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.
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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.
The Celtics gutted out a 94-90 win on the road in game five last night to take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston will have a chance to close out the series and clinch a berth in the NBA Finals tomorrow night in game six at the TD Garden.
Before the game, I was amused by the emphatic predictions of the ESPN Pregame panel:
(I know the video quality isn’t the best, but it was all I could find.)
I love how smug Jon Barry is, and how insulted he seems to even have to make a prediction. Broussard is even more confident about the Heat, and Magic says they’re going to “roll.”
Pierce master of the moment – Frank Dell’Apa’s notebook has the Celtics captain comfortable taking the big shot. The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has Ray Allen reflecting on his time in Boston, and possibility of it coming to an end.
Huge 7.6 overnight for Game 5 Celts/Heat (up 38%). Games 4 & 5 now 2 best NBA ratings ever on ESPN. 21.5 rating in Miami, 19 in Boston
For the first time in a very long time no Boston sports teams were in action. The Bruins were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs over a month ago, the Red Sox had an off day in Boston before taking on the Orioles tonight at Fenway, and the Celtics traveled to Miami for Game 5 of their series with the Heat, which is tied at two games apiece.
With the series tied at two, it is now a best-of-three series, with the winner advancing to the NBA Finals. Game 5 is tonight at 8:30 airing on ESPN, with local pre and postgame coverage on CSN.
Celtics have taken fifth before– Chris Forsberg has the Celtics fairing very well in Game 5’s under Doc Rivers. Since 2008 when their series’ are tied at two, the Celtics are a perfect 8-0 in Game 5’s.
LeBron’s no big shot– Gerry Callahan looks at LeBron James and his talents on the court make him one of the league’s all-time greats, but he hasn’t proven that he is clutch by making big shots down the stretch of big games.
The other big story in Boston has been Tim Thomas and his future next year. Through posting on his Facebook page it appears that the Bruins goaltender will be taking a year off from hockey, to focus on “the three F’s: Friends, Family and Faith.” A few back Thomas, while many have ripped Thomas saying that it is all business, a way to get back at the Bruins.
Thomas not forcing trade– Fluto Shinzawa speaks with Thomas’ agent and he says that his player is not doing this to get a new contract, or force a trade.
Thomas goes wrong way– Stephen Harris looks back at Thomas’ career, searching for answers as to why he would want to take the next year off.
Monday night was the first round of the MLB Draft. Although not a very big event for fans, it is critical in the development of teams’ farm systems. Alex Speier of WEEI.com is by far the most knowledgeable of the Red Sox’ farm system and draft among members of the Boston media and is a must follow for this week and as the signing deadline gets closer later in the summer.
Sunday night’s NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 on ESPN – in which Boston defeated Miami in overtime to even their series 2-2 – delivered a 7.9 overnight rating, the highest ever for an NBA playoff game on cable (records back to 2003), according to Nielsen. The game peaked with a 10.7 rating during overtime.
The 7.9 overnight rating is up 39 percent compared to Game 4 of the 2011 Western Conference Finals – Mavericks/Thunder – on ESPN (5.7) and up 30 percent compared to Game 4 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals – Magic/Celtics – on ESPN (6.1).
In Boston, the game generated a 20.7 rating, the highest for an NBA playoff game ever in the market. Additionally, the game posted a 19.8 rating in Miami – the third highest rating for an NBA playoff game on ESPN in the market.
Former Patriot Troy Brown is among those taking part in the Sixth Annual “NFL Broadcast Boot Camp” taking place later this month. A few other players who spent time in New England – Chad Brown, Corey Mays and Kevin O’Connell are also among those taking part.
The Celtics dodged a game winning attempt from Dwyane Wade in overtime to win game four of the Eastern Conference Finals and tied the series at two games apiece with a 93-91 victory at the Garden.
The Celtics had roared out to a large lead in the first half, but as has become their custom, they made it difficult for themselves in the second half. Still, you’d rather than not have them get that big lead and force the opposition to use as much energy as possible to get back into the game.
Full links (and a lot of them) are at CelticsLinks.com. Noteworthy links are below.
Mike Breen And His Evident Dislike Of The Boston Celtics – From Friday, my SB Nation Media column. Someone needs to sit down with a tape of a Breen Celtics game, and really analyze what he says and how he says it when it comes to the Celtics, and the opposition. I know I’m a hypersensitive green-teamer here and all, but there’s definitely something here.