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05/23/2012 - 11:20pm
KG: C's 'confidence very high' for Game 7

PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Garnett spoke about Philadelphia's fans after a Game 5 win in Boston. On Wednesday, following an 82-75 loss to the Sixers in Game 6, Garnett made another proclamation of sorts for Game 7 Saturday in Boston. 

"Win or go home," Garnett said when asked about the team's mindset heading into a do-or-die Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. "Confidence is very high. We've been here before, very experienced. All out, nothing less."

Indeed, the Celtics have played in five Game 7s in the Big Three era of Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. They are 3-2 in those previous five, beating Atlanta and Cleveland on their way to the title in 2008. They beat the Bulls in seven in the first round in 2009 before losing the next round to the Magic in Game 7 at the Garden. With a chance at an 18th banner in 2010, they lost Game 7 of the NBA finals in Los Angeles to the Lakers. 

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05/23/2012 - 10:52pm
Stiemsma: Injured foot 'as bad as it's been'

PHILADELPHIA -- In the aftermath of the Celtics' 82-75 loss to the 76ers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, backup center Greg Stiemsma had an ice bag propped under his aching left foot. One game after scoring 10 points, Stiemsma managed only one shot in four minutes. His foot injury acted up in the second half of Game 5 and didn't get better between games.

"This is as bad as it's been," said Stiemsma. "I'll stay off it for the next few days. I'll be ready for Saturday."

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


05/23/2012 - 10:36pm
Bruins named SBJ Team of Year
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins were named the Sports Team of the Year at the SportsBusiness Journals' 2012 Sports Business Awards Wednesday. 

Other teams nominated for the award included the Texas Rangers, Dayton Dragons, Sporting Kansas City and Stewart-Haas Racing. The Bruins are the fifth team to win the award. 

The award covered March 1, 2011 through Feb. 29, 2012, covering their Stanley Cup victory on June 15 last year. In addition to their victory in the finals over the Canucks, the Bruins' "involvement in numerous charitable contributions to the Greater Boston community" was also recognized, according to a press release. 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


05/23/2012 - 9:41pm
Closeout fail: Ice cold C's fall to Sixers

PHILADELPHIA -- Jrue Holiday scored 20 points and led five Sixers in double figures as the Sixers beat the Celtics, 82-75, Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Paul Pierce scored 24 and Kevin Garnett added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who failed to close out on the road for the ninth time in 11 tries in the "Big 3" era. The Celtics had their worst shooting performance of the playoffs, converting just 26-of-78 shots for 33 percent. The Celtics lost despite outrebounding the Sixers, 47-36, and making 20-of-23 shots from the free throw line and now must win a decisive Game 7 on Saturday at TD Garden.

The Sixers got off to a hot start, fueled by an emotional crowd and a pregame appearance on-court by Allen Iverson. They opened a 9-4 lead only to have the Celtics come back and run off the next six points. That would be a familiar pattern in the opening half. Pierce played all 12 minutes...

05/23/2012 - 6:16pm
Doc: Bradley out, Ray in for Game 6

PHILADELPHIA -- As expected, the Celtics will not have Avery Bradley available as they try to close out the Sixers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Bradley did not take part in the shootaround Wednesday morning and could not get himself to the point of being ready for the game in warmups. Bradley missed Game 5 Monday with a left shoulder injury that was re-aggravated in the third quarter of Game 4 Friday night in Philadelphia. 

"We keep saying day-to-day but we really don't know," coach Doc Rivers said an hour before Game 6.

Ray Allen, meanwhile, will play but Rivers said he is clearly limited by his right ankle sprain, that he reaggravated on Monday night in the Game 5 win. 

Rivers also said Greg Stiemsma is ready to go off the bench despite two sore feet. 

For more from Paul Flannery and Mike Petraglia on site in Philadelphia, visit the Celtics team page at...

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