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Game 3: Heat at Celtics Open Thread

 

The answer to the number-one Google autocomplete above is finally “no.” I mean, it’s probably more ambiguous than that, but the point is the Celtics have Shaquille O’Neal in their lineup tonight. Will it be for five minutes? Seven minutes? Even, dare we imagine, as many as thirteen minutes? Heavens.

“We started out great. We played great basketball with Shaq in the middle. I think it’ll be easier for Shaq to return in a starting position, which I think he has earned with his play this year.”

Everyone in the world knows that Danny Ainge said that. But since he uttered those words, Shaq has played six total minutes before he got a little careless and ran at three-quarter speed down the court, straining his calf. That injury came out of absolutely nowhere and was caused by absolutely nothing, so it’s a lot to hope for that Shaq will be at full strength in this game, or that he’ll last through the series. Knock on a forest.

But if he’s good? If he protects the rim, pulls down a few boards, and generally makes things difficult for the Heat under the basket? If he passes Kobe, who passed him last night, for third all-time in playoff scoring? That would certainly be a thing.

Get excited no matter what, because with a win tonight, the Celtics have a chance to tie at home and get this down to a three-game series with momentum. A loss this evening makes a comeback nearly impossible, but that loss is definitely not a foregone conclusion. Never doubt how much the players want this, and how hard they’re going to work to get it tonight.

Open thread. LET’S GO.

  • Batman

    I know this past week has been angry
    There has been tension between the commenters on this site
    But no more
    we r all celtics fans
    we r 1 game away from having history break our legs.
    united! GO CELTICS!

    • janos

      Thank you Batman.

  • janos

    Official Janos prediction comment:

    Score of Game Boston 96 Miami 91 final score

    If you like to please reply this comment with official score you pick for game.

    • steveb

      Yes to be making prediction of Bos 87 Mia 79

    • Batman

      Boston 100 Miami 96

    • lakershater13

      I think this has to be a statement game for Boston. We need to come out and make them see they cannot and wont win in Boston. Must send a message here. Garnett needs a full house with those pocket kings. That will beat three of a kind any day of the week.

      Boston 106 Miami 92

  • steveb

    @batman. Absolutely. I’ve never jumped ship and not about to start. Whether we agree with how we got to this point these are our Celtics.

    • Batman

      Exactly no point moaning about the past and the future, WE R NOW

  • Mike

    Defense! Let's go Celtics!

  • Celtics fan in India

    I say its a blowout after James gets ejected in the fourth quarter for a hard foul on Troy Murphy on the bench. Celtics 100 Miami 75

    • Janos

      Thank you fan but you forgot post in reply section for make easy read at end.

  • I_Love_Green

    LETS GO BABY!!!! LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

    COME ON CELTICS WIN THIS GAME BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CarlSpackler

    Kobe is up 15pt on the all-time playoff scoring numbers over Shaq, he was minus 2 before last night.

    I expect big things from @the_Real_Shaq

  • Leeboo1211

    Starters are looking good, playing with energy! Now the real test is if we can sustain this…and if the bench will give up the lead. Hopefully Shaq fixes a lot of that.

  • deron

    Way to come out strong P-Squared.

    Shaq will help the team, even if all he does is clog the middle and force Miami into jumpshots; hopefully Z does not draw him 15 feet away from the basket all night.

    The Celts still have a chance to win the series; they have the next two games at home and Miami is fully capable of 35% shooting night or a meltdown. I hope this series goes to game 7; it will feel like the NBA Finals.

    http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/05/is

  • Ryan DeGama

    Shaq may not make it through this game.

    • janos

      he can make a rest if tired. Bench player support him.

  • Mike D

    Shaq not looking 80% but he is giving it his all. Can't ask for more. Halftime break might hurt him though and make him tense up. Like his presence down low.

  • CarlSpackler

    They need to put Shaq on the exercise bike, keep him loose. They cant afford for that calf to get tight.

  • Mike D

    Celts playing poorly right now, and refs rearing their Pro-Heat heads.

  • Ryan DeGama

    KG back in with 9:50 to go in the second. Looks like Doc is not going to mess around with this bench tonight.

  • Batman

    Jeez Rondo is invisible

  • Ryan DeGama

    Worrying: 7 Bos Turnovers. 5 offensive rebounds for Miami.

    And too many bad fouls on jumpshots. Terrible move by Ray for that third foul.

  • Ryan DeGama

    Boston offense a disaster (yet) again this quarter: 7 points in 7 minutes.

  • I_Bleed_Green

    Ok that’s it. I’m not even going to mention Rondo again in my posts. I have officially given up on this guy. Trade him please Danny!!!!

    • Dan

      Rondo has no trade value. What other team can afford having a PG that can't shoot?

      • I_Bleed_Green

        I am pretty sure there are plenty of GMs who think like @Batman.

        • Batman

          Yep 30 of them

          • I_Bleed_Green

            Haha good one. I definitely hope so too.

          • kricky

            Rondo for CP3.

          • Batman

            Why would they ever trade CP3 straight up for Rondo?

          • kricky

            Cuz they may lose him as a FA. Isn't he in a contract year while RR is signed for a few years?

          • Batman

            Well i was just talking about the fact that if we were to trade Rondo for CP3 (Which i would love to get the best PG in the game) we need to give more than Rondo. if we r making hypothetical trades

          • kricky

            Give 'em Green and a pick too to make it work. And then go after Howard hard. We'd still be putting things together next year but would be all set for a serious run in 2012-13

      • JCP

        Now in the fourth quarter… have you eaten those words yet?

  • kricky

    Ray getting no respect form the Refs. I guess they get a cut of the Miami Heat jersey deals too.

  • CarlSpackler

    REDZ!!!

  • CarlSpackler

    Can someone tell Bob Delaney and Mark Jackson that they are supposed to be IMPARTIAL?!?! They dont play for the Heat.

    BTW Jackson is one of the more OVER-RATED players in the NBA. He sucked.

    • Batman

      R u raging at the announcers? because we're losing?

    • Batman

      Also 8,000+ assists = suck?

  • I_Love_Green

    Honestly these refs are awful. Its getting difficult to not break anything while screaming at the TV for a foul.

    Really didn't like the 2nd quarter. Kind of feels like the games in miami, where they just keep getting leads and we have to battle back, but its never enough. Hope I'm wrong!!!

  • kricky

    Ugggggh. We're getting nothing inside. Blocked shots, blown layups. It just does not look good :(

    • Batman

      Yeah seriously we can't frickin make layups with Lebron and Anthony bouncing everywhere

      • Batman

        Never thought i would ever write that sentence in my life jeez

        • kricky

          I know. You'd think Howard and Mutombo were patrolling the paint for the Heat .

          • kricky

            I was going to say Howard and Mr. Russel to really emphasize the point, but it is just unfathomable to think of Mr. Russel wearing anything but Celtics green.

          • Batman

            Jesus even Big Z is stuffing us

  • I_Love_Green

    Oh and Rondo has GOT to get going in the 2nd half. I mean getting out on the break, getting in the paint, and getting layups. He has NO confidence at all in his jump shot.

    GET IN THE PAINT RONDO!!!

  • Batman

    Good run

  • Batman

    I know this past week has been angry

  • I_BLEED_GREEN

    holy shit that looks ugly

  • Batman

    SHIT HIS ELBOW

  • Keyser Soze

    Nasty injury there. Hope Rondo is fine. Have the worst feeling about this…

  • kricky

    As frustrated as I've been with him I hope he is OK. That looked horrible.

  • Far East Man

    ohhh my god that doesn't look good for RR!

  • Mike D

    Can't imagine he'll be back these playoffs…That looked horrible.

  • Batman

    If Rondo is out we're done even if we be the Heat
    Jesus……

    • I_BLEED_GREEN

      but the way he's playing you can't argue it might be the best thing it could happened…

      • Batman

        he hasn't been playing that bad
        subpar sure i agree but not losing because of him bad

      • I_BLEED_GREEN

        but Arroyo is our only point guard now…that doesn't sound good…

        • Batman

          and he can't even play this game ….goddamn

          • I_BLEED_GREEN

            oh he's not on the active list/

          • Batman

            yea

  • Far East Man

    That looks like a six-month rehab for rondo

  • kricky

    Dirty play by Wade the way he pulled him down. I hope Karma is a bitch for that asshole.

  • Dee

    Rondo's arm bending backwards…if he's not out for the series…I'd be shocked!! BTW, Wade is being "chippy"

  • guest1

    Absolute CHEAP play by Wade – he threw his leg behind Rondo in an attempt to trip and bring him down. Replay doesn't lie. He knew exactly what he was doing.

  • Far East Man

    and of course pierce gets hurt next.

    • Batman

      cramped

  • Mike D

    Pierce will be back and play through anything that isn't a torn MCL or ACL…He'll be fine.

  • steveb

    Thanks for the karma Rondo haters

    • Batman

      its ok just cry let it all out i'm blubbering right now

  • Batman

    JESUS CHRIST NBA GET RID OF THE PHOTOGRAPHERS JESUS LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO CHRIS PAUL

  • I_Bleed_Green

    Thank god foe KG. PP needs to stop taking bad shots.

  • Ryan DeGama

    KG just unbelievable this quarter. All over the court. Just glorious to watch.

    • Batman

      KG most aggressive i've seen him since 08

      • Ryan DeGama

        They don't have anyone who can stop him if he wants to do this every game. That's what kills me.

        • I_BLEED_GREEN

          Ryan, KG can't do this all the time because he doesn't have the room to operate. Did you see how far the defender is playing off of our starting pg? As a result, anyone in the low post is basically being double teamed all the time. How coincident is it that all of KG's 1-one-1 moves came during the time when our starting pg is out of the game.

  • Dee

    Garnett is having a Minny flashback to his MVP season…amazing how good he is when he wants to dominate on the offensive end..

    • Batman

      He was also 2313232742042x better on offense during his 'Sota days i vaguely remember them…good times

  • Far East Man

    YYYAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!!! RONDOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

  • Far East Man

    ROndo's a rock!!

  • Batman

    POP THAT ELBOW BACK IN RONDO

  • Ryan DeGama

    Rondo dislocated elbow. He's going to return.

  • Far East Man

    dislocated elbow and he wants to play?!?! suck on that lebron!

    • guest1

      LOL. You have to LOVE the heart and grit of our team.

  • kricky

    RR Back? Damn it's good to be young.

  • Far East Man

    but seriously now… how much can he contribute with a dislocated elbow?

  • Chris O

    Rondo is a beast, D-Wade has been dirty this series, he has gone beyond playing hard, he is borderline out of control

  • Keyser Soze

    Glad to see Rondo back on the bench! I'd really like to see someone like Murphy be put in to get "chippy" with Wade. I can't stand him and what he is doing in this series (running into Pierce with his elbow out in Game 1, pulling Rondo down in this game, all sorts of bullshit calls the whole series)

    • Far East Man

      yea i hope someone does a mchale-rambis on that asshole!

    • Chris O

      Seriously he has been Dwight Howard dirty lol

    • JCP

      Dude… I ABSOLUTELY agree. Before this series I had a super high level of respect for D Wade… he's just been nasty this series. He's even getting calm, cool, and collected Rayray pissed off.

  • Batman

    HEART!

  • Batman

    HES BACK

  • Ryan DeGama

    RR-DW-RA-JG-SO.

    Probably the first time this lineup has been on the court all year.

    • Batman

      Lets hope it works

    • Chris O

      Well considering Jeff Green really couldn't have played with Shaq since Shaqqy was injured

  • Keyser Soze

    The sight of Rondo playing one-handed should light a fire under the rest of the team. I'm looking at you Jeff Green.

    • Batman

      He is growing his first testicles right now *sniff* makes me proud

  • Batman

    SHAQ! RONDO! GREEN! ITS THE CELTICS ON ABC

  • Batman

    RONDO ALL HEART DUNK

  • WEVIL

    JEFF GREEN. THERE'S THE FIRE

    • Batman

      Let those who worship Miami's might, beware his power… Jeff Green's light!

      • kman

        DDL steal?

  • guest1

    Jeff Green coming out party??? He has a different look in his eye – haven't seen this energy from him before.

  • complexity

    I knew the celtics were going to blow them out.

    I would have won so much money if I would have bet on that.

  • DRJ1

    Inspiring play from Rondo. But why is he out there? A 1-armed Rondo can't be better than a healthy Delonte. And it's very risky. Kid needs to rest…. a couple of days at least.

  • Leeboo1211

    What happened to Big Baby? Can we put him in a time machine and get last year's version?

  • Batman

    oh green…..

    • Keyser Soze

      Airball? man…

  • skeeds

    that was some serious sexin tonight.

  • DRJ1

    Rondo just said about his elbow "it's still broken'. A big danger w dislocated elbow is fracture. I wonder if they know it's broken, and let him play anyway…… really, really hard to believe that. That would be.,.. unbelievable.

    • Batman

      no he said it feels broken

  • Keyser Soze

    What a response to being down 0-2! Monster game from KG, points from Pierce and Allen and all heart from Rondo (a performance for the ages)! I hope this is a sign of the effort from the team in the coming games. Lets go Celtics!!!

  • Morpheus

    I know this is all cliche, but NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE HEART OF A CHAMPION.

    Cs showed that big time tonight.

    • NY Celtics Fan

      Totally stole what I was about to say Morpheus lol. Did anyone else notice the announcers said the Celtics had won 18 championships like 2 or 3 times tonight? Freudian Slip or is the NBA finally rigged in our favor? :-)

      • Morpheus

        It was written…lol.

  • Keyser Soze

    Not sure it made sense leaving Rondo out there in the fourth quarter. He played on heart and adrenaline today. How will it feel two days from now? Lucky to have DWest (who has played really well the last couple of games) on the bench, but this is not the same team without #9.

  • kricky

    man what a game! You could not make this shit up. We will remember this as "the elbow game" for years to come.

  • Zee

    WELCOME TO BOSTON!!!!!! WE BEAT YOU WITH A ONE-ARMED RONDO!!!! BEAT BY 16 POINTS!!!! WHAT???!!!!! #BeatMIA

    AND NOBODY BETTER EVER BAD MOUTH RONDO AGAIN! HE INSPIRED ME ON A VERY PERSONAL LEVEL TONIGHT! HE SHOWED MUCH HEART! IT SAID "NEVER GIVE UP IN WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN! FIGHT TO THE FINISH!!!!"

    RONDO, I SALUTE YOU SIR! THANK YOU FOR THE BIRTHDAY GIFT!!!!!

    • Zee

      36 today by the way!

  • James Patrick

    THANK GOD!!!!! Now is that fuckin heart or is that fuckin heart?!?!?!? RONDOOOOO BABY!!!!! Hope he's a Celtic for life.

    Nothing negative here. We really needed that one!

  • pilgrimtraveller

    is there any chance that the league can look at the play when wade threw rondo down and charge him a flagrant foul?—or even suspend him? i am surprised that the celtics didn't try to run wade into shaq or baby on a hard pick after that incident.

    • Dropstep

      I really don't think Wade was trying to hurt Rondo on that play. They were both wrapped up and both fell down. Rondo is a real Warrior. I really thought he was done for the night. So much heart. But like Doc said in his interview (and Rondo), adrenaline can do alot. That injury looked gruesome. It really hurt to watch that. But his coming back was inspirational! I hope he's a go next game and at least close to 60%, 70%. We'll see. Celtics!

  • I_Love_Green

    What a great game that was. Just makes me love Rondo even more.

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