Celtics-Heat Gear up for Game 6, Celtics Look to Advance

The Celtics and Heat will play Game 6 of their best-of-7 series at the TD Garden Thursday night. With a win the Celtics would advance to the NBA Finals. They would become the 16th team in NBA history to come back from an 0-2 series deficit, as the Thunder became the 15th team last night with their win over the Spurs.

For all the Celtics coverage visit CelticsLinks.com. Below are a few highlights:

One more win, and the Celtics are home- Frank Del’Apa previews Game 6, and looks at the job Doc Rivers has done in the series.

Heat’s Erik Spoelstra in no-win situation- Bob Ryan looks at the Heat’s Erik Spoelstra and wonders if his job may be on the line.

Doc Rivers schools Erik Spoelstra- Steve Buckley sees a clear advantage to the Celtics in terms of the coaching match up.

Celtics’ success starts with stops- Chris Forsberg looks at how the Celtics defense has been so key in their playoff run.

Easy cheering Green- Steve Bulpett has the Celtics fan base getting bigger by the day.

Doc: Rondo’s resiliency makes Celtics a better team- A. Sherrod Blakely has Doc Rivers talking about Rondo’s play in the series which has carried the Celtics at times.

Making sense of the Celtics- Paul Flannery tries to explain how this Celtics run came about.

Five Questions for Game 6- Kirk Minihane has five questions and answers for Game 6.

Over at Fenway Park the Red Sox lost their second straight game to the Orioles, a tough 2-1 decision. Josh Beckett was the tough luck loser as he pitched eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits, and striking out five. He did not walk a batter. Beckett did not speak to reporters after the game, which is quite unusual for a starting pitcher in the game that he starts, which was something a few of the Boston media tweeted following the game.

Josh Beckett is left wanting- Gordon Edes looks at Beckett’s performance Wednesday night.

Valentine: Beckett ‘deserved better’- Sean McAdam has the Red Sox manager’s comments following the tough loss.

The importance of finding the old Adrian Gonzalez- Rob Bradford looks at Adrian Gonzalez and his struggles of late.

Alarm sounds on fans running late- Nick Cafardo wonders why Fenway Park isn’t full at the start of the game and gets answers from Sam Kennedy, Larry Lucchino and fans via Twitter.

 

  • bsmfan

    Since I’ve been posting:

    Source: NBC Sports Network pulled a 1.7 overnight for Devils-Kings Stanley Cup Final Game 4, -13% from last year’s Game 4.

    Source: TNT pulled a 7.1 overnight
    for the Spurs-Thunder Game 6. That’s up +22% from TNT’s last West Conf Final Gm 6 (Lakers/Suns) in 2010.

    Both from @Ourand_SBJ:twitter

    Not good. I also thought all SCF games were on NBC and not NBCSN last year? I have no clue why they’re on NBCSN, unless they already know its gonna pull worse than whatever garbage the network shows. 

    • Collis Jones

      Dale is that you?

    • Collis Jones

      Dale is that you?

      • bsmfan

        Dale?

  • http://twitter.com/saundep PS

    Wow Bob Ryan way to play captain obvious with speculating that Spoelstra would be fired if the Heat lose.  The only question is if it happens before, during or after the post game press conference.  

  • 02062

    There was a twitter “axe Nick” and I didn’t know about it?  I need to get my house in order. 

    Seriously, Nick missed the most obvious as to the late arriving crowd.  The team has turned into an annoying telemarketer you can’t get off the phone.  They are trying to sell you something at every turn.

    Plus the fact, that if you are not seated between the dugouts you can’t see the whole field.

    • tl;138

       I was at the game last night and the fact that the place didn’t fill up until the four inning didn’t go unnoticed by my friends and I.  I think it’s because the bloom has come off the Red Sox rose.  With the injuries and the team languishing at or below .500 has made the fanbase lazy or indifferent.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MWWDA5IBW7VOU7AJC2CQSUYBWQ Bruins309

       And if you are between the dugouts, the ramp to the seating area is generally clogged beyond belief early in the game.

    • tiki

      Axe Nick – great memories – i actually think that the parody was part of the reason he got off the Pats beat.

  • bsmfan

    Turned the game off at halftime.. could just tell it was not the night for the Celtics. I saw what happened this morning and was glad. Cue ESPN worshipping LeBron until Saturday.

    Best summarized this way:
    ‏@Sherman_Report Oh, they love the Heat now.

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