Can Celtics Score Enough to Beat HEAT?
Give the Heat credit for what they did, but once again the Celtics’ shortcomings were hauntingly familiar. What Boston hasn’t been able to do for much of the postseason with any consistency is score.
You will rarely win any playoff games shooting 39 percent from the floor, as the men in green did Monday night. You won’t win too many shooting 52 percent from the line, either. (Yep, they did that too.)
Part of it was the cat-quick defense of the Heat. They trapped, jumped passing lanes, blocked shots, remained the aggressor.
Perhaps the Celtics were fatigued. They played Game 7 at home against the Sixers on Saturday, then left for Miami the next morning. The Heat, meanwhile, had been idle since Thursday. Then again, whose fault is that? Boston had a plethora of opportunities to eliminate Philadelphia sooner.