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NBA Playoffs: How Celtics can beat Heat in Game 2

As poorly as the Celtics played in Game 1, there were still ample opportunities to come back and win.

As poorly as the Celtics played in Game 1, there were still ample opportunities to come back and win. They fell short due to some poor decision-making and sloppy play. But those are things that can be fixed.

1. Limit Heat bench

Look, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are going to score. Everybody knows that ... especially the Celtics. The plan going into Game 2 isn’t to shut both of those players down, though that would be nice. The bottom line is that if James Jones doesn’t drop 25 points, there’s a good chance the C’s win Game 1. Let LeBron or Wade get theirs (in moderation) and shut down the backups.

2. Cooler heads prevail

When Paul Pierce was ejected in Game 1, how many of you saw flashbacks to 2005? The team as a whole has to play a lot cooler tonight. One thing the Celtics bring with them is intensity, but so do the Heat. It’s important to not get too caught up in the moment, because the team needs all hands.

3. Decisions, decisions

Hey Rajon Rondo, the next time you have to decide between giving up two or picking up your second foul in the first quarter, think hard. If Rondo is the quarterback of this team, he has to know when stay out of foul trouble.

Tale of the tape

How they fared, position by position, in Game 1.

» Guards: Ray Allen scored 25, but posted a minus-6. Dwyane Wade lit the C’s up, and Mike Bibby held onto the ball. Advantage: Heat.
» Forwards: LeBron James’ scoring and Chris Bosh’s rebounding tilted this matchup to Miami. Paul Pierce really needs to stay on the court tonight.
» Centers: These teams have centers?

 
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