It may have been only a 3 point difference, but there hasn’t been a more underwhelming scoreline than the Celtics win over Miami last night. The only word to describe Miami last night was outclassed. The only words to describe Boston last night is still the best in the east. And right now it’s not even close.
You can say Wade had yet again a poor performance against Boston (shooting 27% against them this season) which Wade very rarely has. You can say the Heat shot 3/16 from three and had only 8 points from their bench. You can say Chris Bosh and James missed shots down the stretch that 9/10 they would make. Whatever you want to say about the Heat loss, nothing holds up against the Boston win. Under manned and underrated, the Celtics pulled out the biggest statement win of the season so far. Yes more so than the Heat’s annihilation of the Lakers on Christmas Day, certainly bigger than the Laker’s revenge in Boston just a few days ago.
No one will talk about Pierce’s 0/10 shooting night, Allen’s 6/15 shooting night or their 13 turnovers. No one will even talk about the combined 26 from Davis and Wafer from the bench, nor Perkins’ handy 13 points in his starting role. The fact Boston were missing two O’Neals, West, Daniels and Robinson is irrelevant. They will only talk about the fact Boston returned to the top of the east, a place that they haven’t left for the past 3 seasons.
The Heat unearthed plenty of problems last night, problems that will ultimately benefit the club. The bench is without direction and by far the worst of any contender. The low post is becoming such a problem that throwing 4 different players in each game is becoming a comedy. We have been blinded by their obvious issues because of the talent and potential the team holds.
Let’s hope tonight served as a wake up call.