Friday, November 12, 2010
Morning snapshot: Day at the beach
By Chris Forsberg
Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesMiami's Chris Bosh does his best to avoid being posterized by Boston's Rajon Rondo.
MIAMI -- A rundown of our ESPN stories and content after the Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 112-107 Thursday evening at American Airlines Arena:
* MACMULLAN: RONDO'S VISION: The point guard was clairvoyant. Rajon Rondo doesn't talk much, but he sees plenty. Before the Miami Heat suffered another big-time, big-game meltdown against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night, before Rondo dropped 16 assists on the star-studded (and noticeably sagging) South Beach caravan, before he spurred his team on to 60 percent shooting in the first half, he calmly predicted Miami would have no answers for him.
* JUST ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS: Does Ray Allen ever wonder how he gets so open? "All the time, I wonder it," he admitted. "Any time I'm open, I wonder it. It's not easy -- it's easier said than done, me getting open. It seems like a cycle of events that take place, especially when Rondo's penetrating the paint like he is. At any time, we've got four shooters on the floor, so you almost have to give something up. I'm the furthest away from the basket, but I'm also the one guy you don't want to leave open."
* POSTGAME NOTES: PIERCE TWEET TWEAKS JAMES: Don't let them fool you. Sure, the Celtics know that this was just game No. 9 of 82. It likely means no more than Saturday's non-conference clash against the Memphis Grizzlies. But while Boston said all the right things in front of the cameras and microphones after Thursday's triumph in Miami, a great sense of satisfaction clearly permeated the locker room after the Celtics beat the Heat for the second time in little more than two weeks.
* O'NEAL WILL SEEK SECOND OPINION WITH MIAMI DOCTORS: It should have been an opportunity to compete against a team that let him walk away this offseason as it embarked on the most prolific shopping spree in the history of NBA free agency. Instead, Jermaine O'Neal's first trip back to South Beach turned into nothing more than a convenient doctor's visit.
* TRUE HOOP: BIG FOUR TRUMPS BIG THREE: The Boston Celtics Big 4 of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo dominated the Heat on Thursday night. As a group they shot 32-55 (58.2%) and scored 84 points. Allen made seven 3-pointers, Garnett had 13 rebounds, and Rondo dished out 16 assists. And perhaps most importantly, as a four-man combination they completely outplayed Miami’s Big 3.
* C'S NEUTRALIZE WADE ... AGAIN: Well, we can’t chalk it up to rust anymore. The Celtics limited Dwyane Wade to just eight points in Thursday’s Boston-Miami rematch after he was held to 13 in the season opener. All told, the Celtics forced Wade to miss 22 of his 28 shots in the two games.
* PRESSURE IS STARTING TO BUILD IN MIAMI: Gentlemen, start your engines. The latest setback for this sparkling, expensive, high-powered engine of a Heat team has put Miami on par with Daytona and Indianapolis in at least one area. All three towns are now identified by the “500” that follow their names.
* DAILY DIME: WHAT'S WRONG WITH MIAMI?: There's not an easier target in NBA right now than the Miami Heat and the calendar can't bail them out, convenient scapegoat that it may be. There are issues in predictable areas. The LeBron James-Dwyane Wade dynamic is one. The illusion that coach Erik Spolestra may be panicking a little bit while under significant scrutiny is another. Then there's this week's most popular talking point -- that Chris Bosh isn't a proper fit as the third wheel.
Click HERE for coverage from ESPN Boston... Click HERE for the Heat Index.