“I want to win here again. … I don’t think this team is done.” – Doc Rivers
They fought back again and again and again. Through foul trouble. Through a Dwayne Wade onslaught. With a point guard who could barely move his left arm. They led 81-74 in the fourth quarter and then the bottom fell out.The offense stalled and the Heat just kept coming.
Miami finished the game with a 15-0 run and LeBron James buried three’s from all over for the floor. Game. Set. Season.
It’s going to take a little while to digest this one. To reflect on the play and lineups down the stretch. There were things to second guess here, but when push comes to shove it probably wouldn’t have mattered. The Heat were the best team tonight and they had the best two players on the floor. They took over in winning time all series, while Boston faded when the lights shined the brightest.
For now though, give your Celtics a round of applause. They fought valiantly all night long. Every player on the floor tonight contributed something. It was just too much to overcome. The injuries, the turnovers, the Heat’s talent, the lack of cohesion. Too many obstacles.
The good news? That quote at the top. Barring a lockout wiping out next season, this team isn’t done. They’ll be back for one last stand.
Much more on the way tonight and tomorrow, but for now…..time to go root for Perk in Oklahoma City.