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Rondo is not lacking confidence about beating the Heat

May 27, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

Rajon Rondo AP

Rajon Rondo was asked Saturday night about how the Celtics feel about their chances. From Fox Sports Florida’s Chris Tommasson:

Rajon Rondo believes Celtics can beat Heat: “We feel we can beat Miami. Obviously, we got to this point. There’s no doubt in our mind we can. We got to go down there and take care of business.”

via Chris Tomasson’s post on Miami Heat | Latest updates

Now, there’s nothing shocking here.What’s he going to say? “Oh, no, we’re doomed. We can’t beat them. Have you seen them? Have you seen us? We had to win a Game 7 behind me hitting jump shots. No chance.” No, of course he’s going to say they have to “take care of business.”

But here’s what’s interesting. How things look inside that locker room is so dramatically different from how things look on the outside, and that actually matters a ton with the Celtics. In 2009, they knew that without KG, they were not going to last. And you could tell it impacted them. There was always that little bit of hesitation, of concern. In 2010, though, despite facing a Miami team that was arguably better, a Cavaliers team that was certainly better, and a Magic team that was certainly better, Boston’s confidence in its ability to beat anyone they step on the floor with was what helped them out-execute superior teams.

Winning the mental game isn’t just about what you do to your opponent, the doubt you instill. It’s about what you do to put yourself in a position you don’t think you can lose.

And the Celtics are masters of it.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 27, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    He’s right. Heat’s a huge underdog in this series. Just hoping the Heat can hang with them for a while.

    • drewzducks - May 27, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      Too funny.

    • david0303 - May 27, 2012 at 9:06 PM

      i guess heat fans are stupid too

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 27, 2012 at 9:49 PM

        Should I let you in on the joke? Nah.

  2. lucidsportsfan - May 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    While I think the odds are slim, I think Rondo is right; they have a chance. The Celts are incredibly tough, and Rondo can do just about anything he wants when he needs to. http://www.lucidsportsfan.com/2012_05_27_archive.html#2721341684627763852

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 27, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      See?

    • knightrider1755 - May 27, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      Heat in 6.

  3. passerby23 - May 27, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Rondo is absolutely right. They CAN win the series. Does that mean they WILL win the series? No. I think with Avery Bradley, they would be the favorites. I’m picking the Heat in 5, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility for Boston to win this series.

  4. jjordannba - May 27, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Hold on, in what way was that 2010 Heat team better than the Celtics. Not even close enough to be compared

  5. packhawk04 - May 27, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    1972guy, youre really embarrassing yourself. We all know everyone outside boston thinks the heat win this in five, maybe six. Quit looking like an idiot. The bit has ran its course.

  6. finsfan71 - May 27, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Better luck next year, eh 1972?

  7. njsteeler - May 27, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    He’ s correct. I know it’s a new season (Playoffs), but Boston laid the smackdown on the Heat 3 out of 4 this year. Plus Rondo is just a postseason monster, who controls a game like no other PG in the game today. If he can improve his mid-range game this offseason he will be one of the top 10 players in the game IMHO. He’s that good, and as long as the C’s have him running the show anything can happen.

    • darqqing987 - May 28, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      Boston swept the Heat 3-0 last year. However the Heat beat them in 5 games during the playoffs. Think about that for a second before you rely too much on the regular season. The playoffs are a whole different animal…

  8. rodge1 - May 27, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    @1972wasalongtimeago

    I hope the Heat can stand a chance too. All the Celtic fans were saying Boston was the favorite out of the East and now I’m scared. Either way our Heat had a great year.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 27, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      Between me & you, I’m pulling a reverse jinx on them. Don’t tell anyone

  9. lakerluver - May 27, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    It doesn’t matter, crown the Spurs Champs for 2012.

    • patfic15 - May 27, 2012 at 7:40 PM

      Thunder may have a say in that.

  10. rexbr14 - May 27, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    the SIXERS took these clowns to 7 games…BOSTON SUCKS!

  11. packhawk04 - May 27, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Heat sweep like everyone is predicting.

  12. finsfan71 - May 27, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Boston won three of four this year and all four last year during the regular season. The Heat don’t stand a chance. Oh well, there’s always next year.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 27, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      Thumbs up bro. Thumbs up.

    • knightrider1755 - May 27, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      The regular season means nothing.

      • finsfan71 - May 27, 2012 at 9:47 PM

        Regular season means nothing? Are you sure? Can you give me a recent example of a team losing all of its regular season games to one opponent, then beating them in the playoffs the same season? I bet it has never happened in the history of the NBA!

      • mafcane - May 28, 2012 at 8:36 AM

        The Heat are the example. They were swept by Chicago n regular season last year and took playoff series 4-1. The Heat actually went 1-3 vs Boston (not swept) in regular season and won playoff series 4-1.

    • darqqing987 - May 28, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      Both the Bulls and the Celtics swept the Heat 3-0 last year in the regular season. But the Heat beat them both in 5 games in the playoffs. Think about that before you embarrass yourself. Any true NBA fan knows that the playoffs are a whole different type of games…

    • darqqing987 - May 28, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      Both the Bulls and the Celtics swept the Heat 3-0 last year in the regular season. But the Heat beat them both in 5 games in the playoffs. Think about that before you embarrass yourself. Any true NBA fan knows that the playoffs are a whole different type of games. Specially at this stage of the playoffs. Ray Allen has a bum ankle, avery Bradley who had a better chance of guarding D-Wade is out after shoulder surgery, Paul Pierce isn’t playing like himself with bum knees. We all know that lebron will walk all over him.

  13. jh4prez - May 27, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Heat Sweep!

  14. fanz928 - May 27, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Boston’s too old for this their stars need to go to contenders

  15. gotampabay52 - May 27, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Go Heat…..,Boston is old Ray Allen wont keep up with Wade James make your free throws Go Heat

  16. uscfan1988 - May 27, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    The Heat better not take the Celtics lightly. They didn’t get here by accident they are a very strong team who knows how to play together. Without Bosh I pick the Heat in 7 but not confident about that.

  17. giselleisasucubus - May 27, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Miami was better than Boston in 2010? In what universe did that occur? I forgot how awesome the Wade/Jermaine Oneal duo was.

  18. BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) - May 27, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Oh, Rondo did not just say that. The nerve of him. Somebody had better send him a message. Any other fat centers at the end of the bench available for game one?

  19. turnmymicup - May 28, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    So beating Boston last year in the Playoffs doesn’t count for anything? Boston you really think LeBron and Wade don’t want to eliminate you guys once again? This isn’t just a matchup its a heated battle. Its going to get real ugly. Respect due to them because they know how to ball. Rondo, Pierce, Allen, KG you cant sleep on them at all. However Miami is hungry right now and the Celtics are in our way to that championship. Nothing personal strictly business as usual. Miami in 5, 4-1.

  20. lakerluver - May 28, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    The East squads are the J.V.

    • jjordannba - May 28, 2012 at 2:09 AM

      And the Lakers are Freshman squad, once they’re over and done with we get to watch Varsity

  21. labratre - May 28, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Miami will beat the C’s down in this series. The Celtics look very old and slow. I mean whose going to cover Lebron and Wade on the floor at the same time. I hope they don’t try and put Rondo on Lebron, he’s now posting up, no chance. Ray Allen on D- Wade, come on now. The C’s are done, they are way too old. Miami is hungry as hell! Lebron and D-wade pretty much 1-2 punched the Pacers. In my opinion, Indiana is a very talented bunch. C’s have no chance, trust that!

  22. mulva312 - May 28, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    The 2010 heat were in no way better than the 2010 celtics.

  23. BigBeachBall - May 28, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    another full year of ringless lebron jokes are at stake here… keep the dream alive…

  24. chargerzz - May 28, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    Celtics window closed a long time ago lakers will win two championships before the celtics win one

    • jimeejohnson - May 28, 2012 at 6:27 AM

      What time is that Lakers game? Whadya mean, ” next season”? You telling me the Celtics are still playing for a title while the Lakers are playing with themselves?

  25. jtchernak - May 28, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Why are people overlooking that we have pietrus who is a great defender we will put him on wade

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