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Celtics continue to cool Heat

Posted by Bill Koch on April 20, 2010

Big Baby Davis

Dare we say that these are the real Boston Celtics?

We here at Ramble On aren’t ready to go too far just yet. All Boston has done is win a pair of home games, which is exactly what the higher-seeded team in any best-of-7 playoff series in any sport is theoretically supposed to do. Still, the Celtics’ 106-77 beatdown of the Miami Heat on Tuesday night at The Fake Garden will go a long way toward making us believers if Boston can keep its momentum rolling into South Beach for Game 3. Without further delay, here are five observations from Tuesday night’s blowout:

*  Big Baby looks all grown up. Glen Davis made sure that the Celtics didn’t miss a beat without the suspended Kevin Garnett, pouring in 23 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Davis averaged 15.8 points while starting all 14 postseason games last year for Boston, filling in while Garnett battled a knee injury, and looks more than capable of doing the same thing this time. Hard to believe that Davis started this season under a cloud of controversy generated when he tried to punch out his best friend and ruined his hand for 20 games.

*  The Celtics are back to playing championship defense – for now. Boston allowed 10 points in the fourth quarter of Game 1, fueling the Celtics’ late run, and gave up just 36 points in the middle two quarters of Game 2 to build a 26-point lead after three. Miami has shot under 40 percent in both games of the series.

*  Quentin Richardson is still a fucking loser. Not even his shameful attempt to start a war in the final seconds of Game 1, a fight that ended in Garnett’s elbow and suspension, could make an impact. Richardson was invisible on Tuesday – he was 2-for-7 from the field, scored just 5 points and was a team-worst minus-33 during his 33 minutes. That’s just what you would expect out of a guy who was the 18th overall pick in the 2000 draft – or maybe not.

*  Ray Allen is the only Boston player who should be allowed to take 3-pointers. Sugar Ray was 7-for-9 from downtown in Game 2 on his way to a team-high 25 points, and the Celtics shot 60 percent as a team from 3-point land. Yes, the rest of Boston’s players went 5-for-11, but issuing a team-wide ban will keep Rasheed Wallace – who took a single 3-pointer on Tuesday – from returning to his conscience-free ways from the perimeter.

*  Rajon Rondo is slowly entering Jason Kidd territory. He was dominant despite taking just six shots in 35 minutes, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out 12 assists while chipping in 8 points. Carlos Arroyo and Mario Chalmers still look clueless about how to stop Boston’s point guard, and an aggressive Rondo remains one of the Celtics’ keys to playoff success.

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