The Celtics Are Going Back To Boston With The NBA Finals 1 Win Away

By: 06.06.12
Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh (photo. Nike Basketball)

Rondo got two fouls in the first seven minutes, coinciding with the return of Chris Bosh. Bosh (nine points, seven boards in 14 minutes) had a bizarre day after a masseuse died at his house earlier in the afternoon. No foul play is suspected. A different kind of foul play is what got the Heat in this situation to begin with and surprisingly, Bosh helped ease that a little. He drained his first shot, a fading 10-footer on Greg Stiemsma. After a tip-in where he flew from the three-point line, he had a classic Bosh Face. Mouth was splayed wide open, and you could tell he’d been preparing for that one. When we looked up, this crossed our path on Twitter: Chris Bosh’s 6 offensive boards at one point were half as many as he had in the previous six playoff games he played this season. … There have been times in the last two games where the Heat have the fastest break since Hank Gathers repped Loyola Marymount. Miami’s second bucket was a 40-foot outlet from Mario Chalmers (nine points, four boards) turned into a layup by Wade at the other end. A few in Game 4 were the same, with the Heat going end-to-end in only a couple seconds. Now, it will be noted that furious approach went a little too fast a couple times, too, and led to bad turnovers because of bad outlets. Clearly, Spoelstra wanted to put pressure on the defense for a little fatigue. So what happened all game vice versa, when the Celtics broke out to run? Nothing. The Heat literally jogged back on D countless times and let people like Mickael Pietrus (13 points) become an X-factor he wouldn’t otherwise be. In Game 4 Pietrus was getting boards and keeping plays alive. This time he was finishing when Miami couldn’t keep track of him. … Please tell us you saw what Amar’e Stoudemire was wearing at the game. One word: Denim. … We’re out like the Venus transit.

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