The Miami Heat took a 2-0 lead on the Boston Celtics Tuesday night, with LeBron James leading the way with 35 points. The Celtics now must win four of five games against Miami to survive and move on to the second round. They are long odds, and Jeff Clark of CelticsBlog wonders how we got here.
As Celtics fans we have hung our hats on those early season matchups against the Heat. It was poetic that the model of team play and unselfishness won out over the team of egos and hero-ball. We represented the old school, gritty, in-your-face, defense-first way of winning titles. They represented the star system and relied on one-on-one play and simply imposing their individual wills on the other team. We were a team with amazing talent that was somehow greater than the sum of its parts. They were exactly the sum of their parts. It was comforting.
Now all that has changed. A lot has changed actually.
Frankly, it has seemed to flip. The C's were the team stuck playing one-on-one late in Game 2, with Glen Davis a particular suspect. The Heat, meanwhile, have watched LeBron and Dwyane Wade play off of each other rather well in the series.