WALTHAM -- The Celtics are one game away from eliminating the Magic and advancing to the NBA Finals, and they believe credit should be given where credit is due.

Ten thoughts from a Game 3 that went a long way in securing the legacy of Vince Carter. Dwight Howard still has time to recover, but there aren't many days of basketball sunshine left for Vince.







Matt Barnes was matter-of-fact after the Celtics beat the Magic, 94-71, to go up 3-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

“There’s no excuses. They’ve come out every game and kicked our [butts],” he said. “There’s no excuses. You can’t make excuses for anything. We’re a team with the second-best record in the East, to just come out and get destroyed.”

The Orlando Magic were not a happy group after getting beat 94-71 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. "We didn't play hard at all tonight," Jason Williams said. "The first two games we didn't play hard all 48 minutes. It seems like we waited until the second or fourth quarter to start playing hard. Why, I don't know." Williams was the on the other end of the Celtics signature hustle play when Rajon Rondo raced down court and dove on a loose ball, knocking it away from Williams and scoring.

The Celtics scored the first seven points of the game and used a 14-0 spurt midway through the first quarter en route to a 94-71 embarrassment of the Orlando Magic Saturday night at TD Garden to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. 


On the one hand, the Celtics have won the first two games of a playoff series on someone else’s home court for the first time in franchise history. On the other, they won the contests by a combined seven points and both were hotly contested until the final seconds. 



WALTHAM -- Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins and head coach Doc Rivers all said on Friday they are expecting a feisty Orlando Magic team for Game 3 Saturday night at TD Garden. The Celtics lead the Eastern Conference finals 2-0 and can take an overwhelming 3-0 lead with a win, a deficit no team has ever overcome in NBA playoff history.


According to Yahoo! Sports, Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau will get a second-round interview for the vacancy to coach the New Orleans Hornets. The report said that one other candidate, Trail Blazers assistant coach Monty Williams, is also currently scheduled to have a second-round interview. While Thibodeau and Williams are viewed as the leading candidates for the Hornets job, the report suggested that others could also be brought back for another interview with New Orleans.