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How The Heat Are Still In This Game

The Boston Celtics played great in the first half of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat. So why are they only up seven at halftime? A couple things to keep in mind:

1. The Celtics are feasting off midrange jumpers. Boston has taken 25 shots classified as jumpers, but only two of those were 3-pointers. As well as they are scorching the net, it’s tough to create a ton of separation shooting long 2-pointers.

2. The Heat’s offense has actually generated some pretty good looks, though very few of them have been for LeBron James or Dwyane Wade. Both players are struggling, but they’ve also been unselfish, finding other players for open looks. That explains how Mario Chalmers has 14 points.

There’s a lot for the Celtics to be happy about, of course; Rajon Rondo, in particular, has been unbelievable. But there are reasons this game is still within the Heat’s reach, even though it seems like the Celtics are playing so much better than them.