Heat too Hot in Game One
The jump ball was won and Lebron James did not hesitate to let the Boston Celtics know that he was here to win. For the third straight year, Lebron James is facing the Boston Celtics in the postseason. Two years ago he faced them in what ended up being his last ever games with the Cleveland Cavaliers as Boston knocked him out of the playoffs and forever out of a Cavs uniform. Last season, the Miami Heat trampled the Celtics in 5 games in the second round on their way to the Finals. So I guess we can call this series the rubber match of a best-of-three. Although most Celtics players and coaches said they were happy about the short turnaround and little rest, it did not look like Boston was prepared. Early Sunday afternoon the Celtics captain, Paul Pierce, even came out and said that his team is old and too much rest could be detrimental.
Maybe they could have used just one more day of rest, because in the first quarter of last nights 93-79 loss to the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics looked flat and out of it. Lebron James single handily out scored the entire Boston team 13 to 11. The Celtics 11 points matched a 2012 playoffs low for points in the first quarter, the only difference is that the Spurs went on to win their game when they did it. It looked as if Boston was going to execute a miraculous turnaround themselves when they turned a 11 point first quarter deficit into a tie game at the half by scoring 35 second quarter points. The only problem was that Miami was not going to lay down.
“We knew at halftime we hadn’t played our best basketball,” James said. “So we just had to stop making the mental mistakes and start to play the way we’re capable of playing.”
And what the King says goes…at least that’s what I’ve learned from HBO’s Game of Thrones. The truth of the matter is that when Lebron or Wade want to score, they do. Those two freaks of nature can take the ball themselves and just dominate from wherever they want. I honestly don’t even understand why Eric “Waste of Space” Spoelstra even bothers putting the other 3 guys on the floor with them. The one bright spot that Boston had in this game was at the one position that I gave the favorable matchup to the Celtics. Kevin Garnett had no one of significant value playing him on either end of the floor all night and was able to fill up the stat sheet with 23 points, 10 boards, 2 assists and a block and steal. Outside of Garnett, no Celtics player performed to their fullest capabilities. Rondo shot 8-20 and had only 7 assists…which is really low for him. Paul Pierce seemed physically drained from matching up with Lebron and he only put in 12 points on a pathetic 5-18 shooting performance. I feel the most costly under production came from arguably the NBA’s greatest shooter ever, Ray Allen. Allen shot 1 for 7 from the floor and made 3 of 7 from the foul line. That was only the third time in Ray Allen’s career that he missed 4 foul shots in one game.
“We may never see that again,” Rivers said of Allen’s foul shooting. The fact is that they better not because Miami is not the type of team to let small mistakes go unnoticed. I expect Boston to come out with a little more fire power in game 2 on Wednesday, but with how well Miami is playing at home, I find it hard to imagine that Boston will be able to prevail in any games in South Beach.