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Celtics can’t defend or score against Heat in the paint

Celtics can’t defend or score against Heat in the paint

Not a good sign when you shoot just 46% from point blank range in the playoffs.¬† And unfortunately for the Boston Celtics that is exactly what happened in Monday night’s Game 1 79-93 Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Miami Heat. NBA Playoffs Schedule and Scores Even worse the C’s gave up 77.8% shooting to the Heat on Monday on an incredibly efficient 17 of 27 shots from inside the painted area. Very difficult to stop James and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2012 NBA Playoffs, Feature Stories, NBA Playoffs

Bulls defense stifle Celtics backcourt in Eastern Conference playoff preview

Believe it or not there’s much more to the Chicago Bulls story this season than Derrick Rose’s MVP chances. Thursday night in a prime-time matchup with the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics, the Bulls showed the TNT viewing audience that as a unit they can play defense with the best of them; putting¬† in an impressive defensively-charged 97-81 victory in front of 23,067 Chicago faithful. Challenging entry passes and shadowing the Celtics perimeter players relentlessly those surprising Bulls sent a clear message to the rest of the league that defense predicates everything they do. That aforementioned Bulls’ defense stifled the Celtics All-Star backcourt of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo into a horribly cold 12-of-34 shooting night, ultimately holding the Celtics as a team to just 38.4% shooting from the field. Allen, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Game Recaps, MVP Race, News