Boston Celtics steal Game 5 from Miami Heat

The crowd in Miami was quiet all night. Maybe they sensed that the Heat would find a way to lose. Chris Bosh was activated for the game and played well in the first half, and the Heat seemed to be cruising early. But the veterans from Boston all stepped up, despite a horrible shooting night from Rajon Rondo, and Mickael Pietrus contributed 13 points off the bench, including two huge threes in the fourth quarter. Rondo didn’t shoot well, but he had 13 assists and came up with clutch passes time and again. Kevin Garnett was a beast with 26 points and some monster dunks, and Paul Peirce overcame early shooting woes to contribute 19 points and a three-pointer in Lebron’s face that served as the final dagger.

Meanwhile, the Heat just didn’t rise to the occasion. They didn’t play terribly, and Lebron didn’t wilt like he did last year in the Finals, but they just didn’t have enough to win a critical game 5 at home.

You can’t count Miami out for game 6, as Bosh should get more playing time and all of these games have been very close. But losing game 5 at home is devastating, and the Celtics won’t leave anything on the court for game 6. Will the Heat do the same?

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Celtics survive to even the series

Neither team played very well, and there were the usual controversial calls from the refs, but the Celtics are back in this series.

Everyone will dissect LeBron’s big three near the end of regulation along with his pass when he held the ball with the last possession, along with Wade’s off-balance missed three in OT. But the Heat might be at the point where they need Chris Bosh back to put Boston away. The Lebron/Dwyane show was working great for a while but they couldn’t steal one on the road. Home court might be enough to take out Boston, but getting Bosh back would surely help.

Rondo’s defense on LeBron [video]

Here’s some footage of Rondo covering LeBron on Sunday’s game in Boston.

I don’t know why the Heat didn’t just throw it to LeBron in the post over and over when Rondo was on him. He has no business covering LeBron on the block, but then again, LeBron doesn’t really like to post up. It’s a shame, really.

Celtics beat the Heat…again.

Boston Celtics’ center Kendrick Perkins (C) drives to the basket between Miami Heat’s guard Mike Miller (L) and Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston, Massachusetts February 13, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

We can forgive the season-opening eight-point loss back on Oct. 26th. Then there was the Nov. 11th loss at home when Ray Allen scored 35 points, hitting 7-of-9 from three point range. Less forgivable, but still understandable given that it was only the ninth game of the season for the Heat.

But what do we make of Miami’s 85-82 loss in Boston on Sunday? The Heat shot just 42% from the field and only 19% from three-point range. Boston’s percentages (42%, 27%) weren’t much better, but when we consider Paul Pierce’s awful game (0-10 from the field, one point) and the fact that Miami’s three stars played pretty well — LeBron, Wade and Bosh combined for 24-49 from the field, 62 points, 22 rebounds and 13 assists — how didn’t Miami win this game?

The answer is that it was a team effort from the Celtics, with six players scoring in double digits including 16 from Glen Davis and 10 from Von Wafer off the Boston bench. Conversely, the Miami supporting cast played poorly. The Heat are playing pretty good basketball overall, but I don’t see them getting by the Celtics in the postseason unless they can get a dependable fourth and fifth option offensively. Mike Miller (1-5, five points), Eddie House (1-6, two points) and Mario Chalmers (1-3, three points) were collectively dreadful for the Heat.

The win is crucial for the Celtics, who are now a half of a game ahead of the Heat in the Eastern Conference standings. Remember, that’s how home-court is decided in the playoffs, so as it stands, Boston would be hosting Miami in a potential Game 7 if the two teams meet in the playoffs.

Rajon Rondo tries to sneak a look at the Miami Heat huddle [video]

Good to see Ray Allen come over to pull him away. This is poor sportsmanship.

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