Rivers on last shot: 'Red wasn't going to let that go in'


Rivers on last shot: 'Red wasn't going to let that go in'

BOSTON Celtics head coach Doc Rivers could not have been any more happier to be wrong when the shot that he thought was going to go in - Miami's Dwayne Wade's 3-point attempt at the end of overtime - did a quick spin around the rim before deciding to not go down.

It would indeed be the difference in Boston's 93-91 overtime victory that now has their best-of-seven series tied at 2-2 with Game 5 in Miami and Game 6 back in Boston on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

While Rivers was pleased with the defense that Marquis Daniels was playing on Wade's potential game-winner, Rivers thought there was an even greater force at work.

"Red (Auerbach) wasn't going to let that go in," Rivers said. "You know that. Not in the Boston Garden."

Said Wade on the shot: "It was on line. It was all you could ask for. I got my legs on the middle and shot it, and it was on line; it just decided it didn't want to go in."

Adding a slight degree of difficultly to the shot was the fact that it came about with LeBron James on the bench after he picked up his sixth personal foul with 1:51 to play in overtime. Official Joey Crawford made the call as James tried to back down Boston's Mickael Pietrus into the paint.

"With LeBron out, obviously they put more focus on me," Wade said. "And we had some good shots, got my teammates some good looks. They (Boston) gave us an opportunity to win the game. There was a lot of pick-and-rolls, and we were trying to be aggressive."

Keyon Dooling was among the Celtics players to spend time defending Wade on Sunday.

"He's a phenomenal talent, and you're not going to stop him by yourself," Dooling said. "But you can make it difficult and uncomfortable for him which is we would ideally want.

In addition to his defense, Dooling also had 10 points which included nailing 3-of-4 3s.

As important as Dooling's contributions were to the Celtics, this game will be remembered more for what the Heat failed to do, then the C's ability to make plays down the stretch.

James had the ball in the closing seconds of regulation.

Not only did the Heat not score, but James passed off to Udonis Haslem who took a contested shot that had no chance of going in.

And then you had Wade's potential game winner that was off the mark at the end of overtime.

"We had our opportunities," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.

And in Boston, Miami failed to capitalize on them while the C's more often than not, made the most of their chances with the end result - two wins - validating that.

But the challenge isn't over; not even close.

"All we did was give ourselves a chance to stay toe-to-toe in this series," Dooling said. "That's all we did. We feel good about what we've done so far, but we know we have a lot more to do to reach our goal, the prize we've been pursuing throughout this season."

Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games by NBA for drug policy violation

Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games by NBA for drug policy violation

NEW YORK - Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

The NBA announced the suspension Saturday, saying Noah tested positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 – something that can be found in over-the-counter supplements.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first reported the suspension.

Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and was likely to miss the Knicks’ final 10 games this season because of a knee injury. The NBA said Noah’s suspension will begin with the ”first NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play.”

Noah is in the first year of a four-year, $72 million contract. He and the Knicks (27-45) have been a disappointment this season. He averaged 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season, and has been limited to 75 games over the past two seasons.

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights from the TD Garden as Devin Booker had a historic performance where he scored 70 points, but it wasn't enough to get the win over the Celtics.