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Boston would like to state for the record that they are not too old, are still a contender, and you should not mess with them

Apr 1, 2012, 7:24 PM EST

Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

In Boston’s 92-71 win over Miami on Sunday, the Celtics opened the game and took their will to live. Rajon Rondo decided from the outset to destroy the Heat and did so, slicing in-between and through the Heat. There’s a lot to be said about Miami’s effort, cohesion, and generally disturbing level of terribleness. But let’s talk about Boston.

The Celtics put up a 100 efficiency against one of the better offenses in the league, and in the third quarter posted a 127 offensive efficiency and, wait for it… held Miami to a 50.5 offensive efficiency. That’s horrific. That’s terrible. That’s terrible in every way for Miami. And it’s how Boston ripped them apart.

Boston was phenomenal in its execution, finding open spots consistently. They targeted Joel Anthony early and often, relying on his inability to rotate effectively to get to the rim. Rondo found teammates open on the perimeter, open underneath, open cutting to the lane. It was a massacre.

Is Boston saved? Is this the team that will be there in the playoffs? Can they make one more run with the Big 3?

It’s a tall task. They had everything go for them Sunday, and everything fall apart for Miami. This was their finest performance of the season, and this was without Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus. But there will be questions about their effectiveness in the playoffs. Remember, there will back-to-back games in the playoffs and on those old legs, it might be an issue. But what Sunday says is that Boston can do what they need to in order to find their confidence. In reality, they need to believe they are better than they are. That’s when Boston’s dominant. They have to convince themselves they have an edge over whoever they’re playing, regardless of who the more talented team is.

Boston was talked about as done, that they needed to blow it up. One game doesn’t change the concerns, and they could very well go on a three-game losing streak now.

But one thing is certain. As opposed to Miami, Boston shows up when it needs to. If they’re going out, they’re going out tying.

(Statistical support provided by NBA.com.)

  1. jjordannba - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    HUUUUGE WIN! I’m pretty sure the Bulls and Heat would rather play any other team in the first round than Boston.

    • gmsingh - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      I’d love to see the Bulls face the Celtics in the playoffs. If it makes it to a game 5 the Celtics will put up about 50 points. They just don’t have the youth to outast a younger, higher energy team. The Pacers would make them look bad, too.

  2. LilTmac2003 - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    As a Bulls fan, I’m not a huge fan of Rondo…or the Heat…but I’ll give respect when respect is due.

    Rondo was simply amazing in the game. I don’t know what it is, but he was on a different gear. His vision was outstanding. Hitting guys that were cutting to the rim, no look passes, etc. He picked them apart.

    I’m not really ready to say they can win a title, but I can say that can go far in the playoffs if they play every game 110%.

  3. mikeewright7 - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Boston Fan Here great win for us, big ups to Avery Bradley who played well, but quick question?
    Since when are the playoffs back-to-back games? Or did i read it wrong?

    • snoopy2014 - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      Lockout season. When they released the schedule details after the lockout, they stated there would be back-to-back-to-backs in the regular season and back-to-backs in the playoffs this year. I remember reading there would definitely be back-to-backs in the semifinals this year, can’t remember if they’ll show up in other rounds too or not.

      • savvybynature - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:53 PM

        I thought playoff B2Bs had only been announced for the 1st rd. Could be wrong tho, anyone know for sure?

      • snoopy2014 - Apr 1, 2012 at 11:18 PM

        According to this, it’s projected for the 2nd round, unless something’s changed since this was released:

        http://www.nba.com/2011/news/11/27/schedule/index.html

  4. emaimo80 - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Mike miller needs to get healthy, battier is horrible!

  5. thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Remember when the Heat destroyed Boston 4-1 in the playoffs last year when all of the Celtics were a year younger? Good regular season win for Boston, but

    • linedrivehit - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      Remember when Queen James lost yet again in the playoffs last year, proving yet again he couldnt carry Jordan’s or Kobe’s jock strap… even with his self-assembled all-star team.

  6. thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Comment continued: they are NOT a contender.

  7. cares5x - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Remember when rondo had one arm when they lost the series 4-1?

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    ….drinking heavily right now…

  9. pukpokito - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    You wish it was that simple.The schedule will be at it’s hardest this April.Don’t let this win on April Fools day get you.The task gets real harder.The writer was correct.They could go on a 3(possibly more)game losing streak.So many questions on the 5 position and when does Ray Allen and even bigger question M.Pietrus return.Tall order.

    • Kansachusetts - Apr 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

      The April schedule will be hard, which is one reason today’s game was so important. They play the Heat three times this month. It’s also more than possible that K.G. will be injured again, in which case it’s all over. They miss Wilcox at least as much as they miss Pietrus.

      I’m most worried about Ray Allen coming back. It’s time to start Bradley and bring in Ray off the bench. Bradley is a much better defender and his offense is much less predictable, he opens up the court more. Ray is a step slow and he’s not getting open nearly as much as last year. Off the bench Ray would be a lot harder to stop.

  10. bozosforall - Apr 1, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Boston isn’t winning an NBA title this year.

    • drunkenjunk - Apr 1, 2012 at 11:49 PM

      yea we know that, but they still have the potential to take anyone deep in the playoffs and can upset anybody. I wouldn’t want to be matched up with them in the 1st round.

      • bozosforall - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        They aren’t upsetting anyone. Typical Boston arrogance.

      • drunkenjunk - Apr 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        They can upset anyone. There is nothing arrogant about that statement. I’m not a Boston fan but I love seeing them give the Heat fits.

      • bozosforall - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:41 AM

        They won’t upset anyone

      • drunkenjunk - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:41 AM

        we’ll see

      • bozosforall - Apr 3, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        Yes, we will. Boston isn’t winning anything.

    • patsfiend - Apr 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      Your me-first crybaby Lakers squad isn’t winning squat, either, front-runner.

      • bozosforall - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:44 AM

        I’ve been a Lakers fan since I was a kid. No front running for me.

        As opposed to you, who probably roots for the teams that your mommy told you to root for, little mamma’s boy.

      • patsfiend - Apr 3, 2012 at 9:31 PM

        Right. I’m sure you came out of your Mom’s va-jay-jay with both Lakers AND Yankees jerseys on, didn’t you? No where along the way did you become a fan of both of THOSE teams without deciding to pick-a-winner. I’m sure you picked an NFL winner, too, but now that they are no good, you’re too much of a va-jay-jay yourself to admit it, and instead spend your time on the Pats’ boards hate-mongering.

  11. lucidsportsfan - Apr 1, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Think you mean going out “trying.” And regardless of where the Celtics go from here, they are the talk of the nation tomorrow. http://www.lucidsportsfan.com/

  12. giselleisasucubus - Apr 1, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    bozo, surprised to see you comment after the Celtics look that good. They may not win the title, but the main issue with this team in the last two playoff runs is 4th qtr scoring. If they hit shots in the 4th and stick to their defense, they are so hard to beat. If the big 4 and Bass stay healthy, the whole NBA should be scared. Experience counts. Ask the 1995 Houston Rockets.

  13. acdc363 - Apr 1, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    So basically they’re stating what them and all us Celtics fans knew all season long.

  14. larrybrown43 - Apr 1, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    It’s safe to say now that this is the exact Heat team of 2010. Get them in the half court and they struggle. They may grind through the East again but they don’t have all the components. Not a very exciting team to watch either. Compelling maybe but no more exciting then watching my dog nap.

  15. slobmykolb - Apr 1, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Holy crap do you not have spell check? This has to be the worst grammar and spelling I have ever read on a major sports site! You must be a Celtics fan! You just leave the “bah” or what?

  16. losangelasbasketball - Apr 2, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    BaaaaAaAaAAA…..ssssssssss…..taaaaaaaaan….
    when your starting roster parks their cars in the handicap spaces at the arena…. you got problems….

    • Vivek - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:56 AM

      i heard Lakers Andrew bynum parks in handicapped parking lot and elbows smaller people.

  17. dimiandmac1 - Apr 2, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    hey slobmykolb you forgot the commah aftah the word grammar! I can’t stand when people try to correct grammar. J ust shut up and read the article you know what the guy meant!

  18. havlicekstoletheball - Apr 2, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Okay, gotta ask.

    Is this a better line-up with Avery Bradley’s defense than it is with Ray Allen’s offense? Hate to think that because Allen has been such a great player, but he hasn’t played much defense this year.

    • patsfiend - Apr 2, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      … and his cutting to the hoop was pretty nice yesterday, too. At worst, they have an option to switch them in and out, since when Allen is dropping in the 3-ball, you’ve got to feed him shot after shot!

  19. jimeejohnson - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Kevin Garnett has been a key to the Celtics resurgence after the all-star break. He could be the key to whether the Celtics compete for a championship or not. Garnett takes a lot of flak from those who like to dish it out but when he’s on he is one of the best frontcourt players in the game. He knows what it takes to win it all and provides great leadership in the Celtics tradition, which is as rich as that team’s in Los Angeles!

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