Tag:Boston Celtics
Posted on: October 27, 2010 2:34 am
Edited on: October 27, 2010 11:40 am
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Heat become Cavaliers II against Celtics

We break down how the Heat's spacing failed and how the Celtics' defense made LeBron James settle, frame by frame.
Posted by Matt Moore


It was supposed to be different, right from the start. Even with the newness, it wasn't supposed to look or feel like last year. But with his team down to a superior defensive team on the road, and struggling offensively, it was just as it's always been . LeBron James had to take over, had to run point, had to do everything, leading to a defensive adjustment to shut him down and another struggling result. Part of the reason? Too often poor spacing on the part of the Heat, a hallmark for his Cleveland teams on offense, lead to James taking ridiculous contested shots.

Like, oh, say this one.

ENTER THE DRAGON. WITH HIS HEAD DOWN.




James dribbles up court and this is what he meets. Four defenders all out to meet him. They're not concerned with his screen man, they're not concerned with his shooters, they'e just eyeing James. Any attempt to reset this offense and stretch things out might improve spacing, but then again, the Celtics have been killing the Heat with their abilty to cover the entire floor all night. James elects to try and make something happen.

I THINK THEY ARE ON TO YOUR CLEVER RUSE.




As James come off the screen, you'll notice there are four Heat players within ten feet of each other, all at the top of the key. Pierce spins around his screen man, abandoning him to stay in front of James on the drive. James rolls high but doesn't attack the wing, instead, pausing at the top. As you see here, there is now a complete green wall between him and the basket and the lone shooter in the corner, Wade, is meaningless, and his defender, Ray Allen, knows it, leaving him relatively open. The ball's not coming to him.

SURE, THIS IS A GOOD IDEA.



James' roll man just stops, not rolling baseline to where you'll notice, THERE IS NO ONE, and just stands there. Three Celtics defenders are waiting on him and if he tries to spot up, they'll be right there to contest. James elects to rise and fire. But hey, it's an eight point game and he's the best player in basketball. Surely this ends well.

OH.



Well, then, at least you didn't leave 16 seconds on the clock you could have used to get a better shot in a three-possession game and you had rebounders. Or, you didn't. Bosh fails to grab the loose ball, and it goes out on him, Celtics get the ball up 8 with 1:58 to go.

Rough.

Don't get me wrong, there were several insane-o moves from James all night. (See 1:58 in this clip for reference .) But the same problems exist and when you don't have spacing and you don't have guys that will knock down shots, you're in trouble. And players like Eddie House weren't knocking down anything down anywhere. Here's House's shot chart from our CBSSports.com Game Tracker :



When that's your help? You're not in good shape. But half the time, they weren't even getting to that point, as constantly the Celtics turned the Heat into a one-man show. And while James is simply good enough to make you pay some of the time, it's not a sustainable strategy . And that's what you have to have against the Celtics, that's what you have to have in the playoffs. A strategy and scheme that will fail a lower percentage of the time on average than it will succeed. There's no Magic formula of talent that will overcome the percentages the Celtics make you play with bad shots, contested, in bad situations.

This was because the Heat haven't played together. It's because they need to learn one another. It's because Wade was rusty as all get out and the team was nervous. But it was also because the Heat played right into the Celtics' hands. And that's why they walked away losers on their hyped debut.

For more on the game, check out Ken Berger's discussion of how far the Heat are from the glitter and lights of their formation, live from Boston.

Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:44 am
Edited on: October 27, 2010 10:54 am
 

Video: Wade, James speak after Heat loss

Video: Wade, James speak about loss to Celtics in season opener after poor shooting performance.
Posted by Matt Moore

Well, if the first game is any indication, Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, and those Bulls can put the champagne on ice. The Celtics dismantled the Big 3 on Tuesday night to start the much-hyped team off to a rocky start. For the Celtics, it was business as usual, holding the Heat defensively to abysmal numbers and getting easy buckets at will. A late comeback was for naught, and now the Heat get another new experience. Explaining losses for a team that's never supposed to lose due to their talent. CBSSports.com was there and in this video, we get Dwyane Wade and LeBron James' comments on the loss.




Posted on: October 26, 2010 8:49 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 9:04 pm
 

Celtics dominating Heat at half 47-30

Celtics dominating Heat at the half.
Posted by Matt Moore

There are ways the first half could have gone worse for the Miami Heat. A scaffold falling on LeBron James. The earth opening beneath their feet and hell swallowing them whole. A Carrot Top appearance. That's pretty much it. The quick hits.

Miami is shooting 27% from the field. They have a 63.8 efficiency mark (should be at or around 100 for average). The Miami Triad are 7 of 27 and they are down by 17 points at the half to the defending Eastern Conference champions.

Boston is constantly shutting off lanes for the Heat, and the Heat, in turn, are settling. All jumpers, all the time, that's their approach. And that's just what the Celtics want.

The Celtics are playing their game. Rondo is wheeling and dealing, Kevin Garnett got a nice move on Haslem in the post. Ray Allen's jumper is still brilliant. And the Celtics are all over the Heat. The Heat have no pick and roll action, no movement. The Celtics look sharp, look active, and look primed for the kill. Glen Davis, the Drunken Seal, is absolutely killing it off the bench with 4 points, 3 rebounds, and a block off the bench. Shaq got way too many possessions early and wasted too many of them,  but does have 6 ponits and 6 boards, and the Celtics don't need much more from him.

The Celtics don't need much at all, actually.

Follow our RunBlog of the game tonight here . Follow us on Twitter at @cbssportsnba .
Posted on: October 26, 2010 8:49 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 9:04 pm
 

Celtics dominating Heat at half 47-30

Celtics dominating Heat at the half.
Posted by Matt Moore

There are ways the first half could have gone worse for the Miami Heat. A scaffold falling on LeBron James. The earth opening beneath their feet and hell swallowing them whole. A Carrot Top appearance. That's pretty much it. The quick hits.

Miami is shooting 27% from the field. They have a 63.8 efficiency mark (should be at or around 100 for average). The Miami Triad are 7 of 27 and they are down by 17 points at the half to the defending Eastern Conference champions.

Boston is constantly shutting off lanes for the Heat, and the Heat, in turn, are settling. All jumpers, all the time, that's their approach. And that's just what the Celtics want.

The Celtics are playing their game. Rondo is wheeling and dealing, Kevin Garnett got a nice move on Haslem in the post. Ray Allen's jumper is still brilliant. And the Celtics are all over the Heat. The Heat have no pick and roll action, no movement. The Celtics look sharp, look active, and look primed for the kill. Glen Davis, the Drunken Seal, is absolutely killing it off the bench with 4 points, 3 rebounds, and a block off the bench. Shaq got way too many possessions early and wasted too many of them,  but does have 6 ponits and 6 boards, and the Celtics don't need much more from him.

The Celtics don't need much at all, actually.

Follow our RunBlog of the game tonight here . Follow us on Twitter at @cbssportsnba .
Posted on: October 25, 2010 7:12 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 7:13 pm
 

Heat Stroke: If Heat lose to C's, drinks for free

Bar offers to pay tab if Heat lose. Put cart miles and miles before the confetti-covered horse. Posted by Matt Moore

Making your way with the Heat today takes everything you've got. Taking a break from all your worries, like Joel Anthony's shot. Wouldn't you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go...

Where the bartender pays your way... as long as the Heat win the day. You want to be where you can see Wade's hamstring looks the same. You want to go where you don't have to pay your way.


Okay, I'm done. So there's this bar in South Beach. And tomorrow, if the Heat lose to the Celtics? They'll pay your tab, up to $25 . So if the team that's been together four months, without their designated shooter, with two players having had injuries in preseason, lose to the defending Eastern Conference champions featuring four Hall of Famers and an all-world defense, you get your beers for free. Note to owners: Do not let hobos find out about this deal. It's a great promotional tactic, but if the Heat win, are they going to keep this up until the Heat lose? Have we mentioned they're in Boston tomorrow night? Because they're in Boston tomorrow night.

Well, as long as we're not getting ahead of ourselves, Miami.

Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:08 pm
 

Shaq plans to ride the subway dressed as a woman

Posted by Royce Young

Here's something you may not know: Shaquille O'Neal will be playing basketball in Boston. It can be easy to forget since he's kind of used his first few months as part of the Celtics to focus on other things. Things like prank wars with Nate Robinson and posing as a statue in Harvard Square.

His next trick? The dress like a woman and ride the subway. Seriously.

From WEEI:
“I thinking of buy a snowsuit, standing in the middle of a field and have people throw snowballs at me,” he said. “Something different.”

But then, after a suggestion from a reporter that he could integrate the ‘T’ into his next field trip, O’Neal latched onto the idea.

“No, never,” he said when asked if he had ever been on the subway in Boston. “That’s a good idea. I’m going to do that. What’s today? Sunday? I’m going to do that next week.” O’Neal then took it to another level when explaining how he was going to appear when boarding the train. He said that he would be dressing up as a woman named, “Shaquita.” “I’m going to do that,” he said.

Well that will absolutely finish with fantastic results. (And the snowball idea is pretty cool too.)

Shaq is truly a larger than life person and personality. He fits perfectly in Boston and he told WEEI "this is the funnest team I've been on in my life." The chemistry in the Boston locker room is tip-top and that's due in large part to Shaq. He keeps it loose, he keeps it fresh and pretty soon, he'll be keeping it ladylike on the subway.

I just wonder if he remember he's got a basketball game tomorrow night.
Category: NBA
Posted on: October 23, 2010 2:38 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Dwyade Wade returns to Miami Heat practice

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade returned to practice on Saturday. Posted by Ben Golliverdwyane-wade ESPN.com's Michael Wallace reported on Twitter that Miami Heat all star guard Dwyane Wade, who has been dealing with child custody proceedings in Illinois and with an injured hamstring, returned to the practice court on Saturday. Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel writes that Wade was glad to be back.
"We're excited about having the band back together," Wade said after the two-hour, non-contact session. "It felt great. It was like I was dreaming about it."
Winderman also reports that Wade will participate in a full-contact practice session tomorrow, in preparation for Miami's regular season opener on Tuesday in Boston against the Celtics. Wade played just 3 minutes before injuring his hamstring in his only preseason appearance, an Oct. 5th win over the Detroit Pistons. The injury kept him out of the Heat's six other preseason games.
Posted on: October 20, 2010 7:19 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 8:36 pm
 

Central Division preview

Posted by Royce Young



Read Ken Berger's full Central Division preview

The Burning Question: Will this be the worst division in the league?


At first look, yes, it is. In fact, I looked two more times and yes, it still is.

There's just one team that appears capable of actually doing anything substantial. Now everyone is staring at the Bulls assuming there's a roster there that is ready to finish in the top four in the East and potentially push for the Eastern Conference Finals. But here's reality: We don't know a lot about that Bulls team.

Historically, they've underachieved a bit in what are supposed to be big breakout years. Carlos Boozer is a very nice addition and pairing him inside with Joakim Noah is lovely. But is that addition really all the Bulls needed to get over the hump? Forget the Boozer acquisition, the biggest thing for the Bulls is about Derrick Rose's maturation.

If he starts evolving into an MVP-style candidate the way he's talking, then yes, the Bulls will be there. But as for the rest of these teams? The Bucks are a group people are expecting something out of, but are they really a 50-win squad? Playoffs, yes. But true contender when their only offseason move was getting Drew Gooden, Corey Maggette and 14 other power forwards? Plus, Andrew Bogut has said he's maybe not even healthy, so that's not a big helper.

Other than the apparent top two in the Central, there's a big dropoff. The Pacers are on another crash course to win 30 games, the Cavs will be lucky to stay competitive and the Pistons are standing next to a cliff with one foot hanging off.

Now of course you could look at the Atlantic Division which has a big-time lineup of Boston, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Toronto and make a really strong case that group will be worse. And I'm not sure I could disagree with you. But at least the Atlantic has the Celtics, a team you know will be involved deep into the postseason. The Central has the Bulls, a team we all sort of kind of think will be. Big difference.
 
 
 
 
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