By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
The Big One vs. the Big Three
The Celtics’ big three combined for 49 points as Ray Allen had 20 points, Paul Pierce added 19, and Kevin Garnett added 10 points and 10 rebounds in Boston’s 88-80 victory.
Miami’s big three combined for 52 points, but the majority of the points were put up by the biggest acquisition of the off-season — LeBron James — who dropped an heroic 31 points.
Most of King James’ points came in the third quarter.
The Celtics made a statement with this win showing the world that they’re still the Eastern Conference champs. They also got a big opening night win under their belt against a championship contender.
Miami lacked one thing — chemistry. When the team needed a big basket against the Celtics, they didn’t know who to go to. LeBron stepped up much he did last year for the Cavaliers.
However, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh struggled. They combined for just 21.
The Celtics showed the league that they had the chemistry and also had the defense that could battle with the best in the East. Their bench outplayed Miami’s bench which was built this off-season to compete for a championship.
The Celtics are playing like a team on a mission.
They still have the bad taste of their Game 7 loss to the Lakers in the Finals
The message was clear — to all the doubters saying that they’re too old, washed up, and can’t keep up with the youth of the league — Tuesday night’s win was a testimony of things to come for the team in green.
Next up for the Celtics and their “Big Three” is LeBron’s former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. The crowd should give Boston a warm welcome for beating the Heat.
For the Celtics to beat the Cavs Wednesday night, they’ll have to establish the bench early and also make sure to stay on top of the paint and the rebounding.
With the addition of both O’Neal’s (Shaq and Jermaine), the Celtics could prove to be a force in the paint until Kendrick Perkins comes back from his injury in March.