[Moderated by Matt Jones]
Game 1: Miami 93 – Boston 79
After two tough series for both teams to reach thee Eastern Conference finals the Celtics and Heat finally got to square off with a trip to the NBA Finals at stake. The game was a meeting between two familiar foes, last year Miami knocked the Celtics out of the playoffs in just five games. This year with a somewhat more healthy line up the Celtics looked to avoid getting down early like they did last year. Unfortunately there just wasn’t anything they could do to stop the tear LeBron and Wade have been on as of late.
Lebron continued his dominant streak as he finished tonight with 32 points and 13 rebounds. D-Wade also contributed 22 points and the Heat looked like they are on their way to their second NBA Finals in a row. Our lone Cat left in the east, Rajon Rondo, had a good night but didn’t dominate the floor like he has so far in the post-season. Rondo flirted with yet another triple double but finished with 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. That was only third time of the playoffs that Rondo didn’t accumulate double digit assists.
Several Celtics struggled including Paul Pierce who shot only 5-18 and Ray Allen was only 1-7. Pierce fouled out with over four minutes to go in the fourth. If the Celtics hope to win game 2 they will need all of the big four to have great games. Only three teams have ever won a series after falling into a 2-0 hole. Game 2 will be Wednesday night at 8:30.
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