2009-10 Boston Celtics @ Cleveland Cavs – Game#1 (Part 3)


SEISLER. HE SAID THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT YOU CAN SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE YOUR FREE-THROW PERCENTAGE AND REACTION SPEED IF YOU OPTIMIZE YOUR LEVELS OF SLEEP. AND RIGHT NOW THE CELTICS ARE SHOOTING 55% AND 86% FROM THE FREE-THROW LINE. I LIKE THIS, DOUG. YOU SLEEP, YOU SHOOT BETTER.>>Kevin: INSIDE. 8:20 TO PLAY HERE IN THE THIRD. MO WILLIAMS PICKS UP HIS THIRD. IT WAS INTERESTING, I REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT DOC AT THE BEGINNING OF LAST SEASON, DOUG, I TOLD THE GUYS STAY AWAY IN AUGUST. DON’T COME BACK. WE WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP. LET’S TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND COME IN FRESH IN SEPTEMBER. THIS YEAR WALLACE COMING IN, MARQUIS DANIELS COMING IN. HEALTHY GARNETT. THEY CAME IN AUGUST TO AGAIN GET READY FOR THE SEASON.>>Doug: ABSOLUTELY. THEY WANT TO GET THAT TITLE BACK.>>Kevin: SHOT CLOCK AT TWO. GOOD PASS BY RONDO. PIERCE WITH JAMES IN HIS WAY. AND A SHOT CLOCK VIOLATION. THAT’S THE FIRST ON BOSTON IN THAT REGARD TONIGHT.>>Doug: YOU KNOW, SOMETHING’S GOING TO HAVE TO HAPPEN HERE FOR CLEVELAND. THEY NEED A SPARK. THIS CROWD IS OUT OF THE GAME. THEY’RE DOWN 15. NORMALLY WHEN THIS IS WHEN LeBRON JAMES GIVES THEM A COUPLE OF HIGHLIGHT PLAYS, GETS THIS CROWD BACK INTO THE GAME. HE’S BEEN VERY QUIET SINCE THAT START. HE DOES HAVE 16 POINTS. SOMETHING HAS TO HAPPEN HERE. THEY’VE ONLY HIT TWO THREES TONIGHT. LAST YEAR THEY AVERAGED EIGHT MAKES A GAME, WHICH IS A BIG PART OF THEIR OFFENSE. BOSTON HAS DONE A GREAT JOB DEFENDING THE THREE-POINT LINE TONIGHT.>>Kevin: INDEED THEY HAVE. 2 OF 7 THREE-POINT SHOOTING FOR THE CAVALIERS.>>Doug: SEE THE CLOCK WIND DOWN AGAINST THEM.>>Kevin: SHAQ INSIDE. HE GETS DEFENDED. PASS FROM LeBRON JAMES. JAMES WITH ANOTHER ASSIST. HE’S GOT FIVE. AND SHAQ HAS GOT TEN. HE’S THE SECOND CAVALIER IN DOUBLE FIGURES BEHIND THE 16 POINTS OF LeBRON. ALLEN. KNOCKED AWAY BY VAREJAO. PICKED UP BY MO WILLIAMS. SHAQ IS SCREENED. THE SWITCH ON DEFENSE. PERKINS DEFENDING. JAMES ON THE THREE. HUSTLING REBOUND BY VAREJAO. KNOCKED AWAY INSIDE BY BOSTON’S DEFENSE. SEVEN TURNOVERS FOR THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS. PERKINS. VAREJAO GOT A HAND ON IT.>>Doug: THAT’S GOING TO MAKE DOC RIVERS CRAZY THERE, THOSE UNFORCED ERRORS. LeBRON JAMES. GARNETT WAS THERE. UNCOVERED, PARKER FOR THREE.>>Doug: GOOD TIME-OUT HERE BY DOC RIVERS. HIS TEAM HAS GOTTEN SLOPPY. THEY HAVE THE LEAD. YOU GET TWO TURNOVERS IN A ROW. A THREE FOR ANTHONY PARKER. GOOD TIME-OUT FOR DOC RIVERS. GET HIS TEAM REFOCUSED.>>Kevin: MOMENTS AGO, SHAQUILLE O’NEAL.>>Doug: THAT’S ONE OF THE FEW TIMES HE’S GOTTEN BEHIND KENDRICK PERKINS, AND THEN ANTHONY PARKER ON A BROKEN PLAY KNOCKS DOWN A THREE. A FIVE-POINT LITTLE SPURT HERE BY CLEVELAND, TRYING TO GET THEMSELVES BACK INTO>>Kevin: BACKGROUND THERE, YOU SEE CLEVELAND BROWNS STADIUM. THERE’S THE JAKE IN THE BACKGROUND PORTION. AERIAL PORTION PROVIDED BY GOODYEAR. NEW FUEL MAX TIRES. THERE’S YOUR SCORE. BOSTON’S LED IN THIS CONTEST BY AS MANY AS 15, CAVS BY 14. THREE-POINT SHOOTING SO IMPORTANT FOR THESE TEAMS. THEY WERE 1-2 A SEASON AGO. TONIGHT BOSTON HAS TRIED TO USE THAT THREE TO THEIR ADVANTAGE.>>Doug: THEY’RE PLUS 12 POINTS. PUT THAT IN PERSPECTIVE. LAST YEAR CLEVELAND WAS PLUS 6 PER GAME FROM BEHIND THE THREE-POINT LINE. YOU SAW HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS. ANTHONY PARKER JUST KNOCKED THAT DOWN. THAT’S THEIR THIRD. THEY AVERAGE EIGHT THREE MAKES A GAME. LAST YEAR THEY WERE 44-6 WHEN THEY HAD MORE THREE POINT SHOTS. THAT’S HOW IMPORTANT IT IS ON THE FLOOR. THE PLETHORA OF TURNOVERS HERE. THIS IS WHAT GOT BOSTON IN TROUBLE HERE TO START THE GAME, THE TURNOVERS. WHAT HAPPENS WITH BOSTON SOMETIMES, THEY LOSE FOCUS. THEY’LL GET A LEAD, AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY’LL MAKE TWO OR THREE BAD PLAYS. CLEVELAND IS VERY CAPABLE HERE OF RUNNING OFF AN EIGHT, NINE, TEN-POINT RUN AND BE RIGHT BACK IN THIS GAME. BOSTON’S GOT TO RECLAIM THE FOCUS THEY HAD THE LAST TWO PERIODS.>>Kevin: PAUL PIERCE HAS PICKED UP HIS THIRD PERSONAL FOUL. JAMES PICKED UP BY ALLEN. SOMETIMES BOSTON GETS TRIGGER HAPPY WHEN THEY START LOSING FOCUS. PICKED UP BY PIERCE. SHOT CLOCK AT SIX.>>Doug: TOUGH SHOT THERE.>>Kevin: RONDO. BOSTON FIVE CONSECUTIVE TRIPS. WORKING ON LeBRON JAMES.>>Doug: I THINK RAY ALLEN JUST DID THE NEW NBA RULE ON WALKING ON GETTING THERE. THAT WAS TWO STEPS. HE JUST RAN THREE STEPS, FOUR STEPS WITH THAT BALL. WATCH THIS HERE. LET ME — ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR. AND THEN I THINK LeBRON JAMES FELT THAT HE HAD BLOCKED THAT SHOT. SO RAY ALLEN, WHO MISSED A FREE THROW EARLY IN THE GAME, STEPPING TO THE LINE, TRYING TO KNOCK DOWN TWO AND QUELL THIS RUN OF CLEVELAND.>>Kevin: PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER, AMERICA. GEORGE LOPEZ IS BRINGING THE PARTY BACK TO LATE NIGHT. “LOPEZ TONIGHT” WEEKNIGHTS AT 11:00/10:00 CENTRAL. YOU AND I, A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ADMIRE HIS GAME KNOW HOW HARD HE WORKS BEFORE THE GAME. WHAT A RITUAL.>>Doug: I WAS HERE 2:30 EARLY, DOING A LITTLE THING WITH NBA TV. HE WAS OUT HERE SHOOTING ALREADY. HE HAS A RITUAL. NEVER GOES AWAY FROM IT. HE’S AN INCREDIBLE WORKER, LIKE OUR PARTNER REGGIE MILLER. WHEN YOU’RE A GREAT SHOOTER, IT DOESN’T HAPPEN ACCIDENTALLY.>>Kevin: RONDO, CHASED BY WILLIAMS. THE TURNOVER AND THE TWO AT THE OTHER END. POINTS OFF TURNOVERS ALWAYS SOMETHING WE PAY ATTENTION TO.>>Doug: WHEN BOSTON KNOCKS IT DOWN DEFENSIVELY, THEY GET A STEAL, THEY GET OUT, THEY GET A COUPLE SCORES. THAT’S WHEN THEY’RE GOOD. IT’S A MULTIPLE DEFENSIVE STOP. WHEN YOU TALK TO DOC, THAT’S ALL HE TALKS ABOUT.>>Kevin: MO WILLIAMS FORCING THE ISSUE. ALLEN WAS OVER THERE. RONDO WAS OVER THERE. A LOT OF RUMORS CIRCULATING ABOUT RONDO IN THE OFF-SEASON, DOUG. WAS HE GOING TO BE TRADED? WAS HE GOING TO STAY A CELTIC? WAS THERE FRUSTRATION ON THE PART OF MANAGEMENT AND COACHES ABOUT HIS GAME? NO DOUBT HE’S AN EMERGING PLAYER IN THIS LEAGUE?>>Doug: DANNY AINGE SAID WE WANT HIM TO CONTINUE TO MATURE AND BE THAT POINT GUARD FOR A LONG TIME FOR OUR FRANCHISE. A LOT OF PEOPLE SPECULATING WHETHER OR NOT THEY’RE GOING TO RE-SIGN HIM OR EXTEND HIS CONTRACT, THEY HAVE UP UNTIL OCTOBER 31st TO DO THAT. IS IT GOING TO HAVE RAMIFICATIONS ONE WAY OR ANOTHER IF HE DOESN’T? YOU’RE A GREAT PLAYER, RONDO. IF YOU PLAY WELL, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REWARDED. YOU CAN’T LET THAT BE IN THE BACK OF YOUR MIND DURING A TEAM THAT HAS A CHAMPIONSHIP. WHAT A GREAT POSITION YOU’RE IN.>>Kevin: WILLIAMS AT THE LINE. HE’S THERE BECAUSE RAY ALLEN PICKED UP HIS SECOND PERSONAL FOUL. A FIRST AND SECOND YEAR PLAYER. IT’S GREAT THE WAY THE VETERANS ON THIS TEAM MADE HIM FEEL IMPORTANT ON THIS BALL CLUB. ALLEN PUTS UP A TWO, DEFENDED BY PARKER, ATTACKED BY PIERCE, SAVED BY GARNETT. GARNETT WITH EIGHT. RONDO WITH EIGHT. 14 BY RAY ALLEN, LEADS ALL CELTICS. 14 POINTS IN 27 MINUTES. NICE MOVE BY RONDO. REBOUND BY ILGAUSKAS.>>Doug: EXCUSE ME, KEVIN. YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THAT A LOT AGAINST CLEVELAND THIS YEAR. A LOT OF MIDDLE PICK AND ROLLS TRYING TO GET ILGAUSKAS AND SHAQUILLE O’NEAL INVOLVED. WITH RONDO, THEY’RE GOING TO GIVE HIM THAT JUMP SHOT.>>Kevin: PARKER FOR THREE. REBOUND BY PAUL PIERCE. WILLIAMS HITTING THE DECK HARD. PERKINS PICKS UP HIS SECOND PERSONAL FOUL.>>Doug: KENDRICK PERKINS HAD TIME JUST RUNNING OVER MO WILLIAMS. DOC RIVERS IS NOT HAPPY. TURNOVERS THAT PLAGUED HIM EARLY IN THE FIRST QUARTER HAS JUMPED UP HERE AGAIN IN THE THIRD PERIOD. THEY’RE ABLE TO FIGHT IT OFF, STILL LEADING BY 12.>>Kevin: THERE’S MO WILLIAMS.>>Doug: HE’S BEEN VERY QUIET TONIGHT. THAT’S ONLY HIS SECOND FIELD GOAL. RONDO’S DONE A NICE JOB ON HIM DEFENSIVELY. LAST YEAR AN ALL-STAR, WAS THEIR SECOND OPTION PLAYER. GREAT IN THE REGULAR SEASON AND REALLY STRUGGLED IN THE PLAYOFFS.>>Kevin: HE MADE THE THIRDMOST THREES OF ANY NBA PLAYER. K.G., 4 OF 6, 10 POINTS, 5 BOARDS.>>Doug: THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED. THE CHAMPIONSHIP CELTICS, WHEN THEY GOT IN TROUBLE, THEY PD DRO THE BALL IN THE POST, CALMED THE GAME DOWN, WENT THROUGH GARNETT.>>Kevin: WITH GARNETT, HE CAN REALLY TRY TO MANIPULATE THE SPEED.>>Doug: THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS. YOU THROW THE BALL IN THE POST AND SLOW THE GAME DOWN.>>Kevin: LeBRON FIGHTING INSIDE. THERE IS A FOUL. IT IS ON RONDO, WHO PICKS UP HIS SECOND PERSONAL FOUL. HE IS A RUGGED KID, WHO FLIES ALL OVER THE FLOOR. HERE’S A GOOD LOOKING SIGN ABOUT GARNETT ON THAT SURGICALLY REPAIRED KNEE.>>Doug: WATCH THE GREAT EXTENSION AND THE ARC ON THAT SHOT. THERE’S A MAN SITTING IN OUR STUDIO RIGHT NOW, KEVIN McHALE, THAT DESERVES A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF CREDIT BECAUSE, WHEN GARNETT CAME IN THE NBA, HE SHOT A FLAT SHOT. KEVIN McHALE WORKED SO HARD WITH HIM LIFTING THAT SHOT. HE IS A VERY, VERY GOOD RAY SHOOTER NOW.>>Kevin: SHOT CLOCK IS DOWN TO FOUR. ACROSS TO WILLIAMS, VAREJAO. PICKED UP BY PAUL PIERCE, HIS EIGHTH REBOUND. ALLEN FOR THREE IN TRANSITION. JAMES WAS DEFENDING.>>Doug: THAT’S OKAY, THOUGH. YOU KNOW WHAT, DOC RIVERS DOESN’T MIND THAT SHOT. I’LL TELL YOU WHY. YOU’RE UP 12. GOT YOUR BEST THREE-POINT SHOOTER, HE KNOCKS THAT DOWN, YOU’RE UP 15. I DON’T THINK DOC RIVERS MINDS THAT WHEN RAY ALLEN TAKES THAT SHOT. THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF SHOTS THAT REALLY DEFLATE A TEAM IF THAT GOES IN. LARRY BIRD WAS A MASTER AT THAT. HE’D HAVE YOU ON THE ROPES AND PULL UP AND KNOCK THAT DOWN.>>Kevin: PERKINS OUT. WALLACE IS IN FOR BOSTON. YOU TALK ABOUT MO WILLIAMS BEING QUIET. HE’S HIT TWO IN A ROW HERE. HE’S GOT TEN. THE TWO POINTS POINT GUARDS, WILLIAMS HAS TEN, RONDO HAS EIGHT. PIERCE FOR THREE. LOOK AT THE HUSTLE OF RONDO.>>Doug: GREAT OFFENSIVE REBOUND.>>Kevin: GOOD FAKE BY ALLEN. FIGHTING IS VAREJAO. THAT’S A TWO FOR RAY.>>Doug: SEE WHAT A DEFLATING THING IS, THOUGH. RONDO JUST TRACKS THE BALL DOWN, GIVES YOU POSSESSION. RAY ALLEN GETS A JUMP SHOT. INSTEAD OF GETTING IT DOWN UNDER DOUBLE DIGITS, THEY PUSH IT BACK TO 12.>>Kevin: 2:30 TO PLAY IN THE THIRD. WEAVING WILLIAMS. VAREJAO. GARNETT WITH THE STEAL. ALLEN FROM PIERCE. BACKS IT AWAY AGAIN! HE’S GOT FOUR BLOCKED SHOTS. SECOND TIME HE’S DONE THAT ON A BREAKAWAY. GARNETT AND LeBRON. WALLACE SAYING, I’VE GOT YOUR BACK. A THREE. GARNETT ON VAREJAO.>>Doug: THINGS START TO GO HEAT UP A LITTLE BIT, COACH HARLAN. AN INCREDIBLE BLOCK BY LeBRON JAMES. THIS LOOKS LIKE AN EASY LAYUP, COMES FROM BEHIND. HE’S BECOME THE MASTER OF THAT. WATCH THIS AGAIN. DOES IT WITH HIS LEFT HAND SO HE DOESN’T COME ACROSS THE BODY AND FOUL. THEN HE SQUARES UP KEVIN GARNETT, WHO HAS TO GIVE HIM ROOM. KNOCKS THAT JUMP SHOT DOWN. FIVE-POINT SWING THERE. INSTEAD OF THE LAYUP, YOU GET THREE. THE CELTICS COUNTER BACK QUICKLY. KEVIN GARNETT GETS FOULED AND GOES TO THE LINE TO SHOOT A COUPLE.>>Kevin: VAREJAO PICKED UP HIS FOURTH PERSONAL FOUL. IT HAD TO BE HARD FOR THE CELTICS A SEASON AGO WHEN KEVIN GARNETT AND THE MENTALITY TO STAY ON THAT CHAMPIONSHIP TRACK BECAUSE THEY LOST THEIR HEART AND SOUL. AND YOU’VE GOT TO BELIEVE DOUBT CREEPING IN THEIR MINDS AT SOME TIME. MAYBE THE ENTIRE TIME.>>Doug: AS MUCH AS YOU’D LIKE TO CONVINCE YOURSELF, I DON’T THINK THERE WAS A GUY ON THE CELTICS, IF YOU PUT HIM UNDER SODIUM PENTATHOL, WOULD HAVE SAID THEY WOULD HAVE WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP WITHOUT HIM. HE WAS TOO STUFF. HE WAS THE HEART AND SOUL DEFENSIVELY. THEIR GAME HAD TO CHANGE. THE BENCH WASN’T PREPARED TO DO WHAT HAD TO BE DONE AT THIS POINT IN TIME. THEY’VE GONE OUT AND ADDED DEPTH TO KEEP HIS MINUTES DOWN. AS MUCH AS YOU CONVINCE YOURSELF YOU CAN WIN IT, THEY HAD THE SEVEN-GAME SERIES AGAINST CHICAGO THAT WAS AMAZING, AND ACTUALLY HAD THE SEVEN-GAME SERIES IN ORLANDO AND LOST AT HOME IN THE GARDEN WHEN ORLANDO SHOT LIGHTS OUT. I THINK THEY HAD LIKE 16 THREES IN THE GAME AND WON THE INCREDIBLE GAME SEVEN THERE IN THE GARDEN.>>Kevin: RONDO JUST PICKED UP HIS THIRD PERSONAL FOUL. HE WILL LEAVE. HOUSE IS IN. MARQUIS DANIELS IS IN WITH WALLACE, GARNETT, AND PIERCE. THAT’S THE BOSTON FIVE. A.J. HICKSON HAS COME IN. THERE’S MO WILLIAMS. HOUSE READY FOR DEFENSE. KEVIN GARNETT SNARES THE BALL. GARNETT HAS PUT IN SEVEN FOR THE QUARTER, 11 FOR THE GAME. AND K.G. HAS CLAIMED 11 REBOUNDS. ILGAUSKAS AND JAMES, MOON, HICKSON, WILLIAMS. REBOUND BY JAMARIO MOON. AND THE ALLEY-OOP AT THE OTHER END. LITTLE RAGD HERE. FINISHING OFF THE THIRD, HERE’S HOUSE. HE’S GOT A THREE ALREADY IN THIS GAME.>>Doug: SEE THE RISK/REWARD ON THAT PASS WAS NOT GOOD. WHEN YOU’RE FIGHTING UPHILL LIKE THIS, EVERY POSSESSION HAS GOT TO BE IMPORTANT TO YOU TO TRY TO CUT INTO THIS LEAD.>>Kevin: WALLACE. THE PASS FROM PIERCE ON THE LOOK AWAY. AND THE FOUL GOES ON HICKSON, WHO PICKS UP NUMBER TWO.>>Doug: LeBRON HAS BECOME THE MASTER ON THIS, BLOCKING SHOTS FROM HIGH. LOOK AT THIS ON THE OVERHEAD. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BLOCK GOING OVER THE TOP OF ANDERSON VAREJAO. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE NOW, YOU ALWAYS TALK ABOUT SUBSTITUTIONS, GETTING READY TO GO INTO THE FOURTH QUARTER, CLEVELAND TRAILING BY 10, POSSIBLY 11, 12, OR 13 GOING INTO THE FOURTH QUARTER. DO YOU REST LeBRON? YOU’VE GOT FOUR GAMES IN FIVE NIGHTS. YOU’RE DOWN HERE. LeBRON, IS HE GOING TO PLAY THE ENTIRE SECOND HALF? THAT’S WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO TRY TO PLAY WITH A LEAD SO YOU CAN GIVE LeBRON SOME REST.>>Kevin: GIBSON HAS COME IN FOR WILLIAMS. TAKE A LOOK AT LeBRON. HERE’S THE UPCOMING NATIONAL TV SCHEDULE. ESPN TOMORROW, 7:30 EASTERN, NEW ORLEANS-SAN ANTONIO, THEN UTAH-DENVER. THE NBA ON TNT THURSDAY. DOUG AND I WILL BE IN CHICAGO FOR THE SPURS AND BULLS. FOLLOWED BY DENVER-PORTLAND. AND NBA SUNDAY, NEW ORLEANS VERSUS BOSTON. THE CELTICS FROM THE FREE-THROW LINE TONIGHT, 17 OF 21. AND THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 11 OF 13.>>Doug: I THOUGHT CLEVELAND WOULD SHOOT A LOT OF FREE THROWS THIS YEAR WITH SHAQUILLE O’NEAL AND LeBRON JAMES. BOSTON HAS DONE A GREAT JOB OF KEEPING THOSE GUYS OFF THE FOUL LINE.>>Kevin: TALK ABOUT A GUY WHO SHOOTS FREE THROWS, AND USUALLY COMPLETES THREE-POINT PLAYS, HERE’S A GUY WHO IS AS GOOD AS ANYBODY IN THE NBA A SEASON AGO IN LeBRON.>>Doug: LOOK AT THIS CHANGE OF DIRECTION. JUST THE POWER, THE COMBINATION, THE STRENGTH. RASHEED WALLACE TRIES TO REACH IN THERE AND SLAP THE BALL LOOSE. LOOK AT LeBRON, SORT OF CUPS IT AND WRAPS IT UP LIKE A RUNNING BACK GOING THROUGH THE LINE SO YOU CAN’T FUMBLE. UNCURLS AT THE BASKET AND KNOCKS IT OFF THE GLASS. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PLAY.>>Kevin: RASHEED WALLACE JUST HIT WITH HIS THIRD FOUL. SHELDEN WILLIAMS IS IN THE GAME FOR THE CELTICS NOW. FINISHING OFF THE FINAL 44 SECONDS OF OUR THIRD QUARTER. THERE ARE NO FOULS TO GIVE EITHER WAY.>>Doug: KEEP YOUR EYE ON EDDIE HOUSE HERE. HE LIKES TO SCREEN ON THE BALL AND POP OUT AND SHOOT A QUICK THREE IF THEY DON’T COVER IT.>>Kevin: SPOON FED. WILLIAMS COULDN’T HANG ON TO THE PIERCE PASS. MOON, JAMES, HOUSEHOLDING ON FOR DEAR LIFE. FIGHTING INSIDE. THAT’S THE FIRST FOR EDDIE HOUSE.>>Doug: EDDIE HOUSE TRIED TO SAY I FOULED HIM BEFORE HE GOT IN THE ACT OF SHOOTING. DOESN’T MATTER, EDDIE. YOU’RE OVER THE PENALTY RIGHT NOW.>>Kevin: DOUG, WE’RE LOOKING AT A COUPLE OF TEAMS TONIGHT THAT ARE GOING TO HAVE BIG TARGETS ON THEIR BACK ALL SEASON LONG. BOSTON HAD TO PLAY AS THE DEFENDING CHAMPION A SEASON AGO. CLEVELAND IS CERTAINLY IN THE UPPER ECHELON. TALKED ABOUT AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP LAST YEAR. AND THIS YEAR CERTAINLY. AS LONG AS LeBRON IS HERE, YOU’VE GOT THE BIG TARGET ON YOUR BACK IF YOU’RE A BOSTON CELTIC OR A CLEVELAND CAVALIER.>>Doug: THEY’RE THE BEST RECORDS RIGHT THERE. THREE OF THE TOP FOUR TEAMS IN THE EAST. ALL HAVE TRIED TO GET BETTER. MADE A LOT OF MOVES IN THE OFF-SEASON TO TRY TO GET BETTER. THE ONLY THING THE LAKERS DID WAS ADDED RON ARTEST INSTEAD OF TREVOR ARIZA. ALSO TOO, GETTING SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, I WAS READING THE ARTICLES TODAY. LeBRON SAID, ONE OF THE AREAS THAT SHAQ IS GOING TO HELP ME IS HE’S GOING TO TAKE THE MEDIA CRUNCH AWAY FROM ME A LITTLE BIT. A LOT OF GUYS WILL WANT TO TALK TO HIM. HE’S GOING TO HELP ME IN THAT WAY. AND ONE OF THE THINGS ALSO CLEVELAND IS GOING TO DEAL WITH ALL YEAR LONG, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, IS LeBRON GOING TO BE BACK HERE OR NOT? IT’S GOING TO BE THE TOPIC OF CONVERSATION. I’M SURE LeBRON IS NOT GOING TO WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. IT’S NOT GOING TO GO AWAY.>>Kevin: RAY ALLEN HAS COME IN FOR MARQUIS DANIELS. J.J. HICKSON. ANTHONY PARKER BACK IN FOR THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS. THERE’S A FIVE-SECOND DIFFERENCE FROM THE GAME CLOCK AND THE SHOT CLOCK. BOSTON SHOOTING 50% FROM THE FLOOR. CAVALIERS 43.6. WALLACE OVER MOON. OUT OF BOUNDS. OFF OF ILGAUSKAS. THREE SECONDS ON THE SHOT CLOCK.>>Doug: THERE’S RONDO AGAIN. A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW, WHY IS HE A GOOD FOEPSIVE REBOUNDER? I’LL TELL YOU WHY. FIRST OF ALL, HE’S QUICK, AND HE’S GOT LONG ARMS. NOBODY EVER BLOCKS HIM OUT BECAUSE THEY’RE ALWAYS GAMBLING OFF HIM. A LOT OF TIMES HE HAS A FREE RUN TO THE RIM. AS A RESULT, HE GETS A LOT OF LOOSE BALLS. WE SAW ONE EARLIER WHERE HE GOT RAY ALLEN THE BASKET. GOT A SIDELINE OUT OF BOUNDS, BUT HE GOT A SCORE THAT COULD BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SEVEN AND NINE-POINT LEAD, POSSIBLY TEN IF YOU KNOCK IN A THREE.>>Kevin: SHELDEN WILLIAMS FOR EDDIE HOUSE. 7.9 ON THE BIG CLOCK. THREE ON THE SHOT CLOCK. RONDO. WILLIAMS. SHOT CLOCK WENT OFF. BOSTON THIS SEVEN TURNOVERS IN THIS THIRD QUARTER. THEY ONLY HAD TWO IN THE SECOND.>>Doug: THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY CLEVELAND GOT OFF TO A GOOD START WAS THE TURNOVERS. DOC RIVERS TALKED TO CHERYL MILLER AT THE END OF THE FIRST QUARTER. GETTING SLOPPY. YOU’VE GOT TO GIVE CREDIT TO CLEVELAND. THEY WERE MORE AGGRESSIVE ON THE DEFENSIVE END.>>Kevin: MO WILLIAMS IS COMING FOR MOON. RAY ALLEN IS COMING FOR SHELDEN WILLIAMS.>>Doug: I DO NOT WANT THEM TO CATCH THIS BALL. MARV AND I WERE HERE THAT NIGHT. GET THAT INCREDIBLE SHOT AGAINST ORLANDO. THAT SERIES EVENED UP AT 1-1. I WOULD NOT LET LeBRON CATCH THAT BASKETBALL.>>Kevin: DANIELS CAME IN FOR SHELDEN WILLIAMS. 5.7. THEY PUT A FULL SECOND BACK ON THE CLOCK. JAMES HAS 23, MATCHING HIS JERSEY. 23 POINTS IN 33 MINUTES FOR LeBRON. DANIELS WILL BE OUT, CLOSING OUT THE THIRD. OH, JUST THAT CLOSE. HE WAS THE NUMBER ONE POINTS IN THE PAINT GUY FOR A GOOD PART OF LAST SEASON. LOOK HOW CLEVELAND CLOSES OUT THE THIRD, DOUG, ON AN 18-10 RUN.>>Doug: THAT GOT THEM BACK IN THE GAME. FIRST HALF, IT WAS ALL BOSTON CLOSING OUT QUARTERS. SET UP FOR A NICE HERE FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON ON TNT. Woman: ATTENTION,
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GETTING THE RIGHT INSURANCE>>Kevin: CELTICS WHO HAVE LED BY AS MANY AS 15, ON TOP BY 7. MOMENTS AGO CHERYL MILLER CAUGHT UP WITH LAST YEAR’S COACH OF THE YEAR IN THE NBA, MIKE BROWN.>>Cheryl: COACH, YOU TOLD ME AT THE HALF YOU THOUGHT THE OFFENSE WAS STUCK ON ONE SIDE. THERE WASN’T GREAT BALL MOVEMENT. FROM A DEFENSIVE STANDPOINT, THERE WERE TOO MANY UNCONTESTED SHOTS. DID YOU IMPROVE ON THOSE AREAS?>>WE IMPROVED A BIT. FOR A STRETCH WE WERE BAD. WE FOUND A WAY AS TIME WENT ON, WHICH WAS GOOD TO SEE. OFFENSIVELY, WE’RE A LITTLE STAGNANT. BOSTON IS DOING A GOOD JOB GETTING UP IN US. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE EXECUTE OUR COUNTERS IN THIS LAST QUARTER.>>Cheryl: BOTH YOU AND DOC ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO USE THE NEW PIECES. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER IN >>BALLING MORE OFFENSIVELY. DEFENSIVELY, MAKE SURE WE’RE PHYSICAL AND CONTESTING SHOTS AND WE DON’T GIVE THESE GUYS SECOND OPPORTUNITIES.>>Cheryl: THANKS, COACH.>>Kevin: STARTING THE FOURTH, HERE’S ILGAUSKAS OUTSIDE OVER AN ON COMING SHELDEN WILLIAMS. REBOUND ON MARQUIS DANIELS. OUT THERE WITH WILLIAMS AND WALLACE, ALLEN AND HOUSE. SECOND FIVE. ALLEN, DANIELS, HOUSE, WALLACE, AND WILLIAMS FOR THE CELTICS.>>Doug: WHAT RASHEED WALLACE WILL DO IS GIVE YOU GREAT SPACING. HE WILL FADE OUT ON THE FLOOR. DOC RIVERS SAID SOMETHING VERY INTERESTING. I THINK THE ENERGY THAT THIS TEAM BRINGS EVERY SINGLE DAY IS REALLY GOING TO HELP RASHEED WALLACE. I THINK HE’S REALLY GOING TO BE HAPPY IN THIS ENVIRONMENT. RASHEED IS STILL ABOUT TEN POUNDS TOO HEAVY. I THINK WE’RE GOING TO SEE HIM GET IN BETTER SHAPE AS THE SEASON GOES ON. THE SPURS WANTED HIM. THE CELTICS WANTED HIM. ALL THESE TEAMS THAT HAD A CHANCE TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP WANTED TO BRING RASHEED WALLACE BECAUSE OF WHAT HE BRINGS DEFENSIVELY, VERSATILITY-WISE, AND ESPECIALLY BECAUSE HE CAN KNOCK THOSE THREES DOWN AT CRITICAL TIMES.>>Kevin: PARKER HAS COME IN FOR HICKSON. SHELDEN WILLIAMS JUST PICKED UP HIS THIRD PERSONAL FOUL. TRACES OF BOSTON’S OFFENSE IN CLEVELAND’S OFFENSE.>>Doug: DOC RIVERS SAID WATCHING THE TAPE, THEY’RE DOING SOME OF THE THINGS WE DO, SLICING THE GUYS TO THE POST AND A COUPLE OF THINGS ON THE CONTINUITY.>>Kevin: JAMES OVER DANIELS. LeBRON JAMES WITH 25. THAT IS A GAME HIGH. WALLACE’S SCREEN, HOUSE, DANIELS. CONCEDED BY MOON. THAT’S A THREE BY MARQUIS DANIELS, WHO’S COME OFF THE BENCH IN 14 MINUTES, INCLUDING SEVEN POINTS.>>Doug: THIS MIGHT BE THEIR BEST THREE-POINT SHOOTING CREW. EDDIE HOUSE, RAY ALLEN, RASHEED WALLACE, AND MARQUIS DANIELS. FOUR GUYS OUT THERE WHO REALLY STRETCH THE FLOOR.>>Kevin: REBOUND BY ILGAUSKAS. INTO WALLACE. AND A FOUL WITH 10:21 TO PLAY IN THE FOURTH. RASHEED HAS PICKED UP NUMBER FOUR. HERE IS ILGAUSKAS. YOU WATCHED MOMENTS AGO MARQUIS DANIELS PUT IN THIS THREE. HE FALLS IN LINE WITH EXACTLY WHAT DOC RIVERS WANTS. GUYS THAT CAN GET YOU A HIGH BASKETBALL IQ WHICH IS SO MUCH A PART OF EVERY PLAYER ON THIS BOSTON TEAM.>>Doug: YOU THINK, WHEN YOU WON THIS CHAMPIONSHIP, A BIG PART OF THEIR CLOSING TEAM WAS JAMES POSEY. HE HAD OVER 100 THREES THAT YEAR, AND HE GAVE HIM A VERSATILE DEFENDER. LAST YEAR THEY ONLY HAD THREE GUYS MAKE OVER 100 THREES IN THE SEASON AS OPPOSED TO FOUR. I THINK THIS YEAR YOU’RE GOING TO SEE BOSTON ADD TO THAT THREE-POINT SHOOTING. KEVIN, HAS BECOME SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE NBA GAME BECAUSE OF THE SPACING ON THE FLOOR. IF YOU WANT TO PLAY IN THE POST AND HAVE DRIVING LANES AND HAVE SPACING. TO DO THAT, YOU HAVE TO HAVE GUYS WHO CAN MAKE THREE-POINT SHOTS.>>Kevin: HERE’S A THREE BY WALLACE. BIG TIME THREE. DOUG, YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT SPACING. YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THE BIG MEN SHOOTING LIKE RASHEED. 9 OF 15 THREE-POINT SHOOTING TONIGHT FOR THE BOSTON CELTICS. OVER THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS. PLUS 15 POINTS BEYOND THE ARC. DANIELS IN HIS WAY. ILGAUSKAS OVER WALLACE.>>Doug: THAT’S WHAT BIG “Z” CAN DO. LAST YEAR HE MADE 15 THREES IN CRITICAL SITUATIONS. THEY WOULD PUT HIM IN THE OPPOSITE THREE-POINT COURSE. WHEN LeBRON WOULD DRIVE, HE WOULD THROW TO HIM, AND “Z” WOULD KNOCK DOWN MANY SHOTS FROM THE THREE-POINT LINE IN THE CORNER.>>Kevin: HOUSE. WILLIAMS DEFENDING. THAT’S THROUGH THE HANDS OF SHELDEN WILLIAMS. AND TURNOVER NUMBER 14 FOR THE BOSTON CELTICS COMPARED TO NINE FOR THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS. SHAQ IS GOING TO COME BACK IN FOR VAREJAO. MOON IS COMING BACK IN. TO THE BENCH. SHAQ WILL TAKE HIS PLACE. SHAQ AND ILGAUSKAS ON THE FLOOR AT THE SAME TIME.>>Doug: REMEMBER NOW, “Z” WILL GO OUT AND SHOOT IT, SHAQ WILL GO AND GET TO THE LOW POST POSITION. CLEVELAND GOT TO BE VERY AWARE OF THE PERSONNEL NOW ON THE FLOOR.>>Kevin: THEY HAVE NOT PLAYED TOGETHER MUCH. THERE WAS SOME CONFUSION AS TO WHO SHAQ WAS REPLACING. REBOUND BY WALLACE. THOUGHT MAYBE HE WAS GOING TO BE YANKED THERE FOR A SECOND. HOUSE FOR THREE. ONE FROM LONG DISTANCE TONIGHT. LOOKING AT SHAQ’S LINE, DOUG, HE’S GOT TEN POINTS. SHAQ HAS NOT TAKEN A FREE THROW TONIGHT FOR THE LAST 20 MINUTES.>>Doug: THAT WAS A BIG THING FOR BOSTON, KEEP HIM>>Kevin: LOOK AT RASHEED WALLACE WHO’S COME OFF THE BENCH. PLAYED 19 MINUTES, HAS 12 POINTS AND A BUMPLLING OF THREES.>>Doug: WE WERE TALKING THE OTHER DAY DOING AN EXHIBITION GAME, SAYING THAT FOUR SPOT IN THE NBA HAS BECOME SO MUCH OF A SKILL POSITION. IT’S REALLY NOT A POWER POSITION ANYMORE. THAT’S WHAT IT IS NOW. YOU SEE ROLLING OUT AND SHOOTING THE SHOT, RASHEED WALLACE WILL POST UP, BUT ABOUT 50% OF HIS SHOTS NOW IN HIS CAREER COME FROM BEHIND THAT THREE-POINT LINE. I THINK, AS THE YEAR GOES ON, THEY WILL POST HIM MORE BECAUSE I THINK HE’S A TERRIFIC POST PLAYER. HE HAS A TENDENCY TO DRIFT OUT ON THE FLOOR WHEN YOU TAKE AWAY HIS POST POSITION. I THINK DOC RIVERS WILL POST HIM MORE THIS YEAR.>>Kevin: 35-YEAR-OLD RASHEED WALLACE COMING OFF A CAREER LOW 42% FROM THE FIELD WITH THE DETROIT PISTONS. ALLEN RUNNING INTO BOTH SHAQ AND JAMES WITH THE CLOCK AT 8:36. LeBRON PICKS UP HIS SECOND PERSONAL FOUL.>>Doug: RAY ALLEN DISAPPOINTED HIMSELF THERE. HE WAS GOING TO GO UP, AND HE DIDN’T KNOW IF THE FOUL WAS GOING TO BE CALLED OR NOT. AT THE LAST SECOND, HE TRIED TO PASS BALL. HAD HE HEARD THE WHISTLE, BEING THE VETERAN HE IS, HE WOULD HAVE TAKEN THE SHOT. INSTEAD, IT’S GOING TO BE SIDELINED OUT OF BOUNDS.>>Kevin: ALLEN LEADS BOSTON WITH 16. 13 FOR PIERCE. GARNETT’S GOT 11. ALLEN OVER ILGAUSKAS. BIG “Z” GETS IT COMING OFF THE BENCH. HE’S GOT FOUR POINTS IN 19 MINUTES FOR THE CAVS.>>Doug: STILL PLENTY OF TIME. CLEVELAND IS A VERY GOOD DEFENSIVE TEAM. THEY’VE GOT A CHANCE TO GET DEFENSIVE STOPS AND GET RIGHT BACK. THE KEY IS CONTINUING TO SCORE.>>Kevin: LeBRON IN TO PERKINS. PERKINS, NUMBER THREE. LeBRON WILL BE AT THE LINE. THERE WERE A FEW PLAYERS THAT GOT TO THE LINE MORE LAST SEASON THAN LeBRON JAMES. NUMBER THREE OVERALL.>>Doug: LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE PLUS-MINUS METER TIED. IT’S BEEN ALL BOSTON. SEE THE BENCH. THAT WAS REALLY IN THE FIRST HALF. THE BENCH IN THE SECOND HALF HAS NOT BEEN A FACTOR. THEY BASICALLY PLAYED EVEN. THOSE THREE-POINT SHOTS, AGAIN, THAT CAME IN THE SECOND QUARTER WHEN THEY WERE PLUS 15 IN THAT SECOND QUARTER, WHEN THEY OUTSCORED CLEVELAND 30-17. FAST BREAK POINTS. AND BOSTON IS A TEAM THAT DOESN’T RUN FOR LAYUPS. THEY RUN FOR TRANSITIONAL THREES. THAT’S WHERE EDDIE HOUSE, RAY ALLEN, AND PAUL PIERCE HAVE KNOCKED THEM DOWN HERE TONIGHT.>>Kevin: LOG ON TO NBA.COM/NBATV TO VOTE FOR THE NOVEMBER 3rd FAN NIGHT GAME OF THE WEEK. LET YOUR VOICE AND YOUR CHOICE BE HEARD. WATCHING THE GREAT EMERGENCE OF CLEVELAND LAST YEAR, TWO YEARS AGO THEY WENT 45 WINS TO LAST YEAR 66 PLUS 21 WINS. A VERY CONNECTED CLEVELAND TEAM.>>Doug: THEY’RE RIGHT BACK IN THIS GAME. NOW THEY’VE GOT TO CALL ON THEIR DEFENSE. THIS IS WHEN YOUR DEFENSE HAS TO GET THE STOPS HAS NECESSARY TO GET OUT AND MAYBE GET SOME EASY BASKETS. MIKE BROWN KNOWS, IF HE HAS TO KEEP GRINDING THIS GAME DOWN ON THE HALF-COURT, BOSTON IS SO GOOD, YOU HAVE A TENDENCY TO HOLD THE BALL AND GET STAGNANT. YOU’VE GOT TO MOVE THE BALL AND CUT AND PASS AND GET THE BALL FROM SIDE TO SIDE.>>Kevin: PERKINS IN FOR HOUSE. SECOND FOUL WENT ON ILGAUSKAS. PAUL PIERCE. HE’S COME IN THE GAME. SO GARNETT, PIERCE, ALLEN, RONDO, AND PERKINS. STARTING FIVE OUT THERE FOR THE BOSTON CELTICS. AGAIN, NO POINTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER FOR PAUL. HE’S GOTTEN GOOD REST TO START THE FOURTH. SHOT CLOCK DOWN TO FOUR. PIERCE GUARDED BY PARKER. REBOUND BY LeBRON JAMES. HIS SECOND.>>Doug: PAUL PIERCE HAD 13 IN THE FIRST HALF. HE HAS NOT SCORED HERE. REMEMBER, WE TALKED ABOUT HIS WOES OF PLAYING HERE IN CLEVELAND LAST YEAR, THE TWO GAMES HERE DID NOT PLAY WELL.>>Kevin: WE MENTIONED THAT BOSTON AS A TEAM HAS NOT WON HERE SINCE DECEMBER OF ’04. EIGHT STRAIGHT REGULAR SEASON LOSSES. THREE LOSSES IN THE PLAYOFFS. FOUL GOES ON GARNETT FOR THE FIRST TIME AT 7:37 IN THE FOURTH. GIBSON, ILGAUSKAS, JAMES, SHAQ, AND PARKER, THE CLEVELAND FIVE. LeBRON. KNOCKED AWAY. SHOT CLOCK AT THREE.>>Doug: YOU CAN SEE WHAT LeBRON IS DOING RIGHT NOW. HE’S GOING TO DRIVE THAT BALL. HE’S GOING TO PUT THE PRESSURE ON THE BOSTON DEFENSE TO TRY TO GET TO THE FOUL LINE. THIS LAST 7:25 REALLY INTERESTING, LeBRON TRIED TO GO IN THERE, AND KEVIN GARNETT DID A NICE JOB GETTING A PIECE OF THAT BALL.>>Kevin: THAT WAS THROWN AWAY BY THE CAVALIERS. SO TURNOVER NUMBER TEN FOR THE CAVS. AND PERKINS WILL GIVE IT OFF TO RONDO TO TAKE A LOOK AT LeBRON.THE POINTS OFF TURNOVERS THERE. RONDO HAS TEN ASSISTS TONIGHT. JAMES THERE. GARNETT TRAILED BY ILGAUSKAS, FINDING PERKINS. GIBSON. JAMES. ILGAUSKAS BACK OF GARNETT. AND A LITTLE HOLD IS IN THERE. THAT WAS ON KEVIN. THAT PICKS UP NUMBER TWO. YOU’VE HAD A CHANCE TO DIGEST A LITTLE BIT OF SHAQ AND ILGAUSKAS ON THE FLOOR AT THE SAME TIME. WE DIDN’T SEE A LOT IN THE PRESEASON. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>Doug: IT’S GOING TO BE A SITUATION WHERE TRANSITION DEFENSE IS GOING TO BE A PROBLEM BECAUSE, WHEN YOU PLAY THOSE TWO GUYS TOGETHER, AS DOC RIVERS IS GOING TO TELL HIS BIG GUYS, YOU RUN EVERY POSSESSION AND TRY TO MAKE THOSE GUYS KEEP UP WITH YOU. I THINK, IF YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THIS, IT’S GOING TO BE IN VERY SHORT DOSES, KEVIN.>>Kevin: TNT THIS DECEMBER, A STORY ABOUT LIFE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIDDLE. DON’T MISS RAY ROMANO AND THE SERIES PREMIERE OF “MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE” ONLY ON TNT. HERE COMES MO WILLIAMS.>>Doug: IT’S A PENALTY NOW FOR CLEVELAND, WHO WILL SHOOT FREE THROWS THE REST OF THE NIGHT. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT FREE-THROW LINE. GOT TO BE SO IMPORTANT. SO LeBRON IS GOING TO LOWER THAT SHOULDER TRYING TO GET TO THE BASKET, TRYING TO GET FOULS. THEY GO INSIDE TO SHAQ. YOU ONLY WANT TO FOUL HIM TO PREVENT HIM FROM GETTING A DUNK. YOU DON’T WANT TO TAKE NEEDLE FOULS.>>Kevin: RONDO OVER SHAQ. REBOUND BY JAMES. THIS IS AS CLOSE AS IT’S BEEN IN THE SECOND HALF. A MARGIN OF FIVE. PARKER. SHAQ. RONDO. BOSTON HAS MISSED FIVE IN A ROW. CAUGHT THE OTHER WAY. OH! PARKER WINDS IT UP OUT OF BOUNDS OFF OF CLEVELAND. JUST SEEMED LIKE SECONDS AGO, DOUG, WE WERE SAYING THAT BOSTON HAD TAKEN EIGHT MORE FREE-THROW SHOTS THAN THE CAVALIERS. NOW LOOK WHO’S TAKEN MORE FREE THROWS. CLEVELAND BY ONE.>>Doug: KEVIN GARNETT TRYING TO RISE UP OVER THE TOP OF BIG “Z.” COULD NOT GET THAT TO GO. I THINK YOU’RE STILL SEEING KEVIN TRYING TO GET HIS LEGS BACK AFTER BEING OFF FOR SIX MONTHS.>>Kevin: BOSTON HAS NOT HIT ANYTHING FROM THE FIELD IN 3:30. GARNETT OVER ILGAUSKAS. LeBRON JAMES, REBOUND NUMBER FOUR. THAT’S A CHARGE ON LeBRON. LeBRON AGREES WITH HIM. THIRD ON JAMES.>>Doug: WE’VE GOT A MATCHUP HERE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. LeBRON JAMES AND PAUL PIERCE, TWO GREAT OFFENSIVE PLAYERS AND TWO VERY PROUD DEFENDERS. LeBRON JAMES LOOKS OVER AT TONY BROTHERS AND SAYS GOOD CALL. PAUL PIERCE, WHO’S THEIR MONEY GUY, IS BEING GUARDED BY LeBRON JAMES. THESE TWO GUYS ARE TRYING TO NULLIFY EACH OTHER ON THE DEFENSIVE END.>>Kevin: BOTH MADE THE ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM A YEAR AGO. LeBRONs FIRT TEAM, PIERCE THE SECOND. JAMES JUST PICKED UP HIS FOURTH PERSONAL FOUL.>>Kevin: HERE WE GO, 5:52 TO PLAY IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. RONDO, PERKINS, ALLEN, GARNETT, AND PIERCE FOR THE CELTICS. SHOT CLOCK AT NINE. RAY ALLEN. JAMES AND PIERCE GO TUSSLING FOR THE BALL. PAUL PIERCE WITH THE COLLISION, PICKS UP HIS FOURTH PERSONAL FOUL.>>Doug: YOU LIKE THE HUSTLE. THE PROBLEM IS YOU’RE SHOOTING FREE THROWS. THAT’S WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO TRY TO STAY OUT OF THAT PENALTY SO EARLY, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE PLAYING AGAINST LeBRON JAMES BECAUSE, WHEN HE GETS THAT SITUATION, HE KNOWS HE’S GOING TO GO TO THE FOUL LINE. HE’S GOING TO PUT THE PRESSURE ON THE DEFENSE EVERY SINGLE TIME DOWN THE FLOOR. PAUL PIERCE TRYING TO GET HIMSELF BACK INTO THIS GAME. HE HAD 13 AT HALFTIME. STILL ONLY 13, 3 OF 10. WE TALKED ABOUT HOW HE STRUGGLED HERE IN CLEVELAND LAST YEAR IN TWO GAMES. AVERAGING 12 1/2 POINTS A GAME.>>Kevin: HERE WE HAVE LeBRON AT THE FREE-THROW LINE. TONIGHT FROM THE STRIPE, 7 OF 10, GAME HIGH 27 POINTS. HE REALLY BENEFITED LAST YEAR AND WILL OF COURSE THIS YEAR WITH GOOD SCORING GUARDS.>>Doug: DELONTE WEST AND MO WILLIAMS. MO WAS ON THE FLOOR. DELONTE WEST OBVIOUSLY IS NOT HERE FOR PERSONAL REASONS. A LONG TIME HERE WITH ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS AND SHAQ. MIKE BROWN MUST LIKE WHAT HE SEES.>>Kevin: CLEVELAND ON A 7-0 RUN. PERKINS WAS INSIDE GRINDING HIS WAY. THAT STOPS THAT 7-0 BURST BY THE CAVS. WILLIAMS PICKS UP NUMBER FOUR FOR THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS. HERE’S PIERCE AGAIN WITH THE DRIVE.>>Doug: GREAT PASS. MO WILLIAMS HAS GOT TO BE VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH HIMSELF HERE. HE SORT OF TRIED TO WRAP UP KENDRICK PERKINS, DID NOT GET THE JOB DONE, GAVE HIM THE LAYUP AND A CHANCE FOR A THREE-POINT PLAY. YOU’VE GOT TO TAKE THAT FOUL SO HARD THERE HE CANNOT GET HIS ARMS ABOVE HIS SHOULDERS. INSTEAD HE GETS A THREE-POINT PLAY.>>Kevin: CLEVELAND HAS NOT SCORED FROM THE FIELD IN ABOUT FOUR MINUTES. SHAQ AND PERKINS. SHAQ HIT HIS FIRST THREE SHOTS OF THE GAME. NOW HE’S 5 OF 11.>>Doug: AGAIN, PERKINS DOING A NICE JOB MAKING HIM MAKE SHOTS. SHAQ ONLY HAS ONE DUNK IN THE GAME. TAKE AWAY HIS LAYUPS AND DUNKS. MAKE HIM MAKE SHOTS.>>Kevin: GARNETT. KEVIN IS 4 OF 9. SHOOTING THIS QUARTER. OVER GARNETT, JAMES. LeBRON’S GOT 31.>>Doug: HIS SHOT REALLY LOOKS GOOD, KEVIN. HE REALLY LOOKS GOOD. CONSISTENT. EVERY RELEASE IS THE SAME. HE REALLY WORKED HARD PAYING ATTENTION TO DETAIL WITH THAT JUMP SHOT.>>Kevin: EIGHT POINTS IN THE QUARTER FOR LeBRON. HERE’S RONDO FINDING ALLEN. ALLEN AGAINST PARKER. SHOT CLOCK AT FOUR. PERKINS LEFT UNCOVERED. PARKER, THE REBOUND. PARKER CARRIED THE BALL. MOVING VIOLATION ON LeBRON JAMES. ANOTHER TURNOVER BY THE CAVALIERS.>>Doug: THAT’S DEFINITELY A CARRY. IT’S GOING TO BE INTERESTING COMING OUT OF THIS TIME-OUT. YOU’RE GOING TO SEE RASHEED WALLACE IN PLACE OF PERKINS. I THINK BOSTON MIGHT NEED ANOTHER OFFENSIVE PLAYER RIGHT NO>>Kevin: COMING UP NEXT, THE WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS RECEIVE THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS. THEN THEY BEGIN THE DEFENSE OF THEIR TITLE BY TAKING ON THE CLIPPERS AT THE STAPLES CENTER COMING UP NEXT RIGHT HERE ON TNT. DOUG, YOU THOUGHT YOU MIGHT SEE RASHEED WALLACE. SURE ENOUGH, HERE HE COMES IN AT THE 4:13 MARK OF THE FOURTH.>>Doug: THEY WERE ROAMING OFF KENDRICK PERKINS. YOU CAN’T ROAM OFF RASHEED WALLACE. NOW THE SPACING CHANGES. THEY GO TO A PICK AND ROLL. SHAQ DOES NOT GET OUT QUICKLY ENOUGH ON PAUL PIERCE. HE KNOCKS DOWN HIS FIRST TWO POINTS IN THE SECOND HALF.>>Kevin: HIS FIRST SINCE FIVE MINUTES LEFT IN THE SECOND QUARTER. 15 POINTS FOR THE CAPTAIN. LeBRON IS 10 OF 18. SHAQ CAUGHT IT IN STRIDE. BANGS HIS WAY INTO KEVIN GARNETT, WHO PICKS UP THE FOUL, NUMBER THREE ON K.G. HERE COMES SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, DOUG, HIS FIRST FREE-THROW ATTEMPTS OF THE GAME. RIGHT NOW LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE AUTOTRADER.COM PLAY OF THE GAME. RONDO. THAT’S THE FIRST THREE THROW BY SHAQ WAS MISSED.>>Doug: THAT’S A GOOD FOUL BY GARNETT. LATE IN THE GAME, YOU CANNOT LET SHAQ DUNK THE BALL OR LAY THE BALL IN. KENDRICK PERKINS GOT A THREE-POINT PLAY. THEY’VE GOT TO TAKE FOULS. SHAQ MISSES BOTH FREE THROWS. GOOD PLAY BY GARNETT.>>Kevin: LeBRON HAS EIGHT IN THIS FOURTH QUARTER. ILGAUSKAS HAS SIX. THEY’VE ACCOUNTED FOR ALL THE CLEVELAND SCORING IN THIS FOURTH. PIERCE. RASHEED TEES P A THREE. SHAQ IS THERE TO CLAIM IT INSIDE. REBOUND NUMBER EIGHT WITH HIS TEN POINTS.>>Doug: GOING PICK AND ROLL WITH PIERCE. THAT TIME THEY HELPED OFF OF RASHEED WALLACE. HAD A THREE, JUST COULDN’T GET IT TO GO.>>Kevin: KICKED OUT OF BOUNDS BY PIERCE. KICK SAVE AND A GOOD ONE.>>Doug: WHEN THE CELTICS WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP, WHEN YOU GAVE THEM A SIX-POINT LEAD WITH 3:15 TO GO, IT WAS ALMOST LIKE A 12-POINT LEAD. THAT’S HOW TOUGH THEY WERE TO SCORE ON. LET’S SEE IF CLEVELAND CAN MANUFACTURE ENOUGH OFFENSE HERE TO WIN THIS BASKETBALL GAME.>>Kevin: VAREJAO IS IN FOR ILGAUSKAS. APPROACHING THREE TO PLAY. CAVALIERS SHOOTING 41% FROM THE FLOOR. PARKER OVER ALLEN. REBOUND BY PAUL PIERCE. 15 POINTS FOR PIERCE TO GO WITH HIS 9 BOARDS. BOSTON IS SHOOTING 44%. SHOT CLOCK AT SEVEN. GARNETT PUTS IN A DIFFICULT SHOT.>>Doug: WHAT A TOUGH SHOT. SHAQ PLAYED GREAT DEFENSE ON THAT PLAY. JUST A TERRIFIC SHOT, FADING AWAY OFF THE GLASS.>>Kevin: K.G. HAS 13. WILLIAMS WITH THE DRIVE. AND THE FOUL. 2:30 IN REGULATION. BOY, THE DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY ON THIS IS SOMETHING.>>Doug: SHAQ ACTUALLY PLAYED GREAT DEFENSE. HE SLIDES HIS FEET. LOOK AT HIM. HE GOES UP, BODIES UP, AND OFF THE GLASS. WHAT A TOUGH SHOT BY KEVIN GARNETT. KEVIN, WE TALKED EARLIER IN THE TELECAST, ONE OF THE MONEY PLAYS FOR THE CELTICS LATE IN GAMES IS DROPPING THAT BALL INTO THE POST WITH KEVIN GARNETT, WHEN THEY WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP. IF THEY DIDN’T SCORE, GUYS CUTSING OUT TO HIM, FINDING THE OPEN MAN. WHAT A DIFFICULT SHOT.>>Kevin: RONDO PICKED UP HIS FOURTH PERSONAL FOUL. THAT SENDS MO WILLIAMS TO THE FREE-THROW LINE. JUST SAW THE NUMBERS ON GARNETT. POINTS IN THE PAPT, SUCH A HUGE CLEVELAND ADVANTAGE EARLY. NOW A DIFFERENCE IN FOUR POINTS, PLUS FOUR FOR THE CAVS. BOSTON STILL 12 POINTS BETTER BEYOND THE ARC THAN CLEVELAND. RONDO TO K.G. SHAQ IS THERE. SHOT CLOCK AT SEVEN. INTERCEPTED. LeBRON, PIERCE DEFENDING. PAUL PIERCE, NUMBER FIVE.>>Doug: SHAQ TAKING THE CHALLENGE ONCE AGAIN. THEY GO BACK TO GARNETT. GARNETT GETS CAUGHT IN A TOUGH POSITION. HE LEAVES HIS FEET. LeBRON JAMES DOES A NICE JOB OF SHOOTING THE GAP, GETTING INTO THAT PASSING LANE. YOU SEE THE STRENGTH HERE. PAUL PIERCE ALMOST TRYING TO TACKLE HIM, AND HE STILL GETS THAT BALL UP OVER HIS SHOULDER.>>Kevin: LeBRON FROM THE LINE, 8 OF 11. THEY’VE BEEN TRYING TO KEEP TRACK OF MINUTES BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT DOC RIVERS SAID HE WAS GOING TO DO, KEEP TRACK OF MINUTES PLAYED, AND IN PARTICULAR, GARNETT COMING BACK FROM THE KNEE SURGERY. THEY WANTED TO LIMIT HIM AT 30. HE’S ALREADY PLAYED 31.>>Doug: I THINK RIGHT NOW DOC SAYS WE CAN WIN THIS GAME. I’LL TRY TO CUT HIS MINUTES BACK THE NEXT GAME, IF I POSSIBLY CAN. WHAT YOU DON’T WANT TO DO IS GET IN A PATTERN OF DOING THAT, OR THAT BUILDS UP, ESPECIALLY EARLY IN THE SEASON WHEN HE’S TRYING TO GET HIS STRENGTH BACK.>>Kevin: JAMES WITH 33. PIERCE. RASHEED OVER VAREJAO. REBOUND BY SHAQUILLE O’NEAL. TAKEN BY RONDO. ALLEN TEES UP A THREE. RONDO COMES UP WITH THE QUICK REBOUND INSIDE. SHAQ GETS THE BALL. PIERCE HITS THE NET HARD. RONDO HITS IT HARD. FOR THREE. AND PIERCE CLAIMS IT. BOSTON WILL TAKE A FOUR-POINT LEAD WITH 1:15 AND TICKING. GARNETT, THE SCREEN OPENING FOR PIERCE. THAT’S HIS SWEET SPOT RIGHT THERE.>>Doug: THEY WENT WITH THE PICK AND ROLL, GOT SHAQ INVOLVED. HE TRIED TO SHOW OUT ON PAUL PIERCE. HE CROSSED HIM OVER, GOT RIGHT TO THE FALL LINE. THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THEY’RE GOING TO DEAL WITH THIS YEAR AT CLEVELAND. LATE IN GAMES, GETTING SHAQ INVOLVED IN THE PICK AND ROLL. HE JUMPS OUT. PIERCE WITH THE LITTLE CROSSOVER DRIBBLE. GE>>>DOC RIVERS’ CELTICS TRY TO HANG ON AGAINST THE CAVS. MEANTIME, 14 MINUTES FROM NOW, KOBE BRYANT AND HIS TEAMMATES WILL RECEIVE THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS. YOU’LL SEE IT LIVE HERE ON TNT. RIGHT NOW BACK TO YOU, KEVIN.>>Kevin: E.J., THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MOMENTS AGO, THE MAN IN CHARGE OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS, DANNY

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