Submitted by Kelso Sturgeon on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM
In the world where the score is kept with money there is no room for excuses and no one should try to make any for the quite talented but also heartless, gutless Miami Heat who are fast joining the big-time choke club. They did it last year and began their encore of that disaster last night in losing to the Boston Celtics, a team that is so old and worn out it has no business even being in the NBA's Eastern Conference championship series.
Old, beat up and worn out Boston may be but is as a team everything Miami is not. The Celtics are proud, classy, aggressive to the extreme, mean as hell and with an absolute understanding of what it takes to win championships. It has also helped them to go up 3-2 in their best-of-seven championship series that they have a brilliant coach in Doc Rivers who is making Miami coach Erik Spoelstra look as if he is a certifiable fool, completely incompetent and unqualified to coach even in a YMCA girls' league.
When last night's Boston at Miami game began both teams were aware of what was at stake. The Heat was favored by eight points and needed simply to win and go up 3-2 in the series with two games to go, the seventh in Miami. As for the Celtics, an improbable win would give them a 3-2 lead and with the opportunity to finish off Miami in game six Thursday night in Boston.
Boston turned up the heat in the fourth period and won 94-90 as Miami lost its energy, befuddled by a another brilliant move by Rivers who was able to disguise his man-to-man defense as a zone. The only person in the house more confused by all of this than the five Miami players on the court was Spoelstra. When the coach doesn't know...well...
While Miami is a 1 ½-point or 2-point favorite, depending on where one bets, it has to be of some concern for the Heat that it is 1-15 in its last 16 games at the Boston Garden.
The bottom line on this series is easy to summarize-the old men of Boston are simply better coached, better prepare to play and are outperforming Miami. The Celtics' Ray Allen (37 years old, 15 years in the NBA), Kevin Garnett (36 years old, 16 years in the NBA) Paul Pierce (35 years old, 13 years in the NBA) are terrorizing the Heats' much younger dynamic trio of Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.
In the process, the veteran Garnett, never known from backing up from anyone and a man who takes great pride in what he does on the court, has James' number, when it counts, especially in the fourth quarter when the game is one the line.
Factor into the equation the superior guard play of Boston's Rajon Rondo and Mickael Pietrus and it becomes a bit easier to understand why the Celtics have heavily favored Miami reeling.
As noted earlier, Miami choked in the championship round against the Dallas Mavericks last year, opening up a 2-1 lead in that best-of-7 series, and then losing three straight, including game six in Miami, 105-95, handing the Mavericks the title.
Miami and the world have proclaimed the Heat the run-away best team in the NBA but talk does not get it done. Show me the money and I will believe.
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