Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals was tough to swallow. The Celtics were consistent and played well for much of the game, and kept the game close until the final quarter. However, Miami’s big three outplayed Boston’s big three down the stretch, and Rajon Rondo did not create enough offense with his explosive playmaking ability. As a result, the Heat defeated the Celtics 102-91, and will head to Boston with a 2-0 lead in games.
The central focus of Game 2 was to come out fired up, and for Boston’s star players to establish themselves early in order to avoid another Miami offensive onslaught like the one they suffered in Game 1. Seeking vengeance for his controversial ejection in Sunday’s game, Paul Pierce played decent, but suffered a left foot strain in the first quarter that appeared to affect his jump shot. Overall, Boston’s starters did not play terrible, but ultimately failed to step up down the stretch.