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Starting five: Cavs 88, Celtics 77

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  May 13, 2008 12:04 AM

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3. I thought this "They can't win on the road" storyline was a creation of the ill-informed sports radio banshees - after all, the only visiting team to win in the second round so far is Detroit, so it's hardly an issue specific to the Celtics. But I have to admit, after watching the Celtics drop their fifth straight postseason road game, I have to concede that it's at the least a legitimate flaw, and potentially a fatal one. I'm completely stumped as to why a team that frequently displayed a killer instinct while going 31-10 away from home during the regular season now looks passive defensively and disorganized offensively so often when playing in enemy territory. If you have any explanations, I'd love to hear them, right after you clue in Doc.

4. It's probably too late to return Eddie House to his rightful role as Designated Bomber - he seems to have lost confidence in his one outstanding skill, his jumper, which is understandable given that his minutes now belong to the tattered remains of Slingin' Sam Cassell - but I can't help but think he could have been an asset in a game where the Celtics scored 12 points in the final quarter. While he's the epitome of a streak shooter, House buried a lot of big shots for the Celtics during the course of their 66-win regular season. Now that the games really matter, he's buried on the bench. More and more, that's looking like the wrong move.

5. As for today's Completely Random Basketball Card:

Yup, McFilthy (or was he McNasty?) began his career as a Cav. I knew there was a deep-seated reason I can't stand them.

(Edit, 3:52 p.m. - Ruland and Mahorn. Of course. Laimbeer was McWhiney, as well as McSuckerPunchedByTheChiefAndHadItComing.)

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