Celtics' president Ainge embracing expectation-filled summer
BOSTON (AP) During his tenure as Celtics president, Danny Ainge has developed a reputation as deal maker that pounces on opportunities. He will forever be tethered to the coup he pulled off in the summer of 2007 to assemble the Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen just three years into the tenure of then-coach Doc Rivers. No one is expecting Ainge to recreate that moment this summer, but with a myriad of draft picks and salary cap space at his disposal, he isn't shying away from the expectation that this offse
Optimism high as Celtics enter a likely active offseason
BOSTON (AP) The emergence of an All-Star and lots of victories made the Celtics one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season. It also left Boston with lots of questions following its second straight first-round exit from the playoffs - this one, a six-game loss to the Atlanta Hawks - with a young roster that probably still needs a few more pieces to make the next step. It has lots of draft picks and salary cap space to play with, which promises to make the summer an active one for the Celtics. ''This is probably the
Analysis: Johnson continued a shooting cold streak that began in Game 7 against the Hornets in the first round. He shot well under 40 percent for the third straight game, and his three misses early in overtime were part of the reason that the Heat couldn't get any momentum going in the extra period. On the positive side, the struggles haven't affected the 34-year-old's aggressiveness on offense, as he's taken 41 shot attempts over the last two games. Johnson will attempt to get back on track in Game 3 on Saturday at American Airlines Arena, where he's averaged 51.4 percent shooting over 12 games this season as both a Brooklyn Net and a member of the Heat.
Analysis: Johnson used the extra period to hoist his most shots of the postseason, though he failed to hit a three-pointer for the first time in the playoffs. Still, he was a serviceable supporting scorer for the Heat in the road victory, and has now tallied double-digit points in four of the last five games.