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Celtics 115 Heat 107
For the second time in a little over a week, the Celtics smacked the Miami Heat around. Boston shot lights out, hitting 61% from the floor and 9/14 from behind the arc. Miami’s trademark aggressive defense was nowhere to be found and the defending Eastern Conference champions are now 5-5 in their last ten games. It’s certainly unusual to see a team that’s yet to win anything take regular season games so lightly, especially with the playoffs less than a month away. If the Heat are concerned with being fresh for the playoffs, maybe they should consider sitting some guys rather than going through the motions and creating bad habits.
Give credit to Boston though, they came to play and were red hot shooting all night. Ray Allen coming off the bench gives this team a new look that teams will have to adjust to. Rondo had another stellar game, scoring 18 points to go with his 15 assists and Kevin Garnett looks five years younger right now. He scored 24 on 11/14 shooting and Paul Pierce score 27 points on just 16 shots.
ESPNU’s Signing Day Special
Shabazz Muhammad, the #2 ranked player in the country announced that he will be playing for Ben Howland and the UCLA Bruins next fall. Muhammad joins Kyle Anderson, another top 5 recruit, for what will be a huge year for the future of the program. Howland has received much criticism recently, but was able to hold onto his job for another year due to the hope of landing Muhammad and Anderson. He now has them and the pressure to win immediately will be intense.
Nerlens Noel, the top ranked player in the 2012 class also announced his decision last night in a very entertaining way…
Noel gives John Calipari his fourth straight #1 recruiting class and puts Kentucky in great shape to contend for another championship next year.
Capitals at Bruins (Game 1, 7:30): The Bruins begin their title run against a team that couldn’t beat the Florida Panthers in the Southeast division. The Capitals had a roller coaster season, but played well enough late to grab the 7th seed. Washington has the talent to make this an interesting series, but you always have to question the mental toughness come playoff time. Alex Ovechkin is coming off his worst season and has looked uninterested for much of the year. Alex Semin also greatly underachieved this year and the Capitals will need both of their stars to play well if they want to have a chance against Boston.
Boston also seems to have a big advantage in net. Reigning Conn Smythe winner Tim Thomas will go up against Braden Holtby, who will be making his NHL playoff debut. Right Wing Nathan Horton will miss the entire playoffs for Boston due to a concussion, while Capital’s defenseman Mike Green and center Nicklas Backstrom are finally healthy.
Flyers at Penguins (Game 2, Philly leads 1-0, 7:30): The Penguins look to rebound after blowing a three goal lead in the first game, while the Flyers try to actually put a full 60 minute effort together. This entire series is going to be intense, so make sure you’re watching!
See you on Sunday!