Three things we learned in Miami's 101-88 win over the Celtics Saturday night in Game 7:
When Kevin Garnett was subbed out of the game with less than four minutes left in the first quarter, the C's up by nine at the time, Miami went on a run to close within four to end the first quarter. They've killed Boston without Garnett in the game all series. So when KG picked up his third foul midway through the second quarter, it was scary. But Brandon Bass was put in at center in his place, and kept the C's afloat. Bass was huge in Game 7 - especially in that quarter. He finished with 16 points, five rebounds, and four steals.
Bosh provides a boost
He didn't have anything to do with the Heat's 8-0 run to tie things up in the third quarter, but Chris Bosh came to play in Game 7 in a big way. Bosh scored 19 points off the bench for the Heat, shooting 8-10 from the field including three backbreaking 3-pointers, one of which came in the fourth quarter. The Celtics didn't have to deal with Bosh through the first four games, as he sat with an abdominal strain, but it's never been clearer that he's a much bigger part of their success than we thought.
The run comes to an end
Celtics-Heat Game 7 was just the third Game 7 in the last 15 years to be tied entering the 4th quarter, but it didn't take long for Miami to pull away, and end the Celtics' improbable postseason run for good. It'll be Miami vs. Oklahoma City in the NBA Finals, with the C's left wondering what could have been after losing to Miami, 101-88. Many questions remain for a Celtics team that could look completely different next season. Will Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen return? Will Danny Ainge continue to shop Rajon Rondo? We very well could have witnessed an end of an era Saturday night, but we should remember how far this team has come this season -- and the enjoyable run they took us on.