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Celtics Regrouping for Finals Rematch

When this NBA season started, everyone was excited for a possible finals rematch between Lakers and Celtics. However, after their last few games, this possibility is already in jeopardy. Los Angeles Lakers were beaten on many of their games; and Boston Celtics did really badly.

Sure, this has already happened before so many times. Both teams do not perform well during the season, but they still end up neck-to-neck with each other during finals. Game analysts feel that they won’t be able to work their magic this time. The Lakers may do something about it but the Celtics seems to be stuck.

Charles Barkley, TNT analyst, said that Celtics have lost a couple of bad games and they have not recovered since they traded off Kendrick Perkins. On Sunday, Boston landed on the third place when Miami beat them 100 to 77.

Barkley believes that the Celtics is wounded by the Perkins trade. He seemed to be the “identity” of the team, and with him gone, they are lost. Yes, Celtics played fairly well during the beginning of the season even when Perkins had to rest due to an injury but they were consoled by the fact that he could be back.

Regular season ends today and the team has three full days to regroup for the playoffs. Lakers may also be in trouble after losing all of their five last games but nobody’s worried about them. Lakers have champs and they have veteran experience so they should be good.

No Eastern team can baffle Celtics but unless they pull themselves together and get their old spirits back, there will be no rematch after the playoffs.

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Chris Bosh Joins Wade and James on the All-Star Team

Bosh is back to the All-Star game as an Eastern Conference reserve along with Dwayne Wade and Lebron James. The announcement made on Thursday gave Miami Heat three players in the league’s midseason showcase for the first time.

Some speculations were made about whether Bosh would get the vote for the All-Star team, but the Heat power forward never worried.

Bosh averaged 18.4 points and 8.1 rebounds before their Friday game in Charlotte. The figures were simply worth an All-Star consideration. However, his value to the team goes far deeper than what it appears on the stat sheets.

Coach Erik Spoelstra said James might be the reigning MVP in the league. But, Bosh is more significant to Miami. He called Bosh as their most important player. He secures defense and facilitates offense in the team.

This is Bosh’s sixth All-Star trip in eight seasons- his fourth as a reserve. However, this vote came without any display of past appearances. Before the 2008 game, he filmed some videos that were posted in YouTube in an effort to attract fans to vote for him as a starter. This time, he simply sat back and waited for the official announcement.

The reserves were chosen by the head coaches in each conference. The head coaches had to vote for two guards, two forwards, a center and two players regardless of position.

The other East reserves that will accompany Bosh are Atlanta’s Joe Johnson and Al Horford. Kevin Garnett, Karl Malone, Jeremy West and Shaquille O’Neal were selected for the 14th straight year. Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo will also accompany their Boston Celtics teammate.

For the West, the reserves are San Antionio Spurs’ Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. Forwards Pau Gasol of Los Angeles Lakers and Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas, and guards Rusell Westbrook of Oklahoma City and Deron Williams of Utah. Westbrook joins Blake Griifin of Los Angeles Clippers as the lone fist-time selections.

The game will be held on Feb. 20 at Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Lakers Play without Andrew Bynum for the First Month of the Season

Los Angeles Lakers center, Andrew Bynum informed the public through LakersTV that he might be missing NBA’s first month of the season due to his undergoing rehabilitation for his right arthroscopic surgery.

Bynum had primarily hoped for his full recovery by the commencement of the NBA 2010-2011 season on October 26, 2010. However, his doctors advised him to give more time for his knee’s rehabilitation.

In the middle of the 2007-2008 season, this seven-foot center had suffered from a left kneecap injury where he then missed the rest of the NBA season and playoffs. He was able to come back at the start of 2008-2009 season, but on January 2009 he had incurred another injury on his right knee.

Andrew Bynum had his surgery last July 28th to repair the injury on his right knee. He had a tear on his right lateral meniscus, a band of fibrous cartilage that is connected to the bone. His doctors say that he will need another four weeks for complete recovery and he will be back to train again.

The Los Angeles Lakers had won the NBA championship last season against the Boston Celtics, and this was Bynum’s second championship as part of the team.

Bynum hopes that he will be back on the court by the end of November. That will give him two months for rehabilitation, which is just enough according to the player.

Several fans are looking forward to Bynum’s comeback at NBA together with his team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

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