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Recap: C’s comeback falls short, Heat win 115-107

RedsArmyAdmin December 27, 2011 Uncategorized 11 Comments

Lebron dunks on CelticsThe Celtics really have to stop trying to make huge comebacks.  For the second straight game, the Celtics fell behind big early, staged a furious comeback, and then fell short. 

This time the Celtics didn't quite make it all the way back.  They got as close as 3 points, but the Heat took advantage of more sloppy play by the C's and held on to win by 8. 

The Celtics looked horrible in the first half.  They looked like the "old and slow" Celtics that everyone likes to joke about. At the half, the Heat had 23 points off of 15 Celtics turnovers.  The Heat were putting on an absolute show that featured about a dozen LeBron James/Dwyane Wade highlights. 

In the second half, the Celtics switched to a zone defense, and the comeback was on.  Suddenly, the C's didn't have to keep up with everyone man-to-man, and the Heat got passive and settled for jumpers.  The Celtics, meanwhile, were getting a vintage Ray Allen performance (6 of 8 from 3, 28 points), and a crazy boost off the bench from Keyon Dooling (18 points on 4 of 6 3's) and a nice contribution from Brandon Bass (13 points, 5 rebounds). 

But it fell apart down the stretch.  Rajon Rondo tried to force a long pass to Brandon Bass, it was picked off by Wade, and 8 seconds later Norris freakin' Cole (20 points) buried a long J.  Bass answered but then so did Cole. The C's never scored again, bumbling an inbounds play to really seal the deal with 14 seconds left. 

Other observations: 

  • Paul Pierce is SOOO important to this team.  Without him, Sasha Pavlovic creates a ripple effect that destroys the Celtics offense.  The Celtics certainly would have turned it over against the Heat D, but not 15 times in the first half.  Aside from Pierce's ability to create his own offense when needed, he is a steadying influence on the team.  
  • Sasha Pavlovic is so bad, he only played 11 minutes. 
  • KG, and I'm being nice here, did not look good out there.  He's such a good player, the shell of his former self still had 12 points and 5 rebounds, but he did not look good out there.  Maybe Miami is too young and fast for him now.  Y'know?  I'm going to leave it at that for now. 
  • He still looked better than Jermaine O'Neal: 21 minutes, 0 points, 0 blocks, 1 rebound.  Yes, he had early foul trouble, but that's as bad a line as you're going to see out of someone. 
  • Rajon Rondo had 22 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds.  A near triple double as he tried to do A LOT.  7 turnovers is very high, and a couple of them were bad.  But a bunch of them were Rondo trying to make plays.  He really is the entire team for long stretches at a time. 
  • Avery Bradley played 1 minute.  The kid is not ready for prime time yet.  But it was still a minute more than E'Twaun Moore got.  I get the feeling Doc is saving some of these guys for tomorrow, knowing the Hornets aren't as good and he'd have to rest the starters. 
  • Chris Wilcox bruised his shoulder and only played 8 minutes.
  • One positive:  The Celtics dropped 107 points on a damn good Heat defense.  There is something to be said for that.
  • And finally, I'll touch on the officiating.  It was widely acknowledged tonight that the C's got some really terrible calls.  Dick Bavetta called Jermaine O'Neal for a foul when Chris Bosh simply mishandled a pass.  Bass was called for a key offensive foul that led to a 4-point swing when Cole was nowhere near set.  The officiating was not good.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    rondo To Ref!? “P*ssy Azz Niqqa” http://bit.ly/seQavf

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kristovar Kristovar

    The MVP chants for Cole at the end were delightfully demonstrative of a team populated *almost* entirely by fair weather fans.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/lekeleke94 Mileke

    i seen the same thing with KG, i actually started seeing it last year in the playoffs vs. the Heat… KG just don’t look good to me at all no more. i think father time is trying to get his attention… really thought he’d contemplate retirement this summer, but as we all know, that’s not happening, but i would love to try & bring him off the bench… just try & see how it goes… it would make that 5-5-5 plan so much better… Also i’ve been missing Moore too, hopefully he gets time tomorrow in the 2nd night of a back-to-back… still don’t understand why Bradley is ahead of him on the depth chart… last but not least… the Bass & Dooling deals has turned out excellent for the Celtics so far… i can’t wait for Pierce to get back, we’ll be fine once he return… #TeamCeltics #AllAbout18

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mikemunger Mike Munger

    The officiating cost Boston 2 games in a row so far. Tonight was even worse than the NY game.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/licktheglassitol Classless

    Sure wish our young guys would step up, Yknow, ever. If Doc isn’t gonna play Bradley, Moore, or Johnson in a short season, then how can we know if they’ll ever he’ll or contribute? The lack of youth playing meaningful minutes is already hurting them.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/paulmkane2001 Paulmkane2001

    The good news is that Rondo is proving what some of us thought, but most of us doubted: that he CAN learn to shoot, and that he CAN be The Man. His play has been MVP quality the past two games, with him almost literally carrying the team on his shoulders. He needs to play better defense on his man, though. He plays strong team defense, but he got torched by his man too. More importantly, Rondo seems to wilt in the final minutes of close games.
    KG and Jo may need to come off the bench.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    That wasnt as bad as I thought it could have been, but having said that, the C’s aren’t in the same class defensivly. Dont worry about the kids, they’ll get a chance, but versus Heat isn’t the time or place.
    No need to get anyone’s panties all bunched up, unless they lose to the Hornets.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    Olandis Poole is awful. Bavetta didn’t effect the game nearly as much as Poole. Bright-spot: Marquis looked fabulous. 18 minutes I believe w/9 points, 3 boards, 2 steals..going to be a solid back-up for Paul. Wilcox shoulder-injury looks worse than initially reported. May be out for a few games.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jmeedu James Eisenman

    Someone has decided that the Celtics aren’t supposed to win close games this season. Two games in a row with a phony technical and bogus calls on the offensive foul and when Bosh lost the ball, as well as several questionable out of bounds calls. When do the players get to beat us?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p011571d4119a970b Lex

    Gonna be a long, ugly year.
    Wilcox now injured.
    Pretty soon more dinosaurs will fall prey.
    Outrebounded 38-28.
    Now there’s a number that hasn’t changed in what, 3 years?

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