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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Celtics smack Heat around. Again.

Apr 11, 2012, 9:19 AM EDT

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What you missed while eating a pizza stuffed with hot dogs in the crust (no, that does not come with a free side of angioplasty)…

Bulls 98, Knicks 86: Derrick Rose missed another game — that is now 23 this season — but the Bulls were the better team and got the win in our game of the night.

Celtics 115, Heat 107: If you want, go ahead and dismiss this as “just one of those games” where Boston was hot — they shot nearly 61 percent on the night as a team. Those random nights happen in an NBA season. But when you combine this win with the Celtics mopping the floor with the Heat nine days before, you have to wonder if the Celtics have to be mentioned as contenders as well.

Miami played fairly well in this one, but it wasn’t enough. In a battle of defensive teams there was a whole lot of offense and the Celtics had more of it — 27 points from Paul Pierce, 24 from Kevin Garnett. Boston knocked down its jumpers — they hit 61.5 percent from 10 feet out to the arc and were 9-of-14 from three. Even Rajon Rondo was knocking down midrange jumpers consistently. Boston had fantastic ball movement. Boston had the better and more timely runs, including a 15-4 one in the fourth quarter that gave them a comfortable lead they would not relinquish.

You can argue that kind of offensive performance is not something Boston can sustain. Maybe not. But they have the league’s best defense and they have now beaten the Heat twice in the last 10 days. Convincingly. There may be a third team in the East we need to talk about as a contender now.

Wizards 93, Magic 85: Dwight Howard was out again and Orlando was terrible on offense again, shooting just 37 percent as a team. The Magic shot 20.8 percent in the second quarter and scored 12 points. Meanwhile Kevin Seraphin dropped 24 for Washington with no Howard in his way, and Jordan Crawford continued to play well and scored 17. This loss shows you just how bad Orlando is right now.

Cavaliers 103, Bobcats 90: Charlotte has been blown out by the Wizards and Cavaliers this week. It’s not that they are trying to tank, they are just that bad. The Bobcats need one more win this season to avoid finishing the year with the worst winning percentage in league history, and you begin to wonder if they can do that. For the Cavs, Lester Hudson keeps on scoring, he had 25.

Mavericks 110, Kings 100: Dirk Nowitzki was off (4-of-14 shooting) but Dallas responded with a balanced attack that Sacramento could not match. No Mavericks player had more than 15 points but six scored in double figures and even Yi Jianlian came in off the bench and scored 8. DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points, 18 rebounds to lead the Kings.

Sixers 107, Nets 88: Philly moved the struggling Spencer Hawes to the bench and started Nikola Vucevic at the five… but come on, that was not the difference here. The reason the Sixers found a groove and pulled away in the second half for an easy win is this is the Nets. The Sixers looked like their early season selves with a balanced attack — five guys with at least 13 points — and good defense that held the Nets to 39 percent shooting. The question is can Philly build on this kind of win?

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was in the building for this one. He must be proud.

  1. bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    The ancient Celtics won’t get past the Bulls.

    • patriotsdiehard - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      If I were the Heat of Bulls, I would be seriously afraid of the Celtics. Granted they have a tough schedule with back to backs coming up, but they will not be a pushover in the playoffs.

      • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM

        Neither team will be afraid, particularly the Bulls. Even the Heat know that in a seven-game series that they have the advantage.

    • giselleisasucubus - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      you are so clueless. Do you even watch the games? Were you asleep in 2010 when this “old” team flipped the switch in April and went to the finals? You just don’t know the game. Older teams win in the playoffs. This isn’t opinion, it is fact. KG, Ray and Paul are not the Old Big 3 like in 92. They are better athletes than those guys ever were. The Celtics are going to be in the conference finals, write it down. I said it before the year started and I am still saying it. Am I still wrong about Avery Bradley? I got attacked on this site in December for my Bradley comments. Hmm, guess I was right. Shocking.

      • giselleisasucubus - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

        btw- that is intended for Bozo the Clown.

      • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:04 PM

        Flipped the switch in 2010? I must have missed the part where they won the title…oh wait, they didn’t.

        All they have is a one-and-done title in 2007, that they won mostly because Andrew Bynum was hurt in the Finals. The Celtics haven’t won squat since Coach Thibs left and took his defensive mind with him. Doc Rivers is so overrated and so are the Celtics. Enjoy the spiral down the drain.

      • andyhr17 - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:40 PM

        Hey Bozo, by your logic the Lakers win over the Celtics in the finals shouldn’t really count either since the Lakers won with Perkins out.

        And Thibs took his defensive mind with him? Then why do the Celtics STILL have the top rated defense. It seems their defense improved when Garnett got there and they remain good because Garnett is STILL there.

    • andyhr17 - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      I wasn’t aware that outcomes of games were decided by the combined average age of the two teams playing each other. Last time I watched a game it was determined by who scored the most points.

      The “ancient” Celtics have the best defense in the NBA. What does that say about the youthful Heat?

      • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        It says that the Heat are overrated. But my comment was that they won’t get past the Bulls, so the Heat aren’t an issue here. Either way, no team in the East will beat the Western Conference champion anyway.

  2. keyshawn22 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Nobody can stop the celtics now!!!

    The bulls would be the hardest matchup for the celtics bc they rebound and have depth the 2 things the celtics lack but d rose is always hurt this year and the bulls are not a great offense team, the celtics are more than capable of beating them as well…

    Keep on hating bozo the clown we feed off your pathetic hate

  3. drunkenjunk - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    I love seeing the Celts abuse Wade and Bron. Nobody should underestimate the fact that Bron is a mental midget and chokes hard against Boston.

    • bils293 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      abuse lebron? lebron dropped 36 on them last night. nothing about that says abuse, and the heat dropped the celts in 5 games last years..playoffs is where it counts

      • giselleisasucubus - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM

        The Heat beat the Celts last year for 1 reason- 4th qtr scoring. The Celtics missed shots, the Heat didn’t. Now with Bass, Bradley and possibly Peitrus back, this Celtics team can hit open shots, they cut well and they have the guards to cover Miami. If they play Chicago, they need to box out better. The Celts are for real. 2010 was only 2 years ago.

      • phaden27 - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        Yeah and the year before we dropped LeQuit and his left handed free throws, also he still lost the game. Isn’t winning the only thing that matters?

      • andyhr17 - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        Yeah but LeBron plays by different rules (take 4 steps and get a foul called by the defender sending him to the line). At what point will the officials just let the Heat inbound the ball to him and let him run down the court like a running back without dribbling at all?

        They may have not abused LeBron as far as stopping him from scoring his 36 but they abused him and the rest of his team the entire night. Let him have his 36 points. Stats are what matters, right? That’s why the Heat cruised to their championship last year.

      • drunkenjunk - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        I mean the team itself, the Heat won after wade pulled his cheap shot on Rondo.

  4. redbullenergydrink - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    I’m going to say the same thing all you Heat Haters have continually said… It doesn’t matter what happens in the regular season.

    • southbeachtalent - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      That only applies when we win. That’s how that works.

      • redbullenergydrink - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        LOL, good point.

    • giselleisasucubus - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      your dead wrong. The regular season matters, especially in a 66 game sprint. Last year, the Celtics were the best team in the league, by far, for the first 50 games(it isnt debatable, look up their record) but they faded due to injuries. This team has injuries too, but they keep getting better. Bass, Bradley, Steimsma, Pietrus, these are all guys that werent there last year. The Celts bench was awful last year and had no chemistry. This group does, and now they have Ray as a 6th man. The Heat want nothing to do with Boston.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    I need southbeachtalent to talk me off the ledge.

  6. lakerluver - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    I’m looking forward to all the excuses that are sure to come from the “Heatles” and their pathetic bandwagon fans after they get eliminated in the 2nd round of the playoffs. If you think there’s a magic switch the Heat can flip that will give them a bench, make Chris Posh a real power forward, and turn their role players into something more than scrubs, you will be sadly disappointed. LBJ is proving to be a prophet……..not 1, not 2, not 15!!!! Nope, no titles. And when the “Heatles” fail again this season, next year the pressure to win really goes up!! Meanwhile Mr. Fragile himself, D. Wade, is a year older and the Bulls and OKC are a year better. If Riley’s smart he’ll try to trade for D. Howard and team him with LBJ. Move Wade to make it happen if he must.

  7. lakerluver - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Doc Rivers is NOT overrated as a coach. If you want an overrated coach I give you Mike D Antonio. But I digress. Doc made two brilliant moves that have made the C’s better. 1. Moving KG to center, 2. Making a great shooter his 6th man. Great coaches make sometimes unpopular moves for the betterment of their team. That’s EXACTLY what Doc has done. I hate the C’s but I hate the “Heatles” even more. Looking forward to watching Miami sulk off the court AGAIN this season. Maybe Wade and LBJ will join Posh in falling down and crying this time.

    • drewzducks - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      Agree about Doc. When the Celts upset the Lakers in 08 it was clear that Doc out coached the Zen master throughout the series. People can point to Bynum being out in 08 but he had Been out since mid- January whereas the Celts lost Perk in the opening minutes of Game 6 in 2010 when they were up 3-2. Difficult to recover or adjust when you have no time to prepare.

  8. bradyisbetterthanrodgers - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    doc rivers overrated bozo?? are u serious? he is the best coach in the nba. u really are a moron. have u seen what he has done with this team this year??

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