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Time to write the obituary? Celtics’ options for the rest of the season without Rajon Rondo

Doc Rivers and the Celtics will now search for answers without Rajon Rondo (Jared Wickerham).


There are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. By now, most have already gone through the first four, and now it is time for acceptance. It is time to accept the fact arguably the Celtics’ best player, Rajon Rondo, will not be on the court until at least next October. It is time to accept the fact that the Celtics’ hopes of holding on to the last spot in the Eastern Conference have diminished greatly. And it is time to accept that the team we see now may or may not be the team we see end the season.
The way I see it, there are three things the Celtics could do in wake of Rondo’s season-ending injury.

1. Stand pat and try to hold on to the eighth seed

This option seems to be the most popular among fans. Statiscally, the Celtics are better off the floor than they are with him on the floor. The Celtics could easily stay the way they are right now and hang onto an eighth seed in a very weak conference. With a three-game lead on the 76ers, the Celtics basically control their own destiny. To do this though they are going to need consistent and big contributions from guys like Courtney Lee and Jason Terry. Ideally the defense should improve with a backcourt of Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee, but the lack of playmaking from the guards will force Paul Pierce to take on more of a distributor’s role. In the double overtime win against the Heat, the Celtics’ guard combined for seven assists, while Rondo averaged 11.1 for his season. While it is completely plausible for the Celtics to make the playoffs in a weak conference, it might not be the best option for the future.

2. Tank

Probably the least likely of the three options and least popular would be for the Celtics to tank and try to get a lottery pick in a not-so-talented draft class. This is an option that would be damn near impossible to get Kevin Garnett, Pierce, and head coach Doc Rivers to agree with as they are all fierce competitors who have been through losing seasons. Rivers himself stated during a recent press conference that he is not willing to give up at this point. It would not be an option that would help the team finacially, but it would at least guarantee a shot at a young prospect.

3. “Blow it up”

“Blow it up” is pretty vague and could really mean anything. It could mean trading away Pierce and Garnett (KG has a no trade clause, so it’s probably unlikely) to contenders, or it could mean shopping and trading some younger talent. I do not think this option would work, although it may help financially, as guys like Pierce and Garnett are so much more valuable in Boston than they would be to other contending teams. 35 and 36 year olds will probably not warrant a first-round pick and a budding all-star.
Each option has a different ending. One likely ends with an early playoff exit, another ends with the Celtics drafting in the lottery and the last, well, you can not be so sure how the last ends. The point is that the do have options and general manager Danny Ainge will not be forced to just go one way. Whatever it is, the judgement of the coaching staff and management should be trusted for the current team and future seasons.

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Rondo developing into leader of the future

By Danny Jaillet

Jason Miller/US Presswire

BOSTON– In case any fans missed the memo, there was a basketball game taking place Wednesday night. A clash between the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics was occurring on the parquet floor of the TD Garden and it appeared that the two teams were taking the word “clash” to heart.

With 29.5 seconds left in the second quarter, Nets power forward Kris Humphries shoved Kevin Garnett as he was driving to the hoop, knocking him down. A brawl ensued with point guard Rajon Rondo being the first Celtic to get in the face of Humphries. Rondo ended up having to be restrained by an official and teammate Paul Pierce. I am not condoning fighting by any means, but in this case, something has to be said for his willingness to jump into the heat of battle and defend a teammate.

The fact that he was the first player to get into the middle of a fight and defend a teammate is commendable. Not every player has the ability to get into or end confrontations. Some players do not like to get into fights at all. What Rondo showed Wednesday was the ability to be a leader.

A leader defends a teammate and always has his teammates’ backs whenever they need support. As many have pointed out, Rondo has always been a leader. However, sometimes that aspect of his game was overshadowed on the court by the Big Three. People always considered them to be prime examples of leaders. They were indeed leaders, but so was Rondo. Maybe his quiet demeanor made people think otherwise, but his play in particular over the past couple of seasons really cemented his role as a leader of the Celtics. We saw it especially during the playoff series against the Miami Heat last year, when he put an injury-riddled Celtics team on his back and helped them advance all the way to Game 7 against a very talented Heat roster.

Even this season, he has been performing exceptionally well, recording double-doubles in multiple games. Last season, we saw him pass the basketball much more. This year, he is showing that he can pass and score, almost at will. His ability to drive to the hoop is much improved, and his strong skill set makes him a leader. Teammates look to him to control the place and flow of the offense and he is doing a masterful job at it.

Now, with his involvement in the brawl Wednesday , and the fact that he sacrificed a personal assist record for the betterment of the team, all signs point to him being a big part of the Celtics’ future both in terms of his basketball skills and leadership abilities. This is his team now. He is ready to take on the challenge and appears to be willing to put the team on his back and do whatever it takes to win. He will not tolerate any player disrespecting his teammates and will let opposing players know if he does not like what they have to say. The Nets learned that piece of information the hard way.

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Celtics Need To Do More Than Just “Flip The Switch”

By: Alex Reimer

There is more than enough blame to go around for how poorly the Celtics are playing right now. It takes a group effort to stink this badly.

The Celtics have only scored 100 or more points on 4 occasions in the month of March. They went 10 consecutive games (3/11-3/27) in which they only scored more than 90 points once. Throughout this stretch, the Celtics have gone a pedestrian 8-7.

Many like to draw comparisons between the way the Celtics finished last season (27-27 in their final 54 games) and how they’ve played down the stretch this year. Both instances are quintessential examples of mediocre basketball. But the similarities largely end there. This period of uninspired play is far more concerning than last year’s.

The Celtics tanked the stretch run last year. The way they’ve responded to this year’s lapse should even further illustrate that. Did Doc Rivers ever call out his team in such a public fashion at any point last year like he did last Friday after the loss to Charlotte? Were Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett all consistently playing 30+ minutes per night at any point during the second half last season?

Maybe the Celtics are lacking intensity for the full 48 minutes of these seemingly trivial regular season games against the likes of the Bobcats, Timberwolves, and Pacers. Only putting up 15 points in the 4th quarter against the Pacers on Monday night would seem to indicate that. But the troubling thing is, all of the starters were playing in the 4th quarter on Monday. It was Allen and Pierce who turned the ball over, not the last men on the bench. They’re lacking intensity even though they’re trying to be intense.

Some believe that Rajon Rondo simply was not trying at all for much of March. After the Kendrick Perkins trade in late February, Rajon’s play completely declined. It all came to a head when he was benched on Sunday. Was Rondo’s pinky-finger a factor in the benching? Probably. But so was his head, and the case can be made that Rondo’s head was the overriding reason why he was benched. Rondo’s 22-point effort on Monday lends credence to that thought, because if him sitting out of Sunday’s game was only injury related, wouldn’t the injury be severe enough that he wouldn’t be able to light up the scoreboard the very next night? Plus, why would Rondo play 39 minutes on Monday if he were hurt? Why would he have been playing close to 40 minutes per night throughout the month if he were injured?

Amidst all of these questions, there’s no doubt that there’s a direct correlation between the Celtics’ poor play and the Perkins deal. Now certain problems such as Rondo’s poor performance should not be attributed to the trade. Rajon Rondo is a professional athlete, and he should know that in professional sports players get traded. Sulking because your friend was traded is inexcusable and childish.

But Roy Hibbert scoring 28 points against the Celtics? The C’s continued struggles defending in the post? Those are results of Nenad Krstic “manning” (there’s nothing masculine about the way he’s been playing lately) the paint instead of Perkins. It is abundantly clear that the Celtics need Shaquille O’Neal back and healthy for the playoffs if they are to contend. Kristic and Glen Davis cannot be counted to defend Dwight Howard, Carlos Boozer, Amar’e Stoudemire, or even apparently Roy Hibbert in a 7-game series. And with the way this is going, we may have a better chance of seeing Moammar Gadhafi step down by playoff time than seeing either Shaquille or Jermaine O’Neal on the floor for the Celtics.

Last season, all the Celtics had to do was “flip the switch” come playoff time. This year they’ve already done that, but a light bulb appears to be out.

Alex Reimer is the host of the Red Sox podcast, “Without a Curse.” “Without a Curse” is available on both www.thesportsstuff.com and in the iTunes store. Alex is also the host of “The Alex Reimer Show,” which airs Saturday’s from 3-5 PM EST on 1120 AM WBNW Boston and www.moneymattersradio.net. Alex can be reached at, Alexredsox076@aol.com.

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Win Over Lakers A Good One For Celtics

By: Alex Reimer

When the Celtics play like they played on Sunday, it’s hard to imagine how they could ever lose.

Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce combined for 70+ points. Nate Robinson and Glen Davis each contributed with double-digit scoring efforts off the bench, and Rajon Rondo turned it on the 2nd half, finishing the game with a 14-assist performance.

The Lakers, after beginning the season quickly, have gone just 20-13 in their past 33 games. Kobe Bryant is clearly frustrated, and rightfully so, for at times he appears to be the only player really trying. Phil Jackson publically calling out Ron Artest and others seems to only be igniting the situation and not quelling it.

The Celtics were able to score 109 points yesterday, and dominate in the paint, even though both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol were healthy and Shaquille O’Neal amassed 5 fouls and 0 points. Figures like that show that the Lakers didn’t just play poor defense, but really didn’t play any at all.

But still, this was a good win for the Celtics, who show to still be the best “big game” team in the league. They may lose to Washington, or to Phoenix on the back-end of consecutive games, but they always get up for the games that matter.

The lone exception to that was game 7 of last year’s Finals, when the Celtics blew a 13-point lead in the 3rd quarter. But that blown lead came with an exhausted Rasheed Wallace huffing and puffing his way through the game while Kendrick Perkins sat out nursing an injury.

Perkins is back now and as Doc Rivers said at the conclusion of last year’s NBA Finals, this starting 5 has yet to have an opportunity to defend their 2008 championship from start-to-finish.

If healthy, there appears to be little doubt that the Celtics have all the ingredients to win the title again. The key, of course, is health.

Doc Rivers will have to balance “playing to win” against “playing wisely.” This year’s Eastern Conference is far better than last year’s. The Celtics can’t afford to coast through the 2nd half of the season again, not with the Heat and revamped Magic nipping at their heels.

Some criticize Garnett for not playing unless he’s “100% healthy,” but that assessment is unfair. Why should Garnett play in the regular season unless he’s fully healthy? When was the last time Garnett “quit” on the Celtics in a meaningful game or didn’t play his hardest when he was on the court? He deserves a little bit of slack.

Is Kevin Garnett an incredibly likeable player? No, absolutely not. He occasionally plays dirty (Channing Frye says hello) and talks dirtier (supposedly calling Charlie Villanueva a “cancer patient,” telling a Lakers’ ball boy he has a better chance of catching Bin Laden than receiving his autograph, etc).

Actually, the Celtics as a team are probably not all that likeable to the rest of the league. But who cares? Who wins consistently and is likeable?

All that matters is if the Celtics are ready for the playoffs. With wins last yesterday, and good health; it appears that they will be.

Alex Reimer is the host of the Red Sox podcast, “Without a Curse.” “Without a Curse” is available on both www.thesportsstuff.com and in the iTunes store. Alex is also the host of “The Alex Reimer Show,” which airs Saturday’s from 3-5 PM EST on 1120 AM WBNW Boston and www.moneymattersradio.net. Alex can be reached at, Alexredsox076@aol.com.

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A Date With Destiny?

By Zikre Haimanot

Entering the new season there was a lot of things anticipated from the Celtics. A great regular season, a championship, and a boatload of injuries. So far we haven’t been disappointed. The latest players sidelined Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo are arguably the two most important pieces to the team. Rondo’s injury seems to be less severe and just an issue of rest and proper treatment but Garnett’s is something to keep an eye on. Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers have both come out and called the injury a “strained calf” but anyone who remembers the fiasco around Garnett’s injury in 2009 would be skeptical in believing that. For months the Celtics had us thinking Garnett’s injury wasn’t severe and he was just waiting for the right opportunity to return, that was until they broke the news Garnett wouldn’t participate in the upcoming playoffs and our repeat aspirations were crushed. For now fans are being told that Garnett will return within the next two weeks while Rondo remains day to day but its clear to viewers of the past couple days that every day these players miss is going to be a grind.

When Rondo went down with his ankle injury in New York the Celtics barley missed a beat for the first couple games with super sub Nate Robinson playing great basketball and Paul Pierce flashing his outstanding leadership qualities. The Celtics offense seemed to be the same and the assists numbers the team was putting up resembled that of the previous games Rondo played in. When the Christmas game came and the Magic completely took the Celtics out of their offensive game plan we began to see the flaws Rondo had been hiding. The struggles continued as players like Ray Allen and Paul Pierce weren’t getting the same easy looks that they usually had with Rondo in the game. Evidence to that was the major drop in the Celtics field goal percentage, throughout the first portion of the season the Celtics led the league in offensive efficiency but the past couple of games they have been completely dreadful.

Down but not out the Celtics kept fighting but as the basketball gods would have it another injury hit the Celtics. A man that seems to have an unparalleled amount of influence on the team, Kevin Garnett, was injured on a play that had no one even touch him. Coming down from an emphatic dunk he immediately began to dunk and once again the Celtics took a step back in having their team completely healthy. As if Rondo’s absence wasn’t already being felt the Celtics began to really struggle with the departure of Garnett. Without Rondo the Celtics offensive aspect of pushing the ball and getting easy shots was gone, then as they focused on getting more post touches for easy buckets another injury forces them to change their strategy. The Hornets game was a visual on that as the Celtics looked like a team without an identity. They weren’t really pushing the ball but also lacked a post presence.

For now the Celtics are forced to find a way to win without a long list of players but as we all witnessed last season losses in the regular season aren’t that important. Yes the Celtics should battle for as high a seed as they can but as long as they can get a top three seed they are in a good position to make another run.

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Déjà vu: Celtics Are Hitting A Skid After Christmas

By Zikre Haimanot

The Celtics have a major issue that the organization needs to look into, the food being served at the annual Christmas party because it seems that whatever it is it causes the players to be sick for the following weeks. Every year since the Celtics have been assembled with the Big three there is a disaster waiting after the holidays. The first couple years it was a small isolated problem that lasted for about five to eight games but last year’s skid lasted until the end of the year and now we are back to the post holiday depression. With injuries quickly mounting the Celtics have lost three of their past four and their schedule isn’t getting any easier. Playing five games in seven nights there isn’t any rest for the weary but this team can’t have any excuses. This team needs to fight hard for as high a seed as they can obtain because even though they are capable of winning a playoff series on the road it’s much easier for them if they have home court advantage. That’s what ultimately cost them last year because there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that if Game seven had been played at the Garden it would have ended differently. This team still has enough talent to beat a lot of teams in this league so excuses should be kept to themselves.

Earlier in the year I wrote about how I felt that this team wouldn’t put the same effortless performance as last season and I stand by that statement. So far into the year their have been few games where you could say the Celtics didn’t put the effort in and weren’t trying as hard. Their is a sense of urgency in this team but unfortunately for them injuries are beginning to catch up and halt the great play that they’ve been experiencing. Though they still hold onto the top spot in the East the Miami Heat are rapidly climbing up and the Magic aren’t far behind so its critical the Celtics survive this upcoming test.

January 5th seems to be a good measuring game for the Celtics as they face the league leading San Antonio Spurs. Rondo could be back by then and hopefully the team will be able to put this slide to rest. What worries me is the game against Toronto. Though not as good as the Spurs the Celtics are prone to looking down on opponents and not putting forth the best effort but without so many of their key players that seems to be a huge mistake. If this slide is to end then the Spur’s game has to be the game that changes the dynamic of this particular team. Until Garnett returns the Celtics must have players step up and produce big minutes. Jermaine O’Neal finally has a chance to prove his 6 million dollar contract isn’t a bust.

The holidays are rapping up and now the grind of the season begins. The Celtics are equipped to survive but must use the tools they have and produce some big wins to stay alive for the prize of home court advantage. Without it the Celtics face another grueling playoff run so these next couple weeks will be very crucial to their championship aspirations.

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Sooner Or Later We Knew This Would Happen.

By Zikre Haimanot

So the Celtics are being hit hard by the injury bug and who would have guessed it would happen? With an average age of 30 years old it’s surprising at the amount of people who are missing at Tuesday’s practice. Okay, lets drop the sarcasm, this is exactly what a lot of people guessed would happen and it’s not exactly headline news. One of the major quips against this year’s Celtics team was that they were a lot of injury prone players or players that are on the wrong side of 30.

Whether you expected it or not, the amount of injuries piling up have to be a concern. There are the long term injuries to Kendrick Perkins, Delonte West and Jermaine O’Neal that we’ve already accepted but there a couple of nagging injuries that could cause some problems. The biggest and probably the most important has to be Rajon Rondo’s hamstring. Banner number 18 depends on the well being of Rondo and without him the Celtics simply aren’t the same team. Rondo isn’t the only point guard battling a leg injury; Nate Robinson seems to be dealing with a sore foot since the game against the Atlanta Hawks. If he needs anytime to heal up and Rondo is still not 100% we could be dealing with a depth issue at that position.

Shaq seems to be dealing with an injury that players at his age usually don’t deal with, with ONLY 18 years of NBA experience and at the young of age 38, the whole Celtics organization seems to be perplexed at why his knee’s are constantly sore and cause pain (I’m sorry I promise no more jokes). Glen Davis was also sent home from practice with a severe fever and is questionable for Wednesday’s game against Denver. The Celtics seem to be hitting a rough patch but December victories aren’t what this team is built to accomplish. Yes, they should be trying to get home court advantage but if that means playing these injured players then I guess they’re going to be on the road for the Finals. If the team is back and healthy anytime before the all star break then I consider that a success and something to be grateful for.

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Doubters Doubt, Haters Hate, Rondo Revolutionizes

By Zikre Haimanot

There are so many people who like to voice their opinions about Rajon Rondo, saying things like “he cant shoot”, “he’s too small”, “he can’t lead a veteran group”. To those people I ask, “what games have you been watching”. It’s hard not to notice the rapid development that Rajon Rondo has shown through the years. Coming into the league as the 21st pick he faced a lot of scrutiny. When the Celtics won the championship in 2008 Rondo was nothing more than an after thought, a player that just filled a spot and shouldn’t do anything more than stay out of the Big 3’s way. These days’ people sometimes overlook the Big 3 because of Rondo’s greatness. A point guard like no other, Rondo is redefining the role of point guard. In a day where point guards that score a lot are praised (Derrick Rose, Devin Harris, John Wall, Allen Iverson to name a few) it’s good to see how Rondo takes that same pleasure in passing the ball.

The 2010 postseason brought a great new perspective on Rondo and his game. He was able to elevate his game to a completely new level and blew everyone away with some of the performances he had. Now he has the opportunity to prove to the league last year was just his opening act and that with a new season under way opposing point guards are going to be in for long nights. Rondo’s season has been nothing short of spectacular with some jaw dropping performances.

Opening night against the Miami Heat was hyped up for a lot of reasons but Rondo took all the storylines and added his own. Dishing out 17 assists, Rondo took the NBA by storm and made people take notice. He didn’t stop there though as he has dropped a career high 24 assists in a triple double against the New York Knicks. Rondo has dished out at least 15 assists in 7 of the games already and his lone single digit assist night was against Cleveland where he “ONLY” had 9. So far Rondo has been reserved with his scoring output, selectively choosing when to take over a game with some his driving abilities. His jump shot has shown some improvement and if he can keep it up then teams will have no choice but to guard him on the perimeter giving Rondo more abilities to drive by defenders and get more scoring opportunities.

The past couple year’s people have thrown around the phrase “as Rondo goes the Celtics go” but it was never as true as it is now. The Big 3 have endured serious setbacks in their skills but Rondo has masked all that. Looking at the percentage of points that come off of a Rondo assist it’s clear that the Big 3 rely heavily on him. We don’t know whether Rajon can keep this historic streak up, but what I do know is that if the Celtics are going to win an NBA championship this year it will be because of Rondo.

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Another Season, Another Great Start for the celtics

By Zikre Haimanot

So the Boston Celtics might have one more championship run in them after all. An offseason that was filled with South Beach drama, the defending champs adding some serious depth and young players representing the United States in the FIBA championship, the Celtics seemed to fall somewhat under the radar. Quietly adding veteran players with playoff experience, the Celtics seem to have their best team in recent history. Old foes like Shaq and Jermaine O’Neal were added to the roster while an old friend in Delonte West returned.

It wouldn’t have been an NBA season without all the doubters that questioned the ability to stay healthy for the aging core. Up to today those doubters have been somewhat right considering that Shaq and JO haven’t played together yet and could possibly miss more time, but they don’t let that mask the positives the Celtics have shown so far. Rondo has been the brilliant player he is but the contributions out of the rest starting five is what really stands out. Kevin Garnett has looked like a player we have dearly missed with a new found explosiveness and willingness to go into the post. Paul Pierce has looked extremely slim and has some quickness in his game. Ray Allen has been the player he always is; 16 points, a couple 3’s and the willingness to throw his body around for his team. One of the brighter spots of the team is the emergence of Glen Davis as a consistent 4th quarter option. His game has developed rapidly and he is now is a presence on both the offensive and defensive end. One of the best parts of watching the games is counting how many charges Davis can take. Nate Robinson seems to finally have matured into a serviceable point guard that can lead the second unit (or as Shaq calls them the Boston Bench Mob). Robinson will also benefit from the return of Delonte West as he will be off the ball and fill more of the scoring role he is comfortable in.

What also stands out is the team’s cohesive play. Playing the Heat on opening night was a huge eye opener in how important it is to have good chemistry with your teammates. Rondo must have at least 30 assists this season that were completely results of knowing his teammates. With great wins coming against playoff teams the Celtics have cemented their place as one of the serious contenders for a championship this year. Besides their win against Miami on opening night the Celtics have rattled off wins against Oklahoma, Miami again, the Bucks and Chicago. This team might be built for the playoffs but they seem to have taken it upon themselves to make sure their isn’t a repeat of last season regular season.

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The Miami Heat Are A Fraud Team

By: Alex Reimer

The Miami Heat: a fraud team with a fraud fan base in a fraud sports market.

Only 9 games in, and Pat Riley is taking notes in the stands, looking over Erik Spoelstra like “big brother.”

Only 9 games in, and LeBron James is complaining about his playing time after games. And get this, he’s complaining about playing too much. Playing too much? James played 44 minutes on Thursday night. Ray Allen, who’s nearly a decade older than LeBron, played 45 minutes against Dallas on Monday night. Allen, unlike James, also has nothing to prove in the regular season. He’s been a part of a championship team. But yet, Ray Allen didn’t complain in the least about being on the floor for too long.

The Heat are going to make the playoffs with ease, as the Celtics were predicted to do in 2008. But the Celtics began 2008 with a 7-0 record. They treated games against the Pistons, Cavaliers, and other teams at the top of the Eastern Conferences with a little more importance than just your typical regular season match-up. The Heat this year are 0-2 against the Celtics thus far.

The Celtics scored 61 points in the first half Thursday. In the NBA, defense is largely a product of effort. Miami showed little effort. From Rajon Rondo dunking in Chris Bosh’s face, to Allen draining 7 uncontested three-pointers.

The Celtics dominated the paint, with Kevin Garnett showing signs of returning to the “old KG.” Rondo dished out 16 of the team’s 24 assists. The Heat only accumulated 18 team assists.

The regular season is long, and the Celtics are old. There will be nights when Garnett looks hobbled, when Allen can’t generate enough lift to hit a jump shot, and when Paul Pierce is incapable of driving into the hole. There will be nights when Shaquille O’Neal can’t play, and when Semih Erden is the most effective big man.

But the Celtics still get up for big games. They showed it on opening night, and they showed it last night. They play tremendous team basketball.

The Heat don’t do that. They think this is fantasy basketball, and can simply win by just showing up.

But they can’t win with Bosh taking the “power” out of power-forward, and playing like he’s allergic to the paint. They can’t win with an entire offense consisting of playing isolation. How can a team with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh be so boring to watch? They don’t move the ball, and haven’t compromised their games.

The Heat will have to change how they play, but it’s far easier said than done. Garnett, Allen, and Pierce worked so well in Boston because they all accomplished every individual task there was to accomplish. But Wade still wants to take a lot of shots, LeBron still wants to “win the game” (as evidenced by him tossing up three-pointers which hit the side of the backboard), and Bosh wants to…well…shoot mid-range jump shots.

Upon joining the Heat, LeBron said that he was “taking his talents to South Beach.” Not to the Heat organization, but to “South Beach.” The Heat may only be 1 game above .500, but boy are his after parties great!

Until proven otherwise, the Celtics are undoubtedly the class of the Eastern Conference. Right now, the Heat appear to be uninterested in disproving that.

Alex Reimer is the host of the Red Sox podcast, “Without a Curse.” “Without a Curse” is available on both www.thesportsstuff.com and in the iTunes store. Alex is also the host of “The Alex Reimer Show,” which airs Saturday’s from 4-6 PM EST on 1120 AM WBNW Boston and www.moneymattersradio.net (this Saturday, 11/13, “The Alex Reimer Show” will likely hit the air closer to 4:30, as Harvard football kicks off at 1:30). Alex can be reached at, Alexredsox076@aol.com.

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