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NO BOSH, NO PROBLEM, AT LEAST FOR GAME 1

Posted By Sean Eckhardt On May 29 2012 @ 12:53 am In Miami Heat | No Comments

I remember that Charles Barkley used to say that the team with the two best players will win the majority of the games in which they play.  The Miami Heat currently have the two best players in this Eastern Conference Finals series with the Celtics, and might just have the two best players in the NBA in Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.  So the Heat beating Boston in Miami shouldn’t be a huge surprise, but the fact that the Heat really looked superior to the Celtics, even with the absence of Chris Bosh should be alarming to the Boston faithful.

After falling behind early, the Celtics rung up 35 points in the 2nd quarter.  That was the first 30-point quarter allowed by the Miami defense this postseason, and after Joel Anthony’s last second basket was disallowed, it brought Boston into a tie with Miami at the half.  During the 3rd quarter however, the Heat began to control the game.  And it wasn’t just James and Wade either.  Guys like Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, and Mike Miller all made solid contributions.  Those three guys combined for 27 points and 18 rebounds.  That kind of support really helps when a guy like Bosh is injured.

More important than the offense was the Miami defense.  As a team the Heat combined for 11 blocks.  ELEVEN!  In addition, Miami held Boston to under 40% from the field.  That takes more than two guys.  That is a complete team effort.

If there was a sub-par effort this game, it was controlling Kevin Garnett.  The Celtic big-man went for 23pts and 10rebs while shooting 9-16 from the floor, but when he is the only one doing damage the Heat will be in good shape.  This game exemplified a real problem for Boston; the Celtics simply aren’t as good as Miami, even without Bosh.  Boston doesn’t have anybody that can stop Bron and DWade defensively, nor do they have anyone that keep up with the dynamic duo’s production offensively.  If you combine that with the Heat’s role players contributions, this series looks to go five games at best.

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