NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics Throw Away Chance To Sweep Miami Heat

April 25th, 2010 by Stew Winkel Leave a reply »
It was a great performance by the Boston Celtics in Sunday's Game Four against the Heat, a game where the Celtics had the opportunity to close out the series and earn the franchise's first four-game sweep since a 4-0 sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1986 Eastern Conference finals.

That statement, however, comes with a major disclaimer - it does not include the first 17 minutes of the game or the final three minutes.  Otherwise, Boston outscored Miami 50-24.  

Unfortunately for the Celtics, the Heat outplayed the Celtics in every way possible during those two spans and it was enough to allow Miami to win the game 101-92 and live to play another day.  With the win, Miami forced a Game Five to be played Tuesday night in Boston.

Knowing Miami would come out of the gates with energy and throw everything they had at the Celtics, Boston decided it would be better not to show up.  In the game's first 17 minutes, the Celtics turned the ball over 11 times, mostly of the unforced careless variety, and trailed Miami 43-25 with seven minutes left in the second quarter. 

Even Quentin Richardson decided he would give, for ...

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