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Five things to know about Miami Heat

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Five things to know about Miami Heat

Once again, the Boston Celtics will face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics eliminated the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers to get to this point, while the Heat knocked out the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers.

Here are five things to know about the Heat heading into the series:

1. Winning Big: The Heat have beat their opponents by an average of 9.91 points, second best in the NBA this postseason. They are averaging 95.5 points per game and holding their competition to 85.6.

2. Board Battle: One area the Heat have not had the edge on their opponents is on the boards. This postseason they have been out-rebounded, 41.1 to 39.6.

3. Dangerous Duo: LeBron James ranks second in scoring this postseason with 29.0 points per game. Wade holds the seventh spot with 23.8 points. Wade posted 41 points in their Game 6 win, and James scored 40 in Game 5.

4. Beware of pickpocketing: James and Wade are both riding steal streaks. Wade has grabbed at least one steal in 15 straight games while James has done so in 11.

5. The Century Mark: The Heat are 6-0 when scoring 100 points in the playoffs this season. The Celtics reached that mark half as many times.

Isaiah Thomas doesn't want video tribute on Paul Pierce night

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Isaiah Thomas doesn't want video tribute on Paul Pierce night

The Celtics just recently pushed back IT's video tribute as his request since he was not dressed or playing.

Now the first healthy date when Boston meets Cleveland just happens to be Paul Pierce night at TD Garden.

In a tweet tonight, Isaiah explained to Twitter that he doesn't want the C's to play any tribute to him on February 11th.

Fans and local sports talk hosts had been wondering whether or not the Celtics would play Isaiah's video on the same night. 

The Celtics have obviously not had the chance to respond, so it remains to be seen when that tribute video will finally be played.

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Celtics legend JoJo White passes away at 71

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Celtics legend JoJo White passes away at 71

 

BOSTON – Former Boston Celtics great and NBA Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, passed away on Tuesday.

He was 71.

“We are terribly saddened by the passing of the great Jo Jo White,” the Celtics said in a statement. “He was a champion and a gentleman; supremely talented and brilliant on the court, and endlessly gracious off of it. Jo Jo was a key member of two championship teams, an NBA Finals MVP, a gold medal-winning Olympian, and a Hall of Famer. His contributions to the team’s championship legacy may have only been surpassed by the deep and lasting impact that he had in the community. The thoughts and sympathies of the entire Celtics organization are with the White family.”

White, a seven-time all-star, was drafted by Boston with the ninth overall pick in the 1970 NBA draft. He would go on to be named to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team in addition to being named to the all-NBA Second Team twice (1975, 1977).

The timing of White’s arrival was critical to a franchise that had already won 11 NBA titles, but was facing some uncertain times.

Before White reported to camp, player-coach and fellow Hall of Famer Bill Russell announced his retirement. In addition, the Celtics’ Sam Jones was also retiring after his Hall of Fame career with the Celtics.

Those ex-Celtics paved the way for White to come in and play significant minutes, but his rookie season was a rough one for the franchise which suffered its first losing season (34-48) since 1950.

But those rough times paved the way for a Celtics rebuild that eventually led to Boston regaining its place among the league’s elite which eventually led to a pair of NBA titles for Boston.

For his career, White averaged 17.2 points, 4.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.

In addition to having his No. 10 jersey retired by the Celtics, White’s No. 15 jersey number was retired at the University of Kansas where he was a two-time consensus All-American (1968-1969) which included helping lead Team USA to an Olympic Gold medal in 1968 in Mexico City.

One of the nation’s best basketball players, White was an exceptional athlete who drew interest in other sports as well, evident by him being drafted by the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds.

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