Sasha Pavlovic

Should we consider Boston a title contender now?

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The play for the first three quarters of this season confirmed the conventional wisdom going in — the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls were the class of the East, everybody else was a couple of steps back. But in the past 10 days, the Boston Celtics have thumped the Heat twice. And although the Bulls [more]

Preview: Will Miami be able to run over Boston, too?

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Miami looked dominant on opening day. They came into the season trying to unbalance a defense with speed and aggressiveness, and it worked on Dallas — Miami had 100 possessions, nine more than they averaged last season. But Boston is a better defensive squad and should prove an interesting preseason test. The two teams meet [more]

Doc Rivers: Paul Pierce out Tuesday against Heat

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Beating the Miami Heat is a challenge anyway, but Boston is going to have to do it without Paul Pierce on Tuesday night. Doc Rivers confirmed that, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. That means Sasha Pavlovic gets the start and Marquis Daniels will get a lot of run. Pavlovic talked about getting to guard [more]

Tuesday And-1 links: Why all the Kris Humphries hate?

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New name, same drill. This is our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Washington Wizards fans booed Kris Humphries all night long Monday. Well done, Washingtonians. Way to side with the woman who became [more]

Paul Pierce is in New York, will be game-time decision

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The Boston Celtics will tip off the NBA season with the New York Knicks at noon Chrstmas day, and they may also have the first major player to miss games due to injury for the season. Paul Pierce is in New York with the Celtics but whether he plays is a game-time decision due to [more]