By Stacey Kilpatrick
Boston fans, we still have the Bruins, and the Red Sox.
Sure Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are out of the running to three-peat the NBA championship; but LeBron James and the Miami Heat ARE still sizzling up and down the courts in the Miami-Boston series.
The former Cleveland Cavaliers star has helped the Sunshine state improve to 3-1 against the struggling Boston Celtics and I’m not sure if he’s stoppable.
Not only that, but I don’t think Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen or one-armed Rajon Rondo, as well as the rest of the Green and White have anything left. So, once again, we’ll fail to make it to the NBA Finals and another year will pass since the team’s 2008 championship.
Yes, I said “we’ll” because in Boston, we, the population, are a part of the Celtics, Bruins and Sox – at least many of us like to believe we are.
Game 4 on Monday night was not a shocker. I certainly felt my heart palpitate a few times in frustration, but I’m starting to think that Boston just doesn’t have what it takes to win.
Ray Allen is 35-years old and has been a Milwaukee Buck (1996-2003), a Seattle SuperSonic (2003-2007) and a Celtic (2007-Present). Garnett is 34 and has been playing since 1995. He was first drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves and since 2007; he’s been in Boston. Pierce is 33 and has been a Celtic since he was taken in the first round out of Kansas in 1998. And the youngest star player, Rondo, 25, is currently dangling his left elbow out of its socket. Well, it was popped back in shortly after Saturday night’s game, but he’s injured.
The guys played awful in overtime while Miami’s James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh shined.
At the start of overtime, James made a 15-foot jump shot, which was the same that Pierce was trying to sink at the end of regulation, but missed. Then Bosh scored. Then Wade nailed a 23-foot jumper. Then Bosh made a tip shot. Then Wade netted both free throws. And finally Bosh secured Miami’s 98-90 victory with a pair of sunk free throws.
And what did Boston do in their five minutes of play?
The good: (that “word” doesn’t even suffice): Garnett nabbed two free throws and Pierce made a layup.
The bad: Allen missed a three-point jumper and committed a personal take against Wade. Delonte West missed a 25-foot jumper, threw a bad pass, missed another three-pointer and lost the ball on a Bosh steal. Garnett missed a jumper and caused a shooting foul on Wade and a personal foul on Bosh. Rondo and Jeff Green played musical chairs, as Green entered for Rondo, Rondo entered for Green and finally Green came back in for Rondo; neither of whom contributed. And Pierce drew an offensive charge on James, caused a turnover, and wouldn’t you know it, missed his second final shot attempt of the game.
Game 5, Miami’s potential clincher, is on the Heat’s home court. Will the Celtics be able to use those legs and arms of theirs to trip up the Heat and sling the ball down court for baskets? I don’t think so.
What does this mean for Boston fans? Another tragedy.
How will we survive? Like I said (with gritted teeth) we still have our Bruins and Sox, as well as the Patriots, but only if the NFL can get a new CBA soon.