The Boston Celtics overtime win against the Miami Heat has drawn the highest preliminary television rating for an NBA playoff game on cable since records started being kept in 2003, the game had a 20.7 rating in Boston.
Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night on ESPN produced a 7.9 overnight rating. The game peaked with a 10.7 rating during overtime, tying the series 2-2.
Additionally, the game posted a 19.8 rating in Miami - the third highest rating for an NBA playoff game on ESPN in the market.
The network said Monday that was up 39 percent from Game 4 of the 2011 Western Conference finals on ESPN between the Mavericks and Thunder. Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Overnight ratings measure the country's largest markets.
Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine sit-down with Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas to talk about the high expectations for the season, the addition of Al Horford, and getting married this offseason.
Also, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely talk about Thomas, including his very team friendly deal will ever become an issue.
Look for new podcast versions of our media day interviews in the coming days, plus videos and other content as the Celtics get ready for the season.
It's official: Paul Pierce will play one more season -- but only one more season -- in the NBA.
The former Celtics star announced today in a video post on The Players Tribune site that he will return to the Clippers in 2016-17, then will retire at the end of the year.
"[I’ve] got one more ride left," said Pierce. "One more season. One more opportunity . . . With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. We’re hungry. We want to win a championship."