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Thursday
Jun202013

Kobe Bryant Predicts Howard, Paul Will Both Stay in Los Angeles 

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) --  The NBA is expected to have a crazy summer once free agency opens on July 1, but there's one respected NBA star that believes it may be a quiet one.

It's no secret that Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul are the NBA's two biggest unrestricted free agents this summer.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant thinks that when all is said and done, both Paul and Howard will wind up staying in Los Angeles.  

"There's always so much talk going on, especially with big-name guys going here, going there, but that happens once in a blue moon," Bryant said on The Mason & Ireland Show on ESPN LA 710 radio on Wednesday. "I think at the end of the day, everybody stays."

ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard recently reported the two are interested in playing together. 

Bryant and Howard played together for the Lakers last season, and Bryant is doing his best to recruit Howard back to the purple and gold.

The Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, and Houston Rockets are some the teams believed to be interested in signing Howard.

Paul is pushing the Clippers to acquire coach Doc Rivers and forward Kevin Garnett in a blockbuster  trade from the Boston Celtics.  A core of Paul, Garnett, and Blake Griffin with Rivers on the sidelines could vault the Clippers to the top of the Western Conference.

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Wednesday
May012013

Paul Pierce Unsure of Future in Boston

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Win or lose tonight against the Knicks, Paul Pierce wants to play in Boston at least one more year.

Pierce is scheduled to make $15.3 million in the final year of a four-year contract, but only $5 million of that is guaranteed.

"Truthfully, I haven't put too much thought into [the future]," Pierce said on Wednesday.  "The organization is going to do what they're going to do. There's nothing that's stressing me out. That's what it is. Every year they've got decisions to make and those are their decisions. So I'll leave it to them."

Pierce brought home the 17th NBA championship in Celtics history in 2008, but knows it comes down to management.

"Well, I always said I want to end my career as a Celtic," said Pierce. "But they're the ones -- I have a contract for next year, but it's not guaranteed. So the decision is in their hands. Whatever decisions they make, maybe if they trade me somewhere or I end up somewhere else, maybe it can be a situation where I come back for a one-day deal and retire a Celtic."

Pierce will turn 36 this October.

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Sunday
Apr282013

Celtics Withstand Knicks Comeback, Win in Overtime

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Boston Celtics blew a 20-point third quarter lead, but regained composure and defeated the New York Knicks in overtime 97-90, to force a fifth game in their best-of-seven playoff series.

Jason Terry scored Boston's last nine points, including a 3-pointer with 1:31 left in overtime that gave the C's the lead for good.

"It's been a tough year for me but my confidence has never wavered," Terry said of his overtime performance. "These are the moments I live for...And it's a long series."

Carmelo Anthony had a game high 36 points for the Knicks, and Raymond Felton scored 16 of his 27 points during the Knicks 26-9 run to end the third quarter, bringing the Knicks within three points of the Celtics.

Paul Pierce had 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Celtics in the win.

The Knicks were without the Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith, who was suspended for elbowing Jason Terry in the chin during Game 3.

The Celtics now trail the Knicks 3-1 in the series. Boston will attempt to become the first team in NBA history to comeback from a 3-0 playoff series deficit.

Game 5 is Wednesday night in New York.

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Wednesday
Apr242013

Knicks Drub Celtics for 2-0 Series Lead 

Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The New York Knicks continued to dominate the Boston Celtics.

Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, J.R. Smith added 19 and the Knicks opened up a 2-0 series lead over Boston with an 87-71 victory on Tuesday night. 

The Knicks went on a 27-4 run spanning the second and third quarters to all but seal the win.

"For us, we know what type of team we are," Anthony said. "We know when we really buckle down on the defensive end, it's been hard for teams.

Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 18 points, while Kevin Garnett was in foul trouble for most of the game. 

"I thought we attacked them in the first half, but they hung in there," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "They didn't let us throw a knockout punch and I thought in the second half they turned that on us and they threw a knockout punch. Several."

The series shifts to Boston Friday night, as the Celtics will play at home for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Saturday
Apr202013

Carmelo Leads Knicks To Game 1 Victory 

NBA Via New York Knicks (NEW YORK) --  Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points to lead the New York Knicks to an 85-78 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup.

"It's a wonderful feeling to know that we got our first win of the series here on our home court, took care of that business," Anthony said. "It was real important for us to come out and get this first win."

Anthony overcame a rough shooting stretch to give the Knicks their first playoff series lead since 2001.  J.R. Smith helped shoulder the scoring load with 15 points off the bench.

"We had some just bad turnovers tonight," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "If we had those turnovers in any game we probably should lose the game and we did. We were making post passes from the other side of the floor. I mean, those are just not good passes."

Jeff Green led the Celtics with 26 points while Paul Pierce added 21. 

Game 2 is Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Monday
Apr012013

Surging Knicks Win Eighth Straight

NBA Via New York Knicks (NEW YORK) --  Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the New York Knicks crushed the Boston Celtics 108-89 Sunday night for their eighth straight victory.

J.R. Smith added 15 points as the Knicks (46-26) moved closer to the Atlantic Division title and their goal of 50 regular-season wins.

"It's very doable for us and we have something to look forward to," Anthony said. "Fifty wins is always a great thing in this league to accomplish, winning a division is always a great thing to accomplish, a great accomplishment in this league. So them two things are definitely doable, we've just got to keep it moving, keep it going."

Jeff Green led the Celtics (38-35) with 27 points while Paul Pierce had 24 points and 15 rebounds.

The Knicks currently have the longest winning streak in the NBA.

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Sunday
Mar102013

Thunder Top Celtics 91-79 In NBA Matinee 

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(OKLAHOMA CITY) --  Kevin Durant scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to their fifth-straight win, a 91-79 triumph over the Boston Celtics.

Russell Westbrook added 15 points for the Thunder (47-16), who were able to limit the Celtics to just 25 percent shooting in the second half.

The game was tight until the Thunder went on an 11-2 run to open up the fourth quarter, taking the lead for good.  The Celtics went without a basket for the first five minutes of the quarter.

Paul Pierce led the Celtics (34-28) with 20 points in the loss.  They had their own five-game winning streak snapped.

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Friday
Mar012013

Paul Pierce Talks About Neck Problems

Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(WALTHAM, Mass.) -- Boston Celtics' captain Paul Pierce announced Thursday that the neck pain he's been experiencing this season may not go away until the season is over.

"I probably won't be fully recovered from it until the season is over, if I ever do," Pierce said. "I probably have a little bit of nerve damage in my back and part of my neck. It's something that I've had over the last several months. I'm about as healthy as I'm probably going to be in the regular season right now. I really don't try to pay attention to it during the game. I don't let little injuries affect me. I don't really think about it, but it's probably been the reason I've been playing a little up and down."

Pierce admitted a few weeks ago that he had been playing with a pinched nerve in his neck for most of the season.

Despite the pain, Pierce is still having a solid season. He leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.5 points per game, while also averaging 6.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

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Tuesday
Feb122013

Bobcats Stop Celtic's Streak

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Boston Celtics were fresh off a thrilling victory at home, but couldn't continue the fun on the road.

Byron Mullens had 25 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats past the weary Celtics, 94-91 on Monday.

The Celtics (27-24) had won seven straight coming into Monday after losing Rajon Rondo for the season. They held a late lead but could not hold out Monday.

"We wanted finish out the rest of these games going into the (All-Star) break. So it's definitely a letdown. This one hurts more because we had the lead with one minute to go," Celtics guard Courtney Lee said.

Charlotte (12-39) was paced by a career night from Mullens, the four-year veteran. "We need that from him. We need that from Byron and he can do it, Bobcats guard Kemba Walker said. "We know he can do it every night. He is very capable. When he has big games like that, you know, I think that gives us a much better chance."

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Monday
Feb112013

Celtics Outlast Nuggets In Triple-OT

Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- One of the oldest players on the floor made the most plays in a matchup between two of the NBA's hottest teams.

Paul Pierce had a triple-double of 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists to lead the Boston Celtics past the Denver Nuggets, 118-114 in triple-overtime on Sunday.

 Pierce hit a three-pointer in the second overtime to tie the game at 107 that sent it to a third extra session.

"I mean that's what great players do. I would love to tell you I had something to do with it," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I was sitting just like the fans saying, 'Please, Lord, Paul make a shot.'"

 The Celtics (27-23) have now won seven straight games since losing point guard Rajon Rondo to a season-ending ACL injury. 

 The Nuggets (33-19) had their nine game winning streak end with the loss. "We're not into moral victories, but it was one of those games," Nuggets guard Andre Miller said. "It was a fun game, and I'm sure everybody was tired."

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