NBA Eastern Conference Finals Preview: Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat

The "Stars" will be shinning brightly in the Eastern Conference Finals, but really, who has the edge in this series?

By Matt Noonan

So, it’s Chicago (1) vs. Miami (2), which I guess is what we all wanted, right?

Didn’t we want to see Derrick Rose challenge LeBron James and Dwyane Wade? I guess, but maybe, we all wanted to see Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen take on the Bulls?

Either way, this series features the best and second best in the Eastern Conference standings, so make sure to pay attention to this particular series, which should feature a great deal of fireworks, electricity and lots of highlight reel moments.

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Noonan: Rivers is Back, But Where do the Celtics go from here?

Doc Rivers is back with Boston, but what needs to happen next?

By Matt Noonan

After Wednesday’s Game 5 loss to the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers was greeted by the usual group of media members, who always have something to interesting to say about the men dressed in Green and White. He sat down at the podium and calmly congratulated the Heat on their victory, but also, he mentioned how proud he was of his team’s effort.

In fact, he even stated, “I’m a Celtics,” which brought smiles to many New Englanders faces.

Rivers is indeed a Celtic or a special part of the franchise’s history, as he officially inked his name on a brand new, five-year, $35 million contract on Friday. So, no need to worry about the future of Doc Rivers, he’s coming back to Boston, so relax.

Yet, while the coaching situation is all set, the next question is what will team president Danny Ainge do with his aging and ailing squad?

Will he wheel and deal, just like he did this past season when he sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City?

Will he test the free agent wire and pick up some intriguing veterans, such as Jamal Crawford, Tyson Chandler or Caron Butler?  

Possibly, he’ll try and wake up his former head coach Red Auerbach and ask for some advice?

No matter what, Danny Ainge will need to make some changes, especially since the window of his modern day “Big-3” is practically over.

Paul Pierce looked incredibly flustered this season, Ray Allen wanted the ball more and Kevin Garnett realized, he’s not 21-years old.

Pierce, Allen and Garnett will go down in the record books as “All-Stars,” no matter what happens. If they win another championship together, well that’d be great, but if not, they certainly brought the spirit of basketball back to the city of Boston.

Yet, while Pierce, Allen and Garnett slowly fade away and walk off into the sunset, one has to wonder, who will Ainge find to replace them? He already has a tremendous point guard in Rajon Rondo and needs to find the right pieces that will compliment his efforts.

Should the Celtics take a chance and attempt to bring Dwight Howard to Boston?

Should they wait another year and go after Chris Paul or Ben Wallace?

Perhaps, Danny and company would be interested in welcoming back Eddie House next season, who happens to be an unrestricted free-agent this summer.

No matter what, Ainge, Rivers and the entire front office needs to make some changes this summer; otherwise, they’ll fall behind the eight ball. Boston will still be competitive next season, but will certainly be second fiddle to Chicago, Miami and New York, who all have talented young players.

All in all, the Celtics do need to make some changes pronto; otherwise, they’ll experience Game 5 relapses and continue to lose the fourth quarter due to their legs.

Daily Noontime – May “Friday the 13th”

The Sharks did it, as they beat Detroit in a deciding Game 7, 3-2!

It’s May 13, but it’s also, Friday the 13th, so welcome to a very lucky Daily Noontime! Here is the biggest news stories and more, so enjoy, but also, have a great weekend! 

Headlines: 

* Well, it is indeed official, the Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday and have advanced to their first Eastern Conference Finals in the post-Michael Jordan era.

* The San Jose Sharks allowed the Detroit Red Wings to win three games in a row, but staved off elimination in Game 7 with a 3-2 win. Now, the Sharks will face the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Finals.

* Tiger Woods played nine holes of golf, before withdrawing from the Players Championship.

* Sadly, the Alabama college football team received some sad news on Thursday, as offensive lineman Aaron Douglas died at the age of 21.

* A local Bostonian found his name in the news, as he was charged for stealing Red Sox memorabilia.

* While the NFL Lockout continues, Colt McCoy and his Cleveland Browns teammates continue to hold their own workouts.

Games to Watch: 

* Boston at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Philadelphia at Atlanta (MLB) – 7:35pm eastern

* Oklahoma City at Memphis (NBA Playoffs) – 9:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

In the NBA Playoffs, anything goes, especially if it’s Dwyane Wade making an off-balance shot. 


Noontime Sports the Podcast (5/12/11)

The brains of Noontime Sports, Matt Noonan and Andy Lindberg came together on Thursday May 12, to discuss the Boston Celtics-Miami Heat series. Also, the guys discussed the Celtics off-season and what the team needs to address before the 2011-2012 season. 

Daily Noontime – May 12, 2011

Well, believe it or not, but it’s Thursday and that means a brand new weekend is upon us, so get excited. In the meantime, here is today’s biggest headlines and news, so enjoy!

Headlines: 

* Well, the Oklahoma City Thunder earned another win against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday and yes, Kendrick Perkins had something to say about it.

* LeBron James admitted to his Cleveland Cavaliers fans that moving to Miami was the only way he was going to beat Boston in the playoffs and well, it happened, as the Heat closed out the series on Wednesday with a 97-87 victory.

* According to sources, Los Angles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson is planning to retire from the NBA.

* Apparently, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has learned that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expects the NFL to not shutdown, despite the ongoing lockout. Yet, haven’t we heard this before?

* The Boston Celtics lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, but Doc Rivers admitted after the game that he’s considering coming back for possibly another season.

* If there is a NFL season, Kevin Kolb may actually get a starting job with the Arizona Cardinals.

Games to Watch: 

* Tampa Bay at Cleveland (MLB) – 12:05pm eastern

* St. Louis at Chicago Cubs (MLB) – 2:20pm eastern

* Kansas City at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Chicago Bulls at Atlanta (NBA Playoffs) – 8:00pm eastern

* Detroit at San Jose (NHL Playoffs) – 9:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Yes, this is certainly one of those “Top Plays!”