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Boston concedes second seed to Miami

Posted on: April 11, 2011 10:16 pm
Edited on: April 11, 2011 10:20 pm
The Celtics pulled their starters against Washington Monday night, then lost in overtime to clinch the second seed for the Heat, while they wind up in 3rd. They'll be on the road from the second round on. 
Posted by Matt Moore

The Celtics pulled their starters Monday night against Washington. Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen all sat out versus the Wizards. Not surprising with only two games before the start of the playoffs. But the Celtics were just a game back of the Heat, who played the Hawks Monday night (and won). 

Why would the Celtics have pulled starters when they still had a shot at getting homecourt advantage in the second round against Miami? The move represents a concession of homecourt to the Heat by not doing what is necessary to secure it. And in fact, the Celtics' second and third units lost to the Wizards in overtime, locking in the Heat as the second seed, and the Celtics into the third. 

It's curious that the Celtics would just surrender it, and it does represent a failure on their part this season. The Celtics made homecourt a priority for much of the season after losing Game 7 in Los Angeles in last year's Finals. Now they'll be on the road from the second round, on. The Celtics know they can win without homecourt advantage. They're a veteran team that's done it in series past. But it makes it that much harder, makes the hill that much steeper, makes it that much more difficult for a team that's still looking for its identity. 

There's no reason for Boston to panic.

There's just also very little reason for them not to panic. 

Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: April 11, 2011 11:50 pm

Boston concedes second seed to Miami

It seems to me that they would rather face the Knicks in the first round rather than the Sixers.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2011 10:31 pm

Boston concedes second seed to Miami

That is really puzzling especially since they held the tie breaker. Maybe they thought rest was most important for their aging stars. Or maybe they saw the likelihood that Heat would win last two and get 2nd anyways??

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