MIAMI — Paul Pierce strained his left Achilles tendon in the first quarter of Game 2 Tuesday night and had to go back to the locker room for a stretch. He returned soon after and scored 13 points in the Celtics' 102-91 loss. “It’s day to day right now,” Pierce said. “We’ll see how it feels the next couple of days.”
Pierce said he wasn’t sure how the injury happened, but it was a problem for him. “When you strain your Achilles, every step is like a slight little pain. It actually loosened up as I got back in there and it didn’t really affect me the rest of the game.”
Pierce wasn’t the only Celtic playing in pain. Rajon Rondo’s back tightened up and Ray Allen was dealing with a bruised chest. “Eddie [Lacerte] and Dr. [Brian] McKeon did a hell of a job today,” Doc Rivers said. “We had a circus going on at one point. Ray needed to be taken to...
MIAMI — LeBron James was brilliant in the Heat's Game 2 victory over the Celtics on Tuesday, scoring 35 points on 14-of-25 shooting with seven rebounds and zero turnovers in 44 minutes. Though the Heat now lead the series 2-0, James was quick to recognize that the Celtics are still very much in this best-of-seven showdown.
"We feel good about the win, feel good, but the series is far, far away from over," James said. "It's really just beginning for us, we did what we wanted to do, which was protect home court. Now the series starts in a very, very hostile environment on Saturday and we are looking forward to the challenge."
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MIAMI — Glen Davis met with the media in the Celtics locker room following his club's 102-91 loss to the Heat on Tuesday night. The Celtics are down 2-0 in the series, the first time that has happened during Davis' career in Boston.
"It's tough, but at the same, I'm from the bottom," said Davis, who is 4-of-12 from the floor through two games in the series. "I'm always crashing my way up. That's what we've got to do. Down 2-0, we've got the best fans in the league. They are going to bring the same energy Miami is bringing, we are going to lay it on the line. That's what we have to do. There is no tomorrow. We've got to get Game 3. It is do or die."
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Jon Lester struck out 11 over seven dominant innings Tuesday night, and Adrian Gonzalez hit his first Fenway Park home run as the Red Sox pounded the Angels, 7-3.
The victory marked the third straight for the Sox against one of the American League's elite right-handers. The Sox emerged victorious against Dan Haren (4-2) after having won games featuring Felix Hernandez of the Mariners on Sunday and Jered Weaver of the Angels on Monday.
Haren and the Angels carried a 1-0 lead into the sixth on the strength of a Mike Trumbo solo homer in the second inning, but the Sox rallied against Haren. Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a double, then scored on a two-out single to left by Gonzalez. Gonzalez then came around to score on a double by David Ortiz and an RBI single to right by Jed Lowrie that gave Boston a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
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MIAMI — LeBron James scored 35 points and Dwyane Wade added 28 to lead the Heat to a 102-91 victory over the Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The Heat took a 72-67 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Celtics — led by Paul Pierce and bench players Jeff Green, Glen Davis, Delonte West and Nenad Krstic — rallied to tie the game at 80 on a pair of Pierce free throws with 7:09 left. That's when James took over the game, scoring seven points (highlighted by a follow-up dunk and foul on West) in a 14-0 Heat run that put the game away.
The Celtics were paced by Rajon Rondo, who scored 20 points with 12 assists. Kevin Garnett added 16 points (12 in the second half). This is the first time the Celtics are down 2-0 in a playoff series during Garnett's tenure with the club.
Game 3 is Saturday at TD Garden.
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Jackie MacMullan of ESPN calls in to discuss who she thinks the Celtics are going to draft with the #3 pick, and also gives her opinion on what trades the Celtics could pull off this off-season.
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