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Moving along

Posted by Charles P. Pierce  April 27, 2010 09:52 PM

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I sincerely hope that somebody got Tommy Heinsohn into an ice bath immediately after the Celtics closed out the Heat last night because, faced with officiating that was inept even by the NBA's considerable standards for bad referee work, Tommy spent most of the evening at DefCon 2. (I thought The End Was Nigh late in the game when Kevin Garnett got hit with two -- two! -- moving screen calls in about two minutes of playing time, but Mike Gorman apparently was at the ready with the hypo.) That the Celtics were able to survive with relative ease at least should be encouraging. However, if you think Dwyane Wade gets every call, wait until you see LeBron James. Kim Jong-Il doesn't get more breaks.

The best part of the game was the ability of the Celtics to summon active defense at the most crucial moments. This means moving feet and quick hands. (For example, Garnett broke up a brilliant Wade pass on the left wing on a critical fourth quarter possessions simply by keeping his hands moving.) Better still, everybody seemed to be on the same page as to the importance of such things. Even Michael Finley got into the act late, harassing Wade on an inbounds play in the final minute and forcing Miami to chew up valuable seconds in the backcourt.

However, there is simply no excuse for fouling three-point shooters. None. This has to stop immediately.

None of this means they have a much better chance against the Cavaliers than they had before this series began. The James question is still a huge one. They key is Rajon Rondo, as it has been all season. He was brilliant last night, and he is the one player at his position that is clearly better than anyone at that position the Cavaliers have. He is the one demonstrable overmatch the Celtics have.
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