Post-game Reactions

http://celticshub.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Celtics-Big-Three.jpgMiami at Boston
8:00 P.M. ET
TD Garden


Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.4 points/100 possessions (22nd)
110.5 points/100 possessions (2nd)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 99.3 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)
 101.0 points allowed/100 possessions (9th)

Probable Heat Starters:
Mario Chalmers (PG), Dwyane Wade (SG), LeBron James (SF), Udonis Haslem (PF), and Chris Bosh (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Heat Index

UPDATE: Kevin Garnett is out due to the flu. 

Thumbnail: On Saturday, the Celtics hosted the 14-51 Charlotte Bobcats. On Monday, it is the 51-14 Miami Heat going to TD Garden. Miami is finally playing like the team that most people projected when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined forces with Dwyane Wade in South Beach in 2010. Since the Celtics defeated the Heat on January 27 of this season, Miami has won 23 of its last 24 games. After falling to the Pacers in Indiana on February 1, the Heat has pulled off 10 consecutive wins away from home. Miami now gets to test this streak against the only other team over the last five seasons to win 10 straight road games.

Moreover, the Celtics have a current winning streak of their own heading into Monday’s game: they have won their last 11 home games. While Boston’s streak may not be as impressive as the Heat’s ones, seven of those 11 wins for the Celtics at TD Garden have come against current playoff teams. In addition, the first win of those 11 was the double-overtime victory against Miami. Since LeBron signed with the Heat, Miami has still yet to win in the regular season in Boston. The Heat’s Big Three have traveled there for five games and have lost all five times.

The Celtics will also hope that they can make it a perfect 11-0 record against the Heat in regular season games at home in the Kevin Garnett era. Garnett has already missed three of the 10 previous meetings between the Celtics and Heat in Beantown, and he may miss Monday night’s game due to a strained adductor. Whether Garnett is active or inactive, the Celtics hope to be giant killers for the second time. Five years ago on March 18, 2008, the Celtics stopped the Rockets’ 22-game winning streak with Ray Allen inactive with a sore ankle. On March 18, 2013, the Celtics hope to stop yet another 22-game winning streak. This time, Allen will fight to make that streak continue.

Prediction: Miami does what Houston could not and moves its streak to 23 games. In doing so, LeBron wins his first regular season game at Boston since moving to South Beach.

Heat 100, Celtics 94

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  • I_Love_Green

    Greenie is the X factor.

  • boston bobby

    Did i see Green drive left finish left?

  • boston bobby

    The shooting will cool off but if we can maintain this energy we can Win baby.

  • KillerGymRat

    I almost didn't watch this game for fear of a slaughter….wow. This is the best our offense has looked all season. 3 more quarters like this and the whole world will know this team is for real.

    Jeff Green is a monster tonight!

  • KillerGymRat

    Seriously! What has gotten into Green. It's like he woke up possessed by Michael Jordan.

    This is the best half of his career!!!

  • IBleedGreen

    If Celtics win tonight Jeff Green is definitely worth 9 millions lol

  • KillerGymRat

    Rare to see so many bad whistles against the home team. This would be a blowout if Miami wasn't getting to the line every possession.

    • IBleedGreen

      fuck the refs

  • I_Love_Green

    26 for Greenie 😀

  • KillerGymRat

    LeBron dunking on then standing over Jet shows what a punk he is.

    Seriously. It was a 3 on 1 break against a guy who ways 150 lbs. Go try and do that on Blake Griffin.

    Another thing to add to my long list of reasons why I hate LeBron.

  • Kafel

    It's odd that celtics players don't get technicals for breathing in presence of king james and princess wade… Miami had NOTHING on offense in 2nd Q but when you get FT from ass it is what it is. Hope that Green can keep up and C's won't start to play sloppy.

  • WTF

    The game is lost, wasted a fantastic first quarter.

    • Switcharoo

      You must a Heat fan.

      • WTF

        dude, that's must be, NOT! I'm a KG fan.

  • janos

    rondos out
    garnet out
    nba celtics never out

  • I_Love_Green

    Greenie with 38 now 😀 going for 40!!

    • Robert

      He got 40, onwards to 50!

  • Switcharoo

    Ol ‘Birdman’ is a freakin joke, wow. Glad he’s Miami’s problem.

  • KillerGymRat

    Think Doc really mismanaged the fourth quarter. We go up 13. He takes out Green (which I can understand) but he leaves JC on the court who makes a bunch of Crawfordesque boneheaded plays. We have Terry and JC both out there defensively and no surprise the heat go on a 9 – 0 run.

    He should have taken a time out and pulled JC sooner for AB and run Green till he drops. This is a magical game for him. Even if he isn't shooting he forces the D to focus on him.

    • WTF

      Right on!

  • KillerGymRat

    AB has to spend his summer working on his finishing moves. He's been blocked 3 times this game and it's happening almost every single game. He drives to the hoop like it's a high school layup line. Protect the ball and learn how to evade the blocker.

  • I_Love_Green

    Greenie with the defense! Need a bucket here.

  • I_Love_Green

    Well thats some shit right now. I'm pissed.

  • WTF

    The game is on Doc Rivers!

    • WTF

      you don't stop what's working, keep milking it.

  • KillerGymRat

    That's a tough loss. I seriously am proud of the effort. But I put this one on Doc and the way he handled the rotation in the 4th. Taking out Green for an end of the game push when we were up 13 rather then letting him stay on and forcing Miami to have to make a push against our best players then leaving an unproven and mistake-prone JC on the floor in big minutes. And refusing to take a time-out when Miami went on their run. You know Miami is going to make a push but they made a 14 point turnaround in under 3 minutes. That doesn't happen if you have AB and Green on the floor instead of Terry and JC.

    Not impressed with Miami. We should have won this game. We really lost it off of missing free throws (and a ton of bad calls). That said. We're missing KG, Rondo and Sully and STILL they can barely beat us.

    I want these guys in the playoffs so bad. And we will win.

    • check12check

      I agree. I thought he lost the game for us. I did think green maybe needed a minute or two; he looked pretty gassed, but i still did not like how the game was managed down the stretch.

      Even though he got blocked on the play, I was still impressed with Bradley's raw speed on his breakaway attempt. I thought there was no chance for a lay-up, but then Bradley seemed to move twice as fast as everyone else on the court. He really needs to figure out how to not get blocked on those attempts. I would think someone with his hops should be able to get that down.

      • KillerGymRat

        Agreed. I don't fault Doc for giving Green a blow. It was more a lack of use of time outs. It's almost like Doc was saving them because he knew the game would be really close in the final minutes. But Miami is a momentum team, and if you take a time out or two during that run…Green gets extra rest not burning clock and you get AB in instead of having him sitting by the scoring table watching JC and Jet.

        AB's block on the backup PG whose name I can't remember made up for his lack of finishing, but I agree, he has to go stronger, or develop some moves around the rim.

  • Kafel

    Why Bass was shooting wit tie… Why Pierce rushed it for three.. Terrible end of great game. Nothing hurts like that type of close loose. It was winable game with Green playing out of his mind.

  • KillerGymRat

    You just know KG is pissed he didn't suit up now.

  • james patrick

    Well that one hurts…

  • emg

    let's not get negative about this game. the celtics are the most spirited team in the NBA and have been for years. that's why we care about them. tonight was a win.

    • hydrofluoric

      No moral victories in home losses. Let's forget the loss.

  • Anthony

    We had this game… SMH.

    Damn, I wanted this win.

    • Anthony

      I don't want to pin point any particular plays but ones the stood out was:

      – Great D and stop but followed by JCrawford rebounding and dribbling on somebody's foot for turnover
      – Pierce and JCrawford missed 4 FTs at key moments
      – Great D and stop followed by Lebron tipping ball of JGreen's foot

      AHHHH….this loss hurts!

      • Anthony

        I hate blaming the ref but WTF is up with all the ticky-tack fouls in the 2nd and 3rd quarter. Even Doc said it slowed down the Celts, the way they were running in the 1st quarter.

        So we can't get revenge for another 4 weeks?!!

  • someguyinsac

    What a bummer of an ending, but it also renews my belief that that our team will be one of the toughest outs to get when we hit the playoffs, if there's any team that can try to accomplish it then.

  • Dean

    Doc it definitely to blame for not putting Green back in earlier, but the missed FT's really hurt. Dunno what's gotten into Paul, but I presume the pinched nerve isn't helping…

  • CelticsBIG3

    Tough loss but it was nice to see Jeff Green play with some real energy. All I really have to say. Blown winnable game.

  • KillerGymRat

    It was really the missed free throws and lots of careless turnovers and a few unfortunate bounces. Such as Terry's good defensive tip turning into an easy LeBron layup. But alas those are the kinds of mistakes you can't make against a red hot team with championship resolve.

    I still feel like Miami fears us more then we fear them.

    The biggest takeaway is our D looked really great, especially at clogging up the lane and that was without KG. Hopefully Green walks away from this feeling like he's the best player on the team and that he can score like that against anyone (he isn't – and he can't) but that's the mindset I'd love him to have.

    I haven't seen him ever attack the basket like that before. If he can make a regular habbit of it, than we're capable of beating anyone.

  • tbunny

    Man I hate Miami. I'm ok with Lebron but everybody else annoys the hell out of me. Especially Chalmers. Does anyone else just loathe Chalmers?

    • Anthony

      Chalmers is the most annoying players in the league. What's worse is the league lets him get away with it. Nobody flops more and argues more stupid calls than he does.

      • hydrofluoric

        Wade does!

  • Switcharoo

    Not even gonna write a post on this one, lets just say I agree with what’s been said and leave it at that. We had this one, had our foot on the neck of Miami’s steak and just failed to step down. So disappointed, but God damn that Green, what a show!

  • OKCeltic

    Great effort gents. Not the result we all wanted, but it should reinforce the belief that this team will be the draw nobody wants in the playoffs.

    40+ points a night is unrealistic for JG, but getting half that on a consistent basis will start making that $9M a year seem like a bargain. Keep getting stronger and more confident Jeff. It's fun to watch.

  • chrism

    That's why you need Kevin Garnett. The Heat made a ton of shots at the basket that would have been tougher with Garnett playing. Player management in the 4th was a bit questionable but I'm not in the huddle and nobody on this blog was either. Does this effort by Green earn him a start or do you leave Bass in and keep the Green/Terry/Wilcox bench rotation going once Garnett returns?

    • OKCeltic

      I say keep Bass in the starting lineup for now. He's has shown some life over the last week or so, and the second unit with Green, Jet, et al are in a pretty good rhythm right now.

    • OKCeltic

      I say keep Bass in the starting lineup for now. He's shown some life the last week or so. Plus the second unit with Green, Jet, et al are playing well together and give the team a big advantage over other team's second units.

  • Kafel

    It hurts more than other loses because it's shitty miami heat and C's had them and let them slip away again just like in last ECF..But it's also a sign that this team can compete and beat miami ( of course as long as C's won't have to play 5 on 5 and not 5 on 8, hello refs..)