|Posted by B-PAUL on May 18, 2010 at 11:53 PM|
Celtics 95 Magic 92
Amway Arena - Orlando, FL
Entering the playoffs if you told me that the Celtics would get rid of the Heat in five games, eliminate the Cavs in six games, and win the first two games in Orlando I probably would have given you directions to the closest psychiatric home. Although I never gave up on this team I never expected things to come this easy. I know this is a huge cliché' that has been used way too many times, but the flip has been switched.
The Celtics are showing all the signs that the 2008 team showed and they are winning games in amazing fashion. They have proved they can win games by double digits, they have proved they can hold onto leads late in games, and they have proven they can win both at home and on the road. All of these things add up to create a perfect recipe for success in the postseason.
Tonight the Celtics entered the Amway Arena in hopes to grab a 2-0 series lead and they did just that. Although it wasn’t easy and the Celtics failed to play a full 48 minutes of “Celtics Basketball” they managed to do just enough to come away with a 95-92 victory.
Out of all of the games the Celtics have played thus far in the postseason, maybe outside of game three in Miami, this was the closest game we’ve seen them play. They handled adversity well in this game and came through in times when many teams probably would have folded. A flagrant foul by Dwight Howard in the first half really gave the Celtics some extra motivation and really woke up the captain Paul Pierce.
After coming off a rough series against LeBron and the Cavaliers “The Truth” has really stepped it up in the first two games of the series. Tonight he went off for 28 points on 8-16 shooting and looked much more aggressive then he was against the Cavs. In the postgame press conference Pierce stated, “It is much easier to find energy on offense when you do not have to guard LeBron James”. Understandable, right?
Rajon Rondo also rebounded from his below average performance on Sunday by dropping in 27 points on 10-16 shooting while dishing out eight assists. Although these stats are eye-openers they still don’t describe how much of an impact he had on the game. He was everywhere he needed to be when he needed be and his decision making was unbelievable. If they had a system to determine basketball IQ this guy would be off the charts.
The Celtics will now head back to Boston for game three on Saturday night. A win on Saturday would pretty much guarantee a return to the NBA Finals (But then again the Bruins are still in the back of my mind).
After all this team and its fans have gone through this year this is really turning into a MAGICal ride through the playoffs. I have said this before and I will say it again: a championship this year would be ten times sweeter than 2008.
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