|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM|
Game 2: Celtics (0-1) vs Miami (1-0)
8:00 PM ET, December 27, 2011
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
Points Rebounds Assists
BOS Rondo 31.0 Bass 11.0 Rondo 13.0
MIA James 37.0 Haslem 14.02 with 6.0
The Celtics have lost the last 5 out of 6 games to the Heat. Of course everyone knows about the second round lashing from last year. The series could have been close if Rondo was healthy,but as it was Rondo wasn't,and the Celtics looked like the younger team,and the Heat looked like they been together for 4 years.The Celtics also won the first three games last season against the Heat,and the year before the Celtics beat the Heat in the 2010 playoffs.
Keys of the game
Rondo,and Rondo,and some more Rondo. The Heat don't have anyone to stick with Rondo. Unless they move James,or Wade on him. If the Heat do that. Rondo will need to take them off the dribble,or put that new jumper to the test. I'm also hoping that Bass has another breakout game. If we can get the same production out of him like he did in the Knicks game then the Celtics have a shot. Sasha,and Daniels need to control James as much as possible. Melo went off on them on Sunday,and I fear for their lives tonight with James.
It looks like Pierce will sit out again. Not an ideal way to start the short season.
Rondo averaged 10.0 points with 7.6 assists during the series, playing the final two-plus games with a dislocated left elbow. Look for him to do much better tonight,and want to prove to himself.