When did the Celtics become a team that couldn't finish? Did it start in Game 7 of last year's Finals? Whenever it started, it reached the apex in this series.
The Celtics led this one 87-81 with 4:15 remaining. The Heat closed the game on a 16-0 run. In an elimination game, the Celtics were held scoreless over the final 4 minutes. They missed makeable shots and had a couple of wretched turnovers. Excuse me while I patch the 7 holes I punched in the wall.
While I despise LeBron James, he was super clutch tonight. It seemed like all of his 5 three pointers came at key moments in the game. None more important than his last two.
KG started like a mad-man. But like I feared, he burned himself out. Twelve of his 15 points came in the 1st quarter.
Paul Pierce struggled with foul trouble all night. It all started with a dumb decision to foul Lebron on a breakaway in the 1st quarter.
Jeff Green is driving me mad. Here's what a friend texted me after the game:
Green could have punched Pierce in the face if he wanted to throw the game. A missed lay-up and a dropped pass to go with his turnstile D. Wonderful.
The officiating. Exhale. Jason Whitlock said it best with this tweet:
Can you believe these calls Miami is getting? Wow.
Rajon Rondo is in rough shape. It appeared as if his back was bothering him more than the elbow. I swear the kid was having trouble just breathing. During postgame, Mike Gorman reported that Rondo would have been out 6-8 weeks with the elbow injury.
On the bright side… Doc Rivers said that he's leaning toward returning next season.
"I'm leaning heavily to coming back… I probably will…I'm a Celtic and I love our guys…I want to win again here. I do."