Just like in game one against the Knicks
, the Celtics
fell behind big, clawed their way back into the game, then couldn't finish the deal.
- Heat absolutely owned the paint. Celtics were (rightfully) second guessing every layup or post up.
- Ray Allen's shooting was all that kept the game within shouting distance in the first half.
- Rondo tried to carry the team like he did in game one, but just he too was frustrated by the shot blockers at times. He even air-balled a layup because he heard footsteps on a breakaway. Frustrating.
- Nice game from Keyon Dooling with 18 points - including a big 3 late in the 4th.
- James and Wade are going to get their points, but letting them get out and run off turnovers is suicide.
- Leaving James Jones wide open sure doesn't help either.
- Bosh no longer looks intimidated by Kevin Garnett - this is not a good thing.
- I was impressed with rookie point guard Noris Cole in the first half. In the fourth quarter I already started hating him.
- Doc spurred the 2nd half comeback by confusing the Heat with a zone defense. A masterful tactic that the Heat didn't have an answer for ...until Cole started hitting shots.
- The Heat were overall the better team tonight so I'm not blaming the loss on the refs, but yeah, they were not very good tonight.
- Would Paul Pierce have pushed the advantage in our favor tonight? I don't think he would have mattered much in the first half, but a few extra baskets and you never know with a close game.
Based on the team's record in back-to-backs, I'm worried about an 0-3 start, even if it is the Hornets