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Five thoughts from Celtics-Cavaliers Game 2

Posted by Bill Koch on May 3, 2010

Rasheed Wallace

There can’t be any questions tonight about whether or not the Boston Celtics know how to finish off a game.

Boston built a 25-point lead early in the fourth quarter and buried the Cleveland Cavaliers, 104-86, in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Celtics stole back home court advantage and knotted things up at 1-1 thanks to another brilliant performance by Rajon Rondo and a big night from some guy wearing No. 30 who must have been a Rasheed Wallace impostor. Here are five thoughts from Monday’s action.

*  Boston did what it had to do. The Celtics needed to win a game in Cleveland to advance to the Eastern Conference finals, and that’s what they did tonight. All Boston has to do now is hold serve three times at The Fake Garden and the survivor of the Orlando-Atlanta series awaits. This might be oversimplifying things, but that’s the bottom line.

*  What Rasheed Wallace did tonight was the equivalent of J.D. Drew’s $14 million grand slam for the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 American League Championship series. Drew collected his paycheck wearing a hoodie and a ski mask all season before producing one big hit that helped knock out the Cleveland Indians – Rasheed did the same thing Monday night in his 19 minutes by going 7-for-8 from the field and 3-for-4 from 3-point territory. He finished with 17 points and helped Boston’s bench equal Cleveland’s reserves at 27-27 for the game – the Cavaliers held a 26-12 advantage during their Game 1 victory.

*  A check on our key matchup of the series, Rajon Rondo vs. Mo Williams: Game 2 went to Rondo, and if this was a boxing match it would have been stopped sometime around the ninth round. Rondo was awesome in 46 minutes, piling up 13 points and 19 assists while Williams was a wretched 1-for-4 from the field and scored just four points. Williams saved Cleveland in Game 1 by sparking the Cavaliers’ run in the third quarter with a personal 10-point spurt – there were no such heroics this time as Boston blew out Cleveland, 31-12, in the third.

*  Sparked by Rondo’s unselfishness, Boston shared the ball as well as it has any time this season. Six Celtics finished in double figures, led by 22 points from Ray Allen, and Boston dished out 30 assists on its 40 field goals while shooting 51.3 percent overall and 9-for-19 from 3-point range. All of this came against a Cleveland team that finished in the top five in the NBA during the regular season in field goal percentage defense and in the top 10 in 3-point field goal percentage defense.

*  Have we heard enough about LeBron James and his elbow already? It didn’t seem to bother the two-time MVP while he was rolling to a 35-7-7 performance in the series opener. Don’t tell me that LeBron felt that much worse tonight while he turned in a tame 24-point, four-assist, five-turnover, minus-16 effort. Call up Dr. James Andrews and let him make the excuses if LeBron’s elbow is that bad.


One Response to “Five thoughts from Celtics-Cavaliers Game 2”

  1. Steve G. said

    The Celtics led by 25 with 9:30 left… and only by 10 with 4:33. I still don’t have any confidence in them to close games out, since they needed a “holy shit!” performance from Rasheed Wallace to win.

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