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.

Wade did not completely dominate the game like he did in Game 1, however Boston was frequently trailing since all of Miami’s big three came out strong (yes, even Bosh). The Celtics were only really able to keep the game close with physical defense, and some big contributions off the bench. Jeff Green and Delonte West had a combined 15 points on 6-7 shooting in the first half. Meanwhile, Rondo finished the game with 20 points and 12 assists, but it would not be enough.

In order to beat the Heat, the Celtics just needed to keep the game close, as Miami has shown all season long that they struggle mightily at closing out opponents in the final minutes of close games. The third quarter was essentially the KG and Rondo show for Boston, but Wade and LeBron continued to step up for the Heat, and Miami’s lead remained at 5 after yet another back and forth quarter. LeBron finished with 35 points. Backup big man Joel Anthony also played Perkins-like for Miami, and filled in for an injured Ilgauskas with 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks in 35 minutes off the bench.

The Celtics could not make their shots in the fourth quarter, and Miami’s lead quickly grew to double digits, where it would remain for the rest of the game. The Heat outplayed the Celtics in the final quarter both in terms of scoring, and in terms of hustle. It isn’t yet time to abandon ship, and this series is coming back to Boston. The Celtics need to adjust, and need to play 48 minutes of Celtics’ basketball… not just 36.

Jon Jacobson 5/03/2011 09:43:00 PM Edit
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  1. .chuckT. says:

    Embarrassing as a fan.
    The C's are capable of beating the Heat at any venue on any day.
    Like you said, they need to play for 48, not 36 or 43 or 22.

    Game 3 = MUST win. C's better come out dominating and carry momentum from game to game.

  2. Anonymous says:

    as much as i love my celtics, i see our season coming to an end. the trade really took a toll on the team chemistry and there really wasn't enough time to incorporate the guys. i'm optimistic about the games coming up in boston but i'm beginning to see the overall picture of the series. give it up to the heat, they did what they were supposed to do. now we need to do what we need to do.

  3. Anonymous says:

    THANK YOU DANNY AINGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you puts this on us..!!!! relying on SHAQ!!!

  4. WillHagg says:

    The problem was with the rotation. Jermaine Oneal was on the bench until 5 minutes left in the game. Also offense with the big three was terrible. There should not be any night where each of them score at least 20 in the game. They will win every game if this happens. By the way fire Doc. Big baby should never be in the game as a center. He can barely jump as it is.

  5. Charles says:

    I guess LeBron can run right over anyone now. The officiating wasn't horrible, didn't cost the Cs the game but definitely favored the Heat.

  6. Phil says:

    OK, WillHagg - Fire Doc? Figures, I haven't heard that since Spring 2007. That would have worked out well huh. But I'll bet you were chanting it back then too.

  7. Anonymous says:

    @Charles - +1. You breath next to LeDiva and you are called a foul, but you won't get a call if he fouls you. Unfuckingbelievable.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Danny Ainge is not to be blamed for our loss. KP is averaging 3pts and 6rb. Enough is enough. We are losing fair and square; we are not playing Celtics ball. We are the better team; but we are playig scared. We have to be agressive and play as a unit or else. Simple as that.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I respect KP as a player and a person; but he sucks! JO is a better center and we are losing to ourselves. The Heat so far has shown that they want it more. We are not assertive on offense and not so much so on defense either. Our lapses as a team is getting to us. Forza Celtics!

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  11. Anonymous says:

    THe Big 3 played a lot of minutes which I think caught up with them in the last minutes of the game. Hoping home court will bring a win... do or die right now.

  12. tb727 says:

    First 2-0 hole the Garnett Celtics have been in if I'm correct. That was tough tonight. Anytime Boston took a lead or got close, they couldn't extend or get over it. It's crazy how Joel Anthony is doing anything in this series, he's incredibly bad.

    Miami does have the two best players in the series and it'll be tough to overcome that.

    I said it before, the winner of this series wins the title. As far as I'm concerned, this is the NBA Finals right now.

  13. Father time has a cruel sense of humor. I don't feel KG,PP,JO can really do or give ANYTHING more then they are. KG jumped one foot up off the ground and had his shot locked to his hand by lebron. Thats just not who he was or has ever been before.

    I have to chalk that up to exhaustion.

  14. Anonymous says:

    WTF!! Where is Shaq?????

  15. Clarenz says:

    I hope they could do something to beat the Heat. I'm very disappointed on what I saw in the last 2 games.

  16. shelbyl says:

    Hey, we knew this. No Shaq, no ring.

    TD games will determine our faith. No need to lose hope yet.

    Miami outplayed us today. That doesn't mean they'll outplay us again.

  17. Anonymous says:

    What happened to our celtics team from the first half of the season that was getting into the heads of our opponents? We were being looked at as the "new piston bad boys." They aren't playing the the extreme intensity as they once were. Im not at all giving up, but if they don't treat every possession as it were their last, (chuncking threes, forcing up shots) then it might be soon. I would like to see pierce back down in his spots, draw double teams, and

  18. Anonymous says:

    No more excuses. Play shaq already! We need his size! Our rotation with jermaine, nenad, and shaq will be too much for the smaller heat! WTH ard they saving him for? If we win the championship, he comes back. If we don't, he's gone! Just pug his ass in the game. He doesn't need to jump to grab a rebound or put someone on their ass. HE BETTER PLAY GAME 3!

  19. ThomasJ says:

    What happened to the Celtic team from the first half of the season was the decision to trade Perk and add Murphy and Arroyo. Chemistry, toughness and swagger aren't shown in Perk's stats. The only biggest addition needed was to add a wing who can score but also give PP a break from defending guys like LeBron. Whether Jeff Green can be that guy in the future is unknown but he's not right now so I don't get Danny's thinking at all. Why he would weaken the center position and depend on an overweight, out-of-shape 40 year old is beyond me.

    Bottom line is the guys need to win these two games in Boston, maybe with some low post minutes from Shaq.

  20. Anonymous says:

    no shaq! useless Troy Murphy, useless Von Wafer, useless Carlos Arroyo, useless Sasha Pavlovic, useless Avery Bradley.. Weak effort from the bench's >> Delonte West,Nenad Krstic and Jeff Green! what do you expect???! deym!

  21. Beantown says:

    People who are quitting already weren't aboard in the first place. Keep the faith people. I'm gonna be with em til the buzzer.

  22. Anonymous says:

    My hope is hanging on a thread here. I just hope the celtics can beat the heat ala Lakers-Suns style.

  23. Melbourne Aus Vik says:

    It has happen 14 times in NBA history where a team has come back froma 0-2 in the playoffs. I hope we can make it 15 it's never happened in the big 3 era whre they have been down 0-2 the c's have always found a way had the answer. I hope we still have the toughness. I really thought this would be our year from the Shaq signing and Jermaine to our brilliant start beating the heat in game 1, 14 game winning streak, having 4 allstars and the Coach to Ray Allen breaking Reggie record and even the Association its a great championship video I really thought and hoped this is our year. I only pray as a Celtics fan we can pass this test and show the world one more time who we are

  24. HeatFan says:

    Told ya! You got no excuses this time. You simple got no chance! LBJ can dominate any time he wants and then there's Wade. You can't stop them. Boom Shakalaka!

  25. Jerky says:

    @ HeatFan 1993 called ... It wants its slang back.

  26. Ki-Su Ro says:

    Troy Murphy, Von Wafer, Carlos Arroyo, Sasha Pavlovic, Avery Bradley and Nenad Kristic aren't useless... they are hardly given many shots... so you wouldn't expect them to be useless...

    I think Doc Rivers should play Sasha Pavlovic or Von Wafer (at SG spot) in all the games left and needs to be be given more shots, seriously you can't expect them to play good if only giving them a low amount of shots and low minutes. They are capable of scoring good numbers just give them more shots if possible! :)

    Also give Troy Murphy more time/more shots if possible he ain't that bad of a player, at least he is a better matchup in height, weight, rebounding than Miami's PF's, he jumps higher,faster, hustles better and is a well expierenced player than davis. Also he isn't that bad at shooting, he'll help get rebounds better and stop Bosh more effectively than Davis.

    As for Carlos Arroyo and Avery Bradley, they won't be playing much since of West is at PG. Please get the offensive going well, take smarter shots, clog the paint, blocks, rebounds (offensive ones will help ALOT), stop any 3 pointers, be disciplined, avoid trouble, be agressive and mostly importantly don't get injuried. I believe in you guys, make me proud! GO CELTICS!!!

    This should be how the team info should be...well for my opinion it should be.

    Rajon Rondo 38min
    Ray Allen 35min
    Paul Pierce 34min
    Kevin Garnett 34min
    Jermaine O'neal 30min

    Delonte West PG 10 min
    Sasha Pavlovic/Von Wafer SG 10min
    Jeff Green SF 24min
    Glen Davis/Troy Murphy PF 10min
    Nenad Kristic C 15min

    *If Shaq returns replace him for Kristic's spot (bench) or replace with Jermaine (starter) which will put Jermaine on the bench taking Kristic spot. Any would do, depending on his health and fitness.

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  29. Anonymous says:

    Ervin you know nothing

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