Celtics to Get Physical with HEAT?
Too comfortable is code for: No one laid a body on (LeBron) James and (Dwyane) Wade, no one made them think twice about driving the ball right through our manhood. Miami was relentless chasing down every loose ball, destroying Boston on the boards, and treating Celtics drives to the rim with downright disdain: Blocking them into the next yard, or slapping shots backward to start a fast break, and an inevitable Heat chin-up on the rim.
Rajon Rondo seethed, and said simply: “Nothing dirty, but they have to hit the deck too.”
The Celtics are desperately searching for solutions, and this series will be over fast unless they find them. For Boston, the issues are easy to identify, but far more troublesome to solve. Everywhere James and Wade wanted to go, they dribbled, passed or posted there. They drove the ball into the heart of Boston’s defense, and found it beyond bendable – even benevolent.
Boston hung around for a half, controlling the tempo, living on (Kevin) Garnett and borrowed time. Eventually, this would be one of those playoffs nights when the Celtics were unable to take away anything, unable to impose any semblance of will upon Miami.