I often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics after playing the Celtics. Here's a dose of 'enemy chatter' from Miami.
"You can attribute that to the competition," Bosh said. "It's no mistake that they've had the success they've had. We have to keep that in mind, and one day we're going to have that same continuity."
Well, you have to give that to Bosh. He's right about the Celtics. Rajon Rondo looked like he could operate the offense in the dark. He's so aware of his teammates' spacing and can sniff out defensive weaknesses the instant they surface.
Bosh might ultimately be correct about the Heat. But that doesn't excuse what happened when Rondo drove for an uncontested dunk as Bosh stood and watched in the first half. Nor does it explain how Ray Allen was left outrageously open for a 3-pointer after he'd already made his first six attempts. The seventh, in the fourth quarter, sent fans to the exits.
"The things we had been doing well, we were kind of caught watching," Spoelstra said. "We're better than this."
Yes, Rondo is a magnificent point guard who knows where all of his teammates are at the moment and where they will be in 5 seconds.
Without a guy like Rondo, the Heat will need an offensive game plan. Was anyone else shocked to hear that Erik Spoelstra is still mixing in plays? What the hell is he waiting for?
It's too easy to say the Heat left Ray Allen open. Do these writers watch Ray off the ball? The guy is constantly moving and weaving around screens. You don't get open by accident.
On Page 2, Heat fans are growing restless.