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05/13/2010 - 11:52pm
Powe: Celtics playing 'better' than 2008

 

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Leon Powe, a member of the Celtics' 2008 championship team, said that the 2010 Boston group is playing 'a bit better' than the team that he won a title with.

 

"They are playing as well as that team, a bit better," said Powe following Boston's Game 6 series-clinching win over Cleveland on Thursday. "They are clicking on all cylinders right now. First series against Miami, they did pretty well. The team [in 2008] needed seven games in the first round. This series they were great. They are locked into that championship defense that everyone is accustomed to."

 

And when Powe was asked what is the biggest difference between the 2008 and 2010 teams he was quick to answer.

 

"The growth of Rondo," said Powe. "He's the leader on the floor. Directing the offense, telling everybody where they need to go. He just did it all this series....

05/13/2010 - 11:47pm
Shaq: 'I've still got 3.7 years left'

Speaking after the Celtics' 94-85 Game 6, series-clinching win over the Cavaliers, Cleveland center Shaquille O'Neal said that he has no plans to retire.

 

"Of course," said the 38-year-old O'Neal when asked if he plans on continuing his playing career. "I've missed 360 games due to injury in my career, so by my calculation I've still got 3.7 years left which means I'm going to play until I'm 41. I've been in the league 17 years, but I've missed a lot of games, so I'm still feeling good and I still feel like I can play this game."

 

In his team's season-ending loss, O'Neal scored 11 points while grabbing four rebounds in 24 minutes. In a departure from the Cavs' approach in previous games, O'Neal began the game guarding Celtics forward Kevin Garnett.

 

"Obviously we're all disappointed," he said, "but as a person and a professional I did everything they asked me to do....

05/13/2010 - 10:54pm
Celts crown King James, send Cavs packing

Kevin Garnett hit his first four shots and fired up the crowd late with a spectacular tomahawk one-handed jam as the Celtics beat the Cavaliers, 94-85, on Thursday night at TD Garden to capture the Eastern Conference semifinal series, 4-2. Garnett finished with 22 points on 11-of-19 shooting and added 12 rebounds.

 

Rajon Rondo added 21 points and 12 assists for the Celtics, who advance to the Eastern Conference finals and will play Game 1 in Orlando on Sunday afternoon. 

 

With the sellout crowd chanting "New York Knicks" at him all night, potential free agent LeBron James recorded a triple-double with 27 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists. Mo Willliams had 22 points for the Cavaliers, who finished with the best record in the NBA for the second straight season but again failed to reach the NBA Finals. 

 

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05/13/2010 - 9:21pm
Cameron goes hitless in latest rehab start

Playing in his third rehab game with the Pawtucket Red Sox, outfielder Mike Cameron went 0-for-2 with a run and RBI while also drawing a walk. Cameron, who is recovering from an abdominal strain, grounded out to third in his first at-bat, walked in his second, and notched a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. Cameron, who was serving as the PawSox' designated hitter, flew out to left field in his final at-bat. Cameron is now 2-for-9 with a pair of strikeouts and three walks in three rehab games. 


05/13/2010 - 7:56pm
Ainge: Both teams 'desperate'

Celtics president Danny Ainge joined The Big Show Thursday evening, hours before tipoff for Game 6 between the Celtics and Cavaliers. "Both teams are very desperate to win this game tonight, for obvious reasons," Ainge said. "I think that’s why it will be a good game."

 

Added Ainge: "I would be shocked if it was going to be any sort of blowout like we’ve had in a couple of games in the series. I expect both teams to be ready, they know what they’re doing, they kind of know the strengths and weaknesses, and I’d be shocked if it wasn’t a close game."

 

Ainge said he's disappointed with the amount of criticism heaped on LeBron James following his Game 5 struggles. "It’s just a sign of the times," Aigne said. "There are so many panel shows and talk and they have to have something to talk about. I mean, here is a guy that’s a great player and...

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