NBA Playoffs 2011: Boston Celtics Down 2-0 to Miami Heat, Is It Time to Panic?

Brian DeCandiaContributor IIMay 3, 2011

MIAMI, FL - MAY 03:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics posts up Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Celtics have looked horrible in the first two games of the series against the Heat. They look old, slow and overmatched. Sure, you can say the referees took too much control in Game 1 by ejecting Peirce, but what is the excuse for Game 2?

I never thought I would utter these three words, but the Celtics "need Shaquille O'Neal" for Game 3. It is that simple. Glen Davis can not be trusted to play 26 minutes per game. He plays zero defense, which is what the Celtics are built on, and he can't score against the bigger Joel Anthony. If Shaq can come back and give 10 hard minutes per game then that will reduce Big Baby's role and in turn, he will be more effective when he gets in the game.  

Boston looks terrified against a younger, more talented Heat team. The Celtics also look inexperienced, taking bad shots and leaving Miami players wide open looks. Rondo is playing hero ball, shooting a jump shot that doesn't exist and Big Baby thinks he's Karl Malone on the post. 

Look, I understand Doc wants to rest his Big Three, but don't leave them out for longer than two or three minutes at a time. As a Boston fan, when you look up at the television and see Delonte West, Von Wafer, Nenad Krstic and Jeff Green on the floor at the same time, it is cause for concern.

Seeing those guys playing against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh makes it feel like a Hampton facing off against Duke in the NCAA Tournament. Advantage: Miami. It's the playoffs and these men are professional athletes. They should be able to play more than 33-34 minutes per game.

With that being said, the Heat can't be knocked on their play because the defense has been spectacular. Miami refuses to give easy, open looks, which helped develop this stat in Game 2. The Celtics' Big Three were outscored by the Heat's Big Three, 80-36. Boston is supposed to be a defensively based team, and they are giving up 80 points to three players.  

The Heat did what they needed to do and took two games in convincing fashion at home against the Celtics. Boston needs to regroup on defense and defend their home court. If they can't, it is going to be a very quick series in the Heat's favor.