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Note to readers: I find myself in Las Vegas, much to my boss' chagrin (ill-timed but long-planned), so timely updates on Game 3 would be sketchy. Up to y'all to carry the Comments section without me. Full Vegas report upon my prompt return.
G3: CELTICS 101, HEAT 91: BOSTON RESPONDS AFTER CRUSHING DEFEAT? Expected. Still don't see Miami in much peril. Original post: It's a psychological study for Boston now as the Celtics tonight play the first of two straight at home in this NBA Eastern Conference finals, with Miami leading the best-of-seven series 2-0. Maybe Wednesday's 115-111 OT loss in Miami inspired the Celtics to believe they can play with and even beat the Heat. But maybe losing despite being in control for much of the game and despite 44 points from Rajon Rondo will tell the aging, deflated Celtics that even their best isn't good enough. This is the game Boston is "supposed" to win if it is to avoid a sweep -- just like Oklahoma City did at home vs. San Antonio in the West last night. But can the Celtics do the same? I'm not so sure. There could be some tired legs on the floor tonight after so many 40-minutes-plus performances in Game 2, and the Heat surely have the edge over the old Leprechauns in anything related to fatigue/endurance. This hasn't been as chippy as the Pacers series (yet, at least), but the underlying bad blood is evident. Paul Pierce and LeBron James have had some interesting, testy exchanges, and of course Kevin Garnett leads the NBA in annoying. No matter tonight's result, the climb for Boston is steep. Historically teams that are 2-0 in a best-of-seven have won the series 94.3 percent of the time (232-14), and that includes a perfect 7-0 record in playoff advances when the Heat are 2-0.
DUELING STRANGE LOCAL TWEETERS: Two of the people I follow on Twitter are local hip-hop legend Luther Campbell (@unclelukereal1) and ex-Dolphin Ricky Williams (@rickywilliams), and the reason is that Luke (pictured left) tends to offer little doses of splendid paranoia and outrage, while Ricky (right) leans to nuggets of ethereal New Age philosophy. At times you're not sure what the hell either is talking about, which is half the fun. Here are perfectly representative, verbatim Tweets from each within minutes of each other yesterday: From Luke: 'Welcome to Miami Home of Bad politics Homes getting shot up Sobe don't want blacks Ppl eating faces off Dolphins Striptease weather girl' And from Ricky: 'How many conclusions (about whats right, wrong, good or bad) r u coming 2 2 try n control everything n everybody so you never get 2 b free?' Love these guys!
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