In what was an extremely entertaining game, the Celtics eventually fell 115-111 in overtime to the Heat Wednesday night in Miami. The Celtics held a 15-point lead in the first half, before the Heat outscored the Celtics 35-22 in the third quarter to take a 6-point lead entering the fourth. The Celtics came storming back and held a 5-point lead midway through the quarter, but the Heat once again came back, and the Celtics needed a Ray Allen three-pointer with 34 seconds left to force overtime. In the overtime session Rajon Rondo scored all 12 of the Celtics’ points, but in the end it was not enough.
Rondo was the story of the game, scoring a career-high 44 points in the loss. He also finished with 10 assists and eight rebounds. He did all this playing the entire 53 minutes of the game. Rondo was 16-24 from the field and 10-12 from the line. Kevin Garnett gave everything he had as well, playing 45 minutes and finishing with 18 points and eight rebounds. Paul Pierce fouled out late in the fourth, after playing 43 minutes and finishing with 21 points.
One note that was not mentioned at all during the broadcast and postgame was Pierce left the bench with 2.2 seconds remaining in the overtime to go to the locker room. He was not hurt, he was just frustrated. Not exactly something you want to see from the teams’ captain.
There was once again much discussion following the game on the officiating. In the end the Celtics were called for 33 fouls, to the Heat’s 18. There was once blatant foul on Dwyane Wade in the overtime session, when he smacked Rondo across the face when Rondo was going up for a layup, but there was no call. For the game the Celtics shot a total of 29 free throws, while LeBron James shot 24 by himself. While the officiating was questionable, no one can blame the referees for the Celtics blowing a 15-point lead, so there should be no pinning the loss on the referees.
Effort was there, result was lacking– Gary Washburn says the Celtics played with the most passion out of any playoff game this year.
Celtics’ best not good enough– Jackie MacMullen has despite some valiant efforts by the Celtics, it just wasn’t enough to get past the Heat.
Couldn’t ask for more from Celtics’ Rajon Rondo– Dan Shaughnessy compares Rondo’s performance to some games played by some of the Celtics legends.
Rajon Rondo gives his best– Steve Bullpet also looks at the Game 2 performance by the Celtics point guard.
Rajon Rondo deserved better– Chris Forsberg says Rondo and the Celtics deserved a win with Rondo’s Game 2 performance.
The Rondo game that got away– Paul Flannery has the reactions of different players and coaches on Rondo’s performance, including LeBron James.
Marathon Green men– Steve Buckley says another storyline of Game 2 was Ray Allen, as after following a tough outing in Game 1, Allen responded with some clutch three’s.
Foul odor detected– Mark Murphy in his notebook has Danny Ainge stopping Joe Borgia, the NBA’s officiating supervisor following the game.
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The Red Sox defeated the Tigers 6-4 and are now two games over .500, just 2 1/2 games out of first place in the AL East. The Red Sox hit three home runs, including two-run shots by David Ortiz and Will Middlebrooks, and then a solo home run from Kevin Youkilis. Starter Jon Lester went 6 2/3 innings allowing four runs and striking out seven.
Second baseman Dustin Pedroia is dealing with a slight tear in his thumb’s adductor muscle. He will not swing a bat the next few days to allow for the swelling and bruising to go down before making a decision on Monday as to whether to go on the disabled list or not. There has been talk of bringing up shortstop Jose Iglesias from Pawtucket and moving Mike Aviles to second, if Pedroia were to go on the DL.
Red Sox must do what’s right for Pedroia– Chad Finn says the Red Sox should be extra cautious with their second baseman, not letting him return until his thumb his fully healed or he doesn’t risk doing any further damage.
Pedroia’s thumb injury poses a real dilemma– Nick Cafardo also looks at the situation the Red Sox are facing with Pedroia looking at both sides of the situation.
Red Sox showing heart– Scott Lauber has how despite a number of injuries to key players, the Red Sox are coming together and pulling out some good wins.
Bobby V suffles desk and wins again– Gordon Edes has Bobby Valentine getting creative with all of the injuries.