It is a real thing especially during the course of a NBA game. Even more so in the playoffs.
The Miami Heat captured momentum at key moments of Game 1 on the Eastern Conference Finals to defeat the Boston Celtics easily 93-79.
Every time the Celtics had a chance to seize momentum it seemed like either a bizarre technical foul would be called or an untimely offensive lull would transpire to throw momentum back on the side of the Heat.
LeBron James delivered the easiest 32 point & 13 rebound performance you will ever see. He was accompanied by his running mate, Dwyane Wade, who posted a very efficient 22 points and 7 assists. The Celtics allowed LeBron and Wade to establish the paint on back door cuts and straight drives to the basket early on. Once the Celtics allowed the two best players in the series to get going it just became too hard to stop the bleeding just because they wanted to.
Those easy baskets opened up the door for the Heat’s role players to join the party. Shane Battier was masterful on Paul Pierce defensively but also contributed 10 points and 10 very unexpected rebounds. Mike Miller chipped in 8 points and grabbed 2 offensive rebounds that had every Celtics coach and fan shaking their collective heads.
Kevin Garnett looked like the only Boston player aware of the urgency of the moment anchoring the Celtics offense with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Rajon Rondo came out of the gates in a very disturbingly familiar glaze trying to pass into the tightest of spaces usually trying to feed Garnett. He finished with a productive but less than impactfull 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
Ray Allen still looks like a zombie and missed 4 free throws in his 6 point and 5 rebound disaster. There just isn’t anything else to say about Allen at this point. Boston doesn’t have anybody else to throw out there and they just have to pray Allen can get some lucky bounces to fall. Paul Pierce was hounded by Battier and LeBron all night and shot just 5-18 on his way to 12 measly points.
The Celtics were whistled for 5 technical fouls with maybe the one on Rondo being the most deserving. Those calls set the Twitter world ablaze but more importantly sapped the juice out of what would be Boston runs in the first half.
The Celtics inability to keep the Heat out of the paint is the real reason they couldn’t steal a Game 1 victory. The final margin of 42-34 in favor of Miami only tells part of the story. The Heat were 21-27 on their shots close at the rim while the Celtics struggled with a 17-37 mark.
Many of Boston’s attempts were blocked, altered, and even fouled but not called as Miami was simply flying to the rim on the Celtics’ drives. The Heat had a postseason high 11 blocks in the game and they might have set the tone for the rest of the series.
Boston just wasn’t right and the quick turnaround following Game 7 on Saturday definitely played a role in their performance. That said this is a no excuse team in a “make or miss” league.
The Celtics will attempt to right the ship on Wednesday in Game 2.
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Written by Warren Shaw
I am an avid Basketball fan who has worked for the New York Knicks, Alonzo Mourning Charities and various other sports organizations. Having covered many NBA and various professional sporting events has given me the opportunity to provide insight with an unbiased but flavor driven view. I look forward to providing NBA content and interacting with knowledgeable fans and readers. Follow me on Twitter @shawsports or Email your questions to me at Warrenshaw@prosportsblogging.com