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THE HEAT IS SO HOT IT HURTS…
Posted By Melissa Tzotzis On May 10 2011 @ 1:39 pm In NBA | 4 Comments
After the painful return of the too heavy, too hurt and too 39 year old Shaq in Game 3, Doc Rivers showed some mercy with his decision to sit Shaq for good, which seemed like a smart decision at the time. But after yesterday’s Game 4; it might not be only a ‘Shaq’ thing. The rest of the Celtics tried to run and tried to jump, but it just wasn’t happening. While 300- plus pound Shaq was dreaming about cheeseburgers and french fries with gravy on the bench, the rest of the Celtics seemed to be out to lunch as well.
Championships, tons of fans and full throttle Shaq Attack entertainment on and off the court, the Shaq diesel is finally running on empty. This being said, you would think it would push the original ‘Big Three’ in Boston to fuel up for Game 4. Paul Pierce scored 27, Ray Allen had 17 and Kevin Garnett had 7 points and 10 rebounds. Also, Rajon Rondo who dislocated his left elbow Saturday night in Game 3, played 39 minutes with a padded sleeve covering what appeared to be a brace on his left arm, and still scored 10 with 5 assists; but they just weren’t cutting it.
After a disastrous Game 3 and what was considered to be Miami’s worst performance as a threesome, last night James, Wade and Bosh had one of their best games. There must have been some real good threesome lovin’ the night before or something. I mean, boys – you gotta go what you gotta do and last night they were doing it…BIG. Miami’s BIG three combined for 83 points as the Heat beat Boston 98-90 in overtime last night to move within one game of the Eastern Conference finals. James scored 35, Wade had 28 and the threesome also combined for 35 of Miami’s 45 rebounds. They scored all 12 of Miami’s points in overtime; Bosh and Wade had five a piece after James’ fallaway jumper on the Heat’s first possession of the extra period, which gave them the lead…for good.
LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh are on the verge of doing something together that neither of them could accomplish on their own. Boston has been there, done that…but to do it again they really need to step it up. The Celtics would need to win three in a row—two of them in Miami—to have a chance to defend their Eastern Conference championship. Ray Allen said it best, “Everybody on this team, we know what to do. We can’t talk about it; we just have to put our best foot forward. It’s not easy. It just makes it that much more special if we’re able to do it.” Last time I checked 30 is the new 20 – so let’s give Boston the benefit of the doubt in this series.
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