Heat vs. Celtics Eastern Conference Semi-Final Preview

Here are my predictions for the Heat-Celtics series that starts May 1st.

Game 1 Boston 95 @ Miami 99

Game 2 Boston 106 @ Miami 93

Game 3 Miami 89 @ Boston 97

Game 4 Miami 96 @ Boston 93

Game 5 Boston 95 @ Miami 103

Game 6 Miami 98 @ Boston 97

Miami win series 4-2

Game 6 will be decided off of a missed game winner by Ray Allen.

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Celtics Sweep Knicks: A Series In Review

The Boston Celtics are the first team to move on to the second round with an injury plagued series against the New York Knicks.

It seemed to be a series that favored the Knicks after the first two games. The Celtics, on their home court, could barely beat the Knicks, only winning by 2 and 3 points. Despite injuries to Chauncey Billups and Amare Stoudemire.

In Game 1, Chauncey Billups left with 51 seconds left on the clock with an injury that stopped him from playing the rest of the series. Consequently, Ray Allen’s game winning shot in Game 1 was made over a stumbling Toney Douglas, Billups’ replacement. Perhaps, if Billups was in the result would have been different.

Then in Game 2, already short-handed with Toney Douglas starting at point, Amare Stoudemire came out with what he called back spasms. He ended up missing the entire 2nd half of that game where the Celtics out scored the Knicks by 4 points and winning by 3. And of course the game winner in Game 2 was hit by Kevin Garnett, a player guarded by a back up filling in for a key Knick.

Game 3, again, was highlighted by an injury when Rajon Rondo, now guarded by Toney Douglas, went off. Rondo exploded for a triple double that read 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 20 assists. If you’re wondering why the 20 assists is a huge stat the reason is that the only other player in NBA history to have a triple-double in the post-season with 20 or more assists is Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Magic’s triple-doubles were more impressive and Rondo is no Magic, but that’s some fine company.

In Game 4, Stoudemire, after playing Game 3, decided to play Game 4 and shot a dismal 5-of-20 from the field with a back that was still bothering him. Toney Douglas shot 3-of-11 in the game and together with Stoudemire shot a pathetic 26 percent in the game. The healthy end of the Knicks shot 64 percent from the field.

The injuries that hampered the Knicks can surely point to why the Knicks lost. If the injury bug did not bite the Knicks the end result could have been completely different.