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Playoff Fix: Will the legend of Rondo grow?

Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:25 am
 
Posted by Royce Young



One Big Thing: Amazing how a series can turn a bit just on one win. The Heat still have commanding control, but things feel like they're turning a little bit for the Celtics. Rajon Rondo played terminator, coming back from an ugly elbow injury to spark Boston to a big finish. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett played big time games. And the Heat's big guns weren't so big. Chris Bosh even admitted he felt nervous and rattled early on in the game. (Good idea letting that out, Chris.)

A lot of people were prepared to pile on and declare the Celtics sunk after starting out 0-2. But all it takes is another win tonight and things are even all over again.

The X-Factor: Rondo's left elbow, duh. Well not really, but Rondo's health is the question. He's almost definitely playing and while he finished with a flurry in Game 3, it'll be interesting to see if he can gut it out again after DISLOCATING HIS ELBOW just two days ago. Without Rondo, the Celtics are absolutely not the Celtics. Having him on the floor is an emotional kick and even one-armed, makes the Celtics much, much more dangerous.

The Adjustment: The Heat simply have to play better. That's not a big, smart adjustment, but they didn't execute, didn't take good shots, didn't move the ball and just played really uncomposed basketball. Fifteen turnovers, 23 3-point attempts and only 19 free throw attempts say a lot. Now most would say you're not going to get calls in Boston, but you still have to attack towards the rim. Settling for outside jumpers isn't a winning strategy for the Heat, especially against the Celtics.

The Sticking Point: I'm not sure Boston can really count on 55 combined points from Garnett and Pierce again tonight. LeBron and Wade combined for just 38. That doesn't seem likely to happen again either.

So this game really comes down to Rondo's health and the role players. Bosh was awful in Game 3 (1-6, six points) but the Heat stayed somewhat in the game because Miami's bench -- specifically Mario Chalmers -- hit some shots. Don't think they can bank on that either. Boston beats the Heat when Miami can't score. Once the Miami offense is frustrated, its defense opens up. The Celtics are very good at home and that arena is still cooking after what happened with Rondo's comeback in Game 3. Emotion sometimes is the greatest trump card and that's in the Celtics corner right now.
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WrinklyDinosaur
Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 9:32 pm
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Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Will the legend of Rondo grow?

Kobe also made the first team, which many wonder why given that he didn't put up anywhere near the other first teamers.  Wade is also one of the best defenders in the NBA and he got shunned this year.

http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/

entry/22748484/29175799#comments

Now two things right off the bat: Kobe is on the first team? Just another example of the odd affinity some media voters have for No. 24. He picked up an odd number of MVP votes (included a first-place vote) and was voted to the NBA's All-Defense first team. Kobe is a good defender, but this isn't 2006. He isn't near the stopper he once was.

The second is that wasn't even on the second team. Wade is known as maybe the best on-ball defender in the entire league and not only did Kobe get his first team spot, but Wade was relegated to honorable mention. That's just... messed up.

 




Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 5:32 pm
 

DWAYNE WADE IS A PIECE OF CRAP!

I JUST FINISHED READING BOTH ARTICLES REGARDING THE HEAT-CELTICS SERIES.  WADE IS A SAD INDIVIDUAL- A POOR LOSER.  WHEN THE HEAT WIN- EVERYTHING IS COOL BUT WHEN THEY LOSE.....  HE CHOOSES TO BE A PRICK.  CHARACTER IS BUILT WHILE LOSING AND NOT WINNING BUT WADE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT CHARACTER.  JAMES DOESN'T GIVE CREDIT TO THE CELTICS.  HE STATES THAT THE HEAT PLAYED POORLY BUT DOESN'T ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE BOSTON CELTICS ARE THE MAIN REASON THE HEAT PLAYED POORLY.  IT IS NOT A COINCIDENCE THAT THE CELTICS WERE THE ONLY TEAM IN THE N.B.A. WHO HAD 2 FIRST-TEAMERS ON DEFENSE.  JAMES SHOULD'VE GIVEN CREDIT TO BOSTON FOR FORCING THE HEAT INTO  THE BAD OFFENSE THEY DISPLAYED.  HOWEVER, JAMES CHOSE TO LET HIS PRIDE GET IN THE WAY AND, LIKE MOST PRO ATHLETES TODAY, DIDN'T GIVE CREDIT TO THE OTHER TEAM.  IT IS VERY SIMPLE....WHEN YOU WIN BE HUMBLE ABOUT IT.  WHEN YOU LOSE GIVE CREDIT TO THE OTHER TEAM!



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Will the legend of Rondo grow?

Celtic fans are going to be able to look back and point to Rondo returning as the catalyat if they win this series.  Yeah they were beating the Heat before Rondo came back but I got the sense that Miami was going to turn the tables any moment.  His return galvanized Boston and lifted them.  If anything I dont know if thats what will be missing the next time they play.



Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Will the legend of Rondo grow?

commanding control? The heat are up 2-1 with game 3 on the road. they will only have commanding control should they win tonight and have a chance to win the clinching game at home. Unlike the team out west, the celtics have heart and pride. they will give every bit of effort as they have in every series since winning their title, often facing injury. peopel forget that without garnett they were free throws away from going back to the eastern conference finals in 2009 and lost by 4 on the road without their starting center in a game 7 despite a ridiculous free throw disparity. They will not go quietly and tonight will be no exception regardless of injury.



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Will the legend of Rondo grow?

To me the Celtics performance didn't have much to do with Rondo coming back from the injury, the Celts had pretty much taken control of the game at that point. The biggest factor was KG playing out of his mind and Bosh and Lebron had two of the worst performances of their playoff careers. I don't see either of those two things happening again in this series. Miami will come out and match Bostons intensity, and if that happens Boston just doesn't have the horses to stay with Miami. The Heat win game 4 with a great performance from Lebron and a solid effort from Bosh, Kevin Garnett comes back down to earth, as well. 


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