Game Four was the Dwyane Wade show. It went a little bit like this: See Dwyane dribble, dribble Dwyane, dribble! See Dwyane run, dunk, Dwyane, dunk! See Dwyane shoot, make those threes, Dwyane, shoot!
The Miami Heat coach, Eric Spoelstra, usually rests Wade at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Last night it had to be different. It had to go that way because the Miami Heat were in desperation mode.
The Celtics could do nothing but watch as they let their own anxiousness to throw hay-makers at the Heat result in a nine-turnover first quarter.
This first round playoff matchup has been all about Wade, offensively and defensively. When the Celtics stick to their game plan of preaching patience they are a team to be reckoned with. Sunday night saw them do none of the above. They allowed Wade to use them as his own personal basketball laboratory.
He pinballed his way through the toothless Celtic defense and when it was all said and done he had the necessary 46 points needed for the Heat's lone win.
The problem is that Game Five will require Wade to hop on a plane and try and duplicate this performance. Common sense dictates he won't. The Celtics are simply too talented and experienced to allow that to happen.
This isn't 2006, where he had Shaquille O'Neal, James Posey, Gary Payton, and employee No. 8, Antoine Walker, to help.
He has no future Hall of Famer or former All-Star as his sidekick.
Doc Rivers stated before that one man cannot beat a team in a seven-game series. He might do it for one and he could live with it. Well, Dwyane Wade got his one game to save his team the embarrassment of being swept at home.
They will try to make a game of it in the beginning, but if the Celtics play the right way they will go quietly into the night.
Results: Rotweillers 5, Poodles 1, Celtics get much needed rest.