Rose Prickles: How the Boston Celtics Avoid Them in Game Two

Hugo FerreiraContributor IApril 20, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 18:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics looks on as Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls prepares to shoot a free throw in the final minute of overtime in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on April 18, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. Rondo was called for fouling Rose. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Boston Celtics 105-103 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

So, home-court advantage is gone. Should Celtics fans be worried? Perhaps just a little. I would rather say that they need to be cautious about this series.

It's true that the Celtics lost their only regular season game at the United Center and it is also true that they didn't have Kevin Garnett for that game. However, a team with a 27-14 record on the road that's packed with experienced players shouldn't find it very hard to bounce right back on track by winning tonight's game.

Looking back at Game One, one has to conclude that it was not your typical game, in many aspects. First, Derrick Rose may be a great player, but he's not going to drop 36 points every night. I expect the Celtics to raise their defensive awareness to that effect.

Second, Ray Allen is not going to shoot 1-for-12 again anytime soon. He's a pure shooter and only pure shooters have cold nights like the one he had on Saturday.

Third, Paul Pierce is not going to let himself disappear from the game again, as he did during parts of Game One. He's a true leader, and he will want to show it on and off the court, right from the moment the team enters the locker room.

So, why should Celtics fans be cautious, you may ask? Well, the Celtics have to be careful not to be stung by Rose's prickles again. They simply cannot afford to let him build his confidence up to where amazing may happen again.

Furthermore, Doc Rivers really needs to let Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis know how important their concentration and awareness will be, especially when it concerns rebounding and foul trouble. Joakim Noah had 17 rebounds in Game One. Brad Miller had 12, in just 27 minutes of play. The Celtics need everyone to be involved in the game and to carry out respective tasks flawlessly.

Finally, I would like to see Garnett on the bench for the entire game. I don't want to see him leave unless he gets ejected for arguing a call or defending a teammate during a brawl. The guys on the court and, especially, those who start the game on the bench, need him.