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NBA Playoffs: If Celtics fall, they’ll go down swinging

Through the first two games of the Eastern Conference semis, little has gone right for the Celtics.  

Through the first two games of the Eastern Conference semis, little has gone right for the Celtics.

In fact, nothing has really gone right.

In Game 1, they were outsmarted, outhustled and downright outclassed by the Heat. And when it came down to crunch time of Game 2, it was the C’s, not the Heat, who wilted under the pressure — to the tune of a 14-0 Heat run that saw the game go from 80-80 to 94-80. The C’s failed to score a single point from 7:09 to 3:19.

There’s your ball game.

One team looks lost; one looks like it’s been playing together for years. How did the roles reverse so quickly?

You can point to a number of reasons. The biggest is likely the Kendrick Perkins trade — a deal that could haunt Danny Ainge for the rest of his life if the Celtics don’t start winning.

The trade was made under the assumption that the C’s would be fine without Perkins. But so far, they’ve looked soft.

Without Perkins and Tony Allen, the C’s have lacked toughness on defense in this series. And their biggest asset — the idea that teams are “scared” of them — has gone out the window.

But down 2-0 and heading home is not the end of the world, or an era. If this Celtics team has proven anything, it’s that they’ll always go down swinging.

Expect an effort like none other Saturday. After all, it’s now or never.

 
 
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