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Post by 112288 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:27 pm

Rondo torn ACL, done for season

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo suffered a torn right ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season, according to the team.

Rondo was a late scratch from Sunday's game against the Miami Heat. He underwent tests at New England Baptist Hospital, which unveiled the severity of the injury.

Rondo was averaging 13.7 points, 11.1 assists, and 5.6 rebounds per game in 38 appearances this season.

GAME STATS

Rebounds - Celtics 46 / MIA 53 ........ Offensive - Celtics 8 /MIA 17 ........Defensive - Celtics 38 / MIA 36
Points In The Paint - Celtics 48 /MIA 46
Fast Break Points - Celtics 16 / MIA 8
FG - Celtics - 36/88 (40.9 %) MIA 39/96 (40.6 %)
3PM - Celtics 5/20 ( 25 %) MIA 5/23 (21.7 %)
FTM - Celtics 23/27 ( 85.2%) MIA 15/20 ( 75%)
TO - Celtics 14 / MIA 20
Assists - Celtics 24 / MIA 19
STL - Celtics 11 / MIA 6
BLK - Celtics 8 / MIA 6
PF - Celtics 20 / MIA 27
Bench Points - Celtics 39 / MIA 29
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers) – Boston 17 (18) /MIA 21 (19)

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POST GAME RECAP


ESPNBOSTON.COM

Rapid reaction: Celtics 100, Heat 98 (2 OT)

By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Rapid reaction after the Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 100-98 in double overtime on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden:

THE NITTY GRITTY
Paul Pierce took the triple-double baton from injured Rajon Rondo and, even if it was a particularly messy line (17 points on 6-of-16 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds, 10 assists, and 6 turnovers), he came up with some big plays down the stretch in the second overtime to help Boston escape. Kevin Garnett added a team-high 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting with 11 rebounds. Jason Terry (13 points) and Jeff Green (11 points) added a bench spark, the latter providing some fantastic defense down the stretch. James finished with a game-high 34 points on 14-of-31 shooting with 16 rebounds and seven assists. Dwyane Wade added 17 points, while Chris Bosh had 16 points and 16 rebounds. Ray Allen finished with 21 points over 39 minutes in his return to Boston.

RONDO LOST FOR SEASON
Rondo was a late scratch for Sunday's game with what the team termed a hyperextended right knee. But news went from bad to worse when MRIs performed during the game revealed an ACL tear that will end Rondo's season. The Celtics, already pondering their direction amidst a season-worst six-game losing streak entering Sunday's game, must now determine if they are still playoff contenders without Rondo (something Sunday's win seems to confirm) or if it makes more sense to start a roster overhaul with the approaching trade deadline.

TURNING POINT: SEESAW REGULATION
After a seesaw second half, Pierce hit a 6-foot pull-up jumper and -- after a couple defensive stops -- Garnett nailed an 18-foot jumper for an 85-81 lead with 59 seconds to play. Pierce committed another late-game miscue and Allen made it hurt with a 3-pointer from the left corner to make it 85-84 with 25.1 seconds to play. Terry made some clutch free throws with 21.2 seconds to go, but James chased down a long rebound of an Allen missed 3-pointer and tied the game with one of his own. Terry missed a 3-pointer over Allen at the buzzer to force overtime.

FREE BASKETBALL!
The Celtics -- coming off a double overtime game in Atlanta two nights earlier -- were playing their eight overtime game of the season and it didn't go well. A pair of second-chance efforts helped James score consecutive buckets and put the Heat up 93-89 with 1:59 to play. The Celtics answered with a pair of baskets from Garnett to tie the game at 93 with 74 seconds to play and the game tumbled into a second overtime.

OVERTIME 2:
Rondo emerged from the tunnel to watch the second overtime and maybe gave the Celtics a little spark. James produced an old-fashioned three-point play with Pierce looking to take a charge and the Heat went up 98-95 with 62 seconds to play. Boston answered with a driving layup from Terry and a Pierce 22-foot pull-up to take a 99-98 lead with 30.4 seconds to go. James missed a jumper over Green and Pierce got the rebound and a quick foul, but only hit one of two freebies to put Boston up two with 5.1 seconds to go. Shane Battier's 3-pointer in the final seconds never had a chance.

SULLINGER GETS FIRST NBA TECH
Sullinger, a whistle magnet this season, earned his first NBA technical foul for essentially letting Rashard Lewis put him in a sleeper hold. Sullinger finished a layup in transition and got tangled with Lewis trying to head back up court. Lewis wouldn't take his hands from around Sullinger's neck and the rookie eventually shoved at Lewis in frustration. Referees assessed a double technical, though Sullinger likely didn't deserve his half of that infraction. Sullinger started for Boston and finished with seven points and four rebounds over 23 minutes.

WHAT IT MEANS
The Rondo news leaves this team reeling, but Boston produced an inspired win on Sunday. The Celtics snapped a six-game losing streak with maybe their biggest win of the season, toppling the East's leader with a double-overtime effort. Boston gets a couple days off before hosting the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night at TD Garden.
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A. SHERROD BLAKLEY

Celtics beat Heat in double overtime without Rondo, 100-98

GAME REPORT: CELTICS 100, HEAT 98 (2OT)

BOSTON — With so many story lines colliding when the Celtics and Heat meet, it was the guy that didn't play -- Rajon Rondo -- that had the NBA world abuzz Sunday.

Prior to the completion of Boston's 100-98 double overtime win over the Miami Heat, the Celtics discovered that Rondo would be lost for the season with a torn right ACL injury.

The news could not come at a worst time for the Celtics who avoided a seventh straight loss, which would have been the team's longest losing streak since they dropped 18 in a row during the 2006-2007 season.

Even with the win, Rondo's absence leaves a cavernous void in the Celtics lineup, one that hasn't been all that impressive even with him in the lineup.

The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of Boston's double overtime loss at Atlanta on Friday night.

Rondo was at the TD Garden prior to the game and went through shoot-around with the team.

Afterward, he was bothered by some pain in the knee and it was determined to be too painful for him to play against the Heat.

He was then sent to New England Baptist Hospital for further testing, which is when they discovered the torn ACL injury.

Without Rondo, the Celtics still had a game to play against a Heat team that came into the day with the best record in the Eastern Conference and a roster that now includes former Celtics sharpshooter Ray Allen.

The C's did a video tribute prior to Allen checking in to what was his first game at the TD Garden since he joined the Heat this offseason.

Allen had a solid game off the bench for Miami, tallying 21 points to go with 5 rebounds.

But the Celtics got a solid game from their reserves as well, namely Jeff Green.

In addition to doing a decent job defending LeBron James, Green also had a number of big plays offensively which included a dunk over Chris Bosh in the fourth quarter that put the C's ahead, 75-72.

But no play was bigger than him forcing a James miss late in the second overtime. Paul Pierce grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Pierce made one of the two free throws for the game's final point.

Miami's last shot at the win came on a desperation heave from Shane Battier as time expired.

It was a night in which Celtics Nation was rocking even as one of its best players could do nothing but watch from the nearby players tunnel, surrounded by security officials, knowing he would not be able to do anything other than cheer on his teammates for the rest of the season.
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FAST BREAK: RAJON RONDO-LESS CELTICS DEFEAT HEAT 01.27.13 at 4:08 pm ET
By Ben Rohrbach

Ray Allen returned to Boston, and it wasn’t even the biggest story of Sunday’s battle between the Eastern Conference rival Celtics and Heat. While news of Rajon Rondo‘s ACL tear trickled out around halftime, the C’s submitted their most impressive performance of the season in a 100-98 double-overtime victory.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Starting Sully: Celtics rookie Jared Sullinger‘s production was finally too much for coach Doc Rivers to ignore. The C’s are 9.3 points better when he’s on the floor than when he sits, the best of any player on the team, so his replacement of Brandon Bass in the starting lineup was practically inevitable. His rebounding, ability to score on the inside and willingness to hit the floor for loose balls helped the Celtics remain tied going into halftime.

Brazilian Blur: Likewise, Leandro Barbosa gave the Celtics an energetic lift off the bench, scoring seven points in 10 first-half minutes. Entering the game, Barbosa’s 15.8 points per 36 minutes ranked third on the team behind only Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. While Jason Terry continues to struggle, there’s no reason Rivers shouldn’t give his minutes to Barbosa to kickstart a woeful Celtics offense.

“Pitbulls”: Apparently, that’s the nickname for the starting backcourt of Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee, who started in place of the injured Rondo. They lived up to the moniker, holding their Heat counterparts Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers to subpar nights. Even on a tough shooting night for both, their defense made a definite impact on the game. That’s what the Celtics will have to rely upon going forward.

Heart of a champion: With Rondo out for the season, Celtics veterans Paul Pierce (17 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) and Kevin Garnett (24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists) each came up huge in the final minutes of regulation and both overtimes, punctuating a valiant effort from a team without its brightest star. Pierce’s sweet spin move past Allen in the lane and Garnett’s 18-foot jumper gave the Celtics an 85-81 lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter. Pierce also fed Garnett for a pair of buckets to tie the game 93-93 with 1:14 left in the first overtime. And Pierce buried a jumper over LeBron James to give the C’s a 99-98 lead with 30.4 seconds left in double OT.

Of course, Jeff Green‘s dunk over Chris Bosh didn’t hurt, either.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Rondo’h: In the span of a few hours, the news on Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo‘s right knee went from hyperextended late against the Hawks to completely torn. Rondo received treatment twice prior to Sunday’s game in hopes of playing against the Heat, but he was taken to New England Baptist Hospital for a “precautionary” MRI. By halftime, the diagnosis from Dr. Brian McKeon came in: torn right ACL, done for the season. And the C’s hopes of making the playoffs for a sixth straight season may have gone with it.

Bosh-trich: As was the case in Games 6 and 7 of the Eastern Conference finals this past spring, the Celtics struggled matching up with Chris Bosh. His 10 first-quarter points on six shots staked the Heat to a 26-22 lead after the first quarter and had the Celtics playing catch-up for much of the game. His ability to score from the outside also draws Kevin Garnett out from under the basket, leaving little help on a driving LeBron.

Ray’s return: Especially on a day the Celtics lost Rondo for the season, Ray Allen‘s presence — and the C’s tribute to their former star — was a sad reminder of championship days gone by. On the court, he scored 21 points on 17 shots off the bench while Terry continues to struggle for the Celtics.

LeBron being LeBron: While Allen missed his potential game-tying 3-pointer in the waning moments of regulation, James (34 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists) came up with the rebound in the final 10 seconds, the Celtics failed to foul and the NBA’s reigning MVP rained a triple to send the game into overtime, 87-87.

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Post by 112288 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:36 pm

I am numb! A roll-a-coaster day.

This game had to rank up there as one of the tops in franchise history. A must win game to stop a long loosing streak, your top PG out with an ACL, and you are trying to defeat the most hated team in basketball who are world champs.

A great gut check...from the heart win!...Gotta be proud of a franchise like this.

The injury to Rondo now changes the landscape as what the Celtics will be doing as it pertains to trades and especially free agents......they need a PG to start now and next year. Rondo will be out at least 1 year.

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Post by 112288 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:45 pm

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Post by tjmakz on Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:59 pm

Derek Fisher is not coming back to the NBA.
When he asked Mark Cuban to release him, he said he was done playing.

If I was Boston I would sign Scott Machado who was released by the Rockets.

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Post by 112288 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:12 pm

In Hoops World, They suggested Lowry to be available.

Kyle Lowry, Point Guard, Toronto Raptors

When it comes to Toronto Raptors point guards on the trading block, most expected Jose Calderon to be the floor general on the move. After all, Kyle Lowry was acquired by Toronto last summer in large part due to head coach Dwane Casey’s trust in his ability.
But the latest reports indicate Kyle Lowry may be the odd man out of the Raptors’ backcourt.
Lowry is owed $5.8 million this season, which isn’t a bad cap number to absorb for a guy averaging 13.8 points and 5.8 assists in less than 28 minutes of action per night. What makes Lowry even more attractive to executives around the league is that only $1 million of his deal (worth $6.2 million) is guaranteed for next season.
Lowry has been linked to the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers as potential destinations but the Raptors have been firm in their stance on not adding significant long term salary unless it brings them the right impact player in return.

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Post by 112288 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:15 pm

This could dramatically change the Celtics. It would speed up the process of rebuilding and make them a lottery team - ABC COMMENTS - Magic Johnson

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Post by international on Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:25 pm

Delonte West.

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Post by 112288 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:01 pm

The Celtics just got to get a serviceable PG until the end. I would not blow the team up as some TV commentators have suggested. In the off season bring in a PG who could start until Rondo is back some time late February of next year and then that player becomes your PG off the bench.

This could help rather then hurt some Celtic players like Green, Bass even Terry as it now forces players to be creative on their own rather then relying on Rondo to be the creator.

I always said that the Celtics play better when Rondo is out of the line up.

Thought Jeff Green learned how to play defense today against James. I thought he did a fabulous job on him. Hope he starts over Pierce.

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Post by 112288 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:26 pm

THE PLAY RONDO GOT HURT ON

http://www.csnne.com/pages/celticsvideo?PID=uvXM2-kQtfamH479ln8vYHJIONqfElU9Q9a3u6

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Post by 112288 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:29 pm

Adrian Wojnarowski: Rondo was not involved in trade talks. Also dicusses Celtics options moving forward.

tp://www.csnne.com/pages/celticsvideo?PID=uvXM2-bYt9OICPXmtn4OWR7WPYU_kXHITf8nZz

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Post by sinus007 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:20 pm

Hi,
That was very emotional win.
I guess RR's absence brought all Celtics together, they played their collective heart out. Interesting to note that it was most visible on their defense.
I, as millions other fans, ask: what happens now? Regardless, I wish Rondo quick and full recovery.

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Post by mrkleen09 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:07 am

112288 wrote:This could dramatically change the Celtics. It would speed up the process of rebuilding and make them a lottery team - ABC COMMENTS - Magic Johnson

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Magic makes himself sound like a bigger and bigger fool every time he opens his mouth on those ABC broadcasts. He is still under the delusion that the Lakers can become contenders this season - yet the Celtics are a lottery team?

Just goes to show, you can be a great player and a blithering idiot at the same time.

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Post by sam on Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:42 pm

Mrkleen,

Obviously, Magic's entitled to his opinion, but he ought to be very thankful that he didn't operate with the same mentality as a player that he displays as a pundit. Some people (including many movie personalities—also from LA) become so full of themselves that they think their opinions on topics outside their areas of expertise actually matter.

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Post by bobheckler on Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:15 pm

Ganas. We had it by the truckloads yesterday. To use a KG metaphor, there were no plastic people on the Celtic bench yesterday. With a 6 game losing streak staring them in the face and the world champions coming to town the heat (small h) melted them all down before tip off. Everybody wearing the green yesterday were solid stainless steel.

82games.com defines "clutch time" as 5 minutes or less left in regulation, or OT, and neither team being more than 5 points ahead. I went back and looked at the play-by-play log for this game. Out of 58 total minutes, there were exactly 203 seconds where one team was more than 5 points ahead, and for all of those 203 seconds that team was the Miami Heat. That's 3 minutes and 23 seconds out of 58. If we took our eyes off the ball and LBJ etal had a nice run to put us into a double-digit deficit, we would have been in serious trouble. Keeping the score close was absolutely critical. By that definition, 54 minutes and 37 seconds of this game was clutch time. We're a team of Green Grinders and that's who showed up and won yesterday.


1. Pierce rose up. Another crappy shooting game for him (6-16) and he committed one really, really dumb defensive play (his man, Battier, went out to halfcourt to rub Green off a pick and he stayed below the free throw line, which gave LBJ what he needed to run up to the 3pt line and hit his clutch 3 to get to OT. We're up by 3 and Pierce is below the 3pt line when his man was at halfcourt?) but he did so many other things. I lost track of the number of rugged, Sully-like rebounds he wrestled for, especially in the OTs. In a timeout, Doc was telling the team "we need a stop! Everybody on the glass! Everybody on the glass!". Pierce was sitting there, head sorta down, not looking like he was listening. Then, he went out and got a rebound with at least two, maybe three, Heat players fighting him for it. The Captain led.

2. KG out played Bosh and Joel Anthony combined. Bosh started out hot, he hit his first 5 shots, but that was because our perimeter defense was n't that good and was forcing KG to leave Bosh. After that start, Bosh went for a pathetic 2-7. KG played with great heart in the 2OT loss to Atlanta and did it again yesterday. What a warrior. He rebounded, blocked 3 shots and had 4 assists on a day when we were all wondering where our assists would be coming from.

3. Compare starting backcourts. The Pitbulls (as Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee are now known) shut the Heat back court down. Mario Chalmer's game was only slightly better than Rondo's and Rondo wasn't dressed for the game. DWade was 6-20 and a -9. Overall, the Heat starting backcourt scored 17 points on 6-23 shooting (26%) while The Pitbulls had 13 points on 4-15 (27%). Not much of a difference you say? Not statistically perhaps, but the Miami Heat without an effective DWade is a much weaker team, while we're not needing much from our guys (except getting DWade to shoot 6-20). Wade had 7 assists, but he also had 6 TOs. Life has gotten better for KG, because you're not going to see opposing guards come barrelling down the lane untouched anymore. Watch KG's rebound totals go up, as he gets to body up against his man and go for the board instead of having to leave him to pick up someone else's (Rondo's?) driver.

4. I thought this might have been the best all-round game I've ever seen Jeff Green play. Ever. Anywhere. His 4-8 shooting and 4 boards made him statistically relevant but his unquantifiable defense was superb. He was not only good, he was a momentum stopper. He played great defense against LBJ (LBJ's fg% this year is almost 55%, yesterday he was 13-31 for 45% and much of that credit belongs to Uncle Jeff). He also played well against Battier and even swallowed up Ray once or twice. He took a very punishing charge right into the middle of his reconstructed chest. We know Green is up and down, but this game he was as up as humanly possible. He even showed a little emotion. GREAT game by Jeff Green. We've all wondered and have been waiting for the real Jeff Green to show up. Maybe the plastic version melted before the game started and now all that is left, all that we'll see from now on in this new Rondo-less season, is the stainless steel version we saw yesterday.

5. I'm expecting the league, who reviews all technicals, to rescind the technical called on Sully. Rashard Lewis, who had a lousy game, had Sully in a headlock! What was he supposed to do? Walk back to the Heat bench with Lewis? BS call.

6. JET, for the most part, was JET. 4-12 and an abysmal 1-7 from 3. The man who we signed to replace Ray Allen lost that battle again. Remember how big and bad he talked before the season started? He was the only backcourt player whose perimeter defense wasn't good. He got burned when he took his eyes off of Ray Allen who did a Bradley baseline cut for a key basket to start the 1st OT. I will say one thing for him, though. There were a couple of times when he had the chance to pull up for a jumpshot or continue forward to attack the rim (at least once on of a double screen on top in the halfcourt and a couple times fullcourt) and he kept going to the basket. If he does that it will offset some of whatever outside shooting woes he struggles with. In one case, because he took it all the way, Barbosa was able to get a cleanup offensive putback on JET's miss. Barbosa got the Hustle points for running the break with JET, but the opportunity was created by JET. With or without the ball, that's what we need JET (and everybody else) to do for the rest of the season. Run to the rim. During that timeout when Doc was calling for stops and everybody on the glass, Doc was also clapping and saying "that's the way to fight! That's the way to fight!". While Pierce's head was down, thinking about his next rebound, JET was looking straight at Doc and nodding. Some have said that Doc has lost his players, they have tuned him out. JET didn't tune Doc out yesterday.

7. Danny told Barbosa "don't worry, your time will come". Too bad Danny doesn't offer stock tips, I'd be buying now. The Blur had 9 points on 4-8 (2 on the above mentioned follow up and 1-1 from 3), played good defense all in all, grabbed 3 rebounds and had 4 assists in a season high 30 minutes. Best of all, he only had 1 TO. While not big totals, still acceptable. A 4-1 assist-to-TO ratio is quite, quite good. He runs the ball over screens to one side and, if/when he was walled off, passed the ball all the way to the weak side of the court. He got the ball like that at least 3x, that I can remember, to Jeff Green. Twice, at the 3pt line, Green didn't handle the ball well or was not ready to shoot and so there was no fga, but the pass and offensive rotation was right. The third time he did the same thing to Green, just inside the 3pt line and wide open. Green took a dribble closer and shot and missed. Once again, good offensive rotation and movement of the ball, Barbosa, Green and the Celtics just weren't rewarded with the buckets and the assists. If Doc has any qualms about Barbosa they should be put to rest now.

8. In the obligatory reference to Ray Allen he had a very respectable 21 points, but on 7-17 shooting (41%), was only 2-8 from 3 and he got schooled a few times when he got caught in a defensive switch and had to guard Paul Pierce. Today, though, I only want to talk about the Celtics and not about ex-Celtics.

9. A team that thrives on fast breaks, on releasing their greyhounds, only had 8 fast break points in 58 minutes of play. I am referring, of course, to the Miami Heat, who take the leash off of LBJ and DWade every chance they can get. The Celtics, without our starting point guard, had 16 fast break points. The Heat average 43.6%fg% on the road, yesterday they shot 40.6% and only scored 11 points in 10 minutes of OT play on 5-20 shooting. We had 3 blocks in those 10 minutes, 2 by KG (one on Wade and one on LBJ) and one by JET on a Ray 3ptr. I read a twitter after the game where Spoelstra said that "there were other options besides Battier taking the final shot, but the Celtics shut them off". DWade said "there was no space, they took it away". Green Ganas in the clutch.

Doc has been saying that some players (no names mentioned) thought winning would be easy. They can't think that way anymore and yesterday, they didn't play like they thought that anymore. Losing an all-star, starting point guard and floor general can't be a good thing, but if there's a silver lining here, maybe it's that all the plastic finally has to melt away and the knowledge of what it takes to win and the commitment to doing it will now become a team mindset.

What a game. What an epic win.


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Post by bobheckler on Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:31 pm

I don't know how to copy these shots to here, so I'm giving you the link.


#4, Pierce and KG playing a 2-man game.

#5, Great pick by Bradley to free Pierce for a layup. See Green go to the front of the rim in case Pierce missed.

#6, JET's roll around a great KG pick for a layup w/less than 1 min in 2OT.

#7, Pierce's stop-and-pop over LBJ's defense w/30 secs left in 2OT.

#9, Green blowing past LBJ and posterizing Bosh.

http://redsarmy.com/2013/01/28/photo-gallery-celtics-heat-3/



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Post by Outside on Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:42 pm

The usual splendid recap by BobH. I'll add my observations.

When my son came in during the third quarter and commented on the low score, I said it was because the Celtics were playing tremendous defense at one end and because the Celtics were playing horrible offense at the other end.

The difference between good defense and bad is sometimes tiny, and Boston's defense yesterday was an example of that. The Celtics deflected so many passes yesterday that Miami's possessions became a blur of deflections. I remember one play late in the game or in overtime when a pass went to a Heat player under the basket but someone got his hand on the ball and knocked it out of bounds. What's remarkable about that play is that:

• If there was no deflection, the Heat get a layup or a dunk, and two points at that stage of the game would've been huge.

• Boston looked out of position on the play, and it took remarkable quickness to get a hand on the ball.

• Miami got the ball out of bounds, so it seems like the deflection was no big deal, but it prevented a sure basket, and Miami didn't score on that possession.

• It was so unremarkable. There were so many deflections in the game that I can't remember who made this one. It was just another stellar fraction-of-a-second reaction making a tangible difference in a game full of such moments.

A deflection is that fine line between getting a clean steal and not getting to the ball at all, sometimes a hundredth of second making the difference between stopping a play and allowing a good shot. Deflections are a sure sign of a focused, active, and anticipating defense, one that exerts its will through relentless pressure. It's the culmination of everything on a defense coming together -- positioning, rotations, communication, teamwork, alertness, conditioning, will -- a symphony of effort leading to that one moment when a hand barely touches the ball. It's a sign of exceptional defense played by a cohesive unit. It's a beautiful thing.

And as great as their defense was, that's how bad their offense was, at least for stretches. Numerous trips down the floor consisted of passing the ball around the perimeter followed by a forced, low-percentage shot as the clock ran down. Players without the confidence to shoot, no discernible plays, no inside game, no penetration. In a word, inept. Miami is good defensively, but this was more about what the Celtics weren't doing than what Miami was. When Miami went up 93-89 with 1:59 to go in the first overtime, it felt like an insurmountable lead considering how poorly the Celtics offense was at that point, scoring only 14 points since the 7:48 mark of the fourth quarter, a stretch of about 11 minutes. But the defense shut out Miami the rest of that overtime and Boston got a couple of buckets to get to a second overtime.

The one part I liked was actual fast breaks, pushing the ball up the court. They may not finish as well as Miami or OKC, but good things happen when they get out and run, and they have guys like Lee, Barbosa, Green, and Bradley who can do that. More, please.

Although he made some good plays late, I thought Pierce was bad for much of the game. His drives to the basket worked well when he passed the ball but were incredibly ineffectual when he shot the ball. He looked old, slow, heavy, and earth-bound. It's a good thing he's really smart or he'd be a tremendous liability defensively.

Garnett was awesome. Two years ago, I would've figured KG to be the amigo most impacted by age, but he's defying that amazingly well. He defended, he rebounded, and he scored all six points in the first overtime. He's the rock upon which this team is built.

I've seen a handful of Heat games, and this is easily the best I've seen Ray Allen play. Based on this game, it would be easy to say that the Celtics would be better off if they had Ray over Terry, but as poorly as Terry has played, Ray has been barely better in Miami, and I'm inclined to think that Terry will be better than Ray in the second half as he gets more comfortable with the Celtics and his teammates get more comfortable with him.

I don't understand why Sullinger didn't play more. He only got 22 minutes, and it seemed like he could've helped offensively, especially toward the end. My guess is that Doc wanted to ride the defensive unit that he had out there and that Sullinger was the odd man out.

Jeff Green was okay. He was part of the good defensive unit and made a few plays offensively, but disappeared for stretches at that end. I suppose that's allowed considering how well he did on defense, but I still came away a little underwhelmed, which is the story of his career.

Overall, that defense was something to watch. They may not go as far in the playoffs without Rondo, but if they can bring that defense every night, they'll start climbing up the ladder in the East.

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