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Five thoughts from Game 4 of Celtics/Heat

Posted by Bill Koch on April 25, 2010

Dwyane Wade

Postpone the celebration that comes with playoff advancement for the Boston Celtics. The Miami Heat rallied to save some pride by winning Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, 101-92, on Sunday afternoon. Boston takes a healthy 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 matchup into Tuesday night’s Game 5, and the Celtics will be strong favorites to close things out at The Fake Garden. Here’s why it didn’t happen on Sunday:

*  With all due respect to Paul Pierce, Sunday should make it clear that Dwyane Wade is the best player in this series. Miami’s star poured in a game-high 46 points on an incredibly efficient 16-for-24 performance from the field, giving Heat fans a glimpse of what they’ll be missing next year if Wade does exercise his right to leave as a free agent. Sunday’s performance would be a fitting farewell if Wade decides that his toothless roster of hideous teammates in Miami isn’t going to be enough to help him win the second championship ring of his career.

*  For all its talk about trying to take care of business and sweep the Heat, the Celtics played like a team that had a 3-0 lead in the series during the opening 12 minutes on Sunday. Boston committed nine turnovers in the first quarter alone and found itself in an 18-point hole before halftime, an unfocused beginning for a team that was allegedly hoping to get things over with as soon as possible. The Celtics looked like they spent the 36 hours between Games 3 and 4 on South Beach instead of preparing to close out the Heat.

*  Speaking of focus, Boston’s miserable 16-for-27 showing at the foul line isn’t going to win any championships anytime soon. All you need to know is that Ray Allen, a career 89.4 percent shooter at the line, went 2-for-5 in the game and missed three straight in the fourth quarter with the Celtics trailing by five points. When Allen starts firing bricks down the stretch you would have to get the feeling that it’s not Boston’s day.

*  Doc Rivers continued to prove his incompetency with his random use of his bench. Big Baby Davis, who powered Boston in Game 2 with 23 points and eight rebounds in place of suspended Kevin Garnett, played just 16 minutes on Sunday and didn’t attempt a field goal. After his postseason performance last year and during the first three games of this series, Davis has to be a bigger part of the Celtics’ plans going forward. It’s clearly obvious to everyone but Rivers at this point.

*  And now we come to the obligatory part of the post where we point out what a disgraceful, overpaid, washed-up has-been Rasheed Wallace is: 1-for-5 from the field, five points, no rebounds, no assists and one personal foul in 11 minutes. The Celtics were minus-20 with the three-year, $20-million man on the floor. Thanks for that, Danny Ainge.

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