|04.21.10 at 3:59 pm ET|
WALTHAM — Kevin Garnett knows that on Friday night in Miami he will be the the target of fans ire, and he said that he doesn’t really care.
“I don’t expect any of us to get any cheers down there and I’m no different from that,” Garnett said after the Celtics held a short practice Wednesday. “I’m not saying I’m the villain or the hero. I could care less. I’ve played on the road before. Hell I played in San Antonio and I know they hate me there for whatever reasons. So this should be no different. I could care less.”
Garnett, of course, was suspended for Game 2 after throwing an elbow at Miami’s Quentin Richardson late in the series opener. He watched the game at Danny Ainge’s house and praised Glen Davis for his energy. There’s a line between energy and being out of control and it’s one that Garnett straddles at times.
“I don’t know if Kevin can get more fired up for a game, that’s just who he is,” Doc Rivers said. “We want him to stay that way. It’s important for him to play with that edge. I think he’ll come out being the villain because I think he enjoys that anyway.”
|04.21.10 at 3:26 am ET|
Paul Pierce and Glen Davis spoke to the media following the Celtics‘ 106-77 win over the Miami Heat. Davis, the self-proclaimed “Ticket Stub,” started in place for a suspended Kevin Garnett and had 23 points and eight rebounds. The win gave the Celtics a 2-0 lead in their opening-round playoff series.
|04.21.10 at 3:18 am ET|
Celtics coach Doc Rivers spoke to the media after the Celtics took a 2-0 series lead in the first round of the playoffs. The Celtics beat the Heat 106-77 at TD Garden without star forward Kevin Garnett.
|04.21.10 at 3:12 am ET|
|04.21.10 at 3:06 am ET|
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra spoke to the media following his team’s 106-77 loss to the Celtics in Game 2 of the opening round of the NBA playoffs. During the press conference, the frustrated Spoelstra called his team’s loss “embarrassing.”
|04.20.10 at 10:41 pm ET|
What looked to be a competitive game early (tied at 23 after the first quarter) turned out to be an absolute romp as the Celtics used runs of 21-0 and 18-0 to humiliate the Miami Heat, 106-77, and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series.
The story of the game? The inside play of Glen Davis and Kendrick Perkins. With Kevin Garnett sitting at Danny Ainge’s house, both Davis and Perkins needed to step up their play. They did so and more, combining to score 36 points with 17 rebounds.
The story of the game, Part II? Has to be the defense. Looked the 2008 group, holding the Heat to just 10 points in second quarter. Miami shot just 38.2 percent for the game and appeared to be totally dazed and confused on the offensive end of the court. Dwyane Wade ended the game with maybe the quietest 29 points in history, with nearly all scored after the game was long decided.
Ray Allen put on a shooting clinic, hitting seven three-pointers and finishing with a team-high 25 points. This was done despite Allen not attempting a field goal in the first quarter.
First Quarter: Would have been tough to guess what the eventual final would be after the first 12 minutes, a quarter that saw the teams tied at 23. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with seven points in the quarter, while Davis and Perkins each chipped in with six. Wade led all players with eight points, while Jermaine O’Neal blocked four shots (all Davis attempts.)
Second Quarter: The Heat shot just 4-of-20 in the second quarter, as the Celtics used that aforementioned 21-0 run to take a 49-33 lead at the break. The Celtics were led by Davis and Ray Allen, who each scored eight points in the quarter. The Perkins/Davis duo combined for a 21-13 line in the first half.
Third Quarter: Ray Allen was brilliant, hitting on five-of-six three pointers on his way to a 17-point quarter. The Celtics used an 18-0 run to take a 69-37 lead with 5:38 left in the quarter. It was pretty much Geno time from that point on. Wade had 16 points in the quarter, but all were scored in the final 3:42 (the Celtics led by 32 points at the time.)
Player of the Game: As great as Allen’s shooting was in the third, the game was nearly over by then. Davis (23 points, eight boards) was THE impact player when the Celtics moved ahead in the second quarter. Energy, energy, energy.
|04.20.10 at 7:57 pm ET|
Quentin Richardson isn’t fooling himself — he doesn’t expect a warm response from the Garden crowd.
Prior to Game 2 between the Celtics and Heat, Richardson admitted he anticipates a backlash from the Celtics fans for his involvement in Saturday’s altercation with Kevin Garnett, which resulted in Garnett’s suspension.
“Probably so,” he said, adding, “No for me, I’m going out and playing basketball, playing to help my team win. Everything else will be outside the lines. When I’m inside the lines playing basketball, that’ll be what I’m focused on.”
The Heat will be focused on a new-look Celtics without Garnett in the lineup. Even though Garnett’s absence leaves a void on the Celtics, the replacement of Glen Davis has its benefits.
“It obviously changes a lot but with them probably going with Big Baby in the starting lineup, you get a younger, healthier guy,” Richardson said. “So I don’t know. It definitely changes because [Garnett’s] a huge part of their team, he’s an emotional leader, and at the same time he’s still Kevin Garnett. It obviously changes but they have a couple capable guys filling in in Rasheed (Wallace) and Davis.”
Regardless of whether Garnett or Davis are on the court for the Celtics, the Heat’s objective does not change. They look to accomplish their original goal of taking at least one game in Boston before heading home for Games 3 and 4.
“It’s just important for us to win tonight just to even up the series,” he said. “We want to go back to Miami 1-1 feeling good about ourselves and knowing that we’ve got two games on our home floor coming up.”
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