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Game 1 Eastern Conference Semi Finals: Celtics at Heat

 

The series that seemed predestined since LeBron James counted up his hypothetical Championships.  Thinking back now after looking at the picture above we should have known that Chris Bosh would have been the outcast in this superstar trio.  I mean, he couldn’t even get the uniform color scheme right.

This series has been over-hyped, over-analyzed, and seemed like it would never arrive.   It has. You’re excited.  I’m excited.  Big Baby’s excited.

But there are still questions…

  • Will Shaquille O’Neal ever play?
  • Will Jeff Green be able to defend LeBron James?
  • Which team’s big three will be better?
  • Which team’s defense will shine?
  • Will the Celtics’ offense stay on track?
  • Will any of the Celtics’ bench players be significant in this series?

The only way we’ll find out is by watching.

Consider this your open thread.  Tell us what you’re seeing.

  • I_Love_Green

    I am soooo excited for this game/series!! Huge game 1 today! We have to steal home court, and I think this is the game we do it. Put the pressure on Miami for the rest of the series!!!

    LETS GOOO CELTICS!!!! BEATH THE HEAT!!!!!!!

  • MikeD

    I can;t rememer the last time I was this excited for a Celtics game.

  • Ryan DeGama

    Two post-ups, Pierce driving the basket and a Rondo iso on Bibby. Smart choices early.

  • hdavenport

    I'd forgotten how visually revolting this matchup can be.

  • Ryan DeGama

    Bibby had J.O. on him and didn't take him off the dribble. Love it.

    Love Boston's aggression so far on both ends. Resuls still TBD but they look locked in.

    Also, Miami isn't sending anyone at the offensive glass, protecting that transition defense…

  • James Patrick

    Pierce isn't looking very sharp. augh….

  • James Patrick

    Thank God for Ray!!! He owns the Heat!

  • WTF

    Bosh's out, give the ball to KG, he'll swallow Anthony alive…

  • DRJ1

    Pierce has chosen this game to stink up the place.

  • annoyed with bbd

    way to go fat man.

  • WTF

    damn, could Doc tell the fat boy not to put the ball on the floor anymore?

    • Ryan DeGama

      Nah. That was a good move, going at the basket. He just lost it.

  • WTF

    our bench sucks big time

  • WTF

    That's the game right there, no need to watch more.

  • loonggood2
  • hdavenport

    I can tell from the comments that a lot of people shut off their TVs, but the deficit is down to four right now.

    • hdavenport

      That's the last time I announce a comeback.

  • jamesjones??

    If I was pat riley, I would make bosh trade contracts with bosh.

    • annoyed with bbd

      bosh trade contracts with james jones

  • Far East Man

    pathetic. boston looks scared of the heat. they have GOT to wake up in the 2nd half. PLZ

  • hdavenport

    Doc Rivers's allocation of minutes in this game has been stupefying.

    • DRJ1

      Fouls

      • hdavenport

        He's bringing about the situation he wants to avoid. Rondo is not a big foul risk on Bibby. Also Jermaine O'Neal only has one foul, and the interior defense is broken with Davis in there.

        • DRJ1

          Yes, taking JO was a big and obvious change… At the time, I figured he's still strictly limiting his minutes. But you're right… what is he saving him for? If not now, when?

          • hdavenport

            I'd also like to see KG out there for more than 13 minutes, they're +3 with him on the floor. The minutes algorithm should be KG=Jeff Green*2-Troy Murphy.

          • DRJ1

            That was due to fouls. But looking at the box score is a lotta fun… howdya like Pierce's 4 TOs? Lovely…….jeezuss…. Cs are being exposed here

  • DRJ1

    Celtics exposed. No two way about it.

  • WTF

    get the bloom out if Celtics keep playing like this

  • I_Love_Green

    Whelp there goes that. Wade with 90 points, james jones with 70, lebron with 40, and this game is over. It would help if we played defense. Oh well, maybe we'll win at home.

    • DRJ1

      Cs have been leaving guys open in the corner the whole year… chronic problem. Exposed. Turning the ball over all year. Also exposed (but Paul's dribbling off his foot TWICE… that's too much). At least Ray brought his game. KG probably too, tho he forgot about shooting after the first two minutes.

  • Far East Man

    great now wade's gone off

  • talesofJP

    Celtics aren't playing defense well, and Wade is making insane shots when he's defended well. Delonte missing dunks doesn't help. By my count he's missed 2 so far. We need to get on track on offense, stop relying on the 3, we won't win that way.

  • steveb

    Very simple. We played like crap, Jones and Wade couldn’t miss. Second half our shots go down and we win by 5. Maybe get the ball inside and open the floor a little.

  • james patrick

    Where's Shaq?! I thought he was gonna be available?! THANKS DANNY! THANKS A FUCKING LOT!

  • Ryan DeGama

    Have a look at Boston's shot chart from the first half. They are getting — and missing — tons of shots in the paint. http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/shotchart?gameId=31

  • dave

    "And Wade is making insane shots when he's defended well"

    H-E-L-L-O?

    He's D. Wade! That's what he does in the playoffs. The C's since Doc, don't have great individual on-the-ball defenders and it's going to lead to their undoing once again. Team defense is fine until you have to defend an all around superstar. Even then you can usually survive against one.

    But against both of these guys with average on-the-ball defenders like Pierce and Allen in their mid-thirties? Doc is going to have to come up with something very creative.

    • DRJ1

      Can't agree with that. If Wade want's to keep taking long contested jumpers… good, let him. Miami is killing us mostly because we've ignored defending the 3pt line (Jones), and because of stupid, unforced TOs…. and some weak interior D once KG left the game.

    • Janos

      Is no need spell hello like that.

  • Davis

    Man, what the Cs need a strong , physical presence in the paint.

    • Leeboo1211

      Hmm I wonder where you find that? I hear OKC has a physical young center…

      • James Patrick

        EXACTLY!!!!!! We were the best team in the East at the All-Star Break. Why Danny. WHY?!?!?!

        • Mike

          Look at the W the thunder got today. Oh wait…..
          Story -> out rebounded, shooting 37 against 53. That's the reason. You gotta keep scoring against that team and not allow them to score. No excuses.

  • DRJ1

    Paul had another TO, which won't show up in the box score… throwing it to KG after mis-dribbling the clock down to ~0. That's 5 TOs, most unforced. Will he set a record?

  • deron

    I know James Jones' absurd number of open looks contributed to the halftime lead, but is there any doubt about who is Miami's most important player? When Wade plays well and is the focal point of the offense, the Heat are probably unbeatable.
    http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/03/mi

  • I_Bleed_Green

    Celtics are not winning with Garnett being a role player offensively.

    • Ryan DeGama

      Beat me to it. I was about to post the same thing. Five shots today, only two in the paint.

      Really disappointing effort from KG today.

  • DRJ1

    If Cs lose this game, it will be mostly Pierce's fault. It's not that he's not contributing… he's stabbing the team in the back with his shooting, dribbling (off foot), and now letting Lebron get the easy short jumpers.

    • TedL

      Truly. Very disappointing game from PP, who came out flat and never got it going.

  • hdavenport

    Now +9 with Rondo in 13 minutes.

  • I_Love_Green

    Its a foul everytime they drive near our players. Never change, NBA refs.

  • Leeboo1211

    I really really think KG is overpassing, and we need to establish his offensive game. That’s how we won banner 17, remember?

  • James Patrick

    BAD DECISIONS ALL AROUND!!!!! RAY IS HOT. GIVE IT TO RAY!

    AND SOMEBODY BREAK JAMES JONES KNEES!

  • hdavenport

    The definition of a flagrant foul has officially been stretched to its limits.

  • I_Love_Green

    God damnit I swear the NBA gets harder and harder to watch every year. The refs have started to become a big part of the games.

  • talesofJP

    Green is getting a little bit more chippy, that could be good news for the rest of the series with this game already lost entering the 4th quarter

  • James Patrick

    What is there left to say. Let's hope this is rust from being off for a week. But as i watch jeff Green miss a free throw, aughh…………. He's no Celtic. is anyone still watching this game?

  • pam

    Wow that flagrant call really killed us.

  • stephen

    Let's face it. Jermaine O must be the dumbest Mother Fucker on this planet !!!!!

    • AUGHHHH!!!

      No BBD is.

  • steveb

    Wade carries every dribble. Folks, Perkins loss is not why we are losing. Green gets fouled at hoop every time and no calls

    • Batman

      everyone carries when they dribble. its a part of the game now

  • Ryan DeGama

    Wow – that was a BRUTAL call on Pierce. Commence your referee-hate. They've made themselves an issue.

    • jack

      I don't even understand. Did Pierce do anything?

      • Ryan DeGama

        He mighta said something but there's just no way you throw a guy for that, particularly after he got hammered by Jones.

        • Janos

          he should have watch Kobe PSA and know not to call other player Faggot. let go celtics!

  • talesofJP

    what the eff was that throwing PP out! Come on!

  • mugi

    crap calls. flagrant on JO, non flagrant on jones, double tech with wade and pierce. crap

    • lakerhater13

      Where was the flagrant on Wade? That elbow on the screen was much worse than the elbow JO threw. Tomorrow the league is going to downgrade the JO foul and upgrade the Jones foul. Thats what a 5-7 point swing. You take away the FTs and possibly the extra 3. Plus we get the ball back. Wow.

  • Mike

    Now try telling me that refs don't influence games with 2 or 3 ''little'' calls. And of course that happened in the middle of a Celtics run…

    To quote chef Ramsay '' F off now will ya…''

  • stephen

    Completely legal screen set by Pierce. Stern's bitches doing business as usual . I got news for you all. It's not goeing to get any better.

  • DRJ1

    Ray Allen — amazing. Exact opposite of Pierce…. brought his GAME today.

  • Mike

    Look the lack of a defensive stopper is also something they should have taken care. We have JO and Shaq will play (somehow?) so the Perkins talk is nonsense. Not having a wing only focused on defense ala TA, Posey even Marquis is probably hurting the team a lot. Well that and BBD -21 and 4 rbs…. Oh well we need a split in these first two games badly and that's still doable if the zebras call it fair and square and thats a bit of a big IF…

  • MP!

    Who would have thought, two years ago, that we'd be complaining about not having Tony Allen?

    If James Jones doesn't score 25 again, we've got a good chance in Game 2.

    • DRJ1

      TA is a big reason Memphis is tearing up the West. He has come into his own, that's for sure.

      • lakerhater13

        Allen 23 mins was a -7 on the court. Mayo was 24 mins +16. I dont see Allen as a big reason Memphis is tearing it up. See Randolph, Gasol, Mayo, Young, Conley, and Battier. TA was the only guy that posted a negative +/- in todays win.

  • kricky

    We can do this. We just have to play smarter in game 2.

  • Mike

    Ahah the guys on nba tv are ripping the refs a new one. Thank you! NBA refs = joke

  • DRJ1

    Cs sucked today. Nobody except Ray came to play. Rondo: bad, really bad. Pierce: beyond bad… back-stabber in this one. KG: forgot to play offense after the first 2 minutes. Bench: fuhgetaboutit. Refs: out of their minds. Impossible game. If Cs continue like this, it's hopeless. What were they thinking? Man, that sucked.

    • hdavenport

      MAYBE not the best term for Pierce.

      • DRJ1

        gimme a few weeks… I'll cool off. Paul had maybe 2 or 3 bad games this whole season. And he picks today to do this…..? Ugh

  • Batman

    I AM SOOO ANGRY GRRR BUT I STILL STAND BY MY C'S

  • James

    that's got to be a joke… and who are you to call anybody a hypocrite? Did you watch the same game?

    • Batman

      Who am i to call anyone a hypocrite? I'm sick and tired of people blaming the damn refs for everything. We lost because they were the better team today. Just fricking accept it and move on. I did watch the game. Some calls were unfortunate for us at bad times, but the game didn't revolve around that did it? The only thing we should we bashing the refs about is Pierce's 2nd technical.

      • Mike

        ^ LOL….

      • Ryan DeGama

        Agreed on all counts.

        Miami took this game away from the Celtics. They deserved the win.

        And the ejection was *egregious*.

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