Post-game Reactions

Miami Heat 72 Final
Recap | Box Score
91 Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce, SF 34 MIN | 8-17 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 23 PTS | +28

Pierce was aggressive on offense, regularly driving the paint rather than just settling for longer jumpers. Like Rondo, when he forces the defense to react to his penetration, good things happen for this team. Also helped neutralize James, who put up decent scoring numbers but had minimal impact (0 assists) on the outcome.

Brandon Bass, PF 35 MIN | 3-5 FG | 10-10 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | +24

One of Bass’ best games of the season. He competes hard, which is one reason he fits in so well with the rest of the starters, who have a high bar for their running mates. He only made three shots but that was good enough for 16 points, which is a credit to his willingness to attack the rim and absorb contact.

Kevin Garnett, PF 30 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +10

A less dominating performance offensively, and you’d like those shot totals to be higher but do yourself a favor and look at Chris Bosh’s line today (2-11 shooting for 4 points). And then Miami’s point total (a season low). Garnett gets more individual credit for those two things than anyone else on the roster.

Rajon Rondo, PG 37 MIN | 7-13 FG | 1-3 FT | 11 REB | 14 AST | 16 PTS | +28

He comes armed with an incredible mind for the game and an ability to creatively deconstruct defenses. When that’s matched with aggression and energy, he rivals any player in the game for overall impact. Miami slowed him briefly in the second quarter, but beyond that, Rondo controlled this game, creating for his teammates and breaking the confidence of the Heat. If anything, the numbers underrate his performance today.

Avery Bradley, SG 36 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +13

It’s really hard to keep expectations in check considering how well Bradley’s played lately. His timing and basketball IQ seem really advanced for the minimal court time he’s gotten. Also, we’ve talked about the man defense and we’ve raved about the cutting. Now, how about some appreciation for his ability to explode to the hoop?

Keyon Dooling, PG 20 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -3

Making a Bradley-esque transformation from useless bench filler to regular contributor over the last week. That’s much more in line with the original projections so it’s reasonable to believe Dooling can be a difference maker on the defensive end and add something to the offense.

Sasha Pavlovic, SF 14 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -9

Five rebounds in 14 minutes? Exactly what this team needs.

Greg Stiemsma, C 24 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +6

Still doesn’t play with enough force or attitude given his size but he’s making diverse contributions lately. Bonus points for one of the worst individual fast breaks we’ve seen all season.

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  • Anthony

    LOL… forgot about the Stiemsma fast break. I say, he deserve a break on that play. He stole the ball on back-to-back possessions, saw an open court, was obviously inspired by Rondo's performance so he dribbled down from half court for a missed layup.

    Agree with the Rondo assessment. He played much better than the triple double suggested.

    Pierce probably should've got an A- or B+. He turned the ball over by throwing it to a running AB's back, couldn't handle the AB pass from midcourt, and let Battier score on the silly inbound play.

    Lebron with 0 assist and -30 pretty much sums up the game.

  • red

    I have to question your basketball IQ ryan for how you ripped on avery earlier this season, but i am still not sold on dooling

  • Switcharoo

    The C’s just dissected the Heat this time. Miami’s big 3 just looked bewildered and their combined shooting reflects this; it was just brick after brick for them. What a good feeling watching this game,hell I was even giving Dooling a cheer. Let’s keep seeing this kind of proformence.

  • janos

    Hi Ryan, is Janos!

    Is no April Fools, celtics NBA are be respect.

    We Are All Rondos.

    • Indeed!

    • nfrench88

      my favorite part of the comment section is reading what janos has to say, and how he says it

    • david

      "We Are All Rondos"

      i have no idea what this means, but i love it LOL

    • Janos,

      The next time they ask for responses on the five-for-five, can you please (please!) email in your responses? I think I speak for everybody when I say that I'd love to hear you develop some thoughts about Celtics topics. You're the best.

      • janos

        Hi Michael David, is Janos
        Thank you say nice thing , you are the good man.

        I do send couple emails Haynes different issue, not 5 by 5 , but nobodies reply me

  • I_Love_Green

    OH MY GOD! That was the greatest game ever!! Alright, maybe I'm overreacting a little, but this is easily the best win of the season, and this team is REALLY coming together.

    Just wait until Ray comes back, and becomes our 6th man!

    • Anthony

      It'll be interesting when Ray gets back. I say keep AB in the starting line-up and have Ray take Dooling's minutes. And since Ray can play well with either AB or Rondo, he will still get 28-30 mins a game.

      Just hope Stiemsma keep playing well and give 20-24 solid mins a game. KG has only played 4 games (2 were overtime games) with 35+mins since the all-star break. I'm sure that's a contributing factor to KG's production.

  • ripsonics

    missed the game because of a softball game and a meeting – but HOLY HELL! Where did this come from! Someone said we are 15-5 since the break! Lookout for the men in green. Holy crap.

    So weird that Rondo had a big game today – but you have to give him credit because everyone expected him to bring it and he did. wow.

    Go C's

    • Zee

      I had my DVR set to record it but it didn't for some reason. Nevertheless, I caught the playback of the game at 3:30 am EST on ESPN. Was a great game!

  • Robert

    Bradley's emergence and the addition of Pietrus actually lets the Celtics match up pretty well defensively with Miami. Like Posey and Tony Allen before him, Pietrus can shoulder some of the defensive load again Lebron, which would hopefully allow Pierce to have a little more juice on the offensive end. Same thing for Bradley vs. Wade and Ray's offense.

    And we know Garnett can swallow up Bosh.

  • tbunny

    Bill Simmons is a good writer but it's funny how now he likes this team after wanting to blow the team up and trade everybody. He wanted to trade Garnett to Dallas for Marion and Lamar Odom for god's sake.

    • I can't take Simmons sometimes. I wonder if he actually thinks the things he says through.

      – BRADinLA

    • I_Love_Green

      The sad story of Lamar Odom…from 6th man of the year to absolute scrub.

    • Anthony

      Wasn't it supposed to be a reverse jinx? Simmons is by far my favorite writer on ESPN…. funny, insightful, and a Celtics fan. Although he's an all New England teams fan, he much more objective than his ESPN counterparts.

      • I_Love_Green

        Yes Simmons does that all of the time haha, and C's fans take him seriously every time.

  • Jim

    I am sorry to say I missed this game. It sounds like it was a great one to watch as a CELTIC fan . I also have to admit I was wrong about Bradley. The young guy is proving a lot of us wrong. Sometimes it is good to be wrong.The block on Wade made my day. Go Green!

  • CelticsBIG3

    Repost: 15-5 since all star break. Nothing more to say.

  • IBleedGreen

    Wow the season is getting more interesting to say the least. Consider DRose is injured (and seems pretty serious), and Miami looks very beatable, I think the C's may have a chance of upsetting both of them. Plus, we're only one game out of the 3rd spot!!!

    • Zee

      I'm actually more concerned about the Pacers and the Sixers than I am the Bulls and Heat. It's the sleepers you have to keep an eye on!

  • Bert

    Garnett fought for his rebounds today. The guy is such an asset these days. How about Bass getting to the line? 10-10. It's nice to see him down low opposed to the jumper that we're so used to. I feel like wherever he ends up next season he owes a lot to Rondo for making him look so good.

    PS: Scalabrine was +12 in the bulls loss today

  • htown

    what happened to highlights? i wanna see the stiemsmer fast break! GIVE THE BALL TO GERALD!

    • GBW

      Agreed. Bring back the highlights!

  • lakershater13

    The 3 main guys off the bench….Dooling, Pavlovic, and Stiemsma…that was our bench in the Heats worst loss of the season. No Allen and no MP.

    Ill take it. Great win.

    I am always the first to say I think the Cs can still compete to win it this year. I will be excited to see how the next two meetings with the Heat go. As impressive as this win was you have to wonder if the Heat took the Cs lightly with a lack of depth. At the same time you cannot argue with the Cs having the second best record in the league since the allstar break.
    I think guys like Bradley and Bass are hungry to win a title. I also think the big four want to prove they were not a one hit wonder.
    14 games to go.

    • Lantrell Walker


  • Lantrell Walker

    This game was a prime example that the C's are gonna be real lethal, not only when they get healthy, but also when they get into that playoff frame of mind. The green snake has still got some venom left & is poised to strike when the time is right, life under the radar sure is beautiful though.


  • W2.

    Great game. Defense wins. I will note that the bandwagon seems to be getting full again. So it goes. I now live in a world where Keyon Dooling is finally healthy and he forces me to eat every negative word about him that I have said over the past few months. I good with that. I might be ready to declare him a Celtic.

  • Jamie

    I was worried about the Bradley/D Wade matchup cause Wade has the size that at the 2 guard should give Bradley fits, but AB held him to 6 for 17. AB/Rondo is by far the best defensive backcourt in the league.

    • IBleedGreen

      Rondo is also one of the most overrated defensive player in the league

  • Handsome

    You know what might have been my favorite part of the game? Seeing the continued development of some of these guys. Enough has been said about Avery and the incredible job he is doing in shredding teams but I loved seeing things like Bass passing up an open jumper to give it to (i think) Keyon for a 3. Bass doesn't make that play in the beginning of the season. I understand it was his only assist of the night but it's progress either way.

    Great great game!

  • Brian

    Lebron looked liked Game 5 2010 Playoffs Lebron today. He simply doesn't play the same when he's not Frontrunning and getting easy steals plus dunks.

  • ripsonics

    we've won our last three games by an average of 17.33 ppg

    we are 15-5 since the break

    Bruce Bowen thinks we might be able to come out of the east

    My head is spinning LITERALLY in every direction – and because I am superstitious I don't think I should watch any big games because they won when I didnt watch!

    Really would like to see Ray Allen for the spurs game. Word.

  • zach

    One huge difference is that we are no longer a SLOW team with Bradly at 2 and KG at 5. That makes a huge difference against the Heat, who previously ran us out of the building often after stealing perimeter passes to Ray. The mental flaws in Miami continue, they have more pressure than anyone this postseason

  • CelticsInTheLBC

    Bradley, despite his Highlight Block, was really an unsung hero in this game. I think he deserves some credit for his defensive presence against LeBron too. On another note, I definitely agree that our starters brought their "A" game! You also gotta love seeing our bench step up too. This game, along with our first game against the Magic where the C's held them to tie a record-low points allowed, have to be some inspiring examples of what our boys are capable of.

  • Josh

    3 Things I loved today
    – Rondo's disgusting abuse of the Heat's defense
    – Bradley's f**k you block on a non-chalant Wade
    – KG destroying Bosh and owning his soul