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RedsArmyAdmin March 12, 2009 Uncategorized 14 Comments

Thanks to a red hot Ray Allen (24 of his 27 pts) and Leon Powe (13 of his 23 pts), the Celtics held a 5 point halftime lead over the Heat. But the Celtics came out of the lockeroom with the intensity of a girl scout troop.

Miami started hitting all their jumpers and surged ahead to a 15 point lead in the 4th. But once those shots started rimming out, the Celtics went on a 16-2 run to cut the lead to 1.

But like the Orlando game, the Celtics didn't have enough firepower to get over the hump.

Paul Pierce (16 pts, 5-10 FG) looked like he was sleep-walking the entire game. He missed 2 of 3 free throws after getting fouled behind the arc with 35 seconds left and the C's down 5.

On the bright side, Bill Walker had 8 pts and 2 steals in 12 minutes.

Dwayne Wade (32 pts, 9-20 FG) hit some clutch shots in the final minute. But what really killed the Celtics was the 5 other Heat players who scored in double figures.

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  • 11rings

    Most disturbing stat of the night: JR Giddens DNP. If Doc’s not going to play him when the Celtics suit only ten, then he should have been shipped out to clear up a roster spot for someone who would at least get a chance to contribute on the court. Since he wasn’t shipped out that means Doc should play him, at the very least in situations like this. What is going on? Would Doc leave him on the bench and go 4 on 5 if 5 of our 10 had fouled out?

  • http://www.buymicrosoftpoints.com/index.html Alex

    Even if Doc Rivers help the Celtics to win another championship, I honestly think he isn’t all that great of a coach…
    Sometimes I just have that feeling he doesn’t know how to use his players properly. It drives me nuts.
    Giddens not playing EVEN WHEN WE ONLY HAVE 10 ACTIVE PLAYERS…
    That’s just one of the concerns I have with Rivers.

  • bigbad&green

    Thank God we got Stephon!

  • DRJ

    First, let’s give the refs their due. Whether the Cs win or not in these low-roster times is mostly in their hands. If they call a very tight game — like this one in Miami — it’s going to be very hard for us to win. Here’s why: Obviously, our firepower is way down with all these guys out. To win, we must rely on our D (for which the team does not need superstars, just hard work and the great plan Thib has set up). If the refs are calling every touch a foul (like they did for most of the first half and randomly throughout), we’re pretty much dead… we can’t play our game (D).
    And Doc really seems lost out there. At one point, it was Gabe and Steph on the court together. Huh? We’ve got two point guards left on the team and they’re BOTH playing at the same time? WTF?!!??
    And not playing JR at all is weird, as people have already noted. It’s almost like Doc’s throwing pasta at the wall, trying to see what sticks. No real plan. No balls.
    Steph was pretty bad, have to say. Keep waiting for him to break out, but it’s not happening yet. Makes ya wonder… (And why, pray tell, were so many of his passes bounces today? Wth??)
    Despite all these problems, we still could have won this game if Paul had not sucked this time out. (Ok, and if Miami had missed some of their hero shots at the end.) Maybe he’s thinking ‘Hell, I’m beat. Everybody’s on vacation… wtf, I want some time off too!’

  • Nora

    I think we should give Marbury a little more time. The guy hadn’t played in a year before he came to the C’s.

  • Jason

    I’m surprised I’m not seeing even more ref outrage than normal. This was a travesty of a game. Wade is treated like a made man, untouchable, can maul you but can’t be breathed on when making a move. I could go possession by possession through the entire game, but I’m already too pissed.
    Isn’t anyone else pissed? The frustration is really starting to reach a boiling point with me and I hope it is with the team as well. I feel like it is. Game after game getting shafted by the refs. Fighting hard with a depleted lineup. Having everyone come in trying to take a shot at you. Doubters thinking you’re not the same as last year.
    When guys start coming back, especially KG and Rondo, it’s going to be like five shots in the arm. I mean full-on pressure cooker explosion, looking to just destroy opponents from tip to buzzer. I can’t express how anxious I am for the playoffs to start and watch this team take 82 games worth of frustration out on the league. It’s going to be beautiful. No adjusting to playoff ball in the first two rounds this time. No no. Bat out of hell, nuclear explosion from the opening tip of the first game. I think we’re going to see a demolition with Wade, Howard, LeBron and Kobe all getting just steamrolled, annihilated and again I CAN’T FREAKING WAIT!!!
    I CAN’T FREAKING WAIT!!!

  • Papa Irish

    i dont have a problem with wade getting all the foul calls, maybe because its he 6-4 and when he gets hit by a guy it looks probable that his shot might have somehow been impeded by the opponent
    but i hate when lebron who is 6-8 275 steamrolls into the lane and gets a touch foul
    i however hate when referies call a close game for the c’s and a close game in general
    and if you want a perfect example of superstars get calls other guys dont rewatch the lakers rockets game that was played tonight
    if both players hit eachother on the arm kobe would have to hit von wafer 3 times harder to get a foul called on him
    and yao and big baby get fucked on the most calls in the league….. by a lot
    the third guy on that list is not even close

  • ThatGuyOverTheOcean

    40 friggin’ minutes for Ray and Paul… how I hate Doc…

  • Baron

    Stop the complaining about Doc you selfish pricks..please? waaah he didnt play JR giddens..THATS BECAUSE JR GIDDENS SUCKS AND ISNT READY TO PLAY..waaah 40 minutes for paul and ray…LETS SEE YOU DO A BETTER JOB WITH HALF YOUR TEAM OUT, and in a race for homecourt (which I think we ultimately have no shot at after last night)..
    The season is slipping away, the refs continue to call the games in the opposing teams favor every single night, whether we’re home or away (actually been worse at home lately) …for a while I thought this would stop and the refs would get back to calling the games even…well thats clearly not going to happen…and we got no chance.
    Oh and im on record as saying this team will not win until rondo is back and healthy…so im not exactly suprised

  • dave

    As defending champs I think we need to play for the long run and not for home court. Champions overcome the psychology of the road. Not the physical fatigue of being 30+ and playing a season full of 40 minute games. Count me among the “selfish pricks”

  • Lakeshowlosers

    From the outside looking in, it would appear that the Celtics are crumbling and their fans are too! Boston = fail

  • amp200

    I actually liked a lot of what I saw in last evening’s game, and I think with minutes, Marbury will get a shot back and stop making the sillies and be a great asset in the playoffs…if we make it. I think Doc’s mind is being pulled in many directions, and his greatest motivator is wanting to win. That’s why he won’t/can’t limit the minutes. The fans are OK with not winning if it means a stronger team come playoffs. Doc needs to take the emotion out of his decisions and put in a little logic.

  • Lakerhater

    We are short handed and doing the best with what’s available. I don’t like Doc burning out Ray & Paul but then I generally don’t like Doc as a coach anyway. He’s a nice guy but the big three do more to lead the team then he does. The Celtics future risies and falls on the strength and health of the big three. I think we’ll be fine come playoff time and you gotta love the way Pauly and Ray are battling right now, it show’s HEART and that is what will prevail in the playoffs.

  • JD

    I love it: 2 losses and we are already “crumbling” again. The only thing we should be worrying about is A) Pierce and Ray both play under 40 in the next two games and B) We get our guys back. Nobody would win with the amount of injuries the Celtics have sustained, for Lakers fans, this is the equivalent of Bynum, Odom, Ariza, Farmar, and Powell being out. For Cavs fans, this is the equivalent of M. Williams, Gibson, Varjao, West, and Pavlovic being out, along with LBJ being slightly injured. The good thing is, most of these injuries are only temporary.