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The Celtics had the chance to close out the Heat Thursday night at the Garden, but LeBron James scored 45 points to lead the Heat to victory and force a Game 7. The two teams now head back to Miami to battle it out for a spot in the NBA Finals.
Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Ian Thomsen joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to discuss James’ fantastic performance and Saturday night’s Game 7.
Was Thursday night’s Game six just an example of a great player having a great game and there was nothing the C’s could really do about it as the opposition?
“Almost,” said Thomsen. “The only way they would have had any chance would have been if they started it off — the Celtics — if they started it off the way they did the other night at home where they were making all their shots.”
After Paul Pierce got into foul trouble Doc Rivers had to change the way that he defended LeBron James. What did he think of the decisions that Rivers made?
“In the third quarter when they put Brandon Bass on him; that seemed to be pretty good for a little while and LeBron actually took a few minutes to figure that out. But then he did.”
The Celtics offense struggled at the other end of the floor to score points even though Wallach thought the shots were there for them to make. Is that a function of the Celtics just being tired or Miami’s good defense?
Also, was this just a mental lapse by the Celtics knowing that they didn’t have to necessarily have to win this game.