Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here…
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying as a good morning dump.
But as Mario
Chalmers dribbled down the clock, preparing to take a potential
winning shot, Celtics captain Paul
Pierce emerged from the trainer's room, decked out in sunglasses,
and walked straight out of the building.
Pierce didn't seem to
care that Chalmers' 3-point attempt was off the mark, forcing a second
overtime, where the Heat (finally) prevailed 94-86 to set up an
opening-round series with the Celtics.
Inside the Celtics' locker
room, the Nets-Heat game also was met with indifference. Kendrick
Perkins, reclining in a chair in the middle of the room, stood up
at the end of the first extra session and decided it wasn't worth
Several teammates followed suit.
Allen emerged and didn't even glance at the television that
reporters were circled around, still awaiting a final score.
Should the Celtics have cared about their opponent? Does this attitude say anything – positive or negative – about this team?
I was listening intently to the audio of the Heat/Nets game (via the League Pass app on my T-Mobile MyTouch 3G phone) while hunched over my laptop waiting to deliver the information to the Red's Army faithful.
Here's the schedule:
Game 1 at Boston – Saturday, April 17, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 2 at Boston – Tuesday, April 20, 8 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3 at Miami – Friday, April 23, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4 at Miami – Sunday, April 25, 1 p.m. (ABC)
Game 5* at Boston – Tuesday, April 27, TBD (TBD)
Game 6* at Miami – Thursday, April 29, TBD (TBD)
Game 7* at Boston – Saturday, May 1, TBD (TNT)
Notice the time between games. The Celtics get two days off between Games 1, 2 and 3. There is just one day off between games the rest of the series.
On Page 2, Shank believes in the Celtics.
Conference finals. That means they’ll beat Miami in the first round,
then beat Cleveland in the second round.
That’s right. They’ll beat Cleveland. The Cavs
have the best record in basketball and they have LeBron James, but the
Celtics match up well with Cleveland and the Cavaliers know it.
Do the Celtics really match-up well with Cleveland? Their bigs cannot keep up with Anderson Varejao or J.J. Hickson and that very well could be the difference in a series.
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston – Oliver's opportunity | Globe – Cs lose, brace for Heat | 4th seed not according to plan | Rivers will wait to make this call | Herald – Heat's on Celtics now | Players hoping coach remains in green | CSNNE – Here comes Heat | Ainge: We took games off this year | Daniels and Robinson last shot at redemption | Rivers hasn't decided about returning | WEEI – Celts face questions | Disappointing season equals low grades |