At about 12:30, news broke that Rajon Rondo was not going to play (he tore his ACL and is done for the season). All of a sudden it seemed like the Heat were going to walk right through Boston and take a win in Ray Allen’s first game back in Boston.
That was not the case.
The two teams competed all game with neither side having a clear advantage. Early on it seemed as if Ray Allen had something to prove, taking multiple questionable shots. After the first quarter or so he started to settle in, finishing with 21 points.
In the forth quarter no team had more then a 4 point advantage, the lead swinging back and forth. In Miami’s last possession LeBron James nailed a three to send the game into over time. The shot was set up by a Chris Bosh offensive rebound. Bosh was a monster on the boarders all game, finishing with 16 rebounds, 5 being on offense.
All game Miami seemed slow, not getting the usual turnovers and transition buckets we have come to expect. Over time was no different, they playet very slow and could not get into a groove. In overtime, only two points were scored by someone not named James or Allen. Dwayne Wade continued to try to get involved but nothing was falling for him.
The game entered a second overtime, where the heat got the ball back with about 4 seconds left, losing by 2. They were unable to find an open shot, forcing Battier to attempt a ridiculous three that he missed.
This Heat misjudged the ability of the Rondo-less celtics, led by Paul Pierce’s triple-double. Instead of taking advantage of a mentally and physically weakened Boston team, they leave taking a loss after a hard fought overtime battle.