MIAMI -- After producing one of the most spectacular performances in NBA playoff history, LeBron James cautioned everyone Saturday morning at the team's shootaround that his epic night in Game 6 in Boston won't mean anything once Game 7 starts Saturday night.
"It's over," James said Saturday at American Airlines Arena, hours before Game 7. "My Game 6 performance can't win us Game 7."
James scored 45 points in 45 minutes, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out five assists in Miami's 98-79 win at the Garden that tied the Eastern Conference finals at 3-3.
James is 0-2 in previous Game 7s, including an 45-point performance in a loss of the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals at TD Garden. That was the game that Paul Pierce scored 41 points to lead the Celtics to the Eastern finals against the Pistons. The Celtics eventually went on to win the NBA title.
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With left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nationals, the Red Sox will lean right in their lineup behind starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, back on a major league mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery 365 days ago. As such, Kevin Youkilis will play first with Will Middlebrooks at third base, while Adrian Gonzalez takes on duties in right field, thus relegating Ryan Sweeney to the bench. With Marlon Byrd being designated for assignment, Darnell McDonald will get the start in center field. Kelly Shoppach will be behind the plate for Matsuzaka.
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MIAMI -- Doc Rivers is getting his team ready for the seventh Game 7 in the "Big Three" era but just the second on the road as the Celtics take on the Heat at American Airlines Arena, with the winner capturing the Eastern Conference title and advancing to play the Thunder in Oklahoma City next Tuesday night in Game 1 of the NBA finals.
"We'll find that out later," Rivers said when asked what he expects of his team in Game 7, after missing a chance to clinch Thursday night at home. "I've been to a lot of shootarounds where I've left as a coach [and said] we're in trouble or we look great and the game comes, and it's different. So, I don't think you really get a sense for your team. I know they'll be ready. How they perform and all that stuff, we'll have a lot to do with that and the other team will have a lot to do with that as well."
The Celtics are 4-2 in Game 7s since 2008, losing their only previous Game...
The NBA announced that the referees for Saturday night's Eastern Conference finals Game 7 in Miami will be Joey Crawford, Scott Foster and Mike Callahan.
Crawford and Foster have refereed a league-high 12 postseason games this season, with Callahan totaling just five playoff games. Foster and Callahan were on the same crew for the Celtics' Game 3 win. The Celts are also 10-1 over their last 11 games with Callahan officiating. Crawford officiated Game 4, another Celtics' win.
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Making his first start with Triple-A Pawtucket since being sent down from the Red Sox earlier in the week, Daniel Bard allowed three runs in his one-inning start while pitching against the Indianapolis Indians Friday night at McCoy Stadium.
Bard, who finished throwing 26 pitches (16 strikes), hit two batters, gave up a pair of hits and struck out two.
"The best thing about throwing down here is you can kind of ignore the results and not worry about the wins and losses as much," he said following the PawSox' 8-6, 13-inning loss. "Trying some tweaks mechanically and it was really good on some pitches, and that's what I was looking for, to get that feel. I didn't expect it to be perfect or there on every pitch. But the pitches it felt good on did what they were supposed and went where they were supposed to, and go from there."
Bard's first pitch was a 96 mph fastball, a velocity he hadn't reached since a May 8 start in...
Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and he discussed the team needing to come together after losing Gronk, and the turnovers in the Jets game can propel them to create more turnovers.
We check in with former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, for his complete analysis on the win over the Jets in NY.
Dale and Michael talk with Patrick Chung after a win over the Jets on Sunday.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
We open it up in the final portions of hours 3 and 4 on a Friday.
Hour two in it's entirety.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
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