Many thought the Celtics were too old, but now they are only one win away from the NBA Finals after beating the Heat in Mimai on Tuesday night 94-90.
Celtics point guard Keyon Dooling join 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich the morning after the win in Miami to talk about the game, the Heat complaining to officials, their game plan for battling the Heat and Chris Bosh.
People criticize the Heat for whining too much when they don’t get calls from officials. At halftime in Game 4, ESPN sideline reporter Doris Burke asked Rajon Rondo what holes the Celtics were exploiting.
“Them complaining and crying to the referees in transition,” Rondo replied.
Does Dooling look in amazement at the way this Heat team complains to officials during play, leading to transition buckets by the Celtics?
“No, I want them to keep complaining. You know that’s fine with me,” said Dooling, who hit his only shot — a three-pointer — Tuesday night. “You know I hope they break that habit after this series, so we can continue to take advantage of our fast break opportunities. Don’t let the cat out of the bag, just let them keep complaining.”
To some, it seems as though Dwyane Wade is complaining more than he has in the past. Has Dooling, who has played against Wade for years, noticed a change in Wade’s attitude?
“It’s been a frustrating series for them, you know. Obviously they thought that they were just going to walk in and have their way with us and we saw it a little bit different.”
What was it that clicked for the Celtics between the first two games?
“Being able to switch gears from the Sixers series to the Heat series was a bit difficult, but they came out and jumped on us in Game 1,” he said of the Heat. “We took their shots in Game 2 and we felt like a couple of 50/50 balls, a couple of rewards from the basketball gods one way or another, we felt like we could have won that game and we felt good about ourselves.”
Plus what’s been the difference off the bench for the Celtics the last three games? And how did Dooling respond when asked if Chris Bosh looks more like a dinosaur or turtle?