By Matt Noonan
Dwyane Wade led both squads with 38 points, as the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics on Sunday, 99-90.
So, while Boston and New England fans begin to panic over one game, let’s actually understand what happened in Game 1 and why the men dressed in Red and White came away victoriously.
Boston’s defense was lousy while their offense seemed almost non-existent at times. The Celtics struggled to have more than one shot on offense because the Heat forced Boston’s players to shoot off balance and take shots that they didn’t want to attempt. Also, the Heat continued their impactful defense, which they displayed against the Philadelphia 76ers during round one.
The Heats transition game completely annihilated every member of the Green and White, but while The Heat ran circles around Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green and Glen Davis, they also earned the momentum, which was never relinquished.
Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, were indeed impressive, but the biggest star of the game was certainly James Jones who finished with 25 points off the bench. Jones was also 5-for-7 from three-point land and 10-for-10 from the free throw line.
Yet, the biggest mistake Doc Rivers and his team did was attempting to eliminate James from the Heat’s offense and force his teammates to win the game without him. So, case in point, while James finished the game with 22 points, one offensive rebound, five assists and two steals, it’s certainly easy to believe that he felt incredibly comfortable all day, despite all the attention.
All in all, the Heat came to play on Sunday while the Celtics did not. Boston can easily turn around this series by playing defense, but if Miami continues to score on the fast break, then consider the Heat destined to land in Massachusetts with a chance to possibly end this series.