NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics Send Miami Heat Home for the Summer

April 27th, 2010 by Stew Winkel Leave a reply »
Let me get this straight.  The Celtics have dominating regular seasons in 2008 and 2009, but then have to sweat through a seven-game series in both years just to advance past the first round.

Now, in 2010, when the Celtics were a .500 team since Christmas and accomplished nothing in easy fashion all year, they need just five games to move on to the second round after tonight's 96-86 series-ending win over the Miami Wades, I mean the Miami Heat.  

Not everyone picked Boston to win the series (I'm talking about you Bill "I know the Celtics are going to lose in Round One" Simmons ), but even those who did, could never have predicted it would only take five games.  The series easily could have been a sweep if not for Dwyane Wade's instant classic performance and Celtic-missed free throws in Game Four.  

Boston recovered from the Game Four loss and in Game Five, the Celtics were in controll basically throughout.  Boston took a 19-17 lead on a Paul Pierce three-pointer with 3:33 left in the first quarter and never trailed the rest of the way.

The lead grew to as large as 21 at 67-46 following a Kendrick Perkins layu ...

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