What do I know? For that matter, what does any NBA analyst or writer know. Apparently, not much when it comes to the Boston Celtics. Somehow, someway, the Celtics took a 3-2 series lead over the Miami Heat, and on the road, mind you.
Forget the fact that Boston has a team built for the senior circuit, forget that the compressed schedule was supposed to kill teams like them – especially with only one day off between playoff games – the Celtics are one game from the NBA Finals. It’s only fitting after I put the Heat in the Finals yesterday.
All you had to do was look at the faces of the post-game NBA crew to know just how surprising this series is. Everyone expected the Heat to mount an insurmountable 3-0 lead after so many Celtics logged 40-plus minutes in Game 2. Everyone again expected the Heat to take the 3-2 lead at home after the Celtics narrowly escaped Boston with a 2-2 tie in a game where LeBron James fouled out. Everyone thought Game 5 was over early as the Heat ran their lead up to double digits and Chris Bosh looked just fine. No one, myself included, saw this coming.
In the end, this is what makes sports great. Everything pointed to the Heat running away with this series… multiple times. It’s just too bad for Miami that Boston never got the message and now sit one win from seeing the Thunder in the Finals… or then again, we could be wrong about that too!
In addition to covering the NFL, MLB, NBA, and College Football for RotoExperts, Jake Ciely (a.k.a "All In Kid") is also a poker fiend and a Maharishi in the world of sports wagering. Jake was a finalist for the FSWA's 2010 Newcomer of the Year award. You may email Jake @ firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @JakeAllinCiely