[Miami, FL] In the season series between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat, the green and whites were 3-1. This had people speculating how if the Heat could actually win this series without Chris Bosh.
On Sunday, Bosh participated in light workouts in practice, but the Heat still have him listed as being out “indefinitely.”
The consensus was that without Bosh, the Heat would struggle mightily in the paint against Boston’s Kevin Garnett. However, on Monday night, that consensus learned that you should never underestimate the Heat’s dynamic duo of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
The Heat flexed their muscles early in Game 1, starting off on a 17-9 run to put Boston back on their heels and gasping for air. James was on a mission, scoring 13 points (more than the entire Celtics team combined). At the end of one, the Heat were up 21-11.
But Garnett and the Celtics fought back in the second, with Paul Pierce netting 8 points and Garnett sinking 7. Miami’s Mike Miller sunk two 3-pointers to keep the Heat up by double-figures in the early stages of the second, but by the end of the quarter, the Celtics went on a 15-9 run to tie the game.
At halftime, the score was 46-46.
The Heat came out of the locker room on fire. It has been a trend among many teams in the playoffs that the third quarter is one of the most critical quarters to have momentum. And on Monday night, the Heat followed that trend.
Miami Heat emerge triumphant in Game 1 against the Boston Celtics
LeBron scored 10 points and D-Wade scored 6 points as the Miami Heat ended the third quarter on a 13-7 run to take an 11 point lead into the fourth. At the buzzer, the Heat were up 72-61.
Wade was just too much for the Celtics to handle in the fourth, scoring 10 points and playing out-of-his-mind defense. In fact, the whole Heat team shut down the Celtics offense, keeping them from mounting a comeback. The final score was Heat 93, Celtics 79.
LeBron James finished with 32 points and 13 rebounds while Dwyane Wade managed 22 points and 7 assists.
“We try to feed off each others’ energy,” James said of Wade.
Kevin Garnett of the Celtics is known for trash talking players on the floor. On Monday night, Garnett was trash-talking to both Wade and James. But, in the Indiana series, Danny Granger was talking trash to Wade and James, which only motivated them more.
That may have been the case in Game 1 against Boston.
“We let Wade, we let LeBron play in extreme comfort,” Boston Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers said. “We gave the other guys everything they wanted, as well. I look at them as a top opponent, a top contender, and a competitive group.”
Game 2 is on Wednesday, in Miami. If the Miami Heat learned anything in the series with the Pacers is that they need to focus and not let Boston steal game 2 so that they can take a 2-0 lead and have a bit of a cushion going into Boston for Game 3.
By: Michael Tristani II/Sunshine Slate
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