How did this game start? Consider that LeBron outscored the Celtics in the first quarter. He never let up after that. The age gap between Paul Pierce and LeBron has never looked so wide. Pierce just couldn't stick with LeBron physically, which hasn't been the case over their respective careers. People wondered who was going to guard Dwyane Wade this series. But what about LeBron?
The quarterback throw to LeBron on a slant might be a thing now. Wade just poured it on in the second half. The plan was clear from the get-go: Give Ray Allen a taste of his own medicine. With a gimpy Allen guarding him, Wade ran around using back screens to get open under the rim. Keyon Dooling was pesky but only for so long.
The quintessential Miller possession occurred in the second quarter: Miller grabbed his own miss, grabbed Wade's miss and then drilled a 3-pointer. There's no question Miller is giving it his all -- and by "all," I mean his assembly of broken bones and shredded ligaments. Seeing him lie down on the sidelines again was just hard to watch.
Blocks, boards and big 3s. That's what Battier brought to the table in Game 1. He missed a bunch of 3s but the ones he hit were timely. Starting against another hefty power forward in Brandon Bass, Battier was once again instrumental in minimizing the Heat's size disadvantage. Pulling Kevin Garnett and Bass out of the paint was critical for Miami.
The Celtics had one incredible quarter and three abysmal ones. Not a winning formula. As good as Kevin Garnett was, Ray Allen was just as bad. The basketball gods shouldn't let us watch Allen struggle in his state, but the Celtics just don't have any answers with Avery Bradley out. The Celtics looked incredibly old, and the Heat didn't even run in this one.