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Celtics retire Paul Pierce’s #34 on Sunday; Cavs spoil affair with blowout of Celtics before ceremony

 

Paul Pierce with Celtics 2008 photo By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Paul Piece, on of the top Boston Celtics players of all time in a 15-year career in Beantown, was on hand Sunday and had to watch his old team get their tails handed to them by an old adversary, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 121-99 rout on ABC TV.

Pierce, sitting with his family, former teammates, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and former coach Doc Rivers, were in street clothes and could not help the beleagured Celtics.

Pierce became the 22nd number retired in Celtics history. His number-34 was put into an eight-square banner that already featured the numbers of guard Dennis Johnson (3), forward Larry Bird (33), center Kevin McHale (32), guard/forward Reggie Lewis (35), center Robert Parish (00), and forward Cedric Maxwell (31).

Paul Anthony Pierce (born October 13, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player who played 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Pierce spent the first fifteen years of his career with the Boston Celtics, who drafted him with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft. He became a bona fide star as captain of the Celtics, earning ten All-Star nods and becoming a four-time All-NBAteam member. After nine seasons of leading the Celtics as their sole star player, Pierce combined with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2007 to form a “Big Three” that together led Boston to the NBA Finals in 2008 and 2010, winning the 2008 NBA Championship. Pierce was instrumental to the Celtics’ 2008 championship run, as he was awarded the Finals MVP after averaging 22 points per game. Pierce is one of only three players, alongside Larry Bird and John Havlicek, to score over 20,000 points in their career with the Celtics alone. He holds the Celtics’ record for most three-point field goals made and also ranks third in team history in games played, second in points scored, seventh in total rebounds, fifth in total assists, and first in total steals. He has also made the fourth most three-point field goals in NBA history, behind only Jason TerryReggie Miller and Ray Allen. His nickname, “The Truth“, was given to him by Shaquille O’Neal in March 2001.

In July 2013, Pierce was included in a deal that sent him to the Brooklyn Nets, along with teammates Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. He signed with the Washington Wizards the following offseason, but after just one season with the Wizards, he moved back home to Los Angeles and reunited with his former Celtics coach Doc Rivers at the Clippers. He spent two seasons with the Clippers before retiring following the 2016–17 season. On July 17, 2017, the Celtics signed Pierce to a contract, enabling him to retire as a member of the organization with which he spent his first 15 NBA seasons.

NBA career statistics

Legend
GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
Denotes season in which Pierce won an NBA championship

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99 Boston 48 47 34.0 .439 .412 .713 6.4 2.4 1.7 1.0 16.5
1999–00 Boston 73 72 35.4 .442 .343 .798 5.4 3.0 2.1 .8 19.5
2000–01 Boston 82 82 38.0 .454 .383 .745 6.4 3.1 1.7 .8 25.3
2001–02 Boston 82 82 40.3 .442 .404 .809 6.9 3.2 1.9 1.0 26.1
2002–03 Boston 79 79 39.2 .416 .302 .802 7.3 4.4 1.8 .8 25.9
2003–04 Boston 80 80 38.7 .402 .299 .819 6.5 5.1 1.6 .7 23.0
2004–05 Boston 82 82 36.1 .455 .370 .822 6.6 4.2 1.6 .5 21.6
2005–06 Boston 79 79 39.0 .471 .354 .772 6.7 4.7 1.4 .4 26.8
2006–07 Boston 47 46 37.0 .439 .389 .796 5.9 4.1 1.0 .3 25.0
2007–08 Boston 80 80 35.9 .464 .392 .843 5.1 4.5 1.3 .5 19.6
2008–09 Boston 81 81 37.5 .457 .391 .830 5.6 3.6 1.0 .3 20.5
2009–10 Boston 71 71 34.0 .472 .414 .852 4.4 3.1 1.2 .4 18.3
2010–11 Boston 80 80 34.7 .497 .374 .860 5.4 3.3 1.0 .6 18.9
2011–12 Boston 61 61 34.0 .443 .366 .852 5.2 4.5 1.1 .4 19.4
2012–13 Boston 77 77 33.4 .436 .380 .787 6.3 4.8 1.1 .4 18.6
2013–14 Brooklyn 75 68 28.0 .451 .373 .826 4.6 2.4 1.1 .4 13.5
2014–15 Washington 73 73 26.2 .447 .389 .781 4.0 2.0 .6 .3 11.9
2015–16 L.A. Clippers 68 38 18.1 .363 .310 .818 2.7 1.0 .5 .3 6.1
2016–17 L.A. Clippers 25 7 11.1 .400 .349 .769 1.9 .4 .2 .2 3.2
Career 1,343 1,285 34.2 .445 .368 .806 5.6 3.5 1.3 .6 19.7
All-Star 10 0 13.6 .456 .188 .727 2.6 1.8 1.2 .1 9.6

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002 Boston 16 16 42.0 .403 .288 .764 8.6 4.1 1.7 1.3 24.6
2003 Boston 10 10 44.5 .399 .356 .863 9.0 6.7 2.1 .8 27.1
2004 Boston 4 4 40.5 .342 .294 .839 8.8 2.5 1.3 1.0 20.8
2005 Boston 7 7 39.6 .505 .259 .868 7.7 4.6 1.9 1.4 22.9
2008 Boston 26 26 38.1 .441 .361 .802 5.0 4.6 1.1 .3 19.7
2009 Boston 14 14 39.7 .430 .333 .842 5.8 3.1 1.1 .4 21.0
2010 Boston 24 24 38.8 .438 .392 .824 6.0 3.4 1.0 .6 18.8
2011 Boston 9 9 38.1 .459 .447 .882 5.0 2.8 1.3 .4 20.8
2012 Boston 20 20 38.9 .386 .310 .894 6.1 3.1 1.5 .9 18.9
2013 Boston 6 6 42.5 .368 .268 .897 5.7 5.3 .8 .5 19.2
2014 Brooklyn 12 12 30.7 .465 .358 .781 4.5 2.0 1.2 .3 13.7
2015 Washington 10 10 29.8 .485 .524 .850 4.2 .9 .6 .7 14.6
2016 L.A. Clippers 5 1 10.8 .167 .200 .850 1.2 .2 .4 .0 1.2
2017 L.A. Clippers 7 0 14.4 .444 .400 1.000 2.0 .9 .3 .0 3.0
Career 170 159 36.6 .423 .355 .830 5.8 3.4 1.2 .6 18.7

Career highlights

NBA

  • NBA champion: 2008
  • NBA Finals MVP: 2008
  • All-NBA Second Team: 2009
  • 3-time All-NBA Third Team: 2002, 2003, 2008
  • 10-time NBA All-Star: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team: 1999
  • NBA 3-Point Shootout winner: 2010
  • NBA regular-season leader, total points: 2002 (2144)
  • NBA regular-season leader, free throws made: 2003 (604)

College

  • Named First Team All-America by the Associated Press after his junior year at the University of Kansas.
  • Named Big Eight Freshman of the Year in 1995–96.
  • MVP of the Big 12 Conference Tournament in both 1997 and 1998.
  • Member of the All-Big 12 First Team in 1997–1998.

Other

Boston Celtics franchise records

  • Most points scored in a half (including Overtime): 46 (December 1, 2001 2nd Half vs. New Jersey Nets).
  • Most points scored in an overtime period: 13 (December 1, 2001 vs. New Jersey Nets)
  • Most three-point field goals made, career: 1578[68]
  • Most three-point field goals attempted, career: 4273[68]
  • Most free throws made, career: 5808[68]
  • Most free throws attempted, career: 7212[68]
  • Most free throws made in one game: 20 (November 2, 2002 vs. New York Knicks).
  • Most free throws attempted in one game: 24 (November 5, 2005 vs. New York Knicks).
  • Most free throws made in one half: 14 (March 2, 2001 vs. Utah Jazz).
  • Most free throws made in one season: 627 (2005–06, breaking his own record of 604 set in 2002–03).[69]
  • Most free throws attempted in one season: 812 (2005–06, breaking his own record of 753 set in 2002–03).[69]
  • Most steals in one game: 9 (tied with Larry Bird; December 3, 1999 vs. Miami Heat).
  • Most free throws made without a miss, playoffs: 21 (Game 1, 2003 Eastern Conference First Round).
  • Most points scored in one half, playoffs: 32 (Game 4, 2003 Eastern Conference First Round vs. Indiana Pacers).
  • Highest scoring average through one month: 33.5 PPG (February 2006).
  • Only Celtics player in franchise history to lead the NBA in total points scored in a season, scoring 2,144 points in 2001–02.
  • Oldest Celtics player to score 40 points in a game: 35 years, 2 months, and 6 days old (December 19, 2012 vs Cleveland Cavaliers)[70]
  • Currently is the Celtics’ second all-time leading scorer, behind John Havlicek. He also ranks second in team history in career scoring average, behind Larry Bird.[68

 

 

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Cavs look like a new team with Clarkson, Hill, Hood & Nance Jr. playing well in rout of Celtics, 121-99

Jordan Clarkson dribbling 2015 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

George Hill shooting ball 2014 photo By joshuak8 - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Rodney Hood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Nance Jr. with Wyoming in 2014 By Mike Purgatori, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

What a difference a week makes when you are talking about the Cleveland Cavaliers.

They completely ran the Boston Celtics off the court Sunday afternoon in a national television game, 121-99.

Prior to last Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, the Cavs looked old, tired, non-enthusiastic, no spirit. They were embarrassed in national television games often with the outcome settled by halftime by giving up unheard of point totals of 60,70 and 80 to teams like Minnesota, Golden State and Houston.

The trading away of 6 players on the trade deadline day was the most in 30 years (1998).

There best player, LeBron James looked like he did not care at times.

The All-Star look of Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade and Isaiah Thomas did not play well and often bickered and did not play consecutive games very often.

The Cavs management felt a change was for the best. So they traded those before mentioned players along with Channing Frye, Jae Crowder and Iman Shupert to get younger, more athletic, more defensive-minded and better shooters.

At Boston’s TD Garden Sunday, the new-look Cavs looked better on defense, took good shots, shared the ball, hustled after loose balls, anticipated passing lanes, and most of all, followed James’ leadership. And speaking of James, he looked like he was back to playing his brand of dominating basketball.

They led 66-47 at the half. Those 66 points were the most the Celtics had surrendered in the first half all season. The Celtics are the NBA’s top defensive team. The Cavs dribbled through, around and over the top to make them look very bad.

James did not let a first quarter leg injury stop him . He had a double-double with 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

”The King” took over in the 2nd quarter, scoring 13 points, eight during a Cleveland 13-2 run that turned a close game of 1-point into a double-digit lead. The Celtics never got closer than 10 the rest of the game.

The four new players practiced with the Cavs for the first time on Saturday after passing their physicals. And they played as if they had been with Cleveland all season.

Clarkson scored 17 points, Hood added 15, Hill chipped in with 12 and Nance Jr. scored 5 and looked good on the glass and inside altering shots.

Those new players have made the Cavs the Eastern Conference favorite again.

A week ago, it looked like they would be first-round NBA Playoffs losers for sure.

 

 

NHL Morning Skate for Monday, February 12, 2018: Crosby passes 400 goals mark, Bruins extend road point streak

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Pittsburgh 4, ST. LOUIS 1

NY Rangers 3, WINNIPEG 1

Detroit 5, WASHINGTON 4 (OT)

Vancouver 6, DALLAS 0

Colorado 5, BUFFALO 4

Boston 5, NEW JERSEY 3

Calgary 3, NY ISLANDERS 2

Philadelphia 4, VEGAS 1

San Jose 3, ANAHEIM 2 (SO)

 

CROSBY ECLIPSES 400-GOAL MILESTONE IN PENGUINS WIN

Sidney Crosby scored twice to eclipse the 400-goal milestone (401-688—1,089 in 839 GP) and help the Penguins improve to 6-1-1 in their last eight games.

* Crosby snapped a 10-game goal drought but has collected 5-22—27 in 17 games since Jan. 1, tied with teammate Evgeni Malkin (16-11—27 in 17 GP) for the most points in the NHL in 2018. The Penguins (31-22-4, 66 points) have moved from seventh to second in the Metropolitan Division standings during that span, posting a 12-4-1 (25 points) record in 2018.

 

* Crosby reached the milestone with his father Troy in attendance at Scottrade Center, who took part in the Penguins’ annual Fathers’ Trip this weekend.

 

“It was really nice. To have my dad here who was around for so many early mornings and sacrificed a lot so I could play hockey, it’s special . . . It’s been a fun weekend, especially getting three of four points.” – Sidney Crosby on his father being in attendance for career goal No. 400

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: SIDNEY CROSBY

Sidney Crosby became the 95th player in NHL history (seventh active) to record 400 career goals and the 37th to do so in 839 games or fewer. Crosby, who has spent his entire career with the Penguins, joined Mario Lemieux (690-1,033—1,723 in 915 GP) and Jaromir Jagr (439-640—1,079 in 806 GP) as the only players to score 400 goals for the franchise.

 

* Crosby became the 20th player in League history to record at least 400 goals and 600 assists for the same franchise; the only other active player on that list is Jagr. In fact, only two other active players have compiled at least 400 goals and 400 assists with one franchisePatrick Marleau (508-574—1,082 in 1,493 GP w/ SJS) and Alex Ovechkin (591-504—1,095 in 976 GP w/ WSH).

BRUINS EXTEND ROAD STREAKS IN WIN OVER DEVILS

Torey Krug (2-0—2) and Patrice Bergeron (1-1—2) each collected two points to help the Bruins (34-12-8, 76 points) extend their road win and point streaks to seven and 13 games (11-0-2), respectively, the longest such runs in the NHL this season. This marks the fifth time in franchise history that the Bruins have recorded at least one point in 13 or more consecutive road games.

* The Bruins – who posted a road win streak of at least seven games for the seventh time in club history and first since a franchise-record nine-game run from March 2-30, 2014 – moved within three points of the League-leading Lightning (38-14-3, 79 points) for first place in the Eastern Conference standings.

 

* Bergeron boosted his 2017-18 totals to 25-24—49 (49 GP), including 14-10—24 since Jan. 1 (17 GP). Bergeron has recorded at least one point in 14 of 17 games in 2018, including six multi-point performances.

 

CANUCKS SCORE SIX TIMES TO BLANK STARS

Vancouver matched a season high for goals and Jacob Markstrom turned aside all 30 shots he faced as the Canucks earned a 6-0 win over the Stars, their largest margin of victory in a shutout since Dec. 6, 2011 vs. COL (6-0 W). Vancouver earned its first regulation win against Dallas since Feb. 21, 2013 (4-3 W), snapping the Stars’ 14-game point streak against them (13-0-1).

 

FLYERS EXTEND WIN STREAK TO FOUR GAMES

Sean Couturier (1-2—3) factored on three of four goals to help the Flyers (28-19-9, 65 points) extend their win streak to four games and strengthen their hold on third place in the Metropolitan Division standings. Couturier has established single-season career highs for goals, assists and points with 28-29—57 in 2017-18 (56 GP).

 

LATE GOALS HELP CLUBS SECURE VICTORIES

The Sharks (30-18-8, 68 points), Flames (29-19-8, 66 points) and Rangers (27-24-5, 59 points) each secured victories via timely goals in the final minutes regulation:

 

* Timo Meier tied the game with 53.7 seconds remaining in regulation and Joe Pavelski scored the decisive marker in the shootout to propel the Sharks past the Ducks.

 

Matthew Tkachuk tied the game in the third period and tallied again with 1:05 remaining in regulation to power the Flames to a 4-1-0 record in their last five outings.

 

* Jimmy Vesey scored the go-ahead goal with 3:53 remaining in regulation to lift the Rangers to their second straight victory on the heels on a four-game slide (0-4-0).

 

QUICK CLICKS

 

· Dustin Brown suspended one game for kneeing in Kings game against Lightning

· Braden Holtby finds Capitals gain as ambassador (via Tom Gulitti)

· Small But Mighty: 8-year-old girl goes top shelf at Capitals game

 

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LIGHTNING VISIT MAPLE LEAFS IN ATLANTIC DIVISION SHOWDOWN

The Lightning (38-14-3, 79 points) and Maple Leafs (33-19-5, 71 points) – who are first and third in the Atlantic Division standings, respectively – square off at Air Canada Centre in the second contest of their four-game season series. Tampa Bay earned a 2-0 win in its first meeting with Toronto on Jan. 2.

 

* The League-leading Lightning enter the contest with wins in four of their last five outings and are led offensively by Nikita Kucherov (29-40—69 in 55 GP) and Steven Stamkos (21-43—64 in 55 GP), who are first and fourth (tied) in League scoring this season.

 

* The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, earned a 6-3 win over the Senators in their last outing, powered by a five-point performance from Mitch Marner (2-3—5). The 20-year-old was the first Maple Leafs player to notch at least five points in a game since Tomas Kaberle on Oct. 26, 2009 at ANA (1-4—5) and the fifth-youngest player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NHL ”Three Stars of the Week, Flyers’ Giroux, Flames’ Gaudreau, Wild’s Dubnyk

 

Claude Giroux skating 2011 photo By Beanhugger - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Johnny Gaudreau skating 2016 photo By mark6mauno https www flickr.com photos CC BY SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Devan Dubnyk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK (Feb. 12, 2018) – Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux, Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau and Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 11.

 

FIRST STAR – CLAUDE GIROUX, C, PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Giroux registered 3-3—6 in four games to propel the Flyers (28-19-9, 65 points) to a perfect week and third place in the Metropolitan Division standings. After being held off the scoresheet in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Carolina Hurricanes Feb. 6, Giroux rebounded with 1-2—3 – his sixth three-point performance of the season – in a 5‑3 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens Feb. 8. He then scored one goal in a 4-3 shootout win against the Arizona Coyotes Feb. 10 and closed the week with 1-1—2 in a 4-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights Feb. 11. The 30-year-old Hearst, Ont., native ranks sixth in the NHL with 18-46—64 in 56 outings this season, already more than his 82-game point total from 2016-17 (14-44—58).

 

SECOND STAR – JOHNNY GAUDREAU, LW, CALGARY FLAMES

Gaudreau placed second in the NHL with 2-5—7 in four contests to guide the Flames (29-19-8, 66 points) to a 3-1-0 week and into third place in the Pacific Division. He recorded 1-2—3, his sixth three-point effort of the season, in a 3-2 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks Feb. 6. Gaudreau then posted 1-1—2 in a 3-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils Feb. 8. He closed the week with one assist in each of his next two games, a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers Feb. 9 and a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders Feb. 11. The 24-year-old Salem, N.J., native and reigning Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner sits second in the League with 48 assists and 66 points through 56 outings this season.

 

THIRD STAR – DEVAN DUBNYK, G, MINNESOTA WILD

Dubnyk went 2-0-1 with a 1.96 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Wild (30-19-6, 66 points) to five out of a possible six standings points. He made 35 saves in a 6-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues Feb. 6. Dubnyk then turned aside 36 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes Feb. 8. He capped the week with 44 saves, the second-most ever by a Wild goaltender in a shutout, in a 3-0 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks Feb. 10. The 31-year-old Regina, Sask., native owns a 22-10-4 record with a 2.60 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and four shutouts in 38 appearances this season.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

LA Kings’ Brown suspended by NHL Department of Player Safety

 

Dustin Brown 2016 photo By mark6mauno - Dustin Brown, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

NEW YORK (Feb. 11, 2018) – Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown has been suspended for one game, without pay, for kneeing Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev during NHL Game No. 846 in Tampa on Saturday, Feb. 10, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

 

The incident occurred at 14:27 of the second period. Brown was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for kneeing.

 

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Brown will forfeit $31,586.02. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

 

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: https://www.nhl.com/video/t-277440360/c-57625803.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

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