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Sunday, May 11, 2008
Will the Celtics ever win on the road?
I cannot explain it. How can a team be this good at home in the playoffs (6-0) yet this bad on the road (0-4)?
The Celtics magical mystery tour of the 2008 playoffs continued tonight with another steaming dinosaur shit on the road. Cleveland led from start to finish and picked up an easy 108-84 win, cutting the series to 2-1.
It was never much of a game as the Cavs jumped out to a 26-point lead (really) in the first half. This was the same Cleveland team that struggled to get over 70 points in Boston.
LeBron James still didn't have a great game (21 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 blocks), the issue for Boston was all his sidekicks went off.
Delonte West (21 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds) and Joe Smith (17 points, 6 rebounds) tied career-highs for scoring. Oh and Wally Szczerbiak had 16 points while Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Kevin Garnett had 17 points and nine rebounds, Paul Pierce scored 14 and had five assists while Kendrick Perkins had 12 points and seven boards. Ray Allen reprised his role as Mr. Freeze with 10 points (4 of 12 shooting) while James Posey had 11 off the bench.
Rajon Rondo and Sam Cassell combined to go 3 of 16 for eight points and two assists.
My suggestion to Doc (and I'm sure he's reading this blog) is to sit Ray Allen and start Posey. It's not because of scoring; Posey is your best defender so why not play him more? The guy seems to always do something positive, maybe that's glorified since he doesn't get starter minutes, who knows? Bottom line is they have to change something up because they are awful on the road.
Cleveland led 32-13 after the first quarter and 52-35 at the half. The C's could only cut it to 12 points, never single-digits to make it interesting.
The Cavs shot 53.6% from the floor to Boston's 40.5%. Cleveland made twice as many three-pointers (10-5) and registered 11 more assists (29-18).
Do the Celts have Brian Scalabrine send hookers to the Hawks and now Cavaliers rooms when they're in Boston? How can the defense be so outstanding at home then disappear on the road? It's getting to the point where it's in the Celtics' minds. It's like A-Rod in the playoffs, they can't perform in the clutch.
Game 4 is Monday night and if the C's win, the series will be over in five, if not then get ready for seven games.