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Heat knockout the Celtics in game 5, series over

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Chris Bosh and the Heat deliver the knockout blow to the Celtics in game 5

1st Half

The game has started, and Dwayne Wade is fouled by Pierce. He went to the line and hit 1 free-throw. Boston’s offense didn’t look good to start. They were just throwing up lame jumpers, and not sinking them. The Captain Paul Pierce was the only guy who looked ready to play. Luckily the Heat weren’t performing well either. James and Bosh had nothing going early. But Boston would run into trouble, as Pierce was forced to foul James in transition. He had 2 personal fouls before the midway mark in the 1st quarter. Garnett had stepped up though, hitting 3-4 midway through the 1st quarter. Boston had a slim 11-7 lead. The only reason the Celtics were up is because of the poor performance by the Heats starters. Wade was performing, like he has all series. He had 11 points and 3 rebounds. Bosh was invisible, like he has been all series. He had 2 points in the 1st quarter. James was the surprise though. He was a measly 0-4, with just 1 point off a free-throw. KG and Pierce looked good, carrying the Celtics to a 24-16 lead at the end of the 1st. KG accounted for half of the Boston lead, scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist. The 2nd quarter stared with James draining a 3. Not a good omen for the C’s. Miami would proceed to go on a 7-0 run to cut the Celtic lead down to 3. This is the problem the Boston faced. The only reason they exited the 1st with a lead, is because of how poorly the Heat were performing. Now that they have come alive, Boston needs to push back with its own strength. And that is something that has not appeared in 3 out of 4 games so far. But Boston comes back with 6 quick points. Paul Pierce had a 3 point play, and then a 3-pointer from Allen. The lead was back up to 7. LeBron came alive in the 2nd though, and Wade was on fire. Wade had scored 23 already by the end of the 2nd. The Celtics started to get some play from Allen though, showing some life. Allen was 4-6, including 3-5 from 3-point range. That gave him 11 points heading into the half. Garnett only scored 1 point in the 2nd, but he improved to 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Boston was able to maintain a 49-47 lead at the end of the 2nd. Boston needs the Big 3 to keep scoring, and they need to keep James and Bosh off the board. Wade can’t beat them himself, so keeping the other 2 off the board should be their top priority heading into the 2nd half.

2nd Half

Boston got off to a good starting the 3rd, with Jermaine O’Neal getting a 3 point play. Allen hit a ridiculous 3, with Dwayne Wade in his face. He’s leading the Celtics with 15 points now. Boston looked like they might win this game, Ray just had to keep draining those shots. Boston was up 63-57 midway through the 3rd. Some hard play by KG, denying a dunk by Juwan Howard. Garnett passed ahead to Pierce, who was then rejected by Bosh. Boston had upped the physicality, but Miami was responding. The bench for Boston was again providing little support. Wade was torching the Celtics, scoring 30 points at the end of the 3rd. James had 20, and Bosh was again invisible. Somehow though, Boston was able to maintain a 73-71 lead entering the 4th, and possibly last quarter of this Celtics season. Boston had a 4-1 run to start the 4th, and that gave them a 7 point lead early. The bench had started to come alive. Green added his 9th point of the night, and West just slammed down a dunk in Chris Bosh’s pansy face. Boston had this game in their pockets. But, they had game 4 handed to them, and couldn’t close the deal. Boston was up 83-79 midway through the 4th. They have the game in hand, they just need to close it out. A 3 from James Jones brings the Heat back to within 2. The once ol’ reliable Celtics have become the old unreliable Celtics. The offense had stuttered, and the Heat were taking advantage. A 3 from James, and the Heat take the lead as the 2 minute mark hits. It was 90-87, and neither team could hit a shot for the next minute. Finally LeBron James breaks the ice with a 3 pointer, and there is now just 40.4 seconds remaining in the Celtics season. The Heat would add a couple more points, and game 5 has ended with a 97-87 win for the Heat. The Boston Celtics have been eliminated from the 2011 postseason by LeBron James and the Heat. I think I just threw-up a little.

Post-Game Discussion

For the 2nd straight game in a row, the Boston Celtics could not close out a game. It was the Miami Heat who closed the game. LeBron James was held in check in the 1st quarter, but came alive in the 2nd quarter, and that led to a great 2nd half for him. James ended the night with 33 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal. Wade was again the leading scorer on the Heat, scoring 34 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Bosh was able to put together 14 points with 11 rebounds. Not great, but decent enough to help the Heat win. This game was less about the Heats triumph, and more about the Celtics falling flat on their faces.

As everyone knows, Shaq was not in the lineup for game 5. But, that had no bearing on the game. Shaq contributed nothing offensively in games 3 and 4, and was basically used to just foul people in the paint. Garnett started the game with 12 points in the 1st quarter. He added just 3 the rest of the game. Pierce started hot in the 1st quarter, and ended with just 12 points on the night. Allen was the Celtics leading scorer with 18 points. The fact that Boston was even in this game without a player reaching 20 points is shocking to me. The man whose name didn’t come up once the entire night though, and probably the reason the Celtics lost is… Rajon Rondo. Rondo was pathetic, but rightfully so. The guy is playing with one arm! Rondo ended the night with 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, and 3 assists. Awful night for him. The bench came alive in the 2nd half, and that is what kept Boston in the game for so long. But without the Big 3 doing anything in the 4th, this team never stood a chance.

What now? Going into this year, everybody felt that the Celtics would be Finals favorites. Boston LA seemed almost inevitable. But along the way, something went wrong. The Heat came out with their Big 3, but no matter what, they were frowned upon. They will never beat the Celtics, they will never be a team with so much emphasis on their superstars, they can’t finish, they will just never win. But it looks like all of that just ain’t true. Well, not for now anyways. The Heat have overcome their biggest hurdle thus far in their quest for a championship, but still face plenty of questions. If the Heat don’t win the championship this season, they can still hang their heads high on the fact that they have exercised their demons, on Wednesday May 11, 2011. Boston now will face a tough offseason, full of questions.

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