I know it’s October, but I expected so much more from the Celtics. After all the talk about the Heat and Ray Allen, I expected the defensive intensity to be there. It wasn’t. And the Heat rolled 120-107.
LeBron James had 26 points in 29 minutes. If he doesn’t sit out most of the 4th quarter with leg cramps, Miami wins this game by 25. Ray Allen played to his ceiling (19 points, 5-7 FG). You knew it was Ray’s night when he banked a three with the shot clock winding down. You want another indicator of Boston’s horrible defense? Mario Chalmers had 11 assists.
So who stunk it up for the Celtics? You have to start with Kevin Garnett – 9 points, 5 turnovers. He looked out of rhythm all night. Anyone who uses the O word is overreacting.
Jeff Green (3 points, 0-4 FG in 23 minutes) was awful. Despite all the aggressive play we saw in the preseason, Green was tentative tonight. He needs more than four shots.
Aside from Leandro Barbosa (more on him later), the vaunted second unit was a flop. J...