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Boston Celtics beat Miami Heat ... again

Posted on: February 13, 2011 4:16 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2011 4:39 pm
 
The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat, 85-82, in Boston, improving to 3-0 in the head-to-head match-up this season. Posted by Ben Golliver.lebron-james-fail

Just when the Miami Heat thought they were on to something, on an eight-game winning streak and poised to take over control of the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics emerged again on Sunday to remind them of their place in the pecking order.

Sunday's 85-82 Celtics victory wasn't an aesthetically pleasing win, but the Celtics have never cared about style points. Even with forward Paul Pierce having his worst game of the year -- shooting 0 for 10 from the field and scoring one point -- Boston rolled thanks to its depth, defensive prowess, and a third quarter surge that provided just enough offense to hold on down the stretch.

Trailing 43-39 at halftime, the Celtics went on a 20-3 over the first 5:15 of the third quarter. Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo scored seven points in the stretch and set up center Kendrick Perkins on a basket as well. As Boston extended its lead to double-digits, a grinding game turned chippy when Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas leveled Rondo with a pick as he was harrassing Heat forward LeBron James in the open court.

That play was followed in short order by Celtics forward Kevin Garnett returning the favor, dropping Heat forward Mike Miller with a hard pick on the next possession. Within seconds, Heat guard Dwyane Wade body-checked Garnett in retaliation, drawing a flagrant foul in the process.

Here's a look at the exchange.



The Heat didn't allow that tiff to overwhelm them mentally, though. They battled back in the fourth quarter to cut Boston's lead to single digits and, then, to within one point, 83-82, with 12 seconds left. Miami had the chance to tie the game, but LeBron James missed the front end of a pair of free throws after drawing a late-game foul on Pierce.

Despite that miss, Miami was in position to send the game into overtime, down three with the ball and seconds to play.

Miami drew up an inbounds play which found James receive the entry pass, pass up the opportunity to shoot a contested three-pointer over Pierce, and then return the ball to the inbounder, Miller, who missed a clean look at a potentially game-tying three-pointer. The miss meant that Miller finished 1-5 on the day from behind the three-point line.

Here's a look at the final play.



Miami's Big 3 of James, Wade and Chris Bosh accounted for 62 of the Heat's 82 points, with no other Heat player managing double figures. The Heat were led by 24 points from Bosh and 22 from James.

Boston, meanwhile, had six players in double figures -- even with the no-show from Pierce -- and the Celtics bench out-scored the Heat's 26-8. The Celtics were led by 19 points from Kevin Garnett and 16 points from Glen Davis.

The scoring balance and bench scoring numbers only reinforce the sentiment that Boston is an impossible obstacle for Miami, as currently constructed, to overcome. Boston has now beaten Miami both in shoot-outs and in a grinder, able to ratchet up the defensive intensity to put things away seemingly at will. Miami's fourth-quarter resolve made it clear that they aren't intimidated by Boston and are likely capable of taking a game or two in a playoff series, but the Celtics' intensity and cohesion, led by the orchestration of Rondo, who finished with a triple-double (11 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists), make it very difficult to envision Miami giving Boston a true test come playoff time.

When these teams met back in October, it was clear that Boston was a notch better than the upstarts. Now it's February, and it doesn't appear that much has changed.
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Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2011 1:08 am
 

Boston Celtics beat Miami Heat ... again

Not much justification to say that a lot has changed...Celts only played 7 guys, and Pierce was playing with a bad wrist and went 0-10. Thje other six scored in double digits, and the entire contribution of the Miami bench AND the other 2 starters was only 20 pts. Even then the Heat just barely made this a close one...I don't think the Celts think much of the Heat yet, they haven't shown them anything to make them worry. Has the gap narrowed if the Celts go into the playoffs dressing 9 guys? Probably, but hard to see how the Heat stand a chance if the C's even get back half of the IR gang...



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Boston Celtics beat Miami Heat ... again

Miami's Big 3 of James, Wade and accounted for 62 of the Heat's 82 points, with no other Heat player managing double figures. The Heat were led by 24 points from Bosh and 22 from James.
Ha ha ha...that's how you win championships...by spreading the ball around.  Wait.  What?  The WHOLE REST OF THE TEAM ONLY SCORED 20 POINTS??!!  Ha ha ha!!

The scoring balance and bench scoring numbers only reinforce the sentiment that Boston is an impossible obstacle for Miami, as currently constructed, to overcome. Boston has now beaten Miami both in shoot-outs and in a grinder, able to ratchet up the defensive intensity to put things away seemingly at will. Miami's fourth-quarter resolve made it clear that they aren't intimidated by Boston and are likely capable of taking a game or two in a playoff series, but the Celtics' intensity and cohesion, led by the orchestration of Rondo, who finished with a triple-double (11 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists), make it very difficult to envision Miami giving Boston a true test come playoff time.

Ahh, there you go; Scoring balance and bench scoring numbers.  LeShame, re-read that sentence carefully.  Balance and Bench .

Balance and bench is what the C's carefuilly built and Miami could take a lesson from them.


...and if it wasn't for Miami bandwagoneers, may have given Wade a run for his monay at the starting All-Star Guard position.





Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2011 9:50 pm
 

Boston Celtics beat Miami Heat ... again

This article is absurd.  I'm not even a Heat fan and I can see that a LOT has changed since October.  -  Back then, the Celtics were WAY ahead of Miami.  This was an entirely different situation this time around.  For starters, the Heat only lost by 3 and the game was played IN BOSTON  (one of the toughest home courts in the NBA).  Secondly, you can see an obvious evolution in the Heats rythem and overall game plan.  -  Are the Celtics still a notch better?  Perhaps.  But after watching the game today you can see that the gap has narrowed A LOT.  - I would not be at all surprised if the Heat win the playoff series.  -  If you asked the Boston players what they think, I'm guessing they noticed a big improvement in their opponent this time around.  (Its so funny how all the Lebron Hate has turned some writers into jaded morons).



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Boston Celtics beat Miami Heat ... again

Not much has changed since the playoffs last season either. The Celtics beat the Heat with 8 players, no doubt they'll have to be healthier in the playoffs. The Heat have to hope someone else matches up better than they do and upset the Celtics. That's the thing about the playoffs, these two, should they advance and in all likelihood should, won't play one another until the Eastern Conference championship. But who knows, along the way, the Bulls or any of the others can pull off an upset, or perhaps wear the Celtics down enough that someone, whether it's the Heat, Bulls or Magic as favorites, represent the East ?

I'm thinking as confident as the Celtics have played the Heat, they have to feel they will pull away after playing close in the first half ? Today's game was very much like the 4 losses the Heat endured in losing the series last May/June 2010 ? The Heat basically have to shoot 50+ % like they did in the first half, eliminate turnovers, to take a lead into the 3rd and get shutdown and outscored. They held the Celtics to only 11 points in the 4th, down by 13 and they couldn't muster 24 to even send this one to OT. This was the closest the Heat have played the Celtics and it's obvious they are not big enough inside to play with them. The Sixers have matched up better than the Heat have. So what am I saying ? What I've said all season long, Ilgauskas is going to have to start playing like a relevant 7+ footer inside, he's outnumbered though, but still, he has to get to double figures, even get a double double, even if it's a weak double double. His stats today, 9 points and 1 rebound with 1 assist. Bosh got the 10 rebounds he should've gotten. The difference today, really was Von Wafer getting 10 points 4-5 shooting, limit him to his average and the Heat pull it out. Both teams have a lot of players that DNP'ed today. But with the Heat and their trio, how much time or touches do those guys get anyway. Pierce was 0-10 with a FT in 40 minutes, 1 point on an off day and the Heat are going to have to take advantage of those games.



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Boston Celtics beat Miami Heat ... again

Wade has that look because he's lost to the Celtics' something like 14 out of the last 16 times he's played them. The Celtics' own Wade. They've got him in their back pocket.



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2011 5:17 pm
 

Boston Celtics beat Miami Heat ... again

Heat have a BIG PROBLEM if they can't beat a depleted Celtics team, and on a night when one of their star players puts up 1 point. And why does Wade always have that defeated look everytime he plays the Celtics?


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