Post-game Reactions

Boston Celtics 111 FinalRecap | Box Score 115 Miami Heat
Paul Pierce, SF 43 MIN | 8-19 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 21 PTS | -3
Could have used a few more calls from the zebras but another grit and balls special from Pierce, who, if he didn’t come close to playing LeBron James to a draw, at least kept it respectable enough for the Celtics to have a chance. Still facing Miami doubles and not always handling them well. Made a few lazy passes tonight, and turned it over a few times. Only had two shots in the paint all game.
Brandon Bass, PF 29 MIN | 2-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -15
Came out of the gate closing out HARD on shooters. He’ll never be the most efficient defensive player, in man-defense or as part of a team, but he busted it while he was in there. Mostly a non-factor on offense but we’ll take 10 boards in 29 minutes anytime we can get them from Bass.
Kevin Garnett, PF 45 MIN | 6-18 FG | 6-6 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | -6
KG shot 33% and made a few crucial mistakes down the stretch, possibly out of exhaustion. And he barely touched the ball below the free throw line before the fourth quarter (That’s on Doc, even if KG was post-averse tonight). Despite all errors, KG also played 45 grueling minutes on defense and was a major reason why Dwayne Wade struggled in the first half.
Ray Allen, SG 43 MIN | 5-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -2
An incredible return for Allen, who somehow shook off bone spurs in his ankles to log 43 effective minutes, and not just on offense. He had help with the C’s consistent trapping of Wade but he was moving well out there and knocked down a massive three in the fourth to push the game to overtime.
Rajon Rondo, PG 53 MIN | 16-24 FG | 10-12 FT | 8 REB | 10 AST | 44 PTS | -4
Stop me when you disagree. The single best game by a Celtic all season. The single best one-game performance of the Big Three era. The best game of Rondo’s career.
RR was astounding tonight. He played the entire game, 53 brutal minutes. He shot 66% from the field on the way to a career-high 44 points. He got to the line 12 times. He hit 10 of his free throws. He only turned the ball over three times. He scored all Boston’s points in overtime. Incredible heart on this kid. Can’t believe some of us (raises hand sheepishly) wanted him traded. Also, you can safely ignore almost every other A+ we’ve given out this year. They’ve all been bell curved down.
Keyon Dooling, PG 15 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +4
Very good minutes from Dooling, including a major play to set up Ray Allen’s fourth quarter three.
Ryan Hollins, C 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0
Completely useless tonight. In his one minute he botched a rebound that led to a Miami three and he failed to convert an offensive chance.
Mickael Pietrus, SF 28 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -5
I’m out on Pietrus. His defense is overrated and he’s been a terrible shooter for the Celtics since the first month of the season. A whole number of bad decisions tonight, biting on shot fakes, and losing his guy in transition. The odd defensive stop or saved ball makes up for all this? Au Contraire Bonjour.
Greg Stiemsma, C 5 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +2
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  • I_Love_Green

    I am so damn proud of Rajon Rondo. SO DAMN PROUD OF THAT MAN.

    Damn near teared up when they showed Rondo saying "lets do this" when Lebron was going for the win at the end of regulation.

    If you want to trade a player like this you're crazy.

  • Batman

    Pietrus falls for ANY pump fake
    you could be heading to a time out and pump fake and he'll jump
    sit him, give me Sasha

    • ElRoz

      Yes but Sasha is afraid to shoot when open…then again, Pietrus bricks most of his shots….what's worse – Sasha passing opon jumpers, or Pietrus missing his?

    • Ryan DeGama

      Saw your game thread comment that this was the worst since game 7 in 2010. Totally agree.

      Also, welcome back.

      • High Rollers

        C'mon, guys. Yeah, we're down 0-2, but we've only play one half of bad ball in two games. Ray and Rondo sure didn't look beaten in the slightest when they talked at the podium post-game. Let'em get home and see what they can do.

      • Batman

        Thanks DeGama!

  • Batman

    We have to get both in Boston
    we're still in this guys, don't lose hope!

    • High Rollers

      Hope is the thing with feathers, and Rondo gives you wings.

    • Anthony

      Yep… win the next 2 in Boston.
      Miami already knows the Celts can win in their house.

      Believe #18

  • Ly

    Heartsick. Heatsick.

  • Zee

    This loss hurt. The guys had red glossy eyes after the game. Good thing about it is:

    1) We get to go home

    2) The series is not over

    3) The Heat (and their fans; and the media) gained a whole new respect for the C's tonight. No-one said we lost because we looked old or because we got tired legs. Nah, we fought tooth and nail the whole way and one bad whistle with under 2 minutes changed the momentum of the game. It's AMAZING how Heat fans say we got outplayed tonight. Lord help me, because that kind of stuff angers me. 🙂

    • Anthony

      No need to let that anger you. Miami fans are a bunch of frontrunner/ bandwagon fans and they're clueless about basketball. They probably thought the officiating was fair and great in both games.

  • ElRoz

    Hollins – how does a guy that size is so ineffective?

    Glad Dooling got some minutes – perhaps he needs more.

    The Celtics are now in a situation where they absolutely must get both at home.

  • Zee

    And God bless Rondo! I raise my hand as well. I pray he remains a C for life!

  • CelticsBIG3


  • Lantrell Walker

    I don't know how after a performance like that how anyone could be disappointed or angry with this team, they literally left it all out there on the court, sad that we didn't win, but more proud of the effort than sad at the loss.
    This series is NOT OVER, all Miami did was what they were supposed to do, hold homecourt, now the series shifts to the jungle & it's time for us to do the same. Tonight, we were all Rondos.


  • CelticsBIG3

    Funny how NOT A THING ON NBA.COM mentions Rondo's game in the mainframe; just how the BEAT survived.

  • Jen

    I'm a Heat fan, but I was definitely impressed with the Celtics tonight. Rondo was insanely good. I really wish the refs hadn't missed that the foul on Rondo so that I could feel better about the Heat win – it feels a little dirty right now. I'm not convinced that it completely lost the game for the C's, but it was a huge cal so it's disappointing that they didn't get it right. Rondo, Pierce, Ray, and KG really fought tonight, so you guys should be proud of your team tonight even if things didn't end as planned.

    • CelticsBIG3

      We are proud Jen, but it's really upsetting that Wade can throw kick at KG's balls and get a foul in short order after slapping Rondo in the face.

      • Anthony

        He did it on one of the Keyon foul too.

  • DHC

    When someone discovers where Broken hearts go, please let me know.

    Still proud of Rondo! Ok and Pierce needs to stop fouling out 🙁

    • NHBluesMan

      that 6th foul was bogus… another one of those plays that swung the momentum the Heats way

  • lakershater13

    Okay the government needs to step in and investigate the nba refs the same way they investigated steroids in baseball.
    Celtics played with the heart of champions and get called for 33 fouls when the heat were taking a lot of jump shots. Notice the 26 3pt attempts. Celtics were driving to the hoop and the heat only commit 18 fouls. Notice the tripping foul on Haslem in the 2qt it was actually lebrons leg that tripped him. Lebron and Wade each have 1 foul while Pierce fouls out? No way should the less aggressive team going to the hoop shoot 47 fts to 29 fts by the team that was being aggressive.
    What is really frustrating is that no one stepped up in the post game interviews and took a fine. Making millions a year and you cant come out and take a 25k fine to say how you got screwed. Wheres Rasheed when you need him banging on the refs locker room door?

    • CelticsBIG3

      Should have known things we're shot when Steamer got 4 fouls in a minute in change

    • Big 4 fan

      Ray said something. Rondo didnt want to say it but Ray said "I'll say it, we thought it was a foul"!!!!! Not sure if he said enough to get fined though.

    • Zee

      Ray said something.

  • GowGow

    They should make it a rule for refs that if they review their calls aftergame and find they messed up on a call, they have to come forward and accept their mistakes.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Can't do that… that would fuck up David Stern's "master plan". The NBA has sucked Lebron off so hard over the years he's forgotten what cumming is like. Best get him a ring soon

    • Big 4 fan

      I was thinking the same thing…or they should be fined if they were standing in front of the foul and dont call it. MAKE THEM ACCOUNTABLE!!! Is there any accountability for refs not making the correct calls? What if they are getting paid off? My fear is that someone will get hurt. RONDO could have gotten hurt from that non call tonight.

    • noche

      So apparently they do have to have a review where they are shown all of their mistakes. Not that anything happens after that though. This was something that came out of the Donaghy scandal.

  • Anthony

    WOW… absolutely WOW. A heartbreaking lost but I couldn't be prouder of the team. All of Swag's jumpers were nothing but bottom of the net. Nothing that rolled around the rim and then went in, no lucky bounces, just straight bottom of the net. I'm no longer referring him as Rondo but as Swag.

    There were several reasons the Celts lost, besides the atrocious non-foul call on Swag. Pietrus was horrible. He committed 3 absolutely stupid touch fouls on Lebron. Why was he confused when Lebron got on the breakaway? He waited till Lebron get ahead of him so he can commit the clear path foul instead. Keyon gave Dwade two And-1s which was pretty bad also. The league need to look into Dwade kicking his feet out on those drives… reminds me of Ty Cobbs when he slides into base. Celts got away from the quick double team on Dwade that worked really well in the 1st half. Aside from the first few mins and the last few mins, the officiating wasn't that bad. Celts really was giving a lot of ticky-tak fouls instead of good solid hard fouls. Another bad call I can recall was the loose ball foul called on Swag even though both he and Lebron had a right to the ball. And to top it off, Lebron falls hard on top of Swag. Lastly, whether by design or not, after Truth got fouled out, Celts didn't look into getting KG in the post at all.

    I believed in the Celts from the 1st min of the game to the last, and despite a heartbreaking, heartbreaking lost, I still believe.

    I said it after the Celts-Clipper game about 2 months ago and I'm going to say it again… Swag is the best PG in the league. CP3, Tony Parker, DRose, Westbrook has nothing on him. Nothing! Swag and AB = best guard duo next season!

    • Zee

      Thanks Anthony, but with a name as cool as Rondo, who needs to be called Swag? I'll stick with Rondo! 😉

      Great analysis though. Skp Bayless even said it himself though…

      "Game turned on missed foul call, Wade on Rondo. Raked him across his face! Just have a feeling Celts win if Rondo shoots those FTs for lead."

      • Anthony

        Great point but KG says the team call him Swag. Doesn't have a bad ring to it? =)

        KG = Big Ticket
        Pierce = Truth
        Ray = Jesus Shuttlesworth
        Rondo = Swag

        AB needs a nickname too.

  • Rich

    A third-party observer, but I can say that I'm sick after watching that game. Three crucial calls in that game: 1. Pierces last foul, where he jumped straight up after being in the correct spot, 2. The non-call on Rondo that ended up being a four point swing when the game was tied (this one cost Boston the game) and 3. KGs final foul, where he was actually kicked. All of them involved Wade. And I can now say, as a Cavaliers fan, that Wade is my least favorite player. No player in this league gets more bogus calls in his building than that man. No one. It's a complete joke how much love he gets when he's Miami from the refs and it sickens me to no end.

    • CG12

      I have a grudging respect for LeBron. Wade is crap – I can't stand that guy.

    • Dubya

      and after adding his red pants into the equation… it just makes me wanna hurl

  • Big 4 fan

    ALL I have to say is if the Celtics can play this type of game without any really good roll players and starters that are hurt…imagine what we could do if we had a little more…just a little bit more!!!! If Ainge can't bring back players and a team that has half the guts and grit and grind of these players…these BIG 4 PLAYERS, I DON'T WANT ANY CHANGES TO OUR CORE!!! These boys are the TRUTH!!!!

    Why can't Ainge do what San Antonio has done and build around the core veteran players instead of tearing them apart. Look at what San Antonio has done with 1 more year with the SPURS. They got knocked out in the first round last year and did they trade any of their big 3 players…Noooooooo!!!! Even though Ginobli was playing horrible due to injury AND Duncan looked old. Ginobli KILLED OKC in the first game!!!! They kept on adding pieces until they are where they are now 2 games from the Western Conference Finals.

    I honestly LOVE these guys. Win or Loss…these boys, these players, are my team for life!!!! Say what you will but most, if not all teams would have given up by now with all the adversity they faced this year. NOT MY TEAM, NOT MY CELTICS, THEY FIGHT BACK AND KEEP FIGHTING!!!

  • Mac

    What a performance by Rondo. But geez, seven points from the bench. Even the Heat bench which is considered one of the weakest in the league pumped in 25 points. Obviously being down Avery, JG and Wilcox kills them.

    Great effort, great plays from some great players tonight but this is just not a great TEAM. Nothing to be done about it.


    Could argue Ray's 52-point performance in CHI in '09 was comparable.

  • Zee

    Here's what Skip Bayless had to say after the game…

    "Game turned on missed foul call, Wade on Rondo. Raked him across his face! Just have a feeling Celts win if Rondo shoots those FTs for lead."

  • Zee

    I have one more thing to say. After the performance Rondo gave, if I were his teammate, I would feel like I didn't do enough. It would challenge me personally to go out in the next game and give my all. When I thought my best was good enough, it wasn't. Rondo provided an eye opener about heart. His game 2 play should motivate the rest of the team to play very well in game 3. We didn't get the win and nothing can be changed about it. But now that we've lost, hopefully it will light a fire under everyone else. They failed Rondo. If everyone would've gave 100% like he did, we wouldn't even have to complain about a non-call.

  • Gomezd

    I could only keep up with the game with the play-by-play but can any one please explain to me the time out that Doc called on the 4th?

    Up 5 at 2:55 left lebron is fouled and is going to the line Doc calls a time out. Not including the 2 freethrows (as the foul was commited before the time out) ater the time out Heat go on a 7-0 run. Why did he do this? the heat were not in any kind of rhythm or didnt necesarily have much momentum going for them, why would Doc burn a time out in a situation where it didnt really seem necessary?

    Not claiming the run was made becuase of the time out but I'm curious what was the purpose of it? Becuase whatever it is it didn do much.

    • noche

      I don't remember if this is what happened or not BUT I believe it was the under 3 minute TV timeout (which they credit to the teams to make it seem like they aren't just trying to make more money).

  • I disagree with Keyon's grade. I thought he had a lot of stupid fouls tonight down the stretch…

    Overall I think he's been pretty good in the playoffs… That was a great pass to set up Ray, but other than that I guess I didn't see the same thing you saw tonight.

  • Morena

    Rondo's grade tonight shouldn't have been A+.. it should have been MVP!!
    There are no more words to describe this guy..

  • JR99

    Hollins can't be a D- ! He was absolutely and totally negative. Did nothing but lose the ball and screw up a play. I mean, if he doesn't get an F, then it must be impossible to get one around here.

    Stiemsma was not so bad. The refs, you might have noticed, were just a TAD one-sided.

  • jack

    Okay this is an absolute joke….D Wade is by far the most favored cowardly player disgracing the league. OBVIOUS missed calls on Wade…really…1 foul on wade and lebrick …in an OT game? Wade is a coward….these punks get rewarded for what? Way to suck the lifeblood out of all things pure about this game. Point blank: Its rigged. Youre a bastard Stern for running such a sham. Im forever joiing the ranks of NBA naysayers. This game was decided by the refs, beginning to end. Miami doesnt deserve this win. Shameless….disgusting..ten thumbs down. From here on out NBA has lost a lifelong fan. Youre soulless Mr Stern.

  • -jp

    Every Heat win just seems like a bail out to me. We cannot win in Miami, zebras will not let it happen. Sad but what a game from Rondo

  • Redsarmy.com

    Want to read about what one this game? Go to http://www.redsarmy.com They actually have the balls to talk about it over there… This ESPN affiliate is a joke.

    • noche

      I read Redsarmy just as much, if not more than, I read this blog – but don't be dick heads. And learn how to spell won if you're going to be a sports blogger.

      • Handsome

        My guess would be that this isn't actually one of the writers from Red's Army posting this. They're a pretty respectful bunch usually even if they do have a tendency to be more frank than some of the Truehoop guys can be.

        • Ryan DeGama

          We love the guys at Red's Army. Pretty sure they're not here talking smack.

  • Brian

    Bench is useless. Pietrus, Dooling and Steamer just had a bunch of silly fouls. Hollins is about as bad as Kwame Brown trying to play in the paint. Daniels and Pavlovic are invisible. Everyone will be ticked about Wade and James just free throwing their way to points but if the C's had a bench that could sustain leads and let their starters get any kind of break they win this game easily.

    • CG12

      There was a lot of dumb fouling going on, and the refs didn't make it any better. Way too handsy and way too easily suckered by pump fakes. That isn't going to get it done.

  • CG12

    DWade is a dirty player, plain and simple. He does stuff like the flying balls kick and face rake all the frigging time. Man, I can't stand him.

    The Heat are a great home team, but suck on the road. This series is not over, my friends.

  • IBleedGreen

    D- for Hollins for playing only 1 minute? That's a little harsh.

  • IBleedGreen

    This game is on KG. He's non-existent through the first 3 quarters and made some costly mistakes in OT. I hope he is mad at himself now and plays mad in the next two games at home. I am going to game 4 so please don't be a sweep.

  • Jamie

    Bass completely disappeared in the 2nd half so a B is generous.

  • NHBluesMan

    so let me get this straight…
    Tyler Hansborough makes a play on the ball, and has follow-through contact with Wades head and gets a Flagrant 1….
    Wade hits Rondo square across the face, MAYBE making a play on the ball… no call made.

    BTW, love the comments on Steimsma… i feel bad for the guy

  • felix

    hate the way dwade plays. can't anthony soprano catch him outside the building for a few words?
    i am a celtics fan, so i am not necessarily objective…but please, the officials were very bad.
    on another note, the celtics almost beat the team with two of the best players right now, on their homecourt. i am very proud of ma lads in green and i am confident for game three. let's go celtics!

  • skeeds

    yeah, all those "is Rondo good enough to be a leader of this team", "you can't build around him but you can built with him" conversations we used to have around Christmas, I had a feeling that I'd have to shove my foot in my mouth right around this time of year.
    I've said it before. Rondo's putting up the best streak of playoff performances since A.I. And since Magic Johnson, I can't think of more than 3-4 PG's that came even close to what this kid is doing. Maybe Isaiah, Stockton and Kidd?

    Ainge, I hope you have some kind of plan. Rondo's just entering his prime. If you burn his best years away like Pierce's, you're a criminal!

  • Morpheus

    I blame this on Danny. Point blank, did sweet fuck all to get help for the big 3. Danny fucked any chance we had at #18 this year by acquiring Hollins…..yeah what a fuck up.

    I still believe in this Celtics team. We will win 2 at home.


  • Tom

    This was a tough loss for the celts, they llost even though they played a great game especially from Rondo! yet i think the celts will bounce back like they always do and win game 3 and i wrote all about why that is and how to bet it right here http://www.acesportsbook.com/is-there-anything-le