Playoffs Ain't Easy: Nothing in Miller's Throat

Brad Miller: 8-9 from the floor, 2-2 from 3 and hits all 5 free throws. Add to that 10 boards and 2 blocks and I’d say that Miller is has redeemed himself.

And I’m not talking about the game 5 free throw miss. I’m talking about his series play, which has been spotty, and downright sloppy at times. Too many turnovers, too man ymental lapses and as expected, some porous defense. How poetic was it that he hit the free throws at the end?

Is there any doubt that Rondo is a thug? Grabbing Hinrich’s arm and throwing him out of bounds. Who does that? Rondo has made 2 thug-like plays in this series that would even make Ron Artest wince. Rondo had 19 assists but was just 4-17 from the field.

And if Ben Gordon wants to go ahead and work around screens and keep track of his man on defense, I’ll go ahead and throw out that game 7 would be a really good time to start. If your hammy is healthy enough to get to the basket and get elevation on your shot, surely you can fight a little harder on D.

Other quick thoughts:

Kirk Hinrich: Onions.

John Salmons: 13-22, 5-9 from 3, 35 points and 60 minutes played. Wow. And he took it to the rack hard in the OTs. PLAYA.

How does the Celtics bench amass just 11 points in a 3-OT game?

Why is Stephon Marbury afraid to shoot the ball, and when did he become so slow?

scalIs Brian Scalabrine the ginger Screech? Yes, he is.

I give Big Baby mass props for stepping up with a big game. But why did he foul Miller at the end? That was nuts.

Derrick Rose’s jumper is looking better all the time. A bit too many forced passes in the lane, but 28-8-7 and the huge block near the end.

And I think someone told Joakim this is the NBA equivalent of March Madness. Is he not playing like he did in Florida? Coast to coast jam? Insanity!

Ray Allen just played incredibly. I was starting to think it would have been better to just give him 3 foul shots each time.

Tags: Brad Miller Derrick Rose Eastern Conference Joakim Noah John Salmons Kirk Hinrich Playoffs Ray Allen

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