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NBA Lines – Celtics Banged Up After Road Losses

Posted by Marcello Messina on 5/6/2011 6:13:19 PM

The Boston Celtics are down 2-0 in their NBA lines Eastern Conference Semifinals series with the Miami Heat.

(58-24) Miami Heat at (56-26) Boston Celtics
Live from TD Garden – MA
Tipoff: 8:00 PM EST Saturday, May 7, 2011

NBA Lines
Miami Heat +3
Boston Celtics -3
Total 182.5

NorthBet Numbers: Boston Celtics are 38-42-2 ATS this season.

The Boston Celtics are down two games to none in their series with the Miami Heat. They have just come off of a devastating loss Tuesday night, in which they got dominated all over the court.
In their matchup with Miami this Tuesday, the Celtics were strictly outplayed, outhustled, and eventually outscored 102-91. Although Boston’s entire starting-five squad were horrendous, their worst performer during the match was without a doubt shooting guard Ray Allen.

With 34 minutes of playing time, Allen completed only 2 of 7 field goal attempts and just one three pointer, totaling a mere seven points. He also finished the game with a plus/minus rating of -15.
Luckily for the Celtics, the next game of their series is on Saturday, which gives them a nice four-day break.

Though, the Celtics will need this long four-day rest in order to recuperate not only from the outcome of their last match, but the injuries suffered during the match as well. During Game 2 of the Miami-Boston series, three Celtics players were forced to exit the game due to injuries.

“Captain Paul Pierce suffered a strained left Achilles that forced him to the locker room midway through the first quarter; Ray Allen needed to be taken to the locker room for a spell with a bruised chest after getting elbowed by LeBron James; and Rajon Rondo battles through a tight back that wouldn’t loosen up for much of the game” (Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston).

Messina Mouthful: This may be the end of the road for the Boston Celtics. With their three most essential players battling injuries, the fate of the team will most likely lie in 34-year-old Kevin Garnett’s hands. But even Garnett has shown signs of difficult aging after 15 years of playing in the NBA. His recent lack of aggressiveness can be seen, as he has been satisfied settling for 2-point jumpers lately rather than attacking the basket.

If Miami sweeps the Celtics in this series, the demand for young on this squad will rapidly multiply during the offseason.

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