michael-garcia - May 31, 2012
The Miami Heat try to take a 2-0 lead tonight over the Boston Celtics in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals in Miami. After dominating Boston in game one, Miami has to be feeling pretty good about their chances.
Even Boston coach Doc Rivers said that his team was overwhelmed by Miami's speed in the first game. I don't see how they can get faster suddenly, but if Boston can commit to playing harder team defense with a lot of help, they might be able to surprise Miami.
If Ray Allen can play through a very sore ankle and hit some threes, and if Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett can get back to what they were doing in the first two rounds when they were cleaning up the boards and scoring in the 20s, the Celtics have a shot. But that's not going to happen.
Another thing the Celtics don't need is point guard Rajon Rondo taking 20 shots like he did in the first game, especially if he only hits 8 of them.
Miami is playing at too high of a level in the last few games. Once LeBron James and Dwyane Wade figured out how to function without the injured Chris Bosh, they've been lights out. That's going to happen again tonight.
Miami by 11.
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