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Nation sees Game 7 outcome unpredictable, dependent on LeBron James

Posted By Jashvina Shah On June 9, 2012 @ 2:44 pm In General | 5 Comments

The Celtics [1] squandered a shot at closing out their series against Miami in Game 6, and now most feel the outcome of Game 7 is unpredictable. There are many factors rendering the game questionable, like LeBron James [2] and Boston’s energy.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News pointed to just that, emphasizing Boston’s need for a bigger impact [3] from leader Paul Pierce [4] and to neutralize James — something Isola doesn’t think Boston can do.

“There is no questioning the heart and determination of these Celtics,” Isola wrote. “They will need a bigger game from Paul Pierce, who was invisible on Thursday. Meanwhile, Rajon Rondo [5] will have to produce big numbers for the offensively challenged Celtics. But they’€™ll also have to stop James, and right now that doesn’€™t seem very likely.”

It’s not just a win on the line for Pierce, but also his legacy, wrote NBC Sports’ Matt Moore. He said Pierce needs to play well [6] — not 45-point-performance well, but well — for Boston to advance to their third NBA Finals [7] in five years.

“But here they are,” Moore wrote. “If [Kevin] Garnett is the angry ferocity of the Celtics, and Rondo the driven determination, Pierce is the source of their swagger. It’€™s Pierce who has the most confidence in his game regardless of percentages or circumstances. Much like this Celtics team, no matter how many things suggest he’€™s in the midst of failure, he finds a way to come out on top. The Celtics need that attitude, that swagger, that player tonight in Game 7.”

In Yahoo! Sports’ Game 7 preview, basketball fans took to comments to dispute who would win the series [8]-deciding game. Most said the Heat need another great performance from James to win, but some mentioned Chris Bosh‘s importance to Miami.

“I hear all the points that are being made heading onto the game tonight but one thing nobody is talking about other than LeBron’s great performance is that with Bosh back it is a different scenario now,” One fan wrote. “Before you had a guy like [Udonis] Haslem who is like 6-foot-9 guarding a 7 footer, now they can put Bosh on Garnett and he won’t be able to just shoot over him. Another thing the Heat did was put [Dywane] Wade on [Rajon] Rondo a little bit more and not [MarioChalmers and everybody agrees that Chalmers is just a terrible defender. …Well to be fair, Chalmers just can’t guard Rondo.”

ESPN’s Skip Bayless stayed behind his Heat prediction, saying James will still play a good “3 1/2 quarters” [9] and Chris Bosh will play well for Miami.

I’m sticking with “Heat in 7″ prediction. Won’t be easy. Celts the mentally tougher TEAM. DWade will be the mentally toughest PLAYER, Bayless tweeted.

NBA’s Shaun Powell took a slightly different twist, saying basketball fans should cheer for Miami [10] because a Heat-Thunder NBA Finals is more appealing than a Celtics-Thunder series.

“The Celtics are a neat little story of persistence, if nothing else,” Powell wrote. “Kevin Garnett [11] at 36 can still bring it, along with Paul Pierce. Until James went ballistic in Game 6, Rajon Rondo was the best player in this series. Meanwhile, Doc Rivers [12] is confirming what we all knew about him, a terrific in-game coach who knows how to make adjustments and draw up plays. Ray Allen [13], give the man the hoops version of the purple heart for running around and jumping off one ankle.

“They’re exactly the team you’d want in a Game 7 of the East finals, and also the team you want to lose, or should, anyway. And we say this with all due respect to Boston.”

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URLs in this post:

[1] Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[2] LeBron James: http://media.weei.com/basketball/lebron-james.htm

[3] Boston’s need for a bigger impact: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/miami-heat-lebron-james-encore-store-boston-celtics-game-7-eastern-conference-finals-article-1.1092556

[4] Paul Pierce: http://media.weei.com/basketball/paul-pierce.htm

[5] Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm

[6] Pierce needs to play well: http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/06/09/celtics-heat-game-7-the-truth-about-bostons-revenge-tour/

[7] NBA Finals: http://media.weei.com/basketball/nba-finals.htm

[8] dispute who would win the series: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/celtics-heat-set-game-7-203123276--nba.html

[9] good “3 1/2 quarters”: https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless/status/211489002757427202

[10] fans should cheer for Miami: http://www.nba.com/2012/news/features/shaun_powell/06/08/a-call-for-heat-thunder/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1

[11] Kevin Garnett: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-garnett.htm

[12] Doc Rivers: http://media.weei.com/basketball/doc-rivers.htm

[13] Ray Allen: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ray-allen-celtics.htm

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