MIAMI – The Celtics elected not to hold practice Saturday afternoon after taking Game 3 from Miami on a dramatic buzzer-beater by Paul Pierce to take a 3-0 lead in their series, but don’t mistake that for over-confidence.

MIAMI – The Celtics knew from the moment Game 2 ended that they would see everything the Miami Heat had left in Game 3. They talked about it, analyzed it and were sure they were ready for it.



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Paul Pierce hit a game-winning jumper as time expired to give the Celtics a 100-98 victory over the Heat and go up 3-0 on the series. Pierce led the C's with 32 points. Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 34 points, but left the game with 11 seconds left after injuring his knee on a 3-point attempt. He watched the final play from the sidelines, leaving uncertainty for the Heat as they face elimination in Game 4 on Sunday.

NBA Commissioner David Stern is making the playoff rounds and he is in Miami tonight. On Thursday, Stern laid down law regarding coaches calling out officials in post-game press conferences. He reiterated that message before Game 3. "Some coaches are better than others at that and Doc [Rivers] has elevated it to an art form," Stern said. "He may wrap it in some high-flown language, but you can’t have 30 coaches doing that." Stern also had harsh words for Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy who called for the league to have back-to-back games in the playoffs.

Speaking after shootaround before Game 3, Heat forward Michael Beasley said his team needed to come out with more energy and make the Celtics feel their age. “We have to be more athletic, more energetic, bring the fire,” Beasley said. “Make them feel old. They’ve got a lot of veterans on their team and we’ve got a lot of young guys.

Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace was fined $35,000 Thursday for publicly criticizing game officials for comments made to the media back on April 19. Visit the Green Street blog for more Celtics coverage.

Do you believe yet? Are you ready to put that lackluster regular season behind you, or do you still want to see more before you get back on that Celtics bandwagon?



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Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning. Rivers said he, like other Boston sports fans, enjoyed watching the exciting finishes at TD Garden and Fenway Park Wednesday night. "I watched both overtimes [in the Bruins' victory]," he said. "These games go a little too long for my liking. I don't know anything about hockey. I just know what I was watching was exciting. So I did watch it. And I keep a watch on the Red Sox because of Terry [Francona]."

 

The young ballplayer made his way over the to gym with his father and brother, the same trip they had taken every weekend for nearly a year. They arrived before 10 a.m. to secure a spot on the sign-up sheet. It was ideal to face the first two or three teams — guys got tired out by the sixth or seventh game — and this was the best pick up basketball around.



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The playoff fate of the 2009-10 Boston Celtics remains very much in doubt.

But after Tuesday, two things seem to be clear when you consider how the rest of this postseason will play out for the Celtics.



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