Boston at Orlando, Game 2; Boston leads series, 2-0
Yeah, son. A close game!
No idea. No clue with these playoffs. This was supposed to be the spring season of six and seven games apiece, with Conference finals showing up in the first two rounds out West, with a triptych for the ages (Cleveland, Orlando, Boston) out East, and a whole lot of close nail-biters in between.
Now, even when the series' do go six games, all you get is blowouts. Weird ones, too. And while Sunday's Game 1 was technically close, that was only because Orlando played a desperate brand of basketball that Boston couldn't counter in that fourth quarter. No team could. Hard to play desperate when you're up 16, on the road, heading into the fourth quarter. In a game that only hit 90 possessions because of all the turnovers.
At this point, most expect the Magic to stem the bleeding in Game 2. And if the 2010 postseason is any indication, they'll do it by 20. Rajon Rondo(notes) will turn the ball over eight times. Paul Pierce(notes) will shoot 4-15. Mickael Pietrus(notes) will be the go-to guy as the Magic go up 18 in the second quarter. We'll miss out on another good one.
Boston hasn't shown a lot of quit since that Game 3 debacle at home on May 7th. And even that came after a dogged first two games against the Cavaliers, one that saw the C's a few moves away from heading home up 2-0 against Cleveland. The Celtics, for all Orlando's gifts, are still a few moves away from going back to Massachusetts up 2-0. Know why? Because history doesn't play the game. Because average statistics don't play the game. Because Dwight Howard(notes), Vince Carter(notes), Rashard Lewis(notes), Jameer Nelson(notes), and several others (several!) will play the game.
Because even if Orlando returns to form, the C's are on it. I wouldn't blink if the Celtics took tonight's game, and the Magic then turned around to grab two wins in Games 3 and 4. Wouldn't budge out of my seat, because home court doesn't matter to this lot. It's seen too much. These teams are too good.
Now, if they wouldn't mind, could they be good at the same time?