Heat eliminate Celtics to move on in Playoffs
May 12, 2011, 5:24 am
On Wednesday night the Miami Heat finished off the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference 2nd round series. Going into the series experts and analysts thought that this matchup was destined to be historic as most predicted it to go seven games. The Heat proved to be too young and athletic for the aging Celtics to handle as they disposed of them quicker than anyone would have imagined. Game 5 was mostly dominated by the two Miami superstars, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Wade dominated the first half by scoring 23 of his 34 points while LeBron closed the game out strong finishing with 33 points including big late game baskets.
For the Celtics many questions still have to be addressed. Coach Doc Rivers has hinted in the past that this could be his last season with the Celtics as he would like to take time off to watch his son Austin play college ball at Duke. Rivers did however hint after Wednesday’s game that he is leaning towards returning to Boston next season. The age and health of its star players also is a major issue for the Celtics. Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are entering the twilight of their prime years and the team is running short on young athletic talent.
The Heat get to wait and see who they will play in the Eastern Conference finals. They will go against the winner of the Atlanta Hawks/Chicago Bulls series. Chicago is currently leading that series 3 games to 2 and it could be over as soon as Thursday night. If so, Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals will be Sunday night in Chicago.