With both teams resting their stars, the Celtics found a way to overcome a brutal start and beat the Heat, 78-66, Tuesday night at TD Garden. Paul Pierce played just 18 minutes, scoring eight points.
Playing without starters Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett, and without Ray Allen, Mickael Pietrus and Greg Stiemsma, the Celtics found a way to overcome a horrid start and keep alive their hopes of home court in the first round against the Hawks. The Heat played the game without superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
The Celtics were led by Sasha Pavlovic with 16 points. Marquis Daniels added 13 off the bench and sparked the go-ahead rally with a slam dunk with 9:28 left.
In one of the most brutal shooting performances in recent team history, the Celtics missed their first seven shots and fell behind 11-0. The Celtics didn't score until Pierce hit a turnaround jumper in the paint with 5:45 left in the opening quarter. The Heat didn't run away with the game because they commited 11 turnovers in the first quarter. The Celtics commited seven themselves, leading to 13 Miami points. Boston made just 4-of-17 shots in the first quarter and finished the first quarter shooting 23.5 percent, trailing 17-10 after 12 minutes.
The Celtics weren't much better in the second quarter but managed to outscore the Heat 18-17 and trailed 34-28 at the half.
The Celtics trailed 46-36 in the third quarter when they went on a 10-0 run to tie the game. They took their first lead on a Pavlovic layup with 27.5 seconds left in the third and managed to head into the fourth tied at 50.
Daniels and Pavlovic sparked the fourth-quarter run as the Celtics caught fire and finished off the Heat, outscoring Miami 28-16 in the fourth.
The Celtics improved to 38-27 and remained one game behind the Hawks for home court. If the Hawks lose to Dallas on Thursday at home and the Celtics beat the Bucks in their finale Thursday at the Garden, the Celtics will have home court against the Hawks in the first round and will open at home because they won the season series, 2-1.
We talk to the newest inductee to the Patriots Hall of Fame, linebacker Willie McGinest.
Price tells Greg about what is in store for football fans and Patriots fans beyond Deflategate. We will, after all, move on at some point.
Greg and Chris discuss where we are with Tom Brady's fight against the NFL in the Deflategate suspension.
Greg Dickerson and John Tomase discuss the amazing season for the Celts and if they have any chance against Lebron and the Cleveland Cavs in a seven game series. If they do, HOW ... how do they get it done?
Brian "White Mamba" Scalabrine joins the guys to talk about the Celtics playoff push, the development of Marcus Smart and James Young, and the prospect of Brad Stevens leaving the Celtics for a college job.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Joe Castiglione talked to the Sox lefty, who allowed one run in eight innings as the Sox beat the Angels at Fenway.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox first baseman, who hit two homers at Fenway tonight in the win against the Angels.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton speak to Red Sox Manager John Farrell live from Fenway Park for our weekly visit.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Rob Parker joined the show to rip Tom Brady.
Schill discussed the Sox latest struggles.
The guys spoke with Jeremy Schaap on FIFA's latest scandal.
ESPN Insider, Buster Olney, says the Red Sox are still his favorite to win the AL East, mainly because of how poorly the other teams are playing. He spoke about David Ortiz' struggles at the plate, and what will happen to Joe Kelly when Eduardo Rodriguez gets called up.
Rob Parker, of FanBuzz.com (formerly ESPN) wrote an open-letter to Tom Brady asking him to admit guilt, to apologize to Jim McNally and John Jastremski, and finally to ask for forgiveness from NFL fans. Parker joined the morning show to discuss his opinions. Lou, Christian and Tim broke down some of those comments.
The Sox are now 9-15 in the month of May, and are 8-21 when they allow the first run. David Ortiz was bumped down to 5th in the order as he continues to struggle at the plate.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss yet another loss at the hands of the Minnesota Twins, and how there may be no pulling out of this for the 2015 Red Sox.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss the return of Lebron James, this time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, to the NBA finals, and what this does for his growing legacy.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed.
Mikey Adams and Chris Villani discuss the disappointing 21-26 start of the Boston Red Sox and who is most to blame. Also, caller Steve from Fall River sets Villani off with his DeflateGate take.
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Mikey Adams is joined by Chris Villani as they take calls on the Friday night Two Minute Drill and discuss the ongoing DeflateGate saga with the New England Patriots and Roger Goodell's role in hearing the Tom Brady appeal.
Julian Edlow of the Green Street Blog and Draftkings.com joins the program to break down the the two conference finals series, the NBA Draft, and whether or not Corey Brewer is the ugliest player in the game?
Ben, Russ, and Alex recap the Revs loss to Sporting KC and discuss what the Revs need moving forward. Also discussed is the FFP and how it will affect the transfer window.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss Dino's rehab experience.
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