Can Celtics come back from 2-0 deficit vs. Heat?

May 05, 2011

Heat are peaking

Paul Doyle

Hartford Courant

What we've learned after two games is that the Heat's Big Three looks in championship form and the Celtics' Big Three looks, well, old. And with the Heat possessing home-court advantage, it's hard to envision the Celtics winning this series.

That's not to say Boston won't make it interesting. The Celtics are too good and too experienced to fade away meekly, and it's conceivable that Boston could will itself to win all the games on its home parquet and push this series to the limit.

But the younger, more energetic Heat will win a Game 7 in Miami. Sorry, but LeBron and D-Wade are peaking. They won't be denied in a decisive home game if it comes to that —- especially against a group of battered 30-somethings.

The ill-fated Kendrick Perkins trade is just part of the problem. Miami is simply younger and better.

pdoyle@tribune.com

Celtics look ancient

Vaughn McClure

Chicago Tribune

When Kevin Garnett had his relatively easy shot in the lane thrown back in his face by LeBron James on Tuesday night, that told me all I needed to know about the state of the Celtics.

Boston is aging right before our eyes, and Doc Rivers' crew won't recover in time to earn another title. Injuries seem to be mounting by the day, and Shaquille O'Neal might as well be on the payroll as an assistant coach as little as he's seen the floor.

Not to mention Paul Pierce is letting his mouth rather than his play do the talking. A seven-game series? Possibly, because strong defense could help Boston recover from this 2-0 deficit.

But the Celtics can't beat the Heat.

vxmcclure@tribune.com

Celtics can overcome

Shandel Richardson

Sun Sentinel

The Celtics have every chance to come back and win this series because the Heat haven't done anything yet. Miami did what it was supposed to do: win two games on its home court. Who's to say an experienced Boston team can't do the same?

That's why the Heat players are saying all the right things. They know this series is a long way from over. Actually, it's just beginning. Dwyane Wade knows this. LeBron James knows this. It's way too early to starting writing the obit for the Celtics. This is a team that was probably a Kevin Garnett injury away (in 2009) from playing in the NBA Finals three consecutive years. If anyone is prepared to climb out of an 0-2 deficit, it's the Celtics.

All Boston has to do is win its games at home. If so, I'd take Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Garnett in a Game 7 against any of the remaining postseason teams, except the Lakers.

srichardson@tribune.com

Heat are rolling

Baxter Holmes

Los Angeles Times

In with the New Big Three, out with the Old.

In two games, Miami's star-studded trio has outscored Boston's 147-86 — and it has looked far uglier than that.

It is foolhardy to write off the Celtics. They have four days to rest their antique legs before Game 3.

But lest we forget, LeBron James' last playoff game on Causeway Street was the one where he allegedly quit. He'll go for at least 40 in his return, maybe a million.

Only Superman can save Boston — but even then, Shaq, now 39, isn't what he was and hasn't been for a while. Kendrick Perkins could sure help. Whatever happened to him?

Well, at least Boston's trio snagged a title in 2008 and nearly another last June. They met their quota. Now, they're just speed bumps for the East's new beasts.

bholmes@tribune.com

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