Logo
Browse Archives by:

Is This It? Celtics at Heat Game 5 Open Thread

 

To start, Shaquille O’Neal is officially out for tonight. Troy Murphy will be active in his place. Everyone else is good to go, and Doc commented in the pregame according to Paul Flannery of WEEI.com, that the rotation will unsurprisingly shortened, but Nenad Krstic could still get some minutes.

As far as this contest goes, I encourage you to give Mr. Davenport’s things to watch for column a good look before diving into this contest. Also be sure to read until the very end for the Troy Murphy joke too. A few things to add, if this team wants to see a Game 6:

* The Rebounding and Rajon Rondo: The Celtics were outrebounded by 17 Monday night, after holding their own in the category for the first three games in this series. As always, it’s essential they pound the glass HARD tonight. The problem is with a one-armed Rondo, arguably their third best defensive rebounder in the starting lineup at this point when healthy, his inability to help on the glass with a hobbled left elbow is a major factor. Pierce and KG stepped it up last game, but gang rebounding has to be in full effect tonight. Delonte, Ray Allen, and especially Jeff Green and Glen Davis have to get after it on both ends of the floor, if this team has a chance.

* Shoot The 3-Ball: Boston got cold in this department for the overtime of Game 4, but it’s been one of Miami’s flaws all postseason, the way they defend the stripe. Boston has three of the four best long distance shooters in this series with Delonte, Paul and Ray and they will need to pile up the points from downtown to outpace Miami in the comfort of American Airlines Arena.

* Move the ball. This will be tough to do without Rondo at full strength, but the C’s had a mere 15 assists last game, as the ball seemingly stopped moving after the team jumped out to a 11-point lead in the second quarter. Afterwards, far too many isolations against a punishing Heat defense, and when the ball was moved, careless passes led to 16 turnovers. Tonight, Boston needs to pass the ball and do it with a purpose.

* I want another game. I’ve been sitting here the past three hours, just trying to distract myself from thinking too much about this game. I don’t want this to be over, since as Ryan wrote today, if it ends tonight, it might really be it. I want one more game at the Garden. I want LeBron and company to have to deal with the pressure of a Game 7.

It’s going to take an extraordinary effort to get it done. The role players have to be stopped for Miami. The Big Three have to be contained, all with an undermanned Boston roster. Still, they know what’s at stake. Can they do enough?

  • Batman

    Instead of giving Kristic minutes can't we give Murphy some?

  • I_Love_Green

    Almost gametime, and I'm beginning to get very nervous for this game….

    NONSENSE!!! I'm pumped baby!!! Our guys will not let this be their last game, and they will keep that window open for a little longer. Pierce, KG, and Ray know whats up tonight. A "must win mode" Celtics team will be scary for the heat.

    THIS IS OUR GAME! We're about to take game 5, and extend this series.

    C's baby, 90-87!

    • DannyAinge4President

      Well, you got the 87 part right… wrong team though.

  • someguyinsac

    This is the starting game to our third comeback from a 3-1 deficit to win a series and the beginning of a new chapter in Celtic lore.

    • I_Love_Green

      Pierce will lead us back, and have his legacy cemented in Celtics history.

      • Batman

        I actually want Pierce to do another "wheelchair game"
        It gave us the shot in the arm needed to really win that game, and eventually the series
        Also it makes the haters spit themselves

  • I_Love_Green

    Enjoy this game guys.

  • Morpheus

    Dear KG,

    Please show up tonight.

    Pierce can't do it on his own, he needs help from either Ray or KG. Ideally we'd want KG to go off for 20+.

    IT AIN'T OVER TILL IT'S OVER.

    • DannyAinge4President

      It's over.

  • Dan

    Its amazing but it now seems like all the pressure is off the Celtics. I kind of feel like how I felt last season after we dropped game 1 to Cleveland, that anything from here forward is a bonus.

  • kricky

    WE CAN DO THIS! CELTICS PRIDE!

  • I_Bleed_Green

    KG will win this game (and this series) for us…I guarantee

    • janos

      thank you for make guarantee

  • Leeboo1211

    This is what we need. Some big-time O, circa 2008, from KG to open it up for the others. Somehow that KG disappeared throughout the past 3 years.

  • janos

    Celtic defend is tenacious so far (thank you word of day)

  • Batman

    We need to give Garnett some damn help
    If we just keep isoing him he's gonna burn out by the 3rd quarter

    • janos

      hello batman. nice to see you today. I agree with post.

      • Batman

        hey janos, thanks

    • Morpheus

      Agreed, doesn't help with Pierce on the bench with 2 fouls.

      It won't be Rondo….my guess….Ray, Delonte, Green or GULP Baby

  • prior

    Just keep taking charges, baby.

    • Batman

      AAAAAAAAAAAAY

      • prior

        Yeah, he’s a vocal one.

  • skeeds

    woo, look who came to play tonight! helooo Baby!

  • Batman

    KRISTIC WITH THE SOFTEST BLOCK IN HISTORY SOUNDED LIKE A KITTEN FALLING INTO A PILE OF LAUNDRY

  • Batman

    HE ALSO GOT AN AND 1 AND I"M SO EXCITED

  • Batman

    DAMN TURNOVERS

  • prior

    I hate Reggie Miller's voice so much

  • James Patrick

    Seriously annoyed with BBD and Green. I hope they are gone next year.

  • AJP

    Looks like it's up to KG and Ray-Ray….. hope Pierce can step it up in the 2nd half….

    Lets go C's!!!!!

    • I_Love_Green

      When he's out there he's played well. The problem is you can't breathe near Wade or its a foul.

  • Mike

    Wade again with a dirty move on a Celtics player (Green), and he seems to have a horse shoe up his you know what, because he, like lebron, he's a bad shooter, yet he can't seem to miss (??).

    • Dan

      This series has made me lose so much respect for Wade – who was the only guy to come out of the decision without blood on his hands.

      Kind of like last year against the Magic, when Dwight kept throwing his elbows down and laying the hammer on Celtics. He's a terrific player (Wade), but also has a dirty element to his game.

  • I_Love_Green

    Well we aren't playing very well, and we're up at half. So thats a good sign. However the whole leaving a red hot Wade open time and time again is getting old. We need Pierce to stay off the bench, and we need to keep letting Ray shoot.

    • James Patrick

      shooting 55%!

  • I_Love_Green

    2nd half about to begin…oh boy.

  • Darius

    This is it, let’s bring it back to Boston this half!

  • Darius

    Refs are garbage…

  • I_Bleed_Green

    saying Rondo is hurting this team is an understatement

  • Mike

    The only reason for the Celtics to resign big baby and green is for sign and trade purposes only….Otherwise its gonna be a long season…

  • WTF

    The life is slowly sucked out of Cs offense, this is critical time in next few minutes.

  • WTF

    Old legs just cannot run with the young legs.

  • prior

    Anyone know what those two round bandaid looking things are that Ray has on his calves all the time?

  • WTF

    How’s that a walk? shity call

    • Darius

      These refs man…

  • Ryan DeGama

    Like Ray's assertiveness this quarter. Not sure it's going to matter though.

  • jamaica

    does anyone know if there is a place online where i can watch the game?? i doubt there is…
    but it would be awesome

    • philip

      tnt is livestreaming the game, but i think it only works if you are in the states (not sure if your handle indicates your location).
      http://www.tnt.tv/sports/nba/playoffs11/

      i watch on the backboard cam – the other ones are too disorienting (menu on the right).

  • Darius

    Ray Allen seems to be taking over some of Rondo’s offensive duties. Paul Pierce should be well rested for the final quarter.

  • someguyinsac

    This is going to be a long 12 minutes, even in basketball time.

  • WTF

    Well, Wade and LeBron will come out attacking, Cs just need to execute to counter

  • WTF

    What the heck another bad call?

  • I_Bleed_Green

    two travels (non-travels) cost celtics 4 points…and the out of bound pass from Bosh to James in the first quarter…that's 7 points!!!

    • WTF

      Should it be Priceless:-)?

    • someguyinsac

      On the bright side, we're still on top of them even with the bad calls.

  • rondeezy

    whys doc got in pp and ray right now. theyre going to die by the end of the game

    • prior

      Ray won't; he's bionic or something

  • MikeSalvucci

    delonte better not come out of this game

    • rondeezy

      seriously delonte is playing great right now. as much as it hurts to say this, rondo is hurting the celtics a lot

  • WTF

    Wow, Delonte is carrying us

  • I_Bleed_Green

    Must see Rondo high school ally-oop http://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/20

  • janos

    Is our game! Game 6 is coming!

  • janos

    Heat would do better if pair a good big man with their combo of wade and lebron…maybe they can get third piece through big free agent signing

  • rondeezy

    these refs are soooo ridiculous. delonte probably slept with their moms

    • steveb

      Nice

  • stephen

    These Goddamn officials they never even touched Wade!!!!

  • I_Bleed_Green

    I beg Doc to start Delonte West next game (yes, there will be next game)

  • WTF

    Execute

  • stephen

    Well-another final 6 minute collapse–We could have won this damn game!!!!!

  • someguyinsac

    We've beat back the Heat every time they've made a run, this will be no different.

    • stephen

      Your dreaming!!!

  • Mike

    These miami heat they sold their souls. I mean wade can't miss, lebron 3 after 3. what the heck is going on here?

  • prior

    Beasts

  • janos

    Is ok lose with class, but would be nice see lebron get cock punched too

  • Keyser Soze

    Dagger.

    Fuck Jeff Green, WTF does he have on his hands??? This is the third or fourth time he hasn't been able to hold on to a pass.

  • steveb

    Too many turnovers and missed chances. But, these refs suck. The Heat get a call on almost every drive, Boston, not so much

  • kricky

    Tough for us to beat them when they get every fucking call and we don't.

  • Mike

    Well this offensive foul just made not watch nba anymore….

  • Dan

    Wow fuck Jeff Green. They better not resign him. Also, Danny Ainge needs to go. Too much blood on his hands.

  • dasein

    Fuck.
    Go Bulls!

    • janos

      Hi dasein. I agree to post. Plus one.

  • steveb

    Wasn’t that last foul on West the same thing Wade did to get calls. Jump into the guy. Don’t mind losing but the officiating was horrendous. Same calls Jordan always got. Must give the Heat small credit, they hit their shots.

  • James Patrick

    F$%K JEFF GREEN – You're an idiot, you need glue for your hands because you can hold on to the damn ball and you are NO Celtic and F.U. Danny Ainge for killing #18!!!!

    • stephen

      Right !!!!!! —- We got fucking Jeff Green and Krstic for Perkins and Nate. We lose this game because we could not hold on to the fucking ball.

      • James Patrick

        Now we can all officially say what we've known all along. WHAT A SHIT TRADE! Thanks a effin' lot Ainge!

  • stephen

    I'll, tell you what's going on here. Our fucking season is over. I enjoyed reading the posts on here this season, however I won't support this team any longer unless they fire Danny Ainge. The Heat getting to the rim at will—All fucking series long !!!!!!!—-And now–Of all mother fucking things –we may have to watch Queen Lebron hoisting the championship trophy. I'm pucking just thinking about it.

    • janos

      stephen do not give up. stay with team. Thank you for enjoy post, but stay with Celtic. Is best team, most titles.

      • stephen

        Thank You–Janos– I like your loyalty— However I just can't forgive Ainge for his stupidity– He traded away the one player–who had he been healthy –=we would have beaten the Lakers last year–no question about it. And the fact that Shaq sees little to zero action in this series is pouring salt in the wound–Big time— Ainge gambled that he would have a healthy Shaq– an injury prone 39 year old center— I guess you have to work really hard to be that fucking stupid !!!!!

  • Keyser Soze

    End of an era?

    Thanks for the 4 great years Big 3. You played with the heart of a champion and gave your everything in every game.

  • DannyAinge4President

    C's DEAD. THE END.

    GOOD.

    FIRE AINGE. IT'S HIS FAULT.

    …and no blaming the refs this time since the Heat missed 10000000000000000000000000000 FTs tonight.

    • lakershater13

      still made more fts than celtics attempted. with the amount of misses that shouldnt happen.

  • I_Love_Green

    Joke league.

  • Mike

    Stop overreacting. Need a defensive guy a young center and we're good to go again next year to compete for a championship. Geez. Just send green and glen davis away though.

    • rondeezy

      i dont know about paul and ray but kg doesnt have enough left for another run

      • Mike

        Kg looks to me kinda like Tim Duncan right now, they are still great players just can't play a lot of minutes. Ray Allen is a huge shot making player he can still go for two three years at least. Paul looked like crap in these series though, he looked in better shape early in the year. I still think we have another run until the contracts expire (Kg, Shaq, JO, etc)

        • Keyser Soze

          No way KG is like Duncan. Duncan was completely dominated by Gasol and Randolph. KG on the other hand dominated Bosh in one game and played solid defense through the whole series. Duncan is definitely done, KG might have another year in him (his minutes need to be regulated though). Keep Delonte, BBD (yes I said that, he had a solid 3/4 of the regular season and then got into a funk). Get a half-decent center from somewhere (long shot but look at what Dallas got out of Tyson Chandler). Still have a shot at next year.

  • Keyser Soze

    Tough year. Cs lose to Heat, Pats got dominated by Jets…

    Actually (if there is basketball next year) why can't we get another year from this team? Ray is unstoppable, KG and Pierce were relatively healthy this year. They took the Heat to the brink in most games without a C and a one-armed Rondo. With Rondo at full strength and a good C, why not one more year? Pipe dream?

    • Dan

      Yes.

  • janos

    well cookie get throw in garbage and pepsi stay in fridge. is suck night.

  • Guest

    Well I don't know how the post about KG giving a Mchale clothesline to Lebron got negative feedback because I would of loved to see that even more now. This game just fell apart and I'm not even blaming the trade. The refs were cheap as expected. The one foul they called on Delonte when Wade went for a 3 pointer he didn't even touch him. Ridiculous. Goodbye big 3 era. You should of won at least two championships but the NBA fucked you over. Hopefully Danny Ainge pulls off another amazing trade like the Garnett/Allen trade after this and the championship window remains open for a few more years.

    • Mike

      No need for dirty play. We went out with our heads up high, which is more than you can say about other teams (*cof*lakers*cof*). Wade comes exposed as a dirty player and we showed a lot of heart. Wade and lebron just made every impossible shot and couldn't miss and they had to be like that to beat us by a couple of points.

  • stephen

    If Danny Aigne is smart he should just resign. I can't see anything short of complete disgust and hatred towards him now. C's fans need to hold that little fuck accountable—Period. Perhaps Danny never got over the fact the C's once traded him !!!!!!

  • Guest

    People hating on Ainge make no sense. He gave the Celtics the 2008 championship after all. He made the right moves with this trade, it just didn't work out as well as we all hoped due to injuries.

    • Mike

      The only thing wrong with the trade was the players we got in return, knowing that for example gerald wallace and battier were available. We basically gave up defense for no defense and mediocre offense.

      • James Patrick

        sorry but that's like saying why are people down on ainge, he helped us win a title in 1986. i'm concerned with the now. 2011. GOODBYE AINGE! GOODBYE GREEN! GOODBYE TROY. Was he even on the playoff roster? OH AND GOOOOOOOOOOOOODBYE!!! BBD!!!!!

    • stephen

      Makes no sense!!!! You can't be serious— And besides– Kevin Mchale gave us the 2008 title —Think dude!!!!

  • someguyinsac

    At least Troy finally made the playoffs, now he can concentrate on becoming a tanning salon mogul.

  • Morpheus

    Travelling calls WOW, totally ruined us tonight.

    Seriously, we lost because of poor calls from the refs.

    That's all i have to say bout that.

    Oh and Bron is dick like Wade.

    • DannyAinge4President

      WE LOST BECAUSE WE LOST.

      NO MORE EXCUSES.

  • I_Love_Green

    Doc's coming back(: (: (: (: (:

    • Morpheus

      Don't know is that's necessarily A GOOD THING

  • Morpheus

    WOW BS travelling calls ruined us tonight.

    FUCK the refs.

    • Morpheus

      Oops sorry for double post, computer doing all types of weird shit tonight. Must be those corrupt refs again.

  • stephen

    If there is a God–and I believe there is —–OKC wins the title this year!!!!! — I know I'm rooting for them now!!!! — Anything to make Ainge look even worse—If that's possible.

  • Alex1030

    You do realize that the heat get the mid level next year? They will get better pieces around the big three. Plus they get udonis back. Full tilt. SCARY!!!!!

  • itvarnewsindia

    Great It news you publish here..

no prescription xenical bupropion tab zithromax 500 mg pfizer viagra on line buy deltasone online cipro in south africa purchase viagra without a prescription levitra website orlistat price discount cialis online cialis online us paxil lexapro cheap cialis in uk canadian propecia buy cipro in usa cheap viagra no prescription generic levitra canada viagra tab generic levitra mastercard natural alternative to paroxetine buying viagra from india purchase discount cialis buy prednisone online without a prescription lowest cost levitra best and cheapest viagra pills cialis pricing nolvadex price no prescription how to order cialis online celebrex price where to buy cialis cheap non prescription generic cialis top selling herbal viagra cialis discount overnight viagra sales in uk alternative paxil genuine cialis online viagra online stores online rx diflucan buy cheap generic viagra zithromax dosing how much is accutane cialis com purchase cytotec online azithromycin cheapest cheapest viagra online online pharmacies uk amoxicillin canada diflucan buy daily cialis online accutane oklahoma viagra cheap canada viagra discount sales purchase viagra in uk buy amoxicillin online xenical pharmacy ordering levitra buying viagra online legal cheap authentic viagra one day shipping amoxil side effects viagra how to buy cialis online best best price celebrex generic cialis lowest price buy cialis in canada us cialis propecia mexico online prescription viagra azithromycin purchase online cheap cialis online without a persciption cialis order on line dose amoxicillin levitra canadian cialis canada 5mg celebrex cost australia azithromycin 500 mg viagra online sale buy levitra in europe wellbutrin online pharmacy viagra canada pharmacies order nolvadex viagra professional pfizer cymbalta australia for sale buy online purchase viagra flagyl buy generic cymbalta 20mg wellbutrin online prescription cialis online american internet viagra pharmacy buy cipro online cheap viagra pill viagra approved viagra buy usa side effects for zithromax viagra 25 mg canadian pharmacy cheap generic viagra cipro generic 100mg of paxil real cialis pharmacies herbal alternative to lasix order viagra in canada cipro xr bayer discount clomid levitra online sales cheap levitra prescription cialis brand approved cialis cheap viagra discount generic viagra professional viagra pfizer 50 mg female viagra europe furosemide 40mg tab