Miami Choke Again
Boston take a 3-2 lead in the series as Miami can’t hold on.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Miami looked tight in the loss. Boston most unlikely of Eastern Conference Champs.
Miami got out to a fast start and it looked like the home court advantage was going to be the difference again. LeBron James started game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals shooting lights out as he went 7 for his first 9. The Heat lead 24-16 after the first quarter. Boston hung in there and made a 2nd quarter run though behind the shooting Kevin Garnett. They cut the Miami lead to 2 points by half time and looked ready to make a game out of it.
It has been a series revolving around the 3rd quarter in a lot of ways and the Celtics came out for blood in the 3rd Tuesday night. Boston was lead by Kevin Garnett who went for 26 points on 11-20 shooting. All three of Boston’s key players came to play as Ray Allen dropped in 13 points, Paul Pierce had 19 points, and Rajon Rondo dishes out 13 assists. Boston looked hungry, maybe not always as athletic as Miami, but certainly more passionate. The Celtics looked like they had something to prove and KG would not be denied.
Miami, on the other hand, looked stiff. They played the game with the weight of the world on their shoulders. Boston played to win, while Miami played not to lose. LeBron had an amazing game with 30 points, but as always, avoided the spotlight in the last 2 minutes of the game. Dwayne Wade had quite possibly the quietest 27 points in NBA history. He was a virtual non-factor most of the game and my as well have not even played the first half.
Boston now leads this best of 7 series 3-2 and look like they could be named the most unlikely of Eastern Conference Champions. With Chicago and Miami dominating the headlines for the Eastern Conferences this year, it would be a complete shock for the wily veterans in Boston to take the conference.
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