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April 12, 2012

Boston Celtics defeat the Miami Heat with brilliant offense

 The Celtics are working on ending the regular season with plenty of confidence and enough momentum to get them through the Playoffs. 

By Stephen Lars

The Boston Celtics point guard, Rajon Rondo, is till putting together some amazing numbers. And the Miami Heat’s defense was his latest victim. Rondo recorded his 18th straight game with double digit assists, extending the league’s 20-year-old record, with a brilliant performance that included 18-points and 15-assists. Brandon Bass added 12 points and 10 rebounds, Avery Bradley chipped in with 11 points, but it was going to be up to the veterans Paul Pierce with his 27 points and Kevin Garnett’s 24 points and 9 rebounds to get the team over the Miami Heat.

Just as the regular season is coming to an end, the Boston Celitcs are making a strong statement: despite the veteran team...

Just as the regular season is coming to an end, the Boston Celitcs are making a strong statement: despite the veteran team, Boston is a team to be reckoned with in the Easter Conference. So, sure enough, at 33-24 for the season, there is still some work to be done, and they are by no means entering the Playoffs with the highest seed, which means that things are going to be really thought from the get go for Doc Rivers team. Then again, playing like they’ve had been playing, and knowing first hand what it takes to win a Championship the Celtics might just be able to make a good run and perhaps even give the Miami Heat, the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls a good run for their money.

The Celtics are finishing strong. They’ve lost only 2 of their last 10 games have certainly experienced some sort of revival since the All-Star week break. As a matter of fact, in the last 10 days alone, the Celtics have defeated the Miami Heat twice, won games over the Pacers and the 76ers and lost on consecutive nights to the San Antonio Spurs and the Chicago Bulls. But it’s the two consecutive wins over the Heat, at home and on the road, which is certainly giving the Celtics a spiritual boost down the final stretch. 

The Heat put on a good fight. LeBron James finished with 36 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for to guide the Heat’s efforts. Dwyane Wade came in with 20 points and 5 assists while Mario Chalmers added another 18 points to Miami’s collective effort. Chris Bosh finished with 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting for Miami. It really seems as if Bosh hasn’t been able to constantly play at his best throughout the season, but he’s certainly going to have to pump up his game for the Playoffs. Including this last loss at home the Heat are now 5-5 in their last 10 games.

Doc Rivers has managed to turn things around for this team. Rivers has played it safe, not taking too many risks but finding a way to keep on winning most of the games in the second half of the season. This is a veteran team playing in a particularly demanding shortened schedule. But the Celtics have kept on fighting. "We talk about it in fighting terms," Doc Rivers said in the postgame conference. "We told them today before the game, you're in a boxing match, you expect to get hit. They're going to hit you. They did and we withstood it. I thought that was important for our team." 

About the Author

Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.