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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  25 responses

Celtics Promise to Be More Physical With Heat in Game 2


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of their supporting cast felt comfortable on the basketball court last night, in leading the Miami Heat to an easy Game 1 victory over their archrivals from Boston.

The Celtics — what with all of their injuries, lack of speed and a loudly ticking clock — know they have to be more physical with the Heat, and to a man, they promised a more rugged outing in Game 2.

From the Sun-Sentinel:

Rajon Rondo’s voice never climbed above a whisper after Monday’s series-opening loss. Still, the Celtics point guard made sure his message was conveyed just the same. “Nothing dirty,” Rondo said after this 93-79 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, “but they have to hit the deck, too.” [...] The Heat made only 5 of 25 attempts from behind the 3-point line, but that didn’t matter because they were able to get to the rim so easily, outscoring the Celtics 42-34 in the paint.

“They made way too many layups,” Rivers said of the Heat in general. “We have to do a better job of protecting the paint. There’s no way any team should get that many layups, that many point-blank shots against our defense.” Put it this way: On a night the Heat swatted away 11 Celtics shots, the reverse happened just once. Did the Heat seem at all threatened by the men in green? “Probably not,” Pierce said. “We didn’t really do too much that way. That’s got to change.” Kevin Garnett, who produced that sole blocked shot, spoke (briefly) about the need to “put up more of a fight” going forward. “We have to slow them to take them out of their comfort zone,” Garnett said. “They’re home. They’re comfortable.”

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals is shaping up to be a chippy, hotly contested affair. And the Heat know it: “That doesn’t change anything for us,” LeBron said. “We expect to hit the deck every single game, me and D-Wade. It’s how we feel teams approach us. They feel like they need to put us on the floor, hard-foul us. It doesn’t change our approach,” he said. “We still have to be in the attack mode, no matter what happens, because that’s when we’re at our best as a team.”

With the Celtics desperately needing to even up the series in Game 2, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will hit the deck a few times next time out, this much is inevitable. What remains to be seen, is if that will be enough to slow Miami down.

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  • R32

    That’s what the Pacers said.

  • http://slam FLIGHT 9

    I want hard fouls celtics!!!!!!

  • http://slam FLIGHT 9

    boston in 7

  • http://www.hoopsworld.com/ IamYOU

    Don’t be mad brah MIAMI in 5.

  • Heals

    Not sure “being physical” was the issue as much it is execution and positive body language. Except for the 2nd quarter Bos severely lacked both…

  • gawe

    i love the energy- both team’s energy!

    fans should really appreciate that both teams are putting their heart and soul into this event. we fans are blessed for teams to uplift their game in anyways. its part of the sport, its apart of the game.

    dont be mad brah- no1 is mad. we are just blessed to even view this-

    amen anyone?

  • http://slamonline.com samoaninlondon

    spurs in 4

  • http://slam FLIGHT 9

    yup…. SPURS WILL SWEEP MIAMI PERIOD…..

  • trueballer4life

    LBJ 2 DI WORLD! DWADE ALL DAY! HEAT IS ON!!.. MIAMI IN 6..

  • LA Huey

    Well, if the refs were calling techs the way they were, they’ll get a flagrant for sweating on another player. At least 8 ejections for Game 2.

  • fakeballer

    being physical? so, will Dwade broke (dislocate) Rondo’s arm once again? or is it a payback time?!

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Lol @ Huey those techs were bs

  • Justin05

    Refs have egos too lol

  • William Smithe

    What a bunch of excuses. The Celtics missed half of their free throws!! If they had hit their free throws it would have been down to the wire and anybody’s game. The Heat played better, for sure, but the Celtics could have won anyway. They simply choked.

  • AQWORD

    You gots to have strength to be physical. Boston dony seem to have it.

  • barnabusb

    Why is being more physical always the answer? How about playing with more skill and ability? How about moving the ball and hitting free throws? How about stopping back door cuts and layups? You don’t have to rough guys up to beat them. Just play better.

  • LA Huey

    ^It’s always the answer when you’re outmatched.

  • lakernation

    That means they will beat the living sh** out of the Heat literally. A lot of technical fouls will be called that game too, maybe a couple of flagrant fouls too.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    I didn’t know “physical” was synonymous for “stop letting Ray Allen shoot or try to guard Wade.”

  • Lebron#1fan

    Heat in 5. Lebron and Wade are about to take over this series. All or nothing this year.

  • Clydesays

    Just prevent the layups, C’s. No ‘hard foul’ proclamations needed. As far as FT’s go, Ray must REALLY be hurting. He front rimmed a bunch and he’s a 90% shooter for his career…

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Refs Promise to Be More Consistent With Calls in Game 2. Should be the headline.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    I don’t think the spurs can sweep the heat. beat them? maybe. sweep them? no. The celtics are getting swept though no matter how much they foul miami.

  • http://www.slamonline.com keep it real

    Lebron is bigger than everybody on the celtics……Rondo is overrated… Miami in 4!

  • Dj J

    @IamYOU I agree with you.Rondo said they can beat miami…. in their dreams. Miami in 5.Rondo’s a midget.

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