Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau has become the frontrunner for the New Orleans Hornets' head coaching position.

 

According to the report, the Hornets are moving closer to "formulating" an offer to Thibodeau, who is also believed to be on a short list for the head-coaching job with the New Jersey Nets.  

 

Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said anyone who thought the Celtics were holding back during the regular season just because they won only 50 games is terribly mistaken. 

 

After watching his team get blown out in Game 3 and on the brink of a four-game sweep at the hands of the Celtics, Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy said before Monday's Game 4 he is anxious to see how his team handles the pressure.

 

"I think the question will come, whether it's early or later, whenever you get hit, that's when the question comes, especially when you're in a situation where you're down," Van Gundy said. 

 

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.



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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.