Archive for June 5th, 2012

A week ago, the Boston Celtics were too old.

Three games later, they’re one win away from the NBA finals.

And Miami - the team that was constructed with hopes of supplanting Boston as the power in the Eastern Conference - is suddenly in big trouble.

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Kevin Garnett finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds, Paul Pierce scored 19 - including a huge 3-pointer over LeBron James’ outstretched arm with 52.9 seconds left - and the Celtics beat the Heat 94-90 on Tuesday night, taking a 3-2 lead in the East finals that now shift to Boston for Game 6 on Thursday night.

”We’ve done nothing,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. ”We’re playing a heck of a basketball team. So just because we’re going to Boston, I told them, we have to play. They’re not going to give it to us. We have to go get it.”

James finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds for Miami, though he went 8 minutes without scoring in the final quarter. Dwyane Wade scored 27 for the Heat, who got no more than nine from anyone else.

”We wouldn’t want to be in this situation but we never get too high or too low in a series,” James said. ”We had an opportunity to come home and take a lead, but we didn’t. So we have to go up to Boston and win a game.”

– Reported by Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press

But these Celtics at this moment have been valiant and worthy Heat adversaries.

They didn’t play particularly well in Game 5, but nevertheless won. Boston didn’t get a lead until the final minute of the third quarter, which ended with the Celtics holding a 65-60 lead on the strength of a 15-1 closing run. That advantage evaporated quickly enough, but Boston carved its way back.

“We just hung around enough to get to the fourth quarter,” said Rivers.

Boston’s poor shooting – Pierce, Allen and Rondo were a combined 11-of-43 – didn’t matter in the end, mostly because Garnett was so good.

“He’s our life,” Rivers said. “We’re a close-knit team. We have a lot of positive talk in our locker room.”

– Reported by Greg Stoda of the Palm Beach Post

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Paul Pierce hit arguably the biggest shot of the game Tuesday night, a 3-pointer over LeBron James that gave the Celtics a 90-86 lead with 53 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Game 5. But Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he wasn’t totally thrilled with the shot selection.

“I kind of wanted him to drive, honestly,” said Rivers. “I’ve been around Paul long enough. Right when he gets into the footwork, you knew he was going to shoot it. At least I did, because I’ve seen him enough.

“I didn’t know if I wanted that shot. Honestly, I thought he was going to drive it, but he made it. That’s what players like Paul do. It really is. He’s a big shot-maker. He always has been.”

– Reported by Gary Dzen of Boston.com

Guard Gary Neal was not on board the Spurs’ flight from San Antonio to Oklahoma City on Tuesday afternoon, coach Gregg Popovich said.

“He’s not feeling well,” Popovich told the Express-News.

Asked if it was anything serious, Popovich said, “No.”

– Reported by the San Antonio Express-News

InsideHoops.com editor says: It’s not clear if Neal will definitely miss tomorrow’s game or not. He could always take a flight tonight or tomorrow morning. We’ll see.

DJ Rony Seikaly goes on music tour

On June 5, legendary NYC house music label Nervous Records teams up with emerging music sensation Rony Seikaly for the release of an exciting new compilation - Nervous Nitelife Presents Rony Seikaly.

Seikaly first rose to prominence in the NBA but when he wasn’t on the court he was in the record shops, reading the top dance magazines and driving around with the best dance mixes blasting from his car stereo. Seikaly turned his hobby into a second career in which he’s quickly risen to the top of the pack, playing at international club destinations like Club Liv in Miami and Pacha in Ibiza.

In addition to extensive DJ touring, Rony is also an accomplished producer whose Summer 2010 track “The World Is Beautiful” was frequently played on Pete Tong’s Radio 1 Show and charted by top DJ’s worldwide.

It’s interesting to note, that while DJs are often known for playing other artists tracks, Rony chooses to present his sets with approximately 70% of his own original productions and remixes. This leads to a club experience that’s completely unique, spontaneous and harkens back to the days of old when clubbers entrusted their evening into the DJs hands. Nervous Nitelife Presents Rony Seikaly is very much the CD version of what you’d experience at the club with Rony Seikaly behind the decks. It’s largely built on his own original productions and remixes with a few of his favorite bits from other producers sprinkled in.

The mix tips off with the Rony Seikaly and Jean Claudes Ades remix of Seikaly’s own “Mood That I Love;” A vocal house track that’s the perfect vibe for that time when the sun drops jut below the horizon and you know the party’s about to kick into high gear. It’s seamlessly mixed into the warm and bubby Fabo feat. Angela Sheik “Can’t Decide” and Seikaly’s driving the “Playa” before Lazaro Cazanova enters with his airy “Miami Vice feat. Amy Douglas (Julien Sandre Remix).” Next, a trifecta of Seikaly’s own original tracks hit consecutively and as the names imply (”Bring It On,” Build Up The Volume” and You Can Feel It”) it’s all about building the intensity.

The second half of the mix commences with Saarid’s wobbly “Future Lately feat. Javi (Walker & Royce Remix)” which leads into the thick rubber band basslines of Seikaly’s own “Desert Night’s” and his most punishing track of the mix, “Illusion.” Next, a gorgeous instrumental, “Watergate” sets the stage for a grand exit with Seikaly’s “Maro,” “Empty Days” and Catz ‘N Dogz Remix of John Davis & The Monster Orchestra “Bourgie Bourgie.”

This summer, Seikaly will begin residencies at LIO in Ibiza and REVEL in Atlantic City, all while celebrating the release of his first compilation on Nervous Records, Nervous Nitelife Presents Rony Seikaly due out June 5th.

TRACK LISTING 

1. Rony Seikaly - Mood The I Love (Rony Seikaly & Jean Claudes Ades Remix)

2. Fabo feat. Angela Sheik - Can’t Decide

3. Rony Seikaly - The Playa

4. Lazaro Casanova - Miami Vice feat. Amy Douglas (Julien Sandre Remix)

5. Rony Seikaly - Bring It On

6. Rony Seikaly - Build Up The Volume

7. Rony Seikaly - You Can Feel It

8. Saarid - Future Lately feat. Javi (Walker & Royce Remix)

9. Rony Seikaly - Desert Nights

10. Rony Seikaly - Illusion

11. Watergate (Instrumental)

12. Rony Seikaly - Maro

13. Rony Seikaly - Empty Days

14. John Davis & The Monster Orchestra - Bourgie Bourgie (Catz ‘N Dogz Remix)

RONY SEIKALY LIVE TOUR DATES SCHEDULE

5/22    Cielo - New York City

5/25    Playhouse - Los Angeles, CA

5/26    Wet Republic - Las Vegas, NV

6/3      RX Pool Party/Delano - Miami, FL

7/14    Southpointe - The Hamptons, NY

7/15    Wet Republic - Las Vegas, NV

7/21    Voyeur - San Diego, CA

7/22    XIV - Lon Angeles, CA

Attention filthy rich LA Lakers fans — Lamar Odom does not have a cash-strapped assistant … something director Penny Marshall learned after getting jacked for several thousand bucks.Sources tell TMZ the double-cross started at a Lakers game last month … when a man claiming to be LO’s assistant gave Penny a phone number he said was Lamar’s.

We’re told Penny and the person she thought was Lamar texted back and forth for several days — when finally “Lamar” asked her to loan his assistant a chunk o’ cash. Ever the faithful Lakers fan, Penny forked over more than five grand to the faux “assistant.”

Hook. Line. Sinker.

– Reported by TMZ

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Look who’s unstoppable now.

Forget that incredible San Antonio streak of 20 straight wins. That’s ancient history, and the way the Oklahoma City Thunder have taken complete command of the Western Conference finals, the Spurs might soon be finished themselves.

Kevin Durant scored 27 points and the Thunder are on the brink of the NBA Finals, beating the Spurs 108-103 in Game 5 on Monday night and going from an 0-2 hole to moving within a victory of a series knockout. Their first chance will be Wednesday night at home, where they haven’t lost all season.

”We never thought we’re supposed to wait our turn,” Durant said. ”Coach always emphasizes that with every opportunity that you step on the floor. It’s a great opportunity to get better. To get to our dream.”

Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Thunder took a 3-2 lead in a wildly entertaining Western Conference finals. Looking invincible while carrying a 20-game winning streak a week ago - the fourth-longest in NBA history - the Spurs have lost three straight and are on the verge of a stunning collapse.

Manu Ginobili scored 34 in a smashing return to the starting lineup, and the switch showed just how much Spurs coach Gregg Popovich knew his team might be in trouble. The only way the Spurs would have considered it a success is had they won, and that chance went clanging off the back of the rim with 4.9 seconds left with Ginobili missed an off-balance 3.

Ginobili then walked to the scorer’s table, made a fist and hammered it down.

”It wasn’t a great shot, but it wasn’t a bad one,” Ginobili said. ”It just didn’t go in.”

It was the Spurs first loss at home since April 11.

– Reported by Paul J. Weber of the Associated Press

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In making his first start since March 23, Ginobili poured in 34 points, churning the Spurs — and the whited-out home crowd — into a frenzy of energy.

It was not enough to stagger the young Thunder, growing up before everyone’s eyes. In fact, they barely blinked.

Kevin Durant scored 27 points in leading OKC to the brink of the Finals, but his running mates, first Russell Westbrook (23 points, 12 assists) then James Harden (20), made the two biggest shots down the stretch.

A 13-point OKC lead with 5:17 to play had been whittled to two on a pair of Ginobili foul shots when Westbrook, oft-maligned for his fourth-quarter shot selection, rose and swished a 17-footer.

After a Tim Duncan bucket on the other end, Harden stepped back on Kawhi Leonard and buried a tough 3-pointer to make it 106-101 with 28.8 seconds left.

“We stuck together,” OKC coach Scott Brooks said. “We had a couple bad stretches, but we didn’t break.”

– Reported by Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News

After Westbrook’s jumper, the Thunder got Tony Parker to miss a 16-foot jumper, which Westbrook contested wonderfully without fouling. Westbrook missed a driving layup at the other end, and Duncan made the Thunder pay by banking in a shot on a cross-match that had Harden covering him in the post.

The Thunder led 103-101 with 50.1 seconds left.

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The AT&T Center crowd was on its feet. The noise was darn near deafening.

Harden then sent everyone home hoping this series returns to San Antonio for a Game 7. He hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc over Spurs rookie Kawhi Leonard with just two seconds left on the shot clock.

It gave the Thunder a 106-101 lead with 28.8 seconds remaining.

– Reported by Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman

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