Re: NBA-Conference Final Series
Boston's Old Men to beat The Lebron's at 2.12
As a Heat fan I can attest to the fact that the Heat are very, very lucky (no pun intended) to be up 2-1 in this series. The Celts know how to play these guys. In game 1 when The Green had no business even competing (coming off of a long, long series playing on limited rest on the road against a team that was well rested), they had the score tied at the half and even though they were blown out there were signs.
Game 2 was one the Celtics wish they could have back. The entire team essentially played perfectly with the exception of Garnett, who struggled with terrible decision making late and tons of missed shots. He also combined that with a couple of atrocious passes and some terrible shots. The Celtics should have won that one as Ray Allen and Paul Pierce played relatively well all things considered..
Dwywane Wade has been putrid this entire series. He's only going 21 ppg but surprisingly and to his credit he's shooting over 50%. He might be due for a big performance but I think DWade, even though he's only 30 and has missed so many games throughout the course of his career, past his prime and not an elite player anymore. In fact, I think if the Heat had to have one of either him or Bosh to win a championship the no brainer response is Bosh.
It's going to be a tough game for the Celtics as its going to be difficult for Garnett, Rondo, and Allen to continue to play well. Pierce has played terribly and its tough to ask a lot of a 34 year old who's guarding the best basketball player on the planet at one end and having to score on him at the other end, but if the Celts are to square this one they'll need more from the 2009 finals MVP.
A lot of what happens to the Celtics is out of their hands. Battier was 0-6 from the field and 0-4 from behind the arc in game 3 but those are open looks that you have to give up. Also, the Heat shot only 10-20 from the foul line and only 5-17 from 3 point land. You have to expect those numbers to improve.
But all year long, atleast by their standards, the Heat have been suspect at home (18-15). The Celtics enjoy dominance at the Garden (24-9) including a 6-1 playoff record. I'm going to play the numbers here. Remember, even last year in this same scenario it took the Heat a herculean overtime effort by LeBron and Bosh to win game 4. Celtics for me at a wonderful price.