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"They seemed more like rounds in an Ali-Frazier fight than games in an
NBA postseason series, and that’s only entry-level hyperbole. The buzz,
be it truth or short memory, was that it was the best ever first-round
playoff series and among the best series altogether.
"…The stakes won’t be as high. The Bulls (minus Ben Gordon) and the
Celtics (plus Rasheed Wallace) won’t be the same teams they were last
April. But don’t be surprised if the atmosphere is similar"
'It does and it don’t,' he said. 'You have two different ballclubs.
Obviously they’re different without Ben Gordon, we have some new
additions. KG’s healthy and he’s playing.
'I just feel it will have the same vibe from the playoffs, but not the exact same vibe. But the intensity will be high.' "
Ah, those nutty NBA schedule gods, who send the Bulls on Friday night onto the same famed
parquet floor where last season's white-hot, seven-game, first-round
playoff series unfolded.
After the jump: Page 2 – More time for Rondo talks.
The original Oct. 31 deadline to extend players in the fourth year
of their rookie contracts was pushed back to Monday, according to
league spokesman Tim Frank. Per the collective bargaining agreement,
should the date of the deadline fall on a weekend or a holiday, then it
would be moved to the next business day.
A memo from the league earlier in the week informed teams of the change."
The rest of the links:
Globe: A fistful of Bird history | Celtics thumbnails | Herald: Rose a thorn in Spurs side | NBA to investigate Donaghy book claims | Patriot Ledger: Shelden Williams a good fit with Celts | Chicago Daily Herald: Return to Boston should be interesting | The Wrap: NBA tips off to huge ratings | Celtics Blog: Pierce thriving without pressure | Celtics Hub: Should we fear the Bulls | Melo drops 41 in 3 point win over Portland
Southeast Division Blogger Previews:
Atlanta Hawks: Peachtree Hoops
Orlando Magic: Third Quarter Collapse
Bonus Links: See full schedule here