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The Celtics are OK with a quick turnaround vs. Miami

May 27, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

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The Celtics wrapped up their series with the Sixers on Saturday night, and now have to fly to Miami Sunday morning for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against a Heat team that has been healing and waiting for five days. Considering the age and injury status of most of the Celtics, this might be cause for concern. Naturally, the guys in green are laughing that off and talking about how it’s actually a good thing they have to turn around and start a series against the best remaining team in the playoffs (outside of them, in their minds):

“It’s a quick turnaround, but I kind of like it that way,” Pierce said following the Celtics clinching 85-75 win. “It keeps us in rhythm, it keeps us playing. We’re an older team so we don’t want to sit around for too long. You know we like the fact that we usually go right into it. We have tomorrow off, we’ll probably watch some film, go over scouting reports, shootaround on Monday, and that’s it.”

“I prefer it myself,” said Ray Allen. “We get back to business. We have a day to rest and then we’re back out there playing. At this point, everybody’s going to be what they’re going to be. You’re going to be tired or you’re going to be fatigued or whatever it is. We have to continue to take the rhythm that we have and now we have to change it and reconfigure how we think defensively and what we run offensively. The series changes. We don’t have a lot of time, but we have veteran players that know how to adjust to a new series.”

via Celtics on short turnaround: Bring it on.

In reality, it’s not going to help much even if they had gotten more time. Paul Pierce‘s strained MCL is still going to be sore, Ray Allen’s bone spurs in his ankle will still bother him, Avery Bradley‘s not coming back. Nothing changes with a few more days of rest. But the idea that it’s a good thing? That’s a bit much. We’ve seen layovers from long series hurt teams routinely as opponents can outrun a gassed team especially considering the emotional letdown after a Game 7. The Celtics are pros and will be ready, but there’s just no way this is an advantage.

Then again, the Celtics do fight the most when their backs are against the wall.

  1. pellypell - May 27, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    I expected them to sit there and whine, tell us all how it’s not fair that they have such a quick turnaround. This is the NBA, No Babies Allowed.

    Go Green!

  2. abchome - May 27, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Not that they have a choice.

  3. rodge1 - May 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Will be a good series.

  4. emaimo80 - May 27, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    MVP, and Wade are gonna smack the celtics around. 5 games max!

    • jimeejohnson - May 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      Dat’s bulletin board material for Celtics fans. They thank you.

      • scalfor3 - May 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        yeah us C’s fans are gonna make those heat fans pay….wait what?

  5. jimmymarlinsfan - May 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    The C’s are going to be run ragged by the end of this 5 game series

  6. BigBeachBall - May 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    ru-paul injured his vagina, rondo is overrated, should be a *yawn* okay series.

    • andyhr17 - May 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      Yes, the guy who has the second most amount of triple doubles in playoff history is overrated. Idiot.

      • BigBeachBall - May 27, 2012 at 12:33 PM

        umad?

      • andyhr17 - May 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM

        I’m not mad. I can also spell.

  7. buffalowned - May 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    celtics have no chance and everyone besides their delirious fans knows it

    • acdc363 - May 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      We’ll see

  8. BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) - May 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Memo to Rondo…..keep #3 away from your legs.

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Just hope to execute and play well against these 4 Future Hall of Famers. Tons of respect. Maybe a good break or two and our short-handed, young, up and coming team, can string a win or two together. Maybe.

    • jimeejohnson - May 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Ya mean not all Heat fans are arrogant? If LBJ and DWade play like they did at the end of the Pacers series, the Celtics are in trouble. Otherwise, the series is up for grabs.

  10. lucky5934 - May 27, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    As much as I want to see the Heat fail, they will overcome the aged Celtics. They will once again lose in the finals though which is fine by me. I like seeing Lebron choke on the big stage when it matters most. After this year he will be 0-3 in the NBA Finals. Two of which with D-Wade. No where to run and hide if he doesn’t earn that title this year… Then the pressure will only continue to increase.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      How does it feel betting the “Don’t” in Craps. The whole table having a great time, but you’re there hoping they all lose. Nice life D-Bag.

      • lucky5934 - May 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        My life is just fine wasalongtimeago. LeBron brought the hate on himself. Blaming me because I choose to not root for Lebron and the rest of the Heat is fine. I will sleep well tonight and every night after the Heat choke again.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 27, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        Until the Point hits, everybody celebrates, and you slither away in shame, wishing you were in on Tbe good times.

        And to be fair, The Decision was Espn driven as much as it was Lebron. And the pep rally after, was just a freaking pep rally, not intended for national tv. That’s the Heat’s fault. Not LBJ’s.

        Not too late. Hop on Tbe bandwagon. Guarantee KG is a bigger prick than LBJ.

      • scalfor3 - May 28, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        lebron could’ve said no to making his free agency decision an hour long tv special. he could’ve refused to do the ridiculous pep rally. he could’ve thought before he guarenteed not 1, not 2, not 3 etc…

        he made his bed. he created these expectations. dont complain that he has to deal with it now

  11. pukpokito - May 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Come on Celtics.You can beat the Heat.Make the most of Bosh’s Absence. Think of if the Heat beats you, what did they do to do it and make your preparations for that.Time to step up again….write your own story. Let’s go Celtics!

  12. ss3walkman - May 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    There’s going to be match up problems for Miami. Rondo is going to torch Mario, so at what point do you put James on him? And when you do Pierce is gonna make them pay.

    Allen isn’t himself with those bad ankles which sucks because he’s had pretty decent games against Miami. They’ll need him to make some clutch shots still.

    KG is going to run-a-muck inside. Regardless who’s playin defense he’s going to shoot over the top or get them in foul trouble. They have nobody who can play against him who’s smart. What are they gonna do? Put Bron on him?

    Bron and my boy Wade will get theirs of course, but who else will step up?

    Watch bench players from Boston are gonna step up?

    I see big minutes from Rondo and Pierce to keep Miami from out scoring when the starters need rest.

  13. jimeejohnson - May 27, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Funny thing is, the Celtics know they can beat the Heat, while the Heat know they can beat the Celtics. This is gonna be incredible! Save the hate for CEO’s and pedophiles: appreciate the best basketball teams in the world, and remember some of these guys will represent the good old USA this summer in the Olympic basketball tournament.

    • southbeachtalent - May 27, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. Will be a great series, Heat are definetly in for an epic battle.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 27, 2012 at 9:12 PM

        You got it brother.

    • andyhr17 - May 27, 2012 at 10:03 PM

      Well said.

  14. mungman69 - May 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    I’ll bet that the Celtics would have loved three or four days off. They are just playing mind games. Miami in 5. Or maybe 4.

  15. packhawk04 - May 27, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Heat sweep like everyone is predicting.

  16. lakerluver - May 28, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    This series is the J. V. The West is most definitely the best.

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