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Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Feb 13 2011 @ 8:59 pm In Miami Heat | No Comments

     Dwyane Wade was 2 of 10 in the second half.  LeBron James couldn’t hit two free throws that would have tied the game with about 13 seconds left.  Mike Miller missed a wide open three with 1.9 seconds left that would have tied it up.  In the end, it was all about missed opportunities.  The Celtics had no Shaq.  No Problem.  Paul Pierce scored a grand total of 1 point.  Didn’t matter.  Chris Bosh stepped up for Miami with 24 points on 8 of 10 shooting and grabbed 10 boards.  Nope, nothing could save the Heat from what seemed like their 100th loss in a row to Boston.

     Many “NBA experts” will tell you that it’s how you start and finish a game that will be the biggest factors in the outcome.  Jumping on top early is always regarded as a plus, because as Miami has demonstrated several times this season, digging yourself out of a hole is difficult.  A team winning the fourth quarter is also seen as an obvious key to winning the game.  Well, the Heat did both on Sunday, but they forgot they had to play the third quarter too.  Miami gave up 35 points to the Celtics in the third quarter after holding them to 39 in the entire first half.  Boston was solid throughout the game, but never spectacular.  That is part of how that team works.  Rajon Rondo had a triple-double, but it was his defense on James that seemed to make a bigger impact.  The best play turned in on defense for the Heat, however, belonged to the rim, as it rejected “Big Baby” Glen Davis on a dunk attempt.  Maybe Miami should make sure they send donuts to the Celtic locker room if they play Boston in the playoffs.

     If the playoffs started today, Boston would be the number one seed.  At this point, seeding doesn’t really make a difference to Miami though, as they can’t seem to beat the Celtics on any floor, much less win a best of seven series.  Oh, and for all those who were saying that it’s only the regular season and that it doesn’t affect Miami’s confidence, I suggest you watch LeBron’s postgame comments.  This is a hump that the Heat have to get over mentally if they want to have a chance to win the NBA Championship this year.

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