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Game 4: Miami (2-1) @ Boston (1-2) Open Thread

 

Game 4
Miami at Boston
8:30 P.M. ET
TD Garden
ESPN

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.9 points/100 possessions (10th)
Miami: 109.3 points/100 possessions (3rd)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 97.7 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Miami: 99.8 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)

Key Injuries: Avery Bradley and Chris Bosh are out.

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

View From The Opposing Bench: Heat Index

Thumbnail: Tonight is effectively a Game 7 for Boston. Maybe even more of a Game 7 than the actual Game 7 they just went through. The prospect of enduring three elimination games, two in Miami, is not ideal. So it’s tonight.

Look for, as Ryan addressed, KG to affirm his post presence. Look for Pierce to, for better or worse, put up 25 shots gunning for a huge bounce-back game. Look for Rondo to continue his transition from human to pure energy. Look for some minutes from Marquis Daniels, probably at the cost of Mickael Pietrus. Hope for some minutes from Terrel Harris.

And if Boston ends up with a lead in the fourth, look for them to keep attacking in transition and not hoard shot clock. This is easily the most maddening thing about this team: when they’re ahead by a small margin late, they stunt their own offense by initiating with four seconds left in the possession, in hopes they can just run the game out without having to actually play anymore. They did it two nights ago and let Miami back in. The Heat are intensely capable of ending a game on a 14-0 run, so Boston needs to play like they expect that to happen.

Prediction: Celtics win.

  • Lakershater13

    "Lets do it" -KG

  • someguyinsac

    Once they get a foot on the Heat's throat, they need to step harder like you said Hayes.

  • skeeds

    Grrrr of all the games, I have to miss this one? Damn! Please, PLEASE people, make sure we win!

    GO C'S!

  • Batman

    Lets go Celtics!
    We are technically in the same position as last year at this point but guess what- Our best player doesn't have one arm!
    Give Rondo the ball, set him picks, and let him get to work
    GO BACK TO MIAMI 2-2

  • I_Love_Green

    The win friday will be irrelevant if we lose tonight. Protect home court baby!

  • Lantrell Walker

    Gotta get it, just win baby, just win

    #WeBelieveIn18

  • Batman

    Well Bill Kennedy is reffing tonight
    Expect Doc to be thrown out halfway through the 1st for not saying excuse me after sneezing

  • JR99

    Bill Kennedy (a known cheat/liar/thief), and Joey Crawford — Is there ANY chance we'll have a fair game now?

  • hdavenport

    Robb, BJacks and I are all at the game. Crowd is HOT.

  • hdavenport

    Jerod Mayo, Welker, Kevin Faulk, Wilfork, Gronkowski, and Belichick all here.

  • onecowboytoo

    Rajon Rondo best point guard in the NBA.

  • JR99

    Too bad about that Rondo tech. Now he has to be careful for the rest of the game.

  • I_Love_Green

    Keep it up for the 2nd half!

  • JR99

    I'm thinking 2nd half we'll see more KG posting up. Esp in the 4th quarter, and esp when Miami goes w their small lineup.

  • Ben

    Does somebody have video of Dorris asking Rondo what weakness they are exploiting and Rondo saying they are complaining to the refs in transition? That was amazing

  • tomrod

    KG has to get more agressive offensively. Miami can't guard him.

  • Morpheus

    Ok struggling a little offensively here in the 3rd

  • Morpheus

    LET'S GO CELTICS!!!!

  • Morpheus

    There you go, give it to our best player Rondo and let him dictate

    Bass with the tough fadeaway

  • Morpheus

    What the fuck offensive on Rondo….FUCK ME

  • Scott

    KG has to get deeper in the post.

  • Morpheus

    There you go Pietrus take it hard to the hole dammit

  • Morpheus

    Making the Fts would be nice

  • Morpheus

    Damn that offensive play with Dooling dribbling the ball aimlessly then giving it to KG for a hail mary was PATHETIC, got to get better shot than that crap.

  • JR99

    Isn't it fun watching the refs play?

  • onecowboytoo

    The lead is slowly eroding. C'mon Celtics

  • onecowboytoo

    Who still thinks that clipper point guard is better?

  • onecowboytoo

    c'mon pietrus hit something.

  • I_Love_Green

    OH MY GOODNESS

  • WTF

    What happened? I took my eyes off the TV for a quarter and all of sudden it's a tie game? What has Doc been doing to make sure the 18 pt lead evaporates?

    • WTF

      Who the heck gave me a thumbs down? what for?

      • CelticsBIG3

        Why did you take you eyes off the TV?

        • WTF

          Because I was getting bored with us beating the shit out of them.

          • CelticsBIG3

            lame

  • WTF

    OK, Rondo time, you can do it.

  • someguyinsac

    Time for the Celtics to get into bar fight mode!

  • I_Love_Green

    Gonna be down 3-1 soon if this keeps up

  • WTF

    This has to be the worst melt down in basketball history if the Cs lose this one. I'll hold Doc responsible if they do.

    • WTF

      You don't like what I said? pathetic. See, why do you have to sit KG at this critical time?

      • someguyinsac

        Having him in at the end of the game is more critical than when Doc sat him.

        • WTF

          How could not he be at the end of the game? He only had two fouls, I think?

          • CelticsBIG3

            He's 36 years old dude. He's tired he's not a fucking robot

          • someguyinsac

            Yup, exactly that.

  • tomrod

    thank god for ray allen

  • hdavenport

    I don't know if they're showing this on TV, but Gronk is hyping up the crowd right now.

  • WTF

    Fxxk, how's that a travel

  • WTF

    Get Pietrus off the floor! Why do you foul in that situation?

    • Anthony

      I was thinking the same thing. But at least those 2 offensive rebounds and drawing the offensive foul on Lebron made up the his poor play.

  • WTF

    If I were LeBron, I'd never pass that ball.

  • JR99

    Thank you, Bill Kennedy, for ruining another Celtics game. Gotta hand it to Billy, he's good at it. Rot in hell, Bill

    • jman

      exactly..

    • WTF

      Keep whining as if that can win the game! Some so called Celtics fans and basketball fans in general.

  • someguyinsac

    Let's bring this home in OT. Celtics for the win!

  • tomrod

    fucking battier, flopping and fouling all game

    • WTF

      Why don't you blame Pierce for the bone head foul? Why did he have to run over a guy to get into position? Get around Battier and have him moving then try to make him foul.

  • tomrod

    love you pietrus

  • WTF

    that's pietrus pull, but I'll take it.

  • someguyinsac

    MIRACLES! LBJ finally fouls out!

  • WTF

    FTs coming up!

  • tomrod

    phew!!!! dodged a couple of bullets there. Lets go celtics!!!

  • WTF

    Whew! It's finally over!

  • I_Love_Green

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

  • Leeboo1211

    OMG that last shot by Wade gave me a heart attack. 2-2 BABY!!!

    • janos

      hi boo, is Janos
      I was open close eye peek through hand like child , last shot

  • someguyinsac

    YEAH BABY!

  • janos

    Hello Haynes!! Happy Janos!

    SHoe is now on Miami foot, we will see what made they, are. Pressure all them.

  • jpbl1976

    Let's hope we can ride this into a 4-game winning streak. I want to close the series out at home on Thursday. Go Celtics!!!

  • CelticsBIG3

    That was insane. Where is my oxygen tank?

  • Anthony

    Holy cow!

    Please Celts, can ya'll close out these games and stop making so nervous with these crazy games? Needed a few sec to gather myself after that Dwade miss.

    Best of 3 now. (though I still think we should be up 3-1)

  • Morpheus

    Phew fark that was close.

    I swear when the ball was traveling halfway on its fateful journey on that Wade 3 i was ready to cry thinking it was going in.

    Webelievein#18

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