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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 8:56 pm
The Celts waste perhaps the best game of Rajon Rondo's career and lose to the Heat in Game 2 in Miami. Golden opportunity to take one in Miami and get homecourt advantage and the Celts fall on their faces. They had it with a couple of minutes to go in the 4th quarter, but let Lebron bring the Heat back. KG played a bad game, not stepping up with Bosh still out and not playing like a superstar that he should still be. Pierce and RAllen not doing enough themselves either. Wade had a subpar game by his standards, Chalmers playing great and really being the difference. Lebron again playing great, but truth is the guy is favoured, as are the Heat. Again the Celts get called for alot more fouls than the Heat, almost double in fact.

Rondo had an amazing game, hitting his FTs and two threes, scoring 44 and almost having another triple double. One of the trully great PGs, if not the best right now, there is in the nba. I wanted him so much and if it is true that the Warriors FO had a chance to trade Curry for him, then yet another stuff up by this franchise.
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 9:03 pm
Officials were as bluntly obvious with their terrible officiating, but they were still pretty awful. Rondo getting hit in the face with the game tied in overtime at 105 was huge. That's a 4 point swing (which ended up being the difference of the score). Almost 20 more free throws for Heat, even though I felt both teams were equally aggressive.

Boston should have rebounded better in key situations. LeBron missing a key layup and a buzzer beater (which he should of drive in). Wade and LeBron missed way too many free throws in key situations ("ball don't lie").

I think it is going to be tough for boston to win the way this is going. I say the lose this series in 5.
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 9:18 pm
I agree, Boston will not win this series with how things have gone so far. I'll go as far as to say Miami will win in four games.
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 3:36 am
Nah, it is tough on Boston, but they'll win at least one game, and I'm leaning more towards two, cause it's more money for the NBA, if nothing else. They'll have more equal officiating in Boston, and they can win one or two, and then they'll be done in Miami.
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 8:26 pm
Thunder strike back with a twenty point grubbing. Spurs were awful and hopefully that will be the end of that. Also, twenty game winning streak of the Spurs over.
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 9:47 pm
Guybrush wrote:Nah, it is tough on Boston, but they'll win at least one game, and I'm leaning more towards two, cause it's more money for the NBA, if nothing else. They'll have more equal officiating in Boston, and they can win one or two, and then they'll be done in Miami.


It's sad how we have to think about why the series will go to six games... for the money. My theory is, this series will go in 5 games, and the Spurs-Thunder series goes to seven. More advertising to see who will play the heat in the NBA finals.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:17 am
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba--celtics-more-devastated-over-wasting-rajon-rondo-s-44-point-outing-than-questionable-officiating.html;_ylt=AhMKGbhMVUX20Fw_qUKOGgq8vLYF


MIAMI – The general manager of the Boston Celtics was trying to understand how LeBron James could get to the free-throw line those 24 times, and so Danny Ainge stood in the hallway recreating a clear-path foul call for the NBA's vice president of referee operations, Joe Borgia. Ainge slid his feet, and tried to show how the Celtics defender had reached around to the Miami Heat star, how they were far too close to the rim for that call.

"How?" Ainge asked him.

They did some kind of a dance here late Wednesday night, Borgia and Ainge, the NBA official delivering his explanation, and Ainge, the ultimate contrarian, challenging the premises. And hey, how could Paul Pierce foul out again? How could the Heat get to the free-throw line 47 times? These were the things on Ainge's mind, and there would be no satisfaction coming out of here for these Celtics, no solace out of an epic effort and a historic performance out of Rajon Rondo. Ainge was persistent, polite and Borgia finally relented that he'd watch the film of the Heat's 115-111 Game 2 overtime victory.

"I'm sure we missed five or six calls somewhere," Borgia said.

Well, wonderful. That's true every night in the NBA, but the Celtics were feeling victimized, like they were on the wrong end of the whistle. Down the hall inside the visiting locker room, coach Doc Rivers didn't need to see the film. Here he was, standing in a doorway to the coach's room, lurched forward and slapping himself upside his head and recreating the moment where everything started to slip away in these Eastern Conference finals.

Oh, this was where the Celtics were sure this devastating loss had gone sideways for them, where Rondo – on the way to a force-of-nature 44 points – had gone up-and-under the rim, flipped the ball off the backboard only to have the sweeping arm of Dwyane Wade come crashing down on his face. He crumpled to the ground with the score 105-105 and a minute left in overtime, and within moments, Udonis Haslem dunked the ball, and the Heat never lost the lead again.

"It was obvious," Rondo said.

Rivers seethed, but he could change nothing late Wednesday night. "LeBron James took 24 free throws, and our team took 29. Paul Pierce fouled out of a game where he was attacking the basket. I guarantee you right now, they're distracted, our team, in the locker room.

"But we have to get it out of us and move on."

In the foggy aftermath of a devastating loss, the Celtics didn't know whether to be discouraged that they gave everything within them, and yet they're still down 2-0 to the Heat; discouraged that Rondo delivered one of the great Celtics playoff performances ever, an unbowed 53 minutes of hellacious fortitude where those 44 points had come with 10 assists, eight rebounds and three steals and still Boston couldn't beat Miami.

They didn't know whether to be encouraged that they found a way to make James and Wade work to score, that blitzing those Heat pick-and-rolls kept those stars from getting separation on Celtics defenders. Boston matched the Heat on the backboards and the floorboards. In the foggy aftermath, they understood that they let one slip away, that they gifted the Heat the franchise's greatest playoff comeback ever, from 15 points down to utter heartbreak for the Celtics.

When it mattered most, it wasn't the officials failing to chase down missed shots, and failing to run back out on the Miami shooters getting second and third cracks at dagger jumpers. And Boston knew that too, knew that that for all the progress it had made in Game 2, it hadn't tightened things enough.

James had 34 points, but he missed a tough, twisting layup in the final seconds of regulation, only to get his own rebound, dribble out, and run the clock out with a chance to hit a buzzer-beater. Rondo was on him, and James finally pulled up for a long jumper that clanked off the backboard and rim.

In victory, James understood that this night had belonged to the singular genius of Rondo, whom he called " … Absolutely amazing. The performance he put on will go down in the record books. He's a unique player, an unbelievable player."

Fifty-three minutes without a rest, and Rondo kept coming for Miami. His relentlessness belongs to the ages, something fleshed straight out of Isiah Thomas' big-game heart. Fifty-three minutes, and Rondo beat Miami with jump shots, ferocious drives and an iron will to go at James and Wade until he could stand no more. Fifty-three minutes, after he made himself a target for suggesting that it was time for Heat stars to "hit the deck," and yet he absorbed it all, and spit back out the greatest performance of his brilliant, young career.

"He almost singlehandedly beat us," Miami's Shane Battier marveled. "That's one of the best games I've ever seen in person."

For the Heat, it was so easy to be gracious and complimentary, because they took the game of the Celtics' best player's life – Boston's best shot – and still beat them. The Celtics don't back down to the Heat, and Miami respects them for it. Boston does demand that out of teams, but in the past two years James and Wade have beaten the Celtics six of seven times in the playoffs. They've figured out the formula, and now they go to Boston for Games 3 and 4 to put them away once and for all.

The Celtics were livid with the officials, yes, but mostly they were so, so angry with themselves. All those second and third chances they gave the Heat, when they needed a defensive rebound, a loose ball.

"Demoralizing," Pierce said.

They were exhausted, exasperated, and Rivers was right: They were distracted in the losing locker room, despondent. All they could think about was Rondo's 44 points, and Ray Allen rising for a clutch 3-pointer inside the final minute of the fourth to tie the game, and James failing to deliver in the final minute of regulation, and the Celtics knew – they just knew – that winning this series had to start here.

Ainge is responsible for constructing these Celtics, and he'll be the one to take them apart again someday. Maybe someday soon, too. Here he was in the corridor, trying to get clarification, trying to get answers, but he's been through so many of these playoffs series for so many years.

Eventually, there was no more to say with the NBA VP responsible for overseeing the officials. Yeah, yeah. Go watch the tape. Go see the mistakes. Whatever. It changes nothing. Rondo was genius, and that old core courageous, but down two games is down two games. Soon, the Celtics were slogging to the waiting bus, leaving the arena on the shores of Biscayne Bay with the Miami Heat in complete control, with the Celtics season on the brink.

Between the locker room and the bus to the airport, between Games 2 and 3, Rivers told these Celtics that they had to get over it and get on with this series. The Boston Celtics left a lot back here – anger and resentment and maybe most of all, the will of a champion. They left a lot here, and you had to wonder whether there was enough to return to Boston with them, to make one final stand for everything at the Garden. Back home now, back to the brink.

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4-0 I think. Celts are demoralised
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:47 pm
Celts strike back and win game 3, first in Boston to make 2-1. Trio of Rondo, KG and Pierce did what they have to do every gameand performed well, each scoring over twenty and playing allround. KG should be dominating with Bosh out and he hasn't really. He has to lead and have a huge series from now on for Boston to win. They won't have as easy against Miami with Bosh being out. Rondo again with almost a triple double, the man is heart and soul. Lebron again scoring over thirty, but the guy is awful with FTs right now, good to see. Wade just average really, not taking enough shots. Be grat to see the Celts even the series the next game in Boston.

Interesting that the fouls were pretty even, so for one game at least, the corruption was not there.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:04 pm
I predicted Boston winning game 3... to silent Stern's critics for all the conspiracy talk that has been hitting the airwaves this last few week... Hopefully, this series ends up being a fair series and the better team wins.

BTW, for all the crap I talk about LeBron (which is deserved), I think it is cool that he is reading before games. LeBron is a model for many kids, so having those pre game shots of him reading books is a good thing.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:12 pm
OKC evened the series at 2-2 against the Spurs after winning a close one. Durant scored 18 of his 36 in the last seven minutes, probably the best late game performance of these playoffs, to overcome the Spurs. Perkins started real well with what was his best game of the playoffs I think and Ibaka didn't miss in scoring 26, 11-11 from the field and 4-4 FTs.

They go back to San Antonio for Game 5 and the series looks like it could go either way.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:53 am
ibaka was a beast... this OKC/Spurs series has been really good. Hopefully the victor beat the Heat in the NBA finals.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:46 pm
Celts beat Heat to even series at 2-2. Lebron made a three to send it to overtime, yet again in Boston. Pierce and Lebron both fouled out, so the Heat didn't seem to get favoured as much in this game. Good to see the Celts win again, but they are not doing it easily. Bosh is out otherwise this series probably would be over.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:04 pm
I actually have not read too much into the officiating. Because typically the fouls go the home teams way and there is really no difference between the markets here. And I think if it was rigged this round of the playoffs the Lakers would have moved on.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:54 pm
Well, the officiating was not great... to be honest, game 3 was the only game where I thought the officials did a good job. There were some terrible calls that forced both Paul Pierce and LeBron to foul out... in the playoffs, you can't call those. Even if someone falls, when you cannot determine who was at fault, just play on. Let them determine it on the court.

My beef is that when the Officials do not call the cheap fouls, Wade is just ok.... Wade's game heavily relies on him driving in, getting hit, and going to the line. WHen the refs hold their whistles, Wade doesn't play too well. We saw that today.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:46 am
Unless the Heat are getting heavy favouritism, the Celts should have won this series 4-1. Without Bosh, the Heat are Lebron, Wade and role players. The Celts have Rondo unmatched by any opposing Heat guard, KG unopposed by any Heat big and Pierce who can play up to Wade. RAllen is not doing what he used to and he should be taking more threes and making them obviously, but the thing is that the Celts have more talent and firepower.
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