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The Boston Celtics took a major advantage against the Miami Heat as they won in Miami and can now go home to close out the series. The Celtics have gone from the “old” Celtics to a winning team. TD Garden will surely be roaring when the C’s return home for Game 6 and KG will be doing the same. The men in green have all the momentum heading home.
“They jumped on us at the beginning of the game and we just told our guys to just hang in there. Just hang in there. Don’t overreact. Hang in there. The longer we’re in the game, the better we’ll play.”
— Celtics coach Doc Rivers
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 57 points but not a single other player registered in double figures for the Heat. For the Celtics, Garnett had 26 points and 11 rebounds while Paul Pierce scored 19 points.
Marquis Daniels was certainly prepared to play as he provided the spark to help the Celtics win their first game at home. The Celtics got 20+ points from three of their big four as Garnett, Pierce and Rondo all poured in the points.
LeBron James was unstoppable as he had 34 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists but did not receive a great deal of help from his partner in crime as Wade only added 18 points.
The Miami Heat overcame a large deficit and a monster game from Rajon Rondo to steal game two of the NBA Eastern Coference finals from the Boston Celtics.
The Boston Celtics got close but were unable to steal home court advantage as they lost game one in Miami. An offensively anaemic night for the Celtics, they were right in the game until the third quarter. But after that the Heat exploded in the fourth with LeBron James taking the game by storm.
LeBron finished with 32 points and 13 rebounds while completely blanketing Paul Pierce. Kevin Garnett appeared to be the only offensive option for the Celtics at times an ended up with 23 points. However the Celtics for need him to be more aggressive as the Big Ticket gave up the ball in one on one situations at times. They have to be his every time the Heat leave him with single coverage.
The 76ers got a stirring victory over the Celtics as they stunned the men in green with an 18 point comeback.
Down big and on the verge of having to go into Boston to fight for their playoff lives, Andre Iguoldala came up big, knocking down key shots including a shot clock beating triple.
Iguodala high scored for the Sixers with 16 points while Evan Turner also had 16 but shot at just 5-22 (22%) from the field.
“I thought, for the most part, we played decent defense. We just didn’t do it well enough in the last four or five minutes.”
— Boston forward Garnett.
Rajon Rondo was the Cs best, or at least close to it, with 15 points and 15 assists while Paul Pierce had 24 points on one knee.
Yet it seemed that the offence did not go through Garnett enough, as he had only 9 points. When he has a big night and gets lots of touches, the Celtics seem to win. When he does not, they appear to struggle. An interesting thought to carry into Game 5 in Boston.
The Celtics responded in the best way possible with a demolition of the Sixers to reclaim home court advantage over the Sixers. The Celtics were led by a big 27 point game from veteran forward Kevin Garnett who had a monster game, adding 13 rebounds and 4 assists to his points tally. Rajon Rondo continued to dominate with 23 points and 14 assists while Paul Pierce added 14 on a bung knee.
“He just knows how to play basketball. He’s a throwback guy.”
— Celtics coach Doc Rivers on Pierce’s performance despite nursing a sprained MCL in his left knee.
Thaddeus Young had 22 off the bench to lead the Sixers off the bench, also playing with a injured knee. Other than him, there was not many positives for the Sixers crowd to cheer about as they were dominated at home. Veteran game from the C’s as they bounced back with ease after a dissapointing home loss
A thunderous opening statement from OKC quickly opened up the option of a blood bath in this series as the Thunder destroyed the Lakers by a ridiculous 29 points. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had 25 and 27 points respectively to lead the Thunder while newly crowned 6th man of the year James Harden contributed 17 points. Kobe and Bynum each had 20 apiece.
The 76ers got the win they need on the Celtics court as they won a close game by a single point. They managed the impossible as they became the first team since the San Antonio Spurs during the regular season to defeat the Celtics on their floor. Look out for a big response in Philly!
A vintage performance from Kevin Garnett and yet another triple double from the seemingly unstoppable Rajon Rondo just allowed the Celtics to clear the Sixers at home; 92-91. Few players seem to have the ability to control the flow of a game like Rondo can, who almost always knows when the right time to pass and when to score. Rondo finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 17 assists in a dominant performance. Rondo continues to show that he is the most important Celtic, helping them win even with Pierce having a minimal impact.
“I feel we have better basketball in us. I’m sure as the series goes on we will have no other choice but to get better. Whatever is asked of me is what I am going to do.”
The Sixers did leap out to a big first half lead, led by Iguodala who finished with 19 points on the night, but the Celtics continued to grind all night as they whittled down the sizeable lead. Powered by the crowd, the Celtics kept up their seemingly unstopable form at home and took an important 1-0 lead.
“I didn’t think I would play the way I played tonight. I didn’t get a nap today so I didn’t know what to expect. I came up with some rebounds, I came up with some assists and it just happened to be a triple-double tonight.”
— Rondo on whether he expected to get a triple-double in Game 1
The Atlanta Hawks barely escaped elimination with a one point victory over the Boston Celtics. Al Horford came up huge for the Hawks with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead his team in a game he was not even supposed to be playing in. All starters scored in double digits for the Hawks.
A Rajon Rondo burst at the end of the third bought the Celtics back into striking distance, but with Paul Pierce lagging with a knee injury, the Cs were always going to be pressed for offensive punch. Garnett added 16 and Ray Allen had 15 off the bench in the losing effort. Rondo gave the Celtics a chance to win it, stealing Josh Smith’s inbound pass, but great defence from Al Horford meant that he was not able to get the shot up
“I tried to make a play, but got caught on the [sideline]. Give Al credit . . . Al makes a big difference. He can guard anybody on the court.”
The Hawks may of gotten back Josh Smith and Al Horford back into the lineup but it made little difference as the Celtics cruised to a dominant 22 points win in the last game before Atlanta. With the win, the Celtics take a 3-1 series lead into Atlanta next game. Paul Pierce led all scorers with 24 points in only 16 minutes of play. Rajon Rondo set the pace early with 10 assists in the first half and finished with 20 points and 16 assists in another clinical display.
The Hawks struggled all night and the individual scores reflect this. Usual high scorer Joe Johnson only had 9 points while Josh Smith led all scorers for the Hawks with 15 points on his return from injury but struggled with touch, shooting just 5-13 from the field. The Hawks as a team shot quite well, hitting 40 percent of their shots, but they were simply overwhelmed by an always loud TD Garden crowd and the Celtics 50 percent shooting display. Simply a great win for the Cs to take onto the road.