Sports: Eastern Conference Finals Game One

Sometimes if you can’t stop an opponent’s best player then slowing him down will do.  That was the case in Monday night’s opening game of the Eastern Conference Finals.  The Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 93-79 outscoring them 47-33 after intermission due in large part to their ability to slow Kevin Garnett.  The Celtics future Hall of Fame power forward had a nice night overall, 23 points 10 rebounds a steal, block and an assist, but most of the damage came before halftime.  In the second half, the Heat used different defensive alignments to double Garnett on the perimeter, often with Mario Chalmers, whose assignment, Rajon Rondo was sloshing through a horrible 8-20 shooting night.  Garnett before halftime scored 13 points on six of eight shooting.  Afterward he shot only three of eight, and his teammates were unable to help out.  Paul Pierce and Ray Allen combined for meager 18 points on a combined six of 25 from the field.

The game story was that the Heat ran away from the Celtics in the second half.  47 points isn’t running very fast, but without Garnett at the top of his game, the Celtics were reduced to a crawl.

Martin Johnson wrote a weekly NBA column for the New York Sun from 2003-’08, and for from 2008-’10.  His sportswriting has also appeared in the NY Times, Wall St. Journal and the Atlantic Monthly.


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I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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