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The Celtics can beat the Cavs. If everything breaks their way.

Apr 4, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

The Celtics can too beat the Cavaliers.

If Ray Allen is on fire from three. If LeBron James makes a bad decision with the game on the line and goes for the win, then misses a PUJIT three. If the Cleveland coach gets ejected. If Rajon Rondo can keep his turnovers down. If Shaquille O’Neal doesn’t play. If the game is in Boston. If the Celtics can make the key plays to hold on at the end after being up by 21 in the third.

Sure, they can do that four out of seven in the second round. Don’t see the problem.

That was a fun game to watch. At this point in the season, when so many teams are mailing it in, it’s great to see a game that foreshadows the playoffs. Except that in literature, foreshadowing hints at a potential outcome. As Matt Moore told us before, this result said nothing about the outcome of a series between these two.

For three quarters, it was that kind of game for Cleveland. When JJ Hickson just swatted a Kendrick Perkins shot inside, the ball went right to Ray Allen standing alone at the three-point line. Nylon.

Where Atlanta could not match the runs Cleveland would make the other night, for three quarters the Celtics looked like the veteran team with a counterpunch. And Cleveland looked flat. Mike Brown tried to fire up his team with the worst acting job ever in getting tossed from the game in the third quarter. Razzie bad.

(Hey Can we start giving those away for the NBA? Worst flop, worst acting job by a coach, worst effort by a team to pretend like they cared the last two weeks of the season (we want the Knicks to win something).

Then Cleveland got focused. They outscored Boston by 13 in the third, after trimming the lead in the third. LeBron turned into the unstoppable force that he is. Cleveland started defending and rebounding like they can when focused.

The key may have been when LeBron made an Adam Morrison quality decision. Down just two with less than 20 seconds left after Kendrick Perkins reminded us why to foul him with the game on the line, LeBron had the chance on the fast break to drive and get the tie on a layup (and try to draw the and-one). Instead he went for the Kobesque game wining three.

LeBron – be yourself. He missed it.

Celtics win. Good win. They held on by the hair of their chinny chin chin. But it’s a win. Doesn’t change what would happen over seven games in the second round.

  1. john - Apr 4, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    You didn’t even mention Varejao not playing.

  2. 85celticsfan - Apr 4, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    wow,You mean the celtic’s got some of the breaks teams like the cavs get every night.Good and big deal if it was by the hair on their chinny chin chin,most of the time the celts get beat its by the hair on the other teams chins and usually its with a large amount of assistance from the refs.Oh and by the way,could the writers kurt and matt stop showing their clearly obvious hatred of anything celtics.Seriously,just stand up,pop lebrons wiener out of your butt and do some unbiast writing.thanks

  3. Jason Raymes - Apr 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Thank you ’85celticsfan’ for such a productive comment.

  4. Colin Zvosec - Apr 5, 2010 at 3:02 AM

    The Celtics have been blowing huge leads at home all year. This time, they managed to hang on.
    As for the LeBron shot, I have no problem with it. If he makes it, the Celtics are officially done. If he misses, so what? They already had the ECF homecourt wrapped up. This game meant NOTHING for the Cavs, and they still almost won while giving a crap for just one quarter.
    Boston is done.

  5. Sguy2130 - Apr 5, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    LOL at Celtics fan who thinks the refs are against his team. ‘Like the Cavs get every night’. Haha ok, do you watch all the Cavs games…I bet you do. I mean of course you do…you are a diverse and knowledgeable fan….blaming refs doesn’t make you look like a bandwagon fan who knows nothing about basketball….

  6. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2010 at 2:43 PM

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  7. RETARD - Apr 5, 2010 at 2:44 PM

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  8. CeltsSteve - Apr 5, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Can the writer — or anyone who read the article — objectively explain how The Golden Child played 45 of the 48 minutes in yesterday’s game and had ZERO fouls called against him? I wonder how David Stern would instruct the officials on how to call a game between Cleveland and Oklahoma City when LBJ had to guard Durant?

  9. CeltsSteve - Apr 5, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    “Celtics win. Good win. They held on by the hair of their chinny chin chin. But it’s a win. Doesn’t change what would happen over seven games in the second round.” — Kurt Helin
    You are absloutely correct, Mr. Helin. And the let the record reflect that after 4 games played thus far this season, the Cavs and Celtics are knotted up at 2 games a piece. Both have shown the ability to win on the other team’s floor.
    And let the record also reflect that Lebron and the Cavs have never beaten the Celtics in a 7-game series. So whenever they eventually meet up in the playoffs — be it in the 2nd Round or the ECF — let the games begin.

  10. Overseasceltic - Apr 5, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Did you see how the Cavs worked and worked and worked the officials until they will call absolutelly averything on the favor. It’s really sad how the outcome of NBA games depends so much on officiating. That exref-excon kind of mentioned it. It’ll be interesting to have a report on less fouls called against per 48 min played. I bet you, Lebron and Kobe, the faces of the NBA, are on top the list. The NBA has been doing that for years, that’s the secret of success for Mr Stern and Co. Ever since the Jordan era. As good or great those 3 are the NBA has made it easier on them. Don’t you think it’ll be good marking to have LBJ smoking an habano in June ?

  11. zappo777 - Apr 6, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    celtics are not making it out of 1st round–they suck–i am a celtic fan but not a fan of this group of clowns—they stopped playing basketball in 4th quarter–and all throughout season—the bums dont deserve to be in the playoffs period….

  12. T DOG - Apr 7, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    aa look at dis crap everyone hopped on da clevland band wagon. Dey choked last year dey gonna do it again. dey didnt prove nothin n da playoffs. da f’d up for da past 3 years. this year means nothin. Clevland is done in the 2nd or 3rd round. either way dey not makin it to da finals. LeBron is gonna cry again. N dats wats gonna happen. n not one clevland fan can do nuttin about it. Cant wait to c LeBron ball hog his was to da championship.

  13. tiffany necklaces - Aug 31, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    The NBA has been doing that for years, that’s the secret of success for Mr Stern and Co. Ever since the Jordan era. As good or great those 3 are the NBA has made it easier on them. Don’t you think it’ll be good marking to have LBJ smoking an habano in June ?

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