No Kevin Garnett, No Problem: Celtics Go to Miami With 2-0 Lead
Some said they were too old and would not survive one series in this years NBA playoffs. Well so far, those people were wrong. The Celtics are coming off a 29 point beat down over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. Dwayne Wade got it done for the Heat with 29 points and 5 assists, unfortunately he got no help. With no Kevin Garnett, the Celtics portrayed a balanced effort lead by Ray Allen to go onward for the victory.
Glen "Don't call me Big Baby" Davis had a fantastic game in relief of Kevin Garnett. Davis started the game, and played fantasticaly. He had 23 points on 7-14 field goals, 8 rebounds and a steal. Most thought he would be the weak link in their starting lineup without Garnett but he was arguably the team's best player in game two.
The Celtics back court torched the Heat all night long. Rajon Rondo had a, well, Rondo like game on Tuesday as he went for 8 points, 12 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and a blocked shot. That is exactly what the Celtics need from him especially when Davis and Allen are shooting as well as they did. Ray Allen had a team high twenty five points this game which made the Celtics very glad they didn't trade him at the deadline. Allen also managed to muster up 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 7 three point field goals.
The Celtics had points coming from all ends of the court as they had 4 starters scoring double figures and 24 points off the bench. Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins both had 13 points a piece and combined for 13 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Despite the balanced offensive attack, what really lead the Celtics to victory this game was their lock down defense. The Heat are only shooting 39% from the field, 37% from the field and are rebounding the ball seven less times per game this series. These aren't the only areas where the Heat are being outplayed either. The Celtics are averaging five more assists, 2.5 more blocks, 19 more points per game and are shooting 21% better from the free throw line.
If the Heat wish to come back in this series, they need to start scoring the ball. Dwayne Wade needs some serious secondary scoring help other than Michael Beasley. In game two, Beasley had 13 and Chalmers had 10, but other than 8 points from Udonis Haslam no other Heat player had more than five.
The Celtics need to continue what they are doing. Glen Davis has played great, and as long as the limbs of the big three hold up, they shoud easily win this series and maybe move on even further in the playoffs.
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