The Celtics’ aggressiveness continued in Game 5, leading Boston to hold the Heat offense to just 39 percent shooting.
What a thriller in Miami. Despite all the problems the Celtics had, with their very poor shooting through most of the game, defensive lapses, and poor fouls to take, the Celtics were never out of the game. They took their very first lead of the game in the 3rd quarter and throughout the 4th were going back and forth with Miami. Just as the Celtics were heating up, Miami seemed to wilt under the lights and the pressure of closing out this game…at home. The Celtics role players even made big contributions, specifically Mikael Pietrus who hit a couple very clutch 3′s. This was especially important as Rondo, Pierce (up until the end of the game), and Allen were all struggling from the floor so it was imperative for role players to come up big. Miami on the other hand, did not have those big moments that you need to win playoff games. The broadcasters and writers who so confidently picked Miami to win this series easily, are now starting to swallow their pride and start questioning something that many of us armchair coaches and broadcasters have known for a while: Miami lacks mental toughness and are seriously getting out-coached and outplayed in this series. For them to win, they would need to have that toughness and that “it” factor that they currently don’t have and something that the Celtics are just oozing.
Game 6 is back at the Garden and you can imagine the jungle will be rocking once again. This is the Celtics’ series to take now. Let’s come out and take this. I originally said Celtics would take it in 6 in my series preview and this right now is an extremely hot and confident team and something you do not want to mess with. Everyone be prepared for yet another bar fight on Thursday night and the Celtics can smell blood and Miami has proven in their own Big 3 era, that they do not respond to adversity well. Here we go. Let’s go Celtics!!
- John Calabro
In case you missed the game, here are the highlights: