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Celtics drop game 1 99-90

D-Wade drives to the net

D-Wade leads the Heat to a game 1 win vs the Celtics

1st Half

The game started out kind of strange, with both teams missing their first 2 shots. Dwayne Wade finally broke the ice with a long 2. This game was very low scoring to start, just 6-6 halfway through the 1st. The Celtics were 2-10 from the field, and the Heat were just 2-11. Pretty pathetic offensive showing. It was a very physical game from the start, something we did not see against the Knicks. LeBron tried to make a play in transition, and Rondo just grabbed onto him and carried him out of bounds. Pretty interesting play. Wade and James were the only 2 scoring for the Heat, with Wade scoring 13 of their 20 points. Ray Allen meanwhile, had 8 of Boston’s 13 points. The game was 20-14 at the end of the 1st quarter, in favor of the Heat. The Heat started the 2nd quarter hot, but it was the bench getting most of the production. It was now 29-19 as they approached the midway mark in the 2nd. Boston started to make a run, closing the gap to 4. But, the Heat were just to strong. James Jones had 4, 3-point buckets in the 1st half. Dwayne Wade was carrying the team, scoring 23 points as the end of the half approached. The Celtics were just 14-39 from the field, with 5-8 coming from Ray Allen. It’s not looking like this will be a good one for the C’s. The 1st half ended with a 51-36 Heat lead.

2nd Half

The Heat started the 3rd quarter on a 4-0 run. But, ever resilient, the Celtics came back with a 12-0 run of their own. They had closed the gap to 9, and at least stopped the bleeding. These teams are playing pretty chippy, getting in each others faces. Pierce and Wade have been going at it hard all day. O’Neal laid a flagrant foul on James Jones, and Miami was able to get the lead back up to 11. The Heat would go on a 9-0 run at the end of the 3rd quarter, before Pierce hit a 3 at the buzzer. That would give him just 12 points on the day. It was 76-62 heading into the 4th and final quarter. Boston came out firing, getting a 7-0 lead at the start if the 4th. Boston just couldn’t sustain any of this pressure. They kept making mistakes and turning the ball over. The Miami lead was as much as 17, but Boston kept battling. Unbelievable play though just about midway through the 4th. Pierce executes a great pick on D-Wade, but gets called for the foul. He looked at the official, said something, and then gets his 2nd technical and is ejected from the game. That was insane! Pierce made a perfectly good pick, Wade just ran into him a bit hard. How is that Pierce’s fault? And then to throw him out of the game was just crazy. This ref is out of his mind. Boston is now down 13, and without Pierce. This would be a tough one if they were going to pull it out. Wade then nailed a 3, making it a 90-74 game. Boston had some life though, and it was Ray Allen. He seemed to be the only guy scoring for Boston, and he has hit 5, 3-pointers. The Celtics had closed the game to 90-82. But the Heat was just too much. They had a 10 point lead with under a minute to play, and would not let this one slip away. The Heat win game 1, 99-90.

Post-Game Breakdown

This was a very bad game for the Celtics. Ray Allen appeared to be the only guy scoring, and whenever they got a sustained run, they let Miami get a run of their own. Boston continuously made mistakes with the ball, and could not hit shots all night. I am very surprised the game ended up being as close as it was. Dwayne Wade led all scorers with 38 points. LeBron had 22 on the night, but the unsung hero was James Jones. He had 25 points off the bench, including 5-7 from 3-point range. Bostons leading scorer was Ray Allen with 25. Pierce’s shortened night resulted in 19 points scored. Him getting tossed in the 4th was just ridiculous. That ref needs a talking to on the rules. Boston had chances in this game to catch-up, but they blew them consistently. There were plenty of runs that the C’s had, but the could never sustain anything. Miami would come right back with a run of their own, to push the lead back up into double digits. Heading into game 2, there aren’t many things to say to improve the Celtics effort.

Score, it’s as simple as that. They just have to score more points, and make less mistakes with the ball. The Celtics can easily steal one in Miami, and they might as well do it now, because the Heat are going to have a tough time playing up in Boston. The hecklers will be out, and LeBron and company will not have a warm reception in the least when game 3 rolls around. If the Celtics lose game 2, I still feel that they can win this series. Mostly, because I feel confident that the C’s will win every game in Boston. If the C’s win game 2, but lose game 3, I’d be more worried than if the lose game 2, and win game 3. Home court is huge for the Celtics, and LeBron will not be looking foreword to coming up to play in a very hostile environment.

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