With what seems like a month off between games two and three, the Celtics have some time to regroup and hopefully put forth a better effort against a Miami Heat team looking for the knockout blow.
Paul Pierce has been labeled with what the team is calling a strained left Achilles. Pierce left the game but was able to return and by all accounts should able to go on Saturday night.
Ray Allen took a LeBron elbow to the chest and missed a few minutes. The injury does not appear to be serious although it did impact his breathing during the game.
Rajon Rondo could not get it going yesterday due to a stiff back that would not loosen up over the course of the game. Back injuries are tricky and we’ll know more as the week progresses.
Shaquille O’Neal missed Tuesday’s game as earlier expected and will once again practice leading up until game three and will be a game time decision as usual.
Rajon Rondo was 6-of-8 from the free throw line in game two.
LeBron James scored 24 of his 35 points in the second half.
Do we still think conceding the second seed was the right play?
Jeff Green was the only Celtic in double figures at half time.
Speaking of which, has Jeff Green arrived? 11 points and four rebounds in 22 minutes would seem so.
Does anyone else find it funny that the younger Rajon Rondo is the one with the back injury?
The Heat have scored 35 points off turnovers in two games.
Kevin Garnett scored 16 points but needed 20 shots to do so.
Since 2007, the Celtics have never been down 2-0 in a playoff series.
Doc Rivers on the Rajon Rondo injury: “I don’t know why it was bothering him. but it was bothering him this morning. It was bothering him throughout the game, too, and at one point he was asking to come out because it got tight. It was at the beginning of the fourth quarter. He needed to come out.”
Troy Murphy has played three minutes this post season grabbing one rebound.
The Celtics Big Three counted for 36 points, The Heat Big Three counted for 80.
The Big Three free throw attempts margin is much worse with the Heat holding the 32-to-4 advantage.
Paul Pierce’s 33 minutes played in game two put him into seventh (4,259) in franchise history passing Dennis Johnson (4,258).