By Matt Noonan
Where do we begin?
The Celtics squandered yet another golden opportunity to possibly tie the Miami Heat and head back to Boston with the series tied, one apiece. However, the team that sported the green and white lost to the men wearing white and red, as the Heat won Game 2, 102-91 and have earned a 2-0 series advantage.
So, how would one describe the effort of the Boston Celtics on Tuesday? Probably in one word, “awful” or “pathetic.”
At times the Celtics were within two or four points, but seriously, Miami was toying with Boston all night and eventually things clicked for the Heat during the fourth quarter.
LeBron James had an outstanding game, as he led his squad with 35 points and collected seven rebounds. His counterpart, Dwyane Wade finished with 28 points, while Chris Bosh added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
What about James Jones? How did the “bench superstar” do?
Well, unlike his Game 1 exhibition, Jones finished Game 2 with three fouls, one rebound and no points. So, to answer the question, this game belonged to Miami’s “Big-Three,” not their bench.
As for the Celtics, their bench was forced to take on a larger role due to Paul Pierce’s injury. Pierce suffered a left foot strain during the first quarter and immediately was sent to the dressing room, which meant that Jeff Green was forced to fill the void. Green did all he could, but ended the game with 11 points, four rebounds and two steals. Still, this wasn’t enough.
Besides Pierce and Green, the Celtics struggled on defense and could not contain James or Wade, who had a field day against a Doc Rivers defensive setup.
Now, the Celtics head back to Boston staring at a 0-2 deficit and one has to wonder, can they turn this around? Sure, but it all begins with defense and getting second chance opportunities on offense.
The Celtics will indeed be playing in front of an incredibly loud and rowdy TD Garden crowd on Saturday, so hopefully the real “sixth-man” will be a factor against Miami, who struggled to win games on the road this past season.