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Is there anything left in the tank for the Boston Celtics?
The Big Four of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo put up a combined 96 points in game 2, which was the most ever scored together in a game, and yet it was still not enough to beat the Heat. Rajon Rondo, had the best game of his life, and according to Magic Johnson, ?that was the best point guard performance I have seen in the last 30 years.? For a guy that averaged 11.9 points per game and 44.8% shooting from the field during the season, he was utterly remarkable in game 2 taking over the game scoring 44 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and shooting 69% from the field, including 2 for 2 from 3 point land to miraculously still give the Celtics a faint heartbeat in overtime. As great as he played and as great as the Celtics defense and team was playing during the game, they still could not find a way to beat the Heat. The question for the Celtics and bettors is, is it possible for the Celtics to even win a game in this series?
The Celtics will be heading back home to Boston for game 3 at 8:30pm on Friday, and will be playing on 1 day of rest in a must win game. I am sure that this former championship team will once again give it their all, with their backs against the wall, but is their “all” going to be enough. For starters, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are going to get their points and stats no matter what the Celtics do, but what the Celtics must do is contain players such as Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, and Shane Battier, who have come up with the clutch shots when their number has been called. If the Celtics have the slightest chance in game 3 they will need to play similar swarming defense and make sure they don?t get burnt by the supporting cast of the Heat. Also, the Heat took an eye popping 47 foul shots to the Celtics 29. The Heat are going to get their chances at the free throw line, but the Celtics who are a better free throw shooting team need to be more aggressive in attacking the net, in order to balance out the foul shot discrepancy. (Just for those who are keeping track, during the season the Heat shot 72.8% from the line, whereas the Celtics shot 81.2% from the line.)For game 3 the Celtics are the surprising -2 point favorite for the game, and I know a lot of guys have been jumping all over the Heat getting +2 points and doubling up by picking the Heat to win on the money line at +115. However, this always scares Ricky ?The Prophet? McFalsky, because this is the ultimate sucker line and has all the makings of a trap game for a team like the Heat, who have looked unbeatable. I would suggest seduced by the Heat?s previous success, and focus on going with a team that will be playing with a lot more to lose, like the Celtics. And for those of you that follow the Celtics, you know better then anyone that the Celtics thrive on adversity, so I suggest picking the Celtics giving -2 points, and picking them to win on the money line at -135.