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The fact that the Celtics couldn't find the broom yesterday was concerning to me. Maybe I'm greedy but I was ready to be dissatisfied with anything less than a sweep. Is that really asking too much? After all of the horrid performances the Celtics have delivered this season, what would have been greater and more seemingly unlikely than disposing of the Heat in four games? Many had this series going 6 or 7 games. Many also had the Celtics losing. However, Boston came out of the gate and surprised everyone. They played with energy, emotion and urgency. They were trying and fans forgot what that looked like. However, I would only be sold on the flip-switching idea if Boston were able to close out on the road. After finishing Game 2, Doc Rivers pointed out, "At the end of the day, all we've done is won two home games". Game 3 was great but if Pierce's shot had landed a little to the right, we may not be saying that. Last night's loss  doesn't help to convince me that this team is on track to the championship.

The only thing that's been keeping the Heat competitive is one man, Dwyane Wade. The Celtics have a problem in Wade. Yesterday, they let one man take on their entire team and win. It seemed like he was sick of waiting for the rest of his team to catch up and decided to take matters into his own hands. It's hard for me to picture the Heat locker room after the game. If all of the players were excited that they'd won a game, the fact must've been lingering in the back of their minds that, "Oh, Wade just gave us that one". He racked up 46 points and was 16/24 from the field. His 16 shots made were more than the next highest team member, Quentin Richardson, even attempted.

The inability to contain a superstar is something the Celtics are sure to have trouble with going forward, namely, against Cleveland (if they don't blow this series). For the most part, the Celtics have done a good job of shutting down Wade's supporting cast, albeit a weak one. You're not getting too many high fives for stifling Carlos Arroyo. The Cavs on the other hand have a much more skilled set of characters around Lebron. There's a reason the Cavaliers had the best record in the NBA. It's not all Lebron (just 90% as opposed to the 98% it is with Wade and the Heat).

Boston has lost 6 of the last 7 games where it could've closed out a series on the road. In losing yesterday, the Celtics missed out on giving the fans a treat. A sweep would've made a statement. It would've been something hard to ignore. I'm not saying that they can't go on to succeed now that they haven't swept. But, I do think it would have been nice. As Doc said, when talking about if 1 out of 2 in Miami was good enough, "No, you gotta be greedy".

-Mike Saver

Mike Saver 4/26/2010 08:20:00 AM Edit
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8 Responses so far.

  1. tb727 says:

    Very true Mike, good article. And it will get a lot tougher in the next round...

  2. Hey, they're still going for the sweep. Just when you get old, it takes a little longer to finish sweeping. :) Game 5 ends it.

  3. JR says:

    They had their opportunities to get the sweep. Spotting the Heat that large first half lead didn't help the cause. If I was Doc, I would have said before the game, "If you want to stay in South Beach and party for two days finish this today. otherwise we're flying back to Boston for practice tonight."

  4. Conquistador says:

    Didn't Paul Pierce do an alright job of defending Lebron in past playoff series though?

  5. JR says:

    I'd have to look up the stats, but I recall Pierce in fact doing an alright job. Unfortunately Lebron has become even more explosive since they last faced off two years and Paul has regressed some as unfortunately 30 somethings do.

  6. Anonymous says:

    4 wins out of 5 games.... that´s how it will be tomorrow... what else can you ask for... conference semis against the cavs... what else can you ask for... sure, it will get tougher, a lot.. i loved when big baby quoted kg in his post game interview after game 2 ... "...u know, anything´s possible"... they can make it happen...

  7. Anonymous says:

    clueless

  8. ThomasJ says:

    Good points, Mike. I though getting a couple extra days off should have been more motivating.

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