Re: CELTICS the UNDERDOG vs HEAT
posted at 4/30/2011 1:08 AM EDT
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[QUOTE]The Celtics will dominate this series. If it goes seven games the Celtics will lose this series. Celts in five.
Posted by shines01[/QUOTE]
MIAMI — They have come to the Heat from different points on the NBA sea, but some share a common experience. At different times they have been Ahab to the Celtics [team stats]’ Moby Dick and they remain bent on revenge.
The Celts eliminated LeBron James and Cleveland from the playoffs in 2008 and ’10. They took down Dwyane Wade and the Heat in the first round last season. Mike Bibby and Atlanta fell in seven games in 2008.
Wade offered a wry grin after practice yesterday.
“We don’t like them,” he said. “Simple. None of us.”
James added harmony.
“Yeah, man, they ended all of our seasons,” he said. “So we all decided to join forces.”
“It was all for Boston,” added Wade.
“Like Captain Planet,” said LeBron. “We put our rings together.”
Then realizing the profound lack of earned jewelry, he looked at 2006 titleholder Wade and said, “Put your ring together.”
In truth, the Prefab Five met here for greater glory than what’s available in a second-round series — even if they conquer the defending Eastern Conference champions. But in that the C’s have represented the most consistent standard on this side of the league since their core formed in the summer of 2007, it’s fair to say they’re the whale between the Heat and their hopes.
James and Wade have spoken about wanting to get where the Celtics are.
“It’s always a challenge playing against them,” LeBron said. “When you talk about mentally strong, they’re one of the strongest teams that we have in this league because they’ve been through situation after situation after situation — in hostile environments on the road, at home, being down during games in the fourth quarter and being up.
“They’ve been through every situation together. It’s not just one guy being on the team. Not like me being on Cleveland and being through a situation, D. Wade being here and being through a situation. Them guys have been together.
“They’re one of the better teams when it comes to that, so we have to be mentally strong, as well. At the same time, we know that we have to execute our game plan, which gives us the best opportunity to win the game, and not get too much caught up in what they’re doing.”
In a series rife with delicious duels, both clubs are wise enough to know that a group approach is needed to problem solving. Even when one player goes off, it’s likely as a result of others doing their jobs to provide the openings.