By beating Miami two weeks ago with their
defense the C's proved that they deserved to be ranked on the top of pretty much
every defensive stat that is tracked.
Their latest win over Miami last night in
which the Celtics shot an incredible 61 percent from the field was much more unexpected. It
was played in Miami, where the Heat boast a league best home record and even
garnered such comments from LeBron as ''We left Boston feeling awful at our
performance,'' continuing ''I don't feel as bad tonight. Those guys, they were
locked in. Not only did they make their open shots, they made their contested
shots. ... When you've got it going like that, just tip your hat off. We tip
our hat off to them tonight. They won it.''
The Celts could not have found a better
time to peak, with only nine games left in the regular season they sit atop their
division and are well within reach of getting the No. 3 seed in the East.
Rondo is a huge part of that success as he has posted double digit assist for
the 18th consecutive game, making it the longest such streak in the
past 20 years. His brilliance along with Paul Pierce’s consistency, Garnett’s
defensive genius and Ray Allen’s much needed hot shooting has these Celtics
marked at +1800 to win it all, this considering that just two months ago the
books had them marked at +3300.
Don’t be surprised if by the start of the
playoffs that number changes even more.