Let’s divest ourselves of any peripheral excuses. This isn’t about the referees. This isn’t about the absence of Kendrick Perkins. This isn’t about Jeff Green.
This is about Miami’s best players outplaying Boston’s best players.
Dwayne Wade and Lebron James and Chris Bosh combined for 80 points while Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce scored 36. That’s pretty unsophisticated as analysis goes, but as a proxy for what’s happened so far in this series, it’s right on target.
Things could change in Boston — and very well might with the return of Shaquille O’Neal and the friendly home court — but the 2010-11 Boston Celtics look more and more like they have a critically flawed roster that won’t make it out of the second round.
We’ll be back later with a detailed look at What Went Wrong: The Game Two Edition where we’ll talk about some curious substitution patterns, the woeful Boston offense, a (sort of) renaissance night from Green and maybe a few other signs of hope.
Until then, check in below with your reactions to the 0-2 deficit and perhaps an answer to this question:
Is this series salvageable or are we down to the last ten days of the Celtics’ season?