I didn't see that coming. The Celtics throttled the Heat 91-72 in a game they controlled from start to finish.
Rajon Rondo (16 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists) was brilliant. He set the tone in the 1st quarter by relentlessly attacking the rim. It was a vintage Maestro performance.
The Cs were unable to run away with this game in the 1st half because of a lackluster 2nd quarter performance. It was the only time Miami showed any fight. The highlight of the game (and maybe the season) was Avery Bradley's blocked shot on Dwyane Wade.
The Cs got solid efforts from a bunch of guys. Brandon Bass had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Pierce with 23 points and 7 boards. Bradley had 13 points and 2 steals. Greg Stiemsma deserves a bunch of credit, too – 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 charges.
The 3rd quarter belonged to Boston. Miami should have never come out of the lockerroom. The Celtics dominated and outscored the Heat 31-12. Rondo continued to push the pace and the Celtics did an excellent job on the boards.
I don't want to be the turd in the punchbowl, but the Heat did not come into Boston trying to win this game. They look distinterested from the start. Their interior defense was atrocious. They might be in 2010 Celtics flip-the-switch mode; a team going through the motions waiting for the playoffs to start.
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After the jump, KWAPT's message to the Heat.