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For the Boston Celtics, It’s That Simple…Or Not

Published by on April 21, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

In my previous article, I presented three arguments in defense of the atypical nature of Game One of the Celtics-Bulls series. It is only fair that we look back at Game Two and ascertain whether or not the facts sustain my arguments.

First, Derrick Rose did not score 36 points again, not even close. He was a shadow of his opening-game self.

There's no question that he is a great ball player, but this is the NBA Playoffs, and he's playing against the current World Champions. Sooner or later, the poise that marked his performance in Game One would (and did) give in to the nervousness. Sure, he had a couple of good plays in the rematch, but overall, you could sense that he was feeling the heat.


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