Heat were flat, and flattened
The Heat’s complete and utter collapse in last night’s 106-77 loss to the Celtics in Game 2 of this best-of-seven series was exemplified in a collapse of another sort during the second half.
With about six minutes remaining in the third quarter, Glen Davis cut across the lane and tried to impede the path of Miami guard Mario Chalmers, who attempted to fight through a screen to get to Ray Allen. As he tried to negotiate Davis’s girth, the 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound Chalmers grabbed the 6-9, 289-pound Davis around the waist and tried to pull him aside. It was an ill-advised move. Davis lost his footing and came crashing down on Chalmers, who wound up getting pancaked by Davis, who had 23 points and eight rebounds in his start for the suspended Kevin Garnett.
“He tried to hug me,’’ Davis said. “I think he tried to show how much he loved my game and just hugged me.’’
For Chalmers, the unfortunate experience was not unlike trying to chop down a tree and it falling on you.
“Yeah,’’ Chalmers said, when he was apprised he had 289 or so pounds laying on him. “Tell me about it.’’
As he was pinned beneath Davis’s massive body, Chalmers was whistled for his fourth personal foul. On the next play, Davis scored an easy layup to give the Celtics a 64-37 lead. “I was just trying to get in front of him to get to Ray and he kept going and kept going,’’ Chalmers said. “I think our feet got tangled up and we both fell and they just happened to call the foul on me.’’
It was that kind of night for the hapless Heat, who wound up getting flattened by Celtics runs of 24-2 at the end of the first half — good for a 49-33 halftime lead — and 18-0 in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the third that expanded Boston’s lead to 69-37 on Allen’s 3-pointer with 5:38 to go.
There was no hint the Heat would suffer such a collapse, especially when they fought back to tie the score at the end of the first quarter, 23-23. But Miami went scoreless for eight minutes in the second quarter, committing two turnovers, five fouls, and getting off nary a single shot, which enabled the Celtics to go on a 21-0 run for a 46-29 lead. Michael Beasley snapped the skein by hitting a jumper to cut Boston’s lead to 15 with 2:07 left before intermission.
“I think things went wrong when Ray Allen got hot,’’ Chalmers said. “That was the biggest thing. He got on a little streak in the third quarter and had about four or five threes and he put some distance between the two teams.’’
Allen knocked down five of his seven 3-pointers in the third quarter, hitting three during that 18-0 blitz. Allen capped the run when he drilled an open 3-pointer from in front of the Miami bench just as Udonis Haslem was rushing out to contest it. Haslem arrived too late, though. He could only shake his head in disbelief.
“He’s a great shooter and guys get in zones like that,’’ Haslem said. “I’ve seen him do it before.’’
It came at great expense to the Heat, who head to Miami facing a two-game deficit in this series.
“It was just the way the game was called,’’ Chalmers said. “I don’t know what to say about that play; it was a tough play. They just took off from there.’’