It's possible we just witnessed the emptiest box score of LeBron's career. Guarded by Paul Pierce, LeBron didn't collect an assist or a steal in this nationally televised game. Sure, LeBron's jumper was hot, but the Heat needed him to be more aggressive and pressure the Celtics' defense with penetration rather than settle for jumpers.
Wade might not sleep a wink Sunday thanks to a big Avery Bradley block. Wade eased his way into the game, but he took it over in the second quarter and brought the Heat back within striking distance. But that energy and aggressiveness waned as the game went on. As hard as it is to believe, Bradley outplayed Wade in this one.
Don't be surprised if you see Bosh's face on milk cartons on Monday, because he was nowhere to be seen on Sunday. In the playoffs last season, Bosh seemed the least bit intimidated by Kevin Garnett, but that didn't seem to be the case on Sunday. Bosh was sloppy with the ball and struggled to even find the rim on his jumpers.
Better start calling Rondo "Head start" because he's always three steps ahead of everybody. Like most teams, the Heat prefer to give Rondo space because he couldn't shoot fish in a barrel, but the downside of that is he can see the floor and carve out what he wants. Rondo got everything he pleased and played in complete control, finishing with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists.
No Ray Allen? No problem. The Celtics absolutely dominated this game, pretty much from start to finish. Rondo was simply spectacular and the Heat simply couldn't find an answer for any of his attacks. The Celtics might be shorthanded, but they filled the void with energy and activity in front of the home crowd. The Celtics are back.