The Boston Celtics don’t want warm weather, and they don’t want nice beaches. They don’t want to be anywhere near the sinful strip of clubs as notorious as any east of Vegas. Eff all the palm trees, too.
The Celtics don’t want any part of Miami. If they step foot in that beautiful, warm city again, they’ll be furious.
“There’s a lot of urgency,” Paul Pierce told ESPNBoston regarding tonight’s Game Five. “We don’t want to go back to Miami. The next time I go to Miami, I hope I’m on vacation. Right now, we’re just trying to get it done at home.”
A sweep is no longer possible, but an easy series is still more than manageable. Nobody in Boston would mind a five-game victory against the Miami Heat to lead the Celtics to the second round. That would afford the old geezers more than enough rest for the second round, where they would likely meet the King on a Mission, Lebron James.
But enough about what could possibly await Boston in round two. The here and now is round one. The Celtics came within a hair of eliminating the Miami Heat in a rare sweep, but Dwyane Wade’s magical shooting hand kept the Heat from the ignominious fate. The Celtics will again have to deal with Wade in Game Five as they try to close out the Heat once and for all.
“Wade scored 46, but he’s Dwyane Wade,” said Doc Rivers. “Shooting 66 percent, that’s the bigger number for us. The 46 we can live with, if [he shoots] 34 percent. … He’s dominating the series and we have to do a better job on him.”
Rivers told the Boston Herald there is no such thing as a Wade stopper.
“If it was that easy, he wouldn’t be Dwyane Wade,” Rivers said. “If I can find a guy in the league that can just keep Dwyane Wade in front of him whenever he wants to, we’re signing him. Hopefully (owner Wyc Grousbeck) has some more money to give and we’re going to go get him. It’s going to be a team effort. It’s not going to be one guy.”
While Wade has done the most damage, Paul Pierce cautions that it’s the contributions of other players that break the Celtics’ backs. Wade is going to get his, but the other guy’s can’t.
“We can’t let the other guys have big games,” said Pierce. “We can’t let [Quentin] Richardson go out here and have a big game, 20 points in the playoffs. Other guys like [Carlos] Arroyo and [Michael] Beasley can’t have big games. Wade’s going to have the ball most of the time, we gotta expect him to have big games because of that. But it’s the other guys. And I’m a big part of that as the guy guarding Quentin Richardson.”
In case you forgot, Q was the warmup act for Wade’s fourth-quarter heroics, scoring 13 points in the first quarter on his way to 20 big ones. “I’m done talking to those guys and going back and forth,” said Richardson, who will shake off a bruised left hand to play in Game Five. “I was here to win the game. He wanted to have a conversation -talk to (your) teammates.”
But Pierce, and the Celtics, don’t want talk to be the story anymore either. Actually, scratch that.
They don’t care what the story is, so long as it ends with anything but a return to Miami.
- NBA.com’s Jon Schuhmann examines the Celtics by the numbers. My breakdown of his article? Offensive rebounds, bad – Defensive rebounds, good. Games Three and Four, bad – Games One and Two, good. And the turnovers, as always, need to be limited.
- Celtics Hub’s Zach Lowe breaks down an x-factor: Dwayne Wade defending Rajon Rondo. Though Wade guarding Rondo ended poorly for the Celtics, they got good shots.
- Red’s Army has video of the lost fourth quarter from Game Two. If you live outside the New England area, you haven’t seen it yet.
- Red Auerbach as Leonardo Da Vinci.