 pm ET|
The Cavaliers’ dominance continued in the third quarter, as they took a 96-70 lead going into the final 12 minutes.
LeBron James scored another seven points to bring his total to 35 points through three quarters. The Celtics got their biggest offensive spark from Nate Robinson, who scored eight points (2/3 FG, 2/2 3PG, 2/2 FT) in three minutes off the bench. Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett still lead the C’s (16 points apiece), but both players only scored four in the quarter.
The Celtics are being outrebounded by 20 boards, 34-14. Antawn Jamison now has a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The question is now whether Doc Rivers will turn to the bench or play the starters for a final push.
|Halftime Wrap: Celtics – Cavs||05.07.10 at 8:14 pm ET|
Even though LeBron James only scored 7 points in the second half, the Celtics still trail the Cavs, 65-43. It is three more points than their first quarter deficit.
James leads all players at the half with 28 points (11/15 FG, 1/1 3PG, 5/5 FT) in 20 minutes. Rajon Rondo (6/13 FG) and Kevin Garnett (5/7 FG) scored 12 points apiece for the Celtics. After going scoreless in the first quarter, Paul Pierce scored seven in the second.
James’ scoring aside, the most glaring stat is on the defensive end. The Cavs have a 25-10 advantage on the boards. James has eight, one more than the Celtics starting five combined.
|First Quarter Wrap: Celtics – Cavs||05.07.10 at 7:40 pm ET|
LeBron James scored 21 points in the first quarter, four more than the entire Celtics team combined, to give the Cavs a 19-point lead.
But James isn’t the only problem for the Celtics. The C’s are being outrebounded, 15-5. None of the starters grabbed more than one board, while Antawn Jamison nabbed six of his own.
Paul Pierce played just nine minutes after shooting 0-for-5 from the field. James scored 14 points with Pierce on the court. Kendrick Perkins was also sidelined early, picking up two fouls including a flagrant committed on a James fast break.
|Celtics focus on starting small||05.07.10 at 7:11 pm ET|
The Celtics believe if they can end up with big results by starting small.
Their game plan is to focus on the little things that, when executed properly, can result in an advantage in the long run. They are also the things that could wind up hurting them if ignored.
‘I think it just boils down to small things,’ Ray Allen said before Game 3. ‘Just building the small things in the game. Don’t worry about whether the ball goes in, but more importantly moving the ball, keeping turnovers to a minimum, and then getting back on defense.’
The Celtics have paid attention to those details so far. They are outrebounding the Cavs, 226-197, picked off 10 more steals, and committed two less turnovers in the first two games of the series.
‘All those that things, they ultimately add up to getting buckets,’ said Allen. ‘But those habits, if we keep those habits, you start small and as the game goes, the game is being played the right way on both ends.’
|Thomsen: Celtics considered Perkins trade||05.07.10 at 1:52 pm ET|
According to SI’s Ian Thomsen, Ray Allen wasn’t the only Celtic shopped around at the trade deadline. Thomsen said there were discussions of a Kendrick Perkins for Carlos Boozer deal, which would have changed the landscape of the Celtics roster.
“Everybody had heard they were looking to deal Ray Allen for Caron Butler,” Thomsen said. “It turned out that was never going to happen. The Wizards were going to send Caron Butler to Dallas. But if the Celtics would have been able to make that deal they would have taken some of what they got from Washington and turned that around with Kendrick Perkins and made a deal for Carlos Boozer with Utah. That’s what they were looking to do. I’m not sure if it ever would have gone through, but they were seriously pursuing that end.”
“It would have made them younger and it would allow them to contend for years going forward,” he said. “But it also would have made them even more expensive than ever. I think it just says a lot about the ambition of the franchise and the willingness to spend money if they think it’s going to pay off. That goes against the trend of other teams we’ve seen in the NBA right now.”
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|Thibodeau interviews with Hornets||05.07.10 at 9:36 am ET|
Hornets spokesman Harold Kaufman said general manager Jeff Bower and team president Hugh Weber met with the two candidates along with with Gary Chouest, who has agreed to a deal with George Shin to become the majority owner of the team.
The Hornets now have interviewed five candidates, including former Mavericks coach Avery Johnson, current Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey and former NBA coach Mike Fratello.
|Jokes continue at Ainge’s expense||05.06.10 at 4:45 pm ET|
WALTHAM — The NBA fined Danny Ainge $25,000 for “creating an unauthorized distraction” during Game 2 on the Celtics-Cavs series. In other words, he threw a towel up in the air while J.J. Hickson was shooting free throws.
“I was surprised, actually, at the fine,” Rivers said. “I know a lot of people were not. I was because he’s just an employee. What’s the difference between that and the mascots do it all the time. I was just wondering if Danny had worn Lucky’s outfit he would have gotten away with it.”
“I laughed because I know Danny,” Rivers continued. “Danny is as competitive of a person as I’ve ever met in my life. They were making a run, you could see them getting back into the game, and he couldn’t do anything about it. It was funny to me. The $25,000? That’s not so funny. Joke’s over now.”
And, hopefully, so is this story.
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