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Celtics looking to rebound (literally) in Game 2

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Celtics looking to rebound (literally) in Game 2

BOSTON The Philadelphia 76ers come into tonight's game against the Boston Celtics looking to rebound -- literally -- from their 92-91 Game 1 loss.

Aside from the scoreboard, there were very few areas in which the C's were the superior team. However, rebounding was one of them.

Boston, the second-to-last worst rebounding team in the NBA during the regular season, finished Game 1 with a 45-41 advantage on the boards.

For all that the Celtics did right in taking their 1-0 series lead, their ability to not just hold their own, but actually win the rebounding battle, was huge.

And it'll be worth keeping an eye on heading into tonight's Game 2 battle.

Disappointment was certainly the mood of choice for Philadelphia following the loss. But this group is far from dejected.

"Our guys feel very confident that if we can play well, we can win," said Sixers coach Doug Collins.

And part of that improvement they are seeking involves doing a better job on the boards.

"This is a Boston team that, we can't let them beat us on the boards. We can't give them the second opportunities, because that's where they get their 3s," Collins added. "I pointed to four or five segments (in Game 1) where they came up with loose balls that they came up with, and missed the 3. Either Ray Allen or Paul Pierce. I said, 'Guys, they're going to make those kind of threes. You gotta come up with those balls."

Meanwhile, the Celtics see plenty of areas in need of improvement in spite of their Game 1 victory.

Boston would love to get off to a better start shooting the ball.

"We came with the right intent and I really thought, and we've done it before, we miss seven-to-eight, point-blank, wide-open shots to start the game, and I thought we started thinking about our offense, you know?" said C's coach Doc Rivers. "I thought that allowed them to up their energy and get into us."

Report: Dwyane Wade close to reuniting with LeBron James in Cleveland

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Report: Dwyane Wade close to reuniting with LeBron James in Cleveland

The LeBron James-Dwyane Wade reunion is happening in Cleveland.

Wade, 35, who won two championships with James with the Miami Heat, is "nearing a commitment" to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported. 

Wade, bought out by the Chicago Bulls after one underwhelming season in a return to his hometown, will clear waivers Wednesday, become an unrestricted free agent and can sign for the $2.3 million veterans minimum with the Cavs. 

Wojnarowski reported that Wade considered offers from the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and a return to Miami, where he won two titles with James in 2012 and '13 and one with Shaquille O'Neal in 2006. 

The Cavs, of course, have remade James' supporting cast significantly since reaching the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season in June. 

Kyrie Irving was traded to the Celtics in a deal that sent Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder to Cleveland. Thomas' injured hip is expected to keep him from playing until January, giving Wade, who averaged 18 points for the Bulls last season and 23.3 points, 5.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds in his career, an opportunity for more minutes.


 

Bill Russell takes knee wearing Presidential Medal of Freedom

Bill Russell takes knee wearing Presidential Medal of Freedom

Bill Russell has made it clear where he stands on the topic of recent protests against social inequality. 

The Celtics great posted a photo himself taking a knee, as players did throughout the NFL in response to Donald Trump calling protesting players "sons of bitches." Russell was wearing the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he received from Barack Obama in 2011, in the photo.

Trump said in a speech in Alabama Friday that he would like to see players who kneel during the National Anthem be fired. That led to a major uptick in players kneeling or standing with arms linked prior to games. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also took a knee prior to Monday night's game.