Paul Pierce, appearing on the post-game dais with Ray Allen, took time to relish his second trip to the NBA finals in three seasons following a 96-84 win over the Orlando Magic in Game 6 Friday night at TD Garden.
"You never take these moments for granted," said Pierce, who led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference title with 31 points and 13 rebounds, his best performance of the series. "This is an opportunity for my second trip to the finals. There's nothing like it."
The Celtics will open the NBA finals next Thursday night on the road against either the Lakers or the Suns in Game 1. Game 2 will also be on the road before the series shifts to Boston for Games 3, 4 and 5 [if necessary] on June 8, 10 and 13.
"All 28 NBA teams have to watch us now," added Pierce, the 2008 NBA finals MVP. "You never take these moments for granted, especially with my career...
Following the Red Sox’ 12-5 loss to the Royals, Dustin Pedroia insisted that the knee he injured on a slide in Detroit on May 15 wasn’t the cause for his recent hitting slump.
“There’s nothing. There’s nothing wrong with my knee,” he said after going 0-for-5 Friday night. “I don’t make excuses for my play. I play hard every day. I don’t make excuses if I get injured or something. I go out there every day and try to hit a thousand. I’m tring to get a hit every time up. It’s really not working out right now. I can guarantee you that I won’t end the year hitting .260 or whatever the [expletive] I’m hitting now. I can guarantee you that. I don’t guarantee a lot, but that’s for damn sure.
Paul Pierce scored 31 points, hauled in 13 rebounds and had five assists led the Celtics to a 96-84 win over the Orlando Magic in Game 6 at TD Garden to claim the Eastern Conference title.
The Celtics are returning to the Finals for the second time in three years and will play Game 1 on the road next Thursday against either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Phoenix Suns.
Ray Allen added 20 points and Rajon Rondo contributed 14 for the Celtics, who are headed to the NBA Finals for a 21st time. They are 17-3 in previous championship series. With Rondo on the sidelines nursing a bruised lower back, Nate Robinson came off the bench and scorched the Magic for 13 points while Orlando was led by Dwight Howard's 28 points.
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The Red Sox succumbed to a seven-run fourth inning, paving the way to their 12-5 loss to the Royals, Friday night at Fenway Park. Taking the loss for the Sox was starter Tim Wakefield, who allowed nine runs on 12 hits over 3 2/3 innings. Kansas City pounded out 20 hits against Red Sox pitchers, with David DeJesus (4), Mitch Maier (3, HR), and Yuniesky Betancourt (3) leading the way for the visitors. The Red Sox' offensive highlight came in the form of Victor Martinez' two-run homer in the third inning. Marco Scutaro (3 hits), Adrian Beltre (2), Mike Cameron (2), and Martinez (2) all had solid nights at the bat for the Red Sox. Utilityman Bill Hall made his first major league pitching performance, hurling a perfect ninth inning. For a complete see Closing Time at The Full Count Blog.
While the Celtics got good news on the availability of Glen Davis and Rasheed Wallace for Game 6 against Orlando, the news was much more pessimistic on Marquis Daniels, who is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion minutes after Davis sustained his own in Game 5 against the Magic.
"Marquis is out and probably out for a while," Rivers said. "If they're putting a uniform on, they're good [to play].
"[Daniels] had tingling in his feet, his hands and couldn't feel either one for a while so that gets dangerous. We don't know how long. He feels good now. Everything's back. That's something you have to be careful with. Eddie [Lacerte] said he's the one, you just can't take a chance."
Brian Scalabrine is dressing for Game 6 and is taking Daniels' spot on the active roster.
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