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Peaks and Rallies: C’s 93, Heat 91(Full Grades)

 
Miami Heat 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce, SF 40 MIN | 8-18 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 23 PTS | -1
Tonight was LeBron’s first foulout since April 2009 and Pierce’s third in five games. It’s difficult to pin that entire disparity on Bill Kennedy. Pierce gets whistled because he’s forced to guard players who are much faster, more athletic, and jump-highery than he is. It’s going to keep happening. But as long as he’s scoring like he did tonight, 40 minutes is plenty. He was the guy behind the scoring burst at the opening tip.
Brandon Bass, PF 33 MIN | 3-8 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | +2
Brandon Bass has a chronic stutter of the hands. Every time Rondo finds him in position under the basket with a bounce pass, Bass either fumbles it completely or needs a split second to collect the ball, losing the opportunity. It is unpleasant to behold. But he hit some very big shots and got to the line in a game where that was important.
Kevin Garnett, PF 43 MIN | 8-20 FG | 1-1 FT | 14 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | +7
Along with Ray’s cold snap, the story of the second-half decline was KG missing 11 of his 13 shots. But the story of the survival in overtime was him punishing the rim for three urgent defensive rebounds (in a small lineup) and holding the Heat to two points in five minutes. Even with their biggest first half in recent memory, this was a defensive win, so it has KG’s name on it.
Ray Allen, SG 46 MIN | 6-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | +2
Ray hit three of his five threes in the first half. He got free in every possible way. He looked poised to shoot 60% from three for the remaining nine years of his career. Odds were good that he was going to actually lap Reggie Miller’s record. Then he shot 1-6 in the second. Still a solid game from Ray. I like the idea to stash him on Battier and just make him responsible for closing out.
Rajon Rondo, PG 47 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 15 AST | 15 PTS | +8
After six years of being begged to stop shooting anywhere outside the paint, Rondo finally develops unlimited range and kills the Heat with his jumper in Games 2 and 3. But only now, NOW after SIX years of being BEGGED TO, he abandons his jump shot in a dumpster behind the Family Dollar and attacks the rim twelve times. What a mysterious dude.Rondo was +8 in 47 minutes, meaning Boston was -6 in the six minutes he didn’t play. It showed.
Keyon Dooling, PG 16 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -1
A great night for Keyon’s scrambly defense and his show-offy jumper. He flares out that left elbow like he’s firing a bow and arrow. He’s on that Katniss grind. A veritable Geena Davis. Other archers…Hawkeye. Legolas. That feels like enough.
Marquis Daniels, SG 15 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -4
What do you want? You want Marquis to turn zero meaningful minutes all season into 10 points and 5 boards per game off the bench? You want him to be James Harden now? Is that what you want? Shame on you. He played defense.
Mickael Pietrus, SF 24 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -1
If ever in the future I find myself falling from some extremely high altitude, I’m going to expect Mickael Pietrus to soar in and catch me before I hit the ground. Those were my two favorite offensive rebounds of all time.
  • High Rollers

    That last one, about MP, put that one on the fridge, Hayes. (The excessive commas, you ask? A series with this many twists and turns deserves no less.)

  • yeah

    basketball

  • IBleedGreen

    The two offensive rebounds were huge, but if he can mix in a couple buckets and less dumb fouls, MP would be my favorite Celtics.

  • JR99

    Those 2 offensive rebounds saved Pietrus from a C, no doubt. Look, I know he's just supposed to play defense, but man… 2 of his 5 fouls were totally unnecessary and silly, and extremely ill-timed. And how about hitting SOMETHING when you shoot, MP? He went 0-3 from the field, and 0-2 from the charity stripe.

    You know what, forget it. He deserves a C only BECAUSE of those 2 rebounds. Without those, he gets a D.

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

      He also drew THE foul of the night that sent Lebron packing. I didn't think they'd call that if it was gonna foul him out. He should get an A just for that.

      • rupaul pierce

        can anyone find a vid of these rebounds?

      • dslack

        He slyly pulled LeBron down on top of him on that. If it had been called the other way, it would have been one more dumb foul on him.

  • Morpheus

    KGs defense, impeccable timing was outstandingly good and has been throughout the entire playoffs. I love you KG.

    Rondo. Ain’t no pg on earth playing on his level right now, what a grandmaster. I love you Rondo.

    Mikael and Quis need to start hitting some shots, i mean Quis was missing bunnies and Pietrus couldn’t hit the side of a barn. Made some key plays down the stretch though, which at least gave them some redemption.

    Good to see Ray ballin out there like a soldier.

    I love this team but let’s not end the ride here. We CAN beat the Heat despite what the naysayers say or think.

  • skeeds

    Dooling just earned his whole year's salary with that -almost- deflection over Lebron's head in the last play of regulation.
    Loved the intensity. LOVED it.

  • JR99

    Speaking of Lebron's last play in regulation, have a look at the video. Notice how LBJ hops before he starts to dribble. That hop is CLEAR TRAVEL. No doubt about it whatsoever. Anybody hear a whistle?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dgCgSHo8k8

    • dslack

      That kind of thing is almost never called in the NBA … except it was called on both Pierce and KG in the last two games.

    • Anthony

      Lol… "I know how to play basketball, I don't need to hold or foul someone to get an advantage"

      Guess Lebron forgot to mention about his hop step or his crab dribble.

  • onecowboytoo

    How could you forget Robin Hood?

  • DHC

    I just love the Celtics Hub scribes! Humor at its best.

    I love the Celtics more, and Swag Beast Mode Rondo even more!

  • W2.

    Be still my beating heart…..The defensive effort was there all game and that was awesome. But…Rondo did not play a perfect game. While it might be easy to hang the third quarter lull on KG and Ray's poor shooting, I really think Rondo lost control of the flow of the game and that resulted in the Heat gaining a ton of confidence on the defensive end. Small point ultimately as we got the W and still have not played our best game. Let us hope it happens in game 5! Woot.

  • CG12

    I don't know if I have ever seen two teams playing small ball like they were last night. You wouldn't believe some of the lineups they were running out there. The Heat weren't even playing with a power forward for some stretches (if you don't count LBJ as a PF). When they are like that, with James or Haslem as the biggest guy, which they were for long stints, the C's have to own the glass. Pietrus did the right thing, crashing against a small, weak-rebounding Miami lineup.

    • CG12

      Stiemsma came in for one play. Doc quickly realized that this was not the game for Greg and replaced him with Quisy. No Stiemer or Hollins for the rest of the way.

  • CG12

    The refereeing was interesting last night. Joey Crawford was in Joey Crawford form – nothing unexpected. Billy Kennedy was actually quite good. Didn't make himself the center of attention, helped out to get a few tough calls right. You don't love to see two marquee players foul out, but I thought the refs were much improved last night. They were letting 'em play for much of the game, giving the D some benefit of the doubt, and were pretty consistent about it. A very high percentage of the fouls were offensive.

  • CelticsBIG3

    A much better version of the video I linked up here a couple days ago. The way you WANT to see it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o8Frd_nKJM

  • John

    Why is Doc afraid to use Pavlovic? If he could hit a couple threes he'd spread the floor better than MP (who can't hit the side of a barn). Plus he's a 6'7'' body that can play SG/SF and likely won't commit as many stupid fouls as MP. Inserting Marquis into Game 3 for meaningful minutes had an immediate impact, and making use of Sasha could do the same thing.

    It's downright stubborn of Doc not to give him some minutes.

    • Anthony

      I thought the same thing but I think MP's reputation with the refs is much better than Sasha. Sasha will probably get called for fouls just for being on the floor. Still remember the first game of the season against the Knicks that he got called for a foul and then a technical for doing nothing except being on the floor. Lol.

  • John V

    About Bass's hands: sure, it's frustrating, but it's probably not going to change. Ultimately, it's on Rondo, especially if he wants to be considered among the all-time greats. John Stockton would learn where every teammate liked to receive the ball, and where they were capable. Rondo should have learned to stop throwing those passes to Bass a long time ago.

    It's disastrous when he tries to get Hollins involved too, but they didn't have any training camp together. With Bass, training camp was short, but it was there. Making the right pass includes knowing who you're passing to.

  • Tom

    The celts looked good they stepped up when they had to yet they did blow a really big lead! i dont think that thisd will continue into game 5 as i am predicting a heat win and if u wanna know why and how to bet it check it out here http://nbawagers.com/2012/06/how-about-we-do-best

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