2011 NBA Finals features a complete turnover


2011 NBA Finals features a complete turnover

By JessicaCamerato

When the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers walked off the court following Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, it was not unreasonable to expect one -- or both -- would be back in the championship round this season. With players like Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Pau Gasol on either side, each squad boasted enough talent to make another title run.

This season, though, both the Celtics and Lakers were eliminated in the second rounds, making way for two different teams to fight for the trophy.

The Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat are so different from the 2010 Celtics and Lakers, in fact, that none of the players from the 2010 NBA Finals advanced to the 2011 Finals. So what happened those players and their title hopes this season?

Atlanta Hawks: Eliminated in Eastern Conference Semifinals by Chicago Bulls (4-2)
Josh Powell

Boston Celtics: Eliminated in Eastern Conference Semifinals by Miami Heat (4-1)
Ray Allen
Glen Davis
Kevin Garnett
Paul Pierce
Rajon Rondo

Chicago Bulls: Eliminated in Eastern Conference Finals by Miami Heat (4-1)
Brian Scalabrine

Los Angeles Lakers: Eliminated in Western Conference Semifinals by Dallas Mavericks (4-0)
Ron Artest
Shannon Brown
Kobe Bryant
Andrew Bynum
Derek Fisher
Pau Gasol
Lamar Odom
Luke Walton

Memphis Grizzlies: Eliminated in Western Conference Semifinals by Oklahoma City Thunder (4-3)
Tony Allen
New Orleans Hornets: Eliminated in Western Conference First Round by Los Angeles Lakers (4-2)
DJ Mbenga

New York Knicks: Eliminated in Eastern Conference First Round by Boston Celtics (4-0)
Shelden Williams

Oklahoma City Thunder: Eliminated in Western Conference Finals by Dallas Mavericks (4-1)
Kendrick Perkins
Nate Robinson

Did Not Play in the 2010-11 Playoffs:
Marquis Daniels (Sacramento Kings)
Jordan Farmar (New Jersey Nets)
Sasha Vujacic (New Jersey Nets)

Did Not Play in the NBA This Season:
Michael Finley
Tony Gaffney
Oliver Lafayette
Adam Morrison
Rasheed Wallace

Former Celticcurrent Heat guard Eddie House is the only member of the 2009-10 team to advance to the Finals this season. He was traded by the Celtics to the Knicks in February of 2010 and did not appear in the playoffs last year.

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Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. 
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season. 
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday. 
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious. 
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. 
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart. 
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.