Celts prepare for a second shot at Miami


Celts prepare for a second shot at Miami

By A. Sherrod Blakely

MIAMI -- Since the Big Three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett joined forces in 2007-08, they lost the first game of a playoff series four times prior to this.

While they're 2-2 in those playoffs series, the Celtics are a perfect 4-0 in Game 2s after losing the first game.

No need to remind Miami's LeBron James just how dangerous the Celtics are, even after losing Game 1.

Last season, James, then with Cleveland, led the Cavs to 101-93 Game 1 win in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Boston bounced back two nights later with a 104-86 thumping at Cleveland's Q Arena.

The Cavs regained home-court advantage with a Game 3 win in Boston, but the C's proceeded to reel off three consecutive wins to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

"Im naturally confident, but you never get too high or too low in a playoff series," James told reporters after Miami's practice on Monday. "Its just one game. You gotta win four. We did what we wanted in Game 1, and now we gotta move on to Game 2."

Boston players were admittedly disappointed in the way Game 1 played out.

But there were no long faces or pouting among the players prior to Monday's practice at the University of Miami's campus in Coral Gables, Fla.

"For a visiting team, all you have to do is win one game and take home-court advantage," center Jermaine O'Neal told CSNNE.com. "We would have loved to get two. Now, we have to get one."

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra expressed similar sentiments of concern.

"There was no celebration after Game 1 because we know how dangerous the Celtics are," Spoelstra said. "Especially in a situation like this where they're down one game. They've shown so many times that they can steal one if you're not ready."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn