Keyon Dooling is still preaching, and the good reverend still believes in his (maybe former) squad, telling the Miami Herald.
“Our team was built to last,” Celtics guard Keyon Dooling says. “Experience, togetherness, will, drive. We peaked at the right time. We had the right group of guys together …”
“We fell short to pure talent,” Dooling says. “LeBron, when he’s on the court, he’s just more talented than everybody.”
When I look at the NBA Finals and think of the possibility that the Celtics may end up giving the Heat more of a fight than OKC does, it’s tough not to think about the “what if’s.”
And you can even play the “what if” game without involving Paul Pierce’s gimpy knee or Ray Allen’s ankles. I feel like Greg Stiemsma’s foot and Avery Bradley’s shoulders were enough to get past Miami. A shot blocker and perimeter defender could have been enough to make a difference in either game.
So Dooling does have a point. The Celtics did have the right mix to get the job done… until certain guys were taken out of the mix. And give LeBron credit… the dude closed games out. He still is. All the “not clutch” stuff was funny before these playoffs. Now it’s not funny anymore… because it’s not true anymore.
I still expect OKC to rise up and make this a 7-game series. They might still win this series. But it’s suddenly a very real possibility that LeBron can will his team to a title.