2012 NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals

Posted by C.L. Anthony on Monday, May 28, 2012 with No comments
           It was the matchup that was destined to happen, the Big Three of the Boston Celtics are to battle the Big Three of the Miami Heat.  In reality, the Celtics will face the Big Two of the Miami Heat with Chris Bosh still being listed as out indefinitely with his abdominal strain.  As the Heat were moving past the Indiana Pacers, they were tested, finishing the series in 6 games.  The Pacers surprised the Heat and punched them in the mouth.  The Heat regrouped and delivered the knockout punch to the Pacers.  The Celtics just wrapped up a grueling 7 game series with the Sixers and they were pushed to the brink.

With Bosh being sidelined, the Celtics will have a huge advantage down low with Kevin Garnett free to do as he pleases but the Heat will counter with Joel Anthony who can be a capable defender as long as he remains out of foul trouble.  Another huge advantage the Celtics will have is with point guard Rajon Rondo who has killed the Heat every time these two teams face off.  At times Rondo can be considered as a walking triple double.

The Miami Heat's main advantage will be the play of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.  If hot, the Celtics will have a hard time defending those two and the combo
will be able to create shots for the teams' role players.  The shots will be there, the role players will just have to convert them which is easier said than done.  If on the move, the Heat will create terrible match up problems for the Celtics and don't count out the fact that the Celtics will have no time to rest between yesterday's game 7 and Monday's game 1.  Both Ray Allen and Paul Pierce stated that they like quick turnarounds between each playoff series but as one gets older, your mind can say one thing and your body another.

The Celtics had the hardest time getting by the Sixers who gave them significant match up issues and the Heat are a more advanced version of the Sixers as far as speed, athleticism, and rebounding.  The Miami Heat will dispatch the Boston Celtics in what could be the end of the era of the Big Three of the Celtics, but you won't hear the Celtics say that.