The Celtics limped into the playoffs with little or no kind of love from fans and NBA analysts. The story line in the first round was that LeBron James would extend his kingdom on the parquet. He did for one brief moment in game three.
The Orlando Magic composed of Superman and his legion will head into the jungle on Saturday looking to duplicate what James and his gang did.
The generic game plan throughout the regular season and the playoffs is if you stop Ray Allen from getting 20 points, the Celtics will lose. That theory is not holding water.
Ray has had two sub-par games, one in the Cleveland series and in this game. The Celtics simply showed that they have more offensive weapons and took advantage of them.
The old adage that you live and die by the three can be applied to the Magic; like the Cavaliers, Orlando is a one-dimensional team.
They depend on the drive and kick exclusively and have no one besides J.J. Reddick who can actually create off the dribble for other players. Stan Van Gundy did the same thing he did last year. He inexplicably took Reddick out of the game when it was clear that he is giving Ray Allen fits on the defensive end.
Last year he chose to put Jameer Nelson into the Finals when the team clearly played better with Rafer Alston at the helm. Van Gundy is a good coach but he is living up to his moniker the master of panic .
It still isn't set in stone that the Celtics will win Game Three because they have shown that they are their own worst enemy when they have success.
Howard was asked during his post game presser if he had any comment on Paul Pierce's assertion on his tweeter page: Does anybody have a broom? He said no comment.
Pierce has now officially given Orlando some bulletin board material, however if they need that to motivate them instead of making the necessary mental adjustments then it really is over.
Dwight did say that pride goeth before a fall. This is the same player that wanted to bring religion to the NBA yet fathered a child out of wedlock. But I digress.
It seems like every one of the Celtics starters have had to subjugate their offensive game for the good of the team. First Round it was supposed to be Ray Allen, but Pierce was having and up and down series. Second Round it was officially PP's turn and he continued to struggle offensively but the Celtics win.
In the Eastern Conference finals it has been Kevin Garnett who keeps doing the little things. Pierce isn't bogged down with defending The King and he is averaging over 20 points a game. Through it all Rondo continues to grow before a national audience showing what a true floor general can do for a team. He is the straw that spurs the green drink in this playoff season.
Now Howard and his crew will be dropped into the jungle where a rabid fan base is waiting and willing to remind him of how the original superman was dispatched in the second round.