Sheridan: Celtics, Thunder not done but have big tasks ahead

Paul Pierce

// After hanging around for a half, the Boston Celtics disappeared in the second half of their Eastern Conference finals opener vs. the Miami Heat. Before we vault Miami into the NBA Finals, however, let’s remember that the Celtics have had some stinkers in each of their first two playoff rounds and have bounced back rather nicely. The Celtics have the experience and character to get back in their series with the Heat, but there are a number of things

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Odds of Celtics winning the title are 12-1

Amarillo Slim at the 1974 World Series of Poker

Amarillo Slim at the 1974 World Series of Poker

I told this story last week, and it is worth re-telling for those of you who may have missed it. I have a publicist colleague, Jimmy Shapiro, who once tried to get a sponsor to pay my $10,000 buy-in for the main event at the World Series of Poker. I was going to write about in for their online blog. He came very close, but ultimately couldn’t get the 10K. But

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Five Factors for Celtics-Heat: How The East Will be Won

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The Boston Celtics have staggered into the Eastern Conference finals for the third time in five years, their “Big Three” era so close to complete that the moniker is outdated. It no longer even includes their best player, the mercurial and unpredictable Rajon Rondo. Just 48 hours after Rondo finished off the stubborn, pesky eighth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in Game 7 of a series that was borderline unwatchable for those without a rooting interest, those same time-tested and battle-proven Boston Celtics will

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Woodson signs extension as head coach of Knicks

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NEW YORK — One playoff victory, not to mention an 18-6 finish to the regular season, was enough to earn Mike Woodson some long-term job security. As expected, the Knicks signed Woodson to a multi-year contract Friday, apparently never showing any interest whatsoever in Phil Jackson, a member of their last title-winning team in 1973 who has won an NBA record 11 championships as a head coach. Jackson likely would have been interested, as you can discern from reading this Mark Heisler

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Sheridan: Second-guessing Frank Vogel

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// Frank Vogel made a major mistake last night, IMHO. I compliment him for everything he has accomplished this season, I admire his youthful enthusiasm, but I question his wisdom today — the day after Indiana’s season ended in a Game 6 loss at home in which the Pacers never fully took advantage of the big-man advantage they had with Udonis Haslem out serving a one-game suspension. With exactly 3 minutes left in the first quarter, Vogel subbed out David West,

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Spurs are 75-1 to go 16-0 in the playoffs

Amarillo Slim at the 1974 World Series of Poker

Amarillo Slim at the 1974 World Series of Poker

I have a publicist colleague, Jimmy Shapiro, who once tried to get a sponsor to pay my $10,000 buy-in for the main event at the World Series of Poker. I was going to write about in for their online blog. He came very close, but ultimately couldn’t get the 10K. But Jimmy tried, and I will forever be indebted to him for giving it his best shot. I was in Las

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Dwight Howard picks Thunder to win NBA Finals

Dwight Howard has spoken, and it should be noted how polite he was to the paparazzo from TMZ.com who caught up with him in Beverly Hills. To surmise, Howard says he was sorry to see Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith lose their jobs, he warned that ESPN has an interview in the can is now outdated — ” A lot of stuff has changed since then” — and made a prediction on who will win the NBA championship. He likes the

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