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Game 3: Miami (2-0) @ Boston (0-2) Open Thread

 

Game 3
Miami @ Boston
8:30 PM EST
TD Garden
ESPN

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 97.1 points/100 possessions (10th)
Miami: 107.1 points/100 possessions (3rd)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 95.4 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Miami: 95.5 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)

Key Injuries: Nothing new to report on this front.

Probable Miami Starters: Mario Chalmers (PG), Dwyane Wade (SG), LeBron James (SF), Shane Battier (PF), Ronny Turiaf (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Heat Index

Thumbnail: The easiest path to moving on from an unpleasant memory is to alter the future and prevent history from repeating itself. As far as basketball games go, Game 2 was the most tragic experience Celtics fans have endured since the 2010 Finals. It was brutal—a swift kick to the gut. But a win tonight spins this series on its axis. For 48 hours, the pressure, the defensive fan base, and the strain of a loss shifts towards Miami. But one thing won’t be traveling south: the series.

In Game 2 the Celtics made a lot of shots they normally miss, and missed a lot of shots they normally make. Their bench was a timid disaster, and an argument can be made that apart from Rondo, not a single player performed up to their capable abilities. In Game 2, Boston showed Miami they’re capable of winning with no phony zone defense. They blitzed the pick and role mercilessly on every possession as if it were their last. They didn’t just hang with the Heat, they outplayed them. The contested Battier three-pointers and Udonis Haslem baseline jumpers are shots this defense can live with, and if the Heat continue to knock them down, so be it. But just as everyone is talking about how Rajon Rondo is incapable of repeating his historic performance in Game 3, I’d like to point out that there’s about a two percent chance Mario Chalmers ever plays that well again.

With atrocious transition defense that made it look like they had a 25 point lead with just a few minutes left in the game, the Celtics gifted the Heat with easy baskets that were crucial in deciding its outcome. Their half court defense was stupendous for 53 minutes, and breaking it down isn’t exactly something the Heat can bank on happening. They didn’t win Game 2 so much as they stole it, and a victory for the home team tonight snatches everything right back.

Prediction: The Boston Celtics win the game.

  • Kafel

    Let's go Celtics!
    Show them heart of a champion and get it done!

  • lakershater13

    "Lets do it" -KG

  • Lantrell Walker

    Let's make sure Miami doesn't leave the jungle alive

    #WeBelieveIn18

  • CelticsBIG3

    Time to break some heads!

  • I_Love_Green

    Down but not out!

    Don't go down 0-3 guys! Get a W tonight!

  • Anthony

    Can anyone going to the game start a "Ref suck" chant? or a "Delonte West" chant for Lebron? Any ideas what to chant for Dwade?

    Miami can't handle the Celts in the jungle.
    Let's go Celts!!

  • Moxie

    Do-or-die time. Let's do this! Go C's!

  • someguyinsac

    Unleash the Leprechaun! :P

  • someguyinsac

    KG being awesome!

  • someguyinsac

    It's nice to see Doc go outside of his substitution comfort zone and trust the bench to step up, it's really refreshing and has paid off in spades.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Absolutely Daniels is playing real well

      • someguyinsac

        He's the X-factor for this game and then some. Kudos to MD for being ready for the call.

  • http://twitter.com/Barby133Barby @Barby133Barby

    @espn Bro. 2 current Black OK ST Sen Judy Eason McIntyre; L. J. Eason says 2 Sir Charles, "the myth is incorrect, large #s of blacks live in OK. & Edmond is a great place to live & grow~Ck urself!", #Charles Barkley

  • Eric

    Pierce: "FUCK YALL"

  • CelticsBIG3

    what

  • WTF

    Yeah, beat the shit out of them.

  • WTF

    OK, why isn't Daniels in? I think he plays better defense than Pietrus.

  • hansgruber

    Nothing but a bunch of choke artists. This is making me sick.

  • Eric

    Does anyone else not want Pierce taking a shot

    • Eric

      i mean seriously

  • someguyinsac

    Grit and balls, Baby!

  • CelticsBIG3

    INTERESTING FACT: Miami has no heart

    • CelticsBIG3

      These guys didn't give anything around the 2 min mark when their run started to slow down

  • Lantrell Walker

    I just looked up the word "Resolve" in the dictionary & there was just a simple, two word definition: Boston Celtics.

    #WeBelieveIn18

  • I_Love_Green

    WOOOO!!!

    Finish off this home stand next game, and then go back to Miami with the series tied! We can do this!

  • onecowboytoo

    So happy right now. Officials called it straight, and we got the W.

    • Rav

      Well, they called it quite a bit in our favor actually. But we deserve it, especially after the way the last two games were officiated.

  • GowGow

    Were these the same officials from the past two games?

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