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10/27/2010 - 9:05am
Legler on D&C: Heat selfish, inept

ESPN's Tim Legler joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to dissect the Celtics' season-opening victory over the Heat on Tuesday night at TD Garden. Legler said the debut of the Heat's Big Three was a clear failure.

 

"The Miami Heat, I just think they're a team that's probably 20 percent maybe of what they can be," he said. "Because offensively last night, that wasn't just bad for an opening night game, that was inept, period, for an NBA team offensively, the way they played, especially the in the first half. I think that Erik Spoelstra's got a very challenging task to try to figure out a way to get ball movement on a team with a lot of guys that want to catch the ball and break you down individually."

 

While the Cavaliers completed each other and fit into well-defined roles with LeBron James leading the way, the Heat look out of sync in James' debut for his new team. "I saw a...

10/27/2010 - 7:57am
Mashup: Knicks reportedly cheated

According to a Yahoo! Sports report by Adrian Wojnarowski that includes admissions from a number of players, a Knicks representative has routinely flaunted NBA rules regarding workouts of college players the past four seasons. East Coast scout Rodney Heard, who was hired by former team president Isiah Thomas, allegedly conducted illegal workouts for a number of prospective draft picks — including one for then-Kansas star Brandon Rush in 2007 in which Rush suffered a major knee injury. Another player who is said to have participated is Wilson Chandler, whom the Knicks selected 23rd overall in 2007 after allegedly making a promise to agent Chris Luchey. Luchey represents several of the accused players and is said to be close to Heard, further complicating the situation. An NBA spokesman said the league will be investigating. Read more about that story and others, along with video, trivia and more, at...

10/27/2010 - 12:42am
Pierce's back 'a little sore right now'

Paul Pierce said he expects to feel tightness and soreness over the next 24 hours as the Celtics prepare to take on the Cavaliers in their first road game of season on Wednesday night at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena. Pierce was called for a foul with 4:32 left in the third quarter on Tuesday when he attempted to draw a charge on LeBron James. He fell backwards and onto his back. He held his back as the Celtics ran a play up the court but came out moments later and then headed to the locker room for treatment of a bruised back and back spasms.

 

"[The back is] a little sore right now," Pierce said afterward. "I know when I ran and got up and started walking around on the court, the back started to spasm a little bit. Had the chance to go to the back, took a few Advils and put some heat on it and it loosened up a little bit and it was pretty good for the rest of the game, but it's going to be a little bit sore tonight and...

10/27/2010 - 12:12am
Allen: C's 'knew every play' Heat ran

The Celtics played defense like they knew what the Miami Heat were going to run. And Ray Allen, who defended Dwyane Wade much of the night and held him to 4-of-16 shooting, explained exactly how they were able to defend Miami in an 88-80 win in the season opener at TD Garden. LeBron James finished with a game-high 31 points but Wade, James and Chris Bosh combined to make only 17-of-48 shots. 

 

"We had a great swarm," Allen said. "Everybody was in position. We talked on defense. We knew every play they were running so when they ran it, [Rajon] Rondo was right there, there was no gap. There was nowhere for LeBron to go and then we were coming back out for the shooters. There was one stretch where we were letting those corner 3s [be taken] and we have to do a better job of letting them have those shots."

 

Miami, which made just 11-of-41 shots in the first half, finished the game shooting a measly 36.5...

10/26/2010 - 11:40pm
Garnett: 'Are we in the finals already?'

Now that it's over, the Celtics could concede that this was no ordinary opening night. As Kevin Garnett walked to the podium in the room usually reserved for games deep in the playoffs he turned to Paul Pierce and said, "Are we in the finals already?"

 

"It did have a lot of hype on it," Garnett continued. "A lot of good personnel on both teams, a lot of outstanding personnel. You could tell both teams were a bit rusty. You could tell there was a lot of hype, a lot of anticipation with this game."

 

Garnett conceded that the Celtics have a long way to go, but overall he was satisfied with his team's effort and he will definitely take the result. "Good game," he said. "I thought we played solid in spurts, but for the most part I think we have a lot of room to get better. But overall a win is a win and I'll take it."

 

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