NBA Playoff Schedule
April 12, 2011 by staff
NBA Playoff Schedule, What can you say? It is starting to look a lot like 2010. Last year, the Celtics began the regular season 23-5, but collapsed, finishing 27-27. This year? They waited a little longer, but the collapse came too soon. The C’s started the season 46-15, the appearance of the class of the Eastern Conference and has since gone 9-11. Boston just would not be without clam chowder, fun details and late-season collapses in hoops.
The Celtics are the playoffs of wheels, of course, but it is their limping inward After leading the Eastern Conference for most of the season, are now guaranteed to finish third, and it is difficult to look realistically at the C as the favorites at this time for a return trip to the NBA Finals.
But let’s dive in seven thoughts on the situation of the Celtics playoff days away.
1. The Celtics got the No. 3 seed in the playoffs Monday night with a Miami loss and a victory. Meanwhile, the ers lost to the visiting Magic, guaranteeing them the No. Seed. That means the Knicks are sessions, and will play Boston in the first round. New York vs. Boston is known as an epic rivalry in baseball, and to a lesser extent in the field these days, but the Celtics and Knicks have a long history, its own story. They have met in the playoffs this before 12 hours, with each team winning on six occasions. The rivalry began in 1951 with Bob Cousy and Harry Gallatin, which ended in 1990 with Larry Bird and Patrick Ewing. Now he is back in session lucky No. 13.
2. Bench press their owners Monday, the Celtics not only punt-field advantage against the Heat in the second round. Also seriously jeopardize the Lakers, who had identical 55-25 records. By losing to the Wiz, the C’s are now 55-26. If you can beat the Spurs on Tuesday night, the Lakers will be in excellent position to take advantage of field for a possible Celtics in the Finals. We all know what became last year.
3. Monday’s game was encouraging to Jeff Green, who saw a greater role to the four large benched and dropped points, 15 rebounds, four assists and two steals by far his best performance as Celtic. But it was so nice to Nenad Krstic, who surprisingly only played 16 minutes and not do much at each end of the plant. Is beginning to look as if the paper Krstic in the postseason rotation will be minimal. He’ll play, obviously, but could end up a violin third behind the two O’Neal in the middle.
4. Another thing the Celtics opened the Monday night? Rajon Rondo ray of hope to help win the NBA crown this season. Monday morning, the race reached 11.4 dimes per game from Steve Nash of Phoenix, and 11.2 of Rondo, Rondo played on Monday night, and Nash dropped assists in a victory over the hours Minnesota overtime insane. That is not helping matters much younger than the Celtics. This race is far more – unless Rondo plates at 30, something in the final on Wednesday.
5. More anguish, statistically speaking – Ray Allen has always said that one of the goals of his career to join the “Club of 50-40-90,” having a season with shooting percentages of 50 percent from the field, 40 3 percent and 90 percent free-throw line. Nash, Bird, Dirk Nowitzki, Reggie Miller and Mark Price are currently the only members. Allen looked like he had a good chance this season but is now coming a few steps away from the field (49.1 percent) and line (88.1). Maybe next year.
6. Paul Pierce never is equal to 11 Bill Russell championship rings, Celtic legend but spent last week in another category – games played. Sunday’s loss to the Heat was the 964th of Pierce in Celtic green, putting forward one of Russell in the fourth on the all-time list of C’s. John Havlicek is the leader of all time with 1.270 games in green, the second Robert Parish in 1106. Kevin McHale is at 971 in third place, sure to be surpassed by Pierce early next season.
7. Shaquille O’Neal has only played five minutes and 29 seconds over the past two months, but hope to be back on the floor this weekend when the Celtics take on the Knicks in the first round of the playoffs. Because C is home to the final on Wednesday and stay at home to open the postseason, will remain in the Boston area all week and will have multiple dates on the calendar of practice. A lot of time to work the big guy backs in the mix before this weekend. Shaq has been laying low most of this season, but will miss the playoffs. This is the part, which he lives.
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