Archive for June 10th, 2012

Heat-Celtics Game 7 draws huge TV rating

The Miami Heat’s win over the Boston Celtics to reach the NBA finals has drawn the highest preliminary television rating for an NBA playoff game on cable since records started being kept in 2003.

Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night on ESPN produced a 9.1 overnight rating. The network said Sunday that the three highest overnight ratings for NBA games on cable have come during this series.

In Boston, the game had a 21.7 rating, the highest on cable for an NBA playoff game in the market since records started being kept in 2003.

– Reported by the Associated Press

Pierce hopes Garnett stays with Celtics

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Celtics captain Paul Pierce is hoping the team’s championship runs are not over, making an appeal for Kevin Garnett to extend his Celtic career after a 101-88 loss to the Heat Saturday night in Game 7.

“He’s done everything for my career, just his locker room presence, his desire, his determination,’’ Pierce said of Garnett. “Just his leadership. I said before, when Kevin first got here he really changed the culture of everything we did around here, you know, practice habits to the discipline. He made everybody accountable, from the ball boys to the chefs to the guy who flew the plane, everybody was accountable.

“It’s been tremendous to have him around, just the culture he brought, you know? It’d be great to end my career with Kevin. I have a couple years left and, who knows what his future’s going to bring - management can do something to bring him back and get us the pieces we need to get over the top. If not, it’s been a tremendous run.’’

Pierce scored 19 points but was scoreless over the final 9:52.

– Reported by Frank Dell’Apa of the Boston Globe

Ecstatic Miami Heat fans dressed in “white hot” gear spilled out into the streets after Saturday night’s victory to win the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.

Throughout the night, a steady stream of cars honked as they passed outside the AmericanAirlines Arena in downtown Miami.

On Sunday, the celebrating continued. Fans came back to the arena to purchase Miami Heat winning gear. The Miami Hoops Gear store attracted both locals and tourists hoping to grab a souvenir.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and at Dolphin Mall from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

– Reported by Daniela Guzman of the Miami Herald

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