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Celtics-Heat Game 4: Boston out executes Heat, evens series 2-2

Jun 4, 2012, 1:05 AM EDT

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Boston owned the first half with a sharp offense.

Miami played defense for the first time since their plane landed in Boston in the second half and tied it up.

But with everything on the line at the end of the game and in overtime it came down to execution, and the veteran Celtics were better at it. Not a lot — it was 4-2 in overtime. It was grinding, not pretty. But that counts just the same. Boston won 93-91 and the Eastern Conference finals are tied 2-2 heading back to Miami.

Boston won this with one half of hot offense and four quarters and an overtime of defense. What they have done amazingly well is cut off the transition points of Miami — they have taken away the easy, showtime buckets that fuel the Heat. Old legs? Not even close. Boston has looked more spry the last two games.

That started from the opening minutes of Game 5. Boston walked on the court attacking, Rajon Rondo was getting the lane, carving up the Heat defense with passes and shots. He has been amazing this series, and he finished this game with 15 points and 15 assists. Boston went on 10-0 run early and that had team up 14. Boston got a dozen first quarter points from Paul Pierce, shot 59 percent and put 34 points up in the first 12 minutes. Boston had seven three pointers in the first half. That carried through the half as Boston was up 14 and had 61 points at the break.

Then Miami started playing intense defense in the second half, particularly trapping Rondo and taking the ball out of his hands. Behind that the Heat’s rotations were sharper and they started to challenge whoever had the ball. Miami played far more physical ball. Boston scored just 12 points in the third quarter. Boston had 16 in the fourth.

Miami also started to really take advantage of every time Kevin Garnett sat down. They attacked and without KG’s defensive leadership out there Boston could not stop LeBron James (29 points) or the Heat from getting to the rim.

But what Boston did late was make stops and one more shot — this game was tied 81-81 with five minutes remaining in regulation. Both teams were pushing, clawing and getting fouls. Some interesting fouls. Some questionable fouls. Both Pierce and LeBron fouled out in overtime and there were questionable calls all night both ways.

In the end, Boston played good defense and made one more shot.

Miami had its looks. But with the final shot in regulation and overtime Miami didn’t execute as well as the Boston defense.

In regulation what coach Eric Spoelstra drew up… well he said after the game it fell apart, what it became was a LeBron James isolation where when the triple-team came he tried to pass out of it and… it was just not good.

“It was another multi-layer thing to try to get LeBron on the run,” Spoelstra said. “The play broke down a little bit, so he had to put the ball on the floor and make a play. He had the right idea. I think (Haslem) was open for a count there in the corner. But you have to pass over a 7-foot-6 guy, so it wasn’t really a clean pass.”

Then at the end of overtime, with 14 seconds to go and Miami down 2, the Heat actually ran a play to get a switch so Marquis Daniels was on Wade, which led to a clean look at a step back three as time ran out. Clean but not a good shot. Thing is, Wade shot 26.8 percent from three this season, 27.8 percent in the playoffs. Him taking a twisting three is not good execution, it is not high percentage shot. And if you go earlier you might get an offensive rebound. Miami executed neither.

And so the series is tied 2-2. Game 5 is going to be when the Heat figure out how to take a step forward or they will fall short — Boston is a veteran team they are going to defend, they are going to execute. Just like they did in Game 3 and 4.

If Chris Bosh is back in the lineup can Miami execute better? Either way they had better. The playoffs are about growth and if Miami doesn’t do it before Game 5 this series could end quickly.

  1. 69jaredallen69 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    Off day today…wonder which team will get an acting class in to sharpen their flopping skills before game 5

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:21 AM


    • cantonbound13 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:49 AM

      Thry are jumping off the bandwagon.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:56 AM

      LETS GO HEAT!!!!! LETS GO HEAT!!!! LETS GO HEAT!!!!!!!

      I’m actually screaming this at the top of my lungs while I’m typing this. Can’t get any louder if I tried.

      One or two centimeters, and all we’re talking about is how tough minded the Heat were, overcoming a 20 point deficit on the road.

      Coulda Woulda Shoulda.

      Tough loss.


      • abchome - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:49 AM

        The last Heat win wasalongtimeago…

      • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        That would make the last Boston title eons ago.

      • j0esixpack - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        Which was more recent than the Heat’s Championship… so your point is???

        (Seriously – this is your best effort at smack talk – where you attempt to insult the Celtics for having 17 banners, the most recent being 2008, apparently not knowing that the one and only Miami Championship was in 2006?)

        Go back to gay-bashing. Though everyone here thinks the guy who wears clown make up might protest too much about the sexuality of others.

    • infectorman - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      What was it?

      “Heat in 5”
      “Now you have a chance to win at least 1 game”
      “Boston will be lucky to win 1 game”

      All quotes from the arrive late and leave early set of South beach of Miami.

      Really looked a lot like “Lebron and a bunch of guys” in these series. Not all that different from the movie we saw in Cleveland a few years back.

      • duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        Boston was allowed to win game 3 with favorable calls; the ref’s handed them game 4.

        You think they’re gonna get these BS calls in game 5 ?!?!

    • southbeachtalent - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      This series is best out of 3 now. With 2 games at home for the Heat. I’m not the least bit worried. The Ole Birds will get tired and will wither away,

      Heat in 7

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM

        (i think we need to go back to the reverse jinx route)

        This series is over. Celtics are champions. Heat’s lucky to have even won two games. We gave it a good shot. Congrats Chowd-Nation.

      • j0esixpack - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        The Heat SHOULD win a best of three series with 2 games at home.

        That being said, the Celtics seem to play up in big road games. If there’s one team you DON’T want to play at home it’s probably the Celtics.

        But as someone who thought this series would end 4-1 with the Heat I’m pretty pleased to see it’s a real competitive series, even with the bad calls affecting both teams

        (People can debate which team has been hurt more by bad calls – but I think we can all agree, let’s just end the bad calls – period.)

    • duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      Don’t see why Heat fans should really say anything on these boards. It’s all Boston, Cleveland and everyone who hates Lebron on here talking mess. Majority of comments are not even impartial or reasonable. There’s no point.

    • soflasfinest - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      It’s called being shocked and bummed. No one is jumping off any ship buddy. We still support our team and players. Well maybe not coach Spo bc he sucks. It’s an tied series now, not a big surprise. You on the other hand should be used to this tactic bc your Knicks straight up suck!! At least us heat fans get to have suspense and emotion watching our games. While u sit there bitter and delusional

  3. dnbajunkie - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    This will be a very interesting series after all. The Heat is now learning that there’s no toggle switch that could be flipped on and off at will. We’ll see if Boston could steal a game on the road, who’ll blink first?

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    AND they won playing 5 vs. 8.

    • duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      Yeah, Miami’s 5 vs Boston’s 5 and Boston’s 3 ref’s.

  5. asublimeday - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Andddddd mr anti-clutch spends crunch-time on his knees once again

  6. koloofai - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    The Heat will bounce back.. not even worried about. Boston have done well though

    • southbeachtalent - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      They played another horrible game and had a chance to win..twice.

      Heat will win but seems as if this will go 7.

      Have to hit our freakin free throws. Amazing..

  7. mornelithe - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    I will say this, the fouls called (and not called) on both teams thus far throughout all 4 games have been mighty, mighty inconsistent. Both teams have been at the short end (5th foul on Rondo, and Lebron’s 6th as an example…or Ray Allen clearly stepping out of bounds before dishing to Dooling for a 3, versus Pierce getting mugged by Wade…there are numerous examples, those are just a few), with regards to this inconsistency and while I hope the C’s win, I simply have no clue how it’s going to go. Some great shots by the Heat and Celts tonight. Great D by the Heat in the 2nd half, Great D all around by Boston…. Either team is more than capable of closing it out, it just comes down to who wants it more.

    Boston really needs to play 4 total quarters of basketball though, if they hope to win one in Miami, because they aren’t going to lie down, anymore than the Celtics would at home. Good luck to both teams, and may the best win (And may the refs start calling these games consistently).

    • 24thesho - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      Joey Crawford is a psycho hot head and should not be refereeing any games. A lot of these refs are terrible. 3 refs on the floor and they don’t see that foul by 2 Heats on Paul Pierce?

  8. cantonbound13 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    The floppers aren’t getting the calls anymore.

  9. koloofai - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    We’ll get the calls at home

  10. mungman69 - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:32 AM

    Boston wins and their fans are STILL crying about the refs. Please stop the crying. Boston fans have a pre planned excuse when the Celtics lose this series. They will say that you can’t win playing 5 vs. 8. Shut up and watch this series, it’s a great series.

    • southbeachtalent - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      Boston is a whiny, annoying fan base. Even after they win.

      Truth is, deep down they know the Heat are going to start hitting their free throws, and Bosh may come back. That would all but end it.

      The Heat have missed 40 free throws in this series..

  11. j0esixpack - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    Our resident man-child clown who likes to wear makeup is always the first to post when the Celts lose… Yet nowhere to be seen now that the series is tied up.


    • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      More like I have a life outside of sports blogs on the Internet…unlike you Boston retards who live in your mothers’ basements. Thanks once again for proving that even when I’m not here that I’m still in your pea-brained heads, morononlithium.

      • giselleisasucubus - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:08 AM

        The Clown! I’m stunned to see you in here, but of course you use the “moms basement” line. Hey jackass, you know what I do? I’m a scout. I get paid for my opinion, so keep putting up your idiotic posts, and I’ll keep responding. BTW- I’m getting paid as I type this. What did Kobe say to Shaq?? Oh yeah, how does my a%^ taste?

      • bozosforall - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:34 AM

        A “scout”? Yet you spend tons of time on message boards such as this? You aren’t fooling anyone, idiot. And you would have to ask your boyfriend how your A$$ tastes, because I won’t ever know (nor do I want to).

      • j0esixpack - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        It’s just that everyone here has noticed that you only appear to have “a life outside of anonymous sports smack talk” when the teams you hate lose.

        You’re the first to post then, but strangely quiet when your hated teams win.

        But I do realize that last night was technically a school night so it’s good you got your sleep. Your fellow Middle School buddies probably think your gay-bashing smack talk is actually funny- especially for a guy like you who is fond of wearing makeup.

      • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        It’s called “the weekend”. No time to spend on the Internet, when there are day games to watch and other fun outdoor things to do. Your preschool friends from the short buses in Boston probably think that your lame jokes are funny…hint, they aren’t even remotely so. But hey, if that gets you an extra juice box, have at it.

      • j0esixpack - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        Bravo on responding for once without resorting to gay bashing or some comment evoking your homoerotic fantasies regarding pro athletes or your fellow PBT members!

        Maybe you’ve figured out that a bozo who likes to wear makeup shouldn’t be calling others gay?

        I guess you’ve now moved on to mocking the retarded. Not cool – and yet another Junior High-esque insult that no adult would find the least bit funny. Rather it’s incredibly insensitive to those poor souls who have to contend with that disability.

        But we are enjoying seeing you use your new word, picked up in your school spelling bee no doubt. Your parents must be very proud!

      • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        Parents have always had reason to be proud…too bad you can’t say the same. Keep pretending to sit on that ivory tower…it is what most defines you delusional New Englanders. The rest of the country laughs at your misplaced arrogance. Easily the least-talented region of the country sports-wise (which explains your local obsession with the mercenary leagues). When I finally see New Englanders collectively cease bashing the rest of the fine residents of this country, only then will I respond in kind. Feel free to begin the rehabilitation in your own backyard, joesuxd!ck.

      • j0esixpack - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        Oh good – the guy/kid who loves wearing clown make up is back to questioning the sexuality of others.

        Bozo – you might also want to Google how many times you’ve provided a detailed description of New England athletes engaged in homosexual sex acts.

        For someone who seems to be so fearful of gays, you sure spends a lot of time fantasizing about it. Me thinks thou dost protest too much – if you know what I mean. 😉

        Not that there’s anything wrong with that – but I think once you come to terms with your homosexuality you’re looking at a major mental breakdown given your years of transparent denial.

      • bozosforall - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        You Googled my screen name? Just further proof of how much I OWN YOU ALL. As for fear of gays, you couldn’t be further from the truth. It seems to me that it is you who fears being associated in any way with them, given your strenuous objections. You would be the one who doth protest too much.

    • thetruth1313 - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      Yet it didnt take him very long to respond once he got called out.

      • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        Notice that I don’t usually respond unless it’s a weekday. Too many fun things to do on the weekend…no time to waste with losers like yourself who have no life outside of the Internet. It really sucks to be you, onetooth1313.

      • thetruth1313 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        Really? How about pulling up on Google “BozosforAll” and see exactly how many times your name comes up.

        And Kudos to you for coming up with OneTooth1313, thats almost as good as farfromthethuth1313, or whatever else you come up with. How about we call you by what you are from now on and thats a little b!tch. I know, it doesnt rhyme as good as yours does, but I know for a fact that name fits you like a glove.

        Seriously how old are you little b!tch? Changing peoples names around, how clever you are! Must be a very sad and depressing life you live. Hanging on everyday for a comment about Boston sports can be posted so you can get your only interaction with people. Funny, nobody takes you serious on anything. But hey, thats what you are trying to do is get us all riled up. News flash buddy, doesnt work. I just find it amusing whatever lame crap you post next. So thanks Little B!tch for giving us all a great laugh at your expense.

      • j0esixpack - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        Friggen hilarious – Bozo’s “life outside of anonymous sports smack talk” apparently doesn’t preclude a seemingly endless number of Google hits of all his posts.

        I only went as far as the first 50 pages – and that’s apparently JUST for the first half of 2012!,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=3369bfeac41cfa6a&biw=1280&bih=866

        Bozo – the reason we think you’re in middle school is because ONLY someone that immature would think “retard” or “homo” is still a biting insult. That type of language says more about you than anyone else.

        You seem to be the only one who doesn’t realize how stupidly immature it makes you look.

  12. florida727 - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    “Thing is, Wade shot 26.8 percent from three this season, 27.8 percent in the playoffs. Him taking a twisting three is not good execution, it is not high percentage shot. And if you go earlier you might get an offensive rebound. Miami executed neither.”

    Best comment of the story, Kurt. He could have also initiated contact with Daniels after the pump fake and gone to the free throw line. Of course, he hasn’t done well from there either. I “have no dog in this fight” (Bulls fan, sorry), but I still can’t see Boston winning a game in Miami.

  13. canehouse - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Yeah and Crawford also missed Ray Allen clearly, clearly out of bounds on the baseline when Allen kicked out to Dooling for a 3… lazy, and lame! That’s an easy call… some of the fouls he called are 50/50 and I get how he may not always be right… but someone out of bounds and you miss it… that translates into him watching the game and not officiating the game!

    • mosskiblog - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      Not to mention that when Allen stepped out of bounds he was traveling, too! But when is that ever called in the NBA? Oh, yeah, they called traveling on Garnet — with his pivot foot planted in cement like an eighth grader who actually was taught how to play basketball properly — by the rules!

  14. reesesteel23 - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    I find it pretty Hilarious that Boston received the same treatment Miami got in the first two games, yet are still yapping about game 2. Last night’s game might have been the most horribly officiated game I have ever witnessed, i dont care who comes out the winner. Secondly, Rondo cannot call anyone out…..this is the same guy that chest bumps refs, throws a fit on the floor like a 2 yr old and kicks guys that draw charges on them……tosses people into the scores table….throws balls at the ref….not to mention play with Kevin Garnett the dirty man….o yea and Paul Pierce….one of the all-time greatest floppers the league has ever seen.

    But wait, Miami is dirty, childish, and the floppers and whines about fouls right?

    • infectorman - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      NO Game could ever top game 2 as being a gift from Stern to the Heat.

      Baby Wade had TWO offensive fouls not called that enabled Miami to “win” that game.
      Got away with another all physical mugging of Pierce on his “Steal” last nite
      Garnett never traveled- another gift from Stern to Spo’s crew

      Baby Wade is so used to getting bogus calls that he is now like a baby with out his bottle.
      Sad really, but hilarious to watch –
      Here’s an idea Baby Wade- get your a$$ back on D and stop crying to the refs!!!!

      • jrillah10 - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:38 AM

        Couldn’t of said it better myself. I can;t stand Boston, but I respect them. Wade is a Prima-Donna! Stop crying and play defense. And this tool is calling out Rondo. He is ripping apart the Heat defense on a regular basis and they dare him to shoot and they still score. I still think the Heat win this series, but it’s a shame to watch all the horrible calls. It’s just very inconsistent.

      • reesesteel23 - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        This game definitely tops Game 2….from both sides of the ball…..yea when you average 8+ free throws for your career like EVERY superstar, you’re going to complain when you get 1 free throw in a physical Playoff game. AND STOP IT..KG fouled wade on that And-1…he was pushing him in the waist before he ever got kicked…I know you LOVE boston but watch the game! All you guys are doing is nit-picking every game…building up excuses, so if they DO lose the serious, it will make you feel that much better.

  15. bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Gotta laugh at how the real “silence” here (that morononlithium conveniently ignores as regards his fellow Boston hypocrites) is coming from the Boston crybabies who were whining about the calls in Game Two but aren’t saying a word now that Miami was the one who appears to have been screwed over.

    • thetruth1313 - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      Good for you learning a new word and using it twice already.

      • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:16 AM

        I’ve forgotten more than you will ever know. Come back when you finally get your GED.

    • phaden27 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      Yap yap yap, Boston whiners, yap yap yap, morononlithium, yap yap yap hypocrites, yap yap yap crybabies, yap yap yap Game two, yap yap yap Miami’s been screwed over.
      Ah yes, yes I see your argument now.

      • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        Yap yap yap…that’s the “argument” that Red Sox fans have been making about the Yankees for nearly 100 years now. Boston fans are the biggest hypocrites on the planet.

  16. southbeachtalent - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Ray Allen makes a pass while in the second row. That was classic.

    LeBron fouls out for falling.

    Painful to watch.

  17. bm2323 - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    I didn’t even watch that 2nd half… but I always use this same email to my friends, its reusable for every Heat loss in the playoffs for the past two years….

    What did I miss at the end of the game? Did the Heat install a play and did LeBron get double teamed (and did he seem surprised by that?) And then did he pass to Haslem/Chalmers/Anthony?

  18. thetruth1313 - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    You really are a weak one.

    • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      Stronger than any of you limp-wristed Boston fans.

  19. psousa1 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Please. David Stern is not going to allow the Heat NOT to get to the finals. If it got to a 7th game, in Miami, the officiating will be along the lines of pro wrestling.

  20. heat256 - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Well, if the goal is to get both fanbases up in arms about the missed calls, then mission accomplished. There has been terrible officiating benefitting both sides that it’s not worth getting worked up for. It could be 3-1 on either side, but it’s 2-2 and getting interesting. Funny how OKC was left for dead after the first 2 games and now the pressure goes back to the Spurs after it gets tied up. I still believe MIA wins in 6 or 7 but it is going to take 4 quarters of effort, not the 2 they’ve been giving the last 2 games. Can’t halk ass it against this team. Or any team really. Except the Knicks. They stink.

  21. heat256 - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Correction: “Half ass”

    Man, a few more typos and I could write for this site.

  22. infectorman - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    The Universal Argument against the Yankees is this:

    MLB has no Salary Cap:

    NO ONE is impressed with a team that repeatedly tried to BUY World Series championships year after year after year during the last 50-75 years, while the vast majority of other teams in the entire MLB couldn’t come close to purchasing mercenary players that NYY could.
    It is NOT impressive. Not to Boston, KC, Pittsburgh Pirate fans, nor to the Montreal Expos (RIP) San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles or Houston Astros or any other team in MLB.
    NOT impressed.

  23. illegalblues - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    bozo, you should really be taking this trash talk skill to like a video game lobby or something. you’d be king of the 13 year olds, KING. u homophobic, dude?

  24. giselleisasucubus - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Hey Clowm, all BS aside, if you are an actual adult, you need help. BTW- your “weekend” excuse is maybe the lamest thing I have ever read…frigin liar. Did you count how many posts you put up just on this thread? Again, get help.

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