The playoff fate of the 2009-10 Boston Celtics remains very much in doubt.

But after Tuesday, two things seem to be clear when you consider how the rest of this postseason will play out for the Celtics.



KIRK MINIHANE

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There is no secret formula for the Celtics. No magical concoction or spiritual chant that can be used to summon the spirit of a once-proud team.



PAUL FLANNERY

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Kevin Garnett has a reputation of getting into his opponents’ heads.

On Tuesday, the Celtics did the job without him.



JESSICA CAMERATO

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The Celtics defeated the Heat by a final of 106-77 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series on Tuesday night. The Celtics had a 21-0 run in the second quarter and an 18-0 run in the third to set the tone in the rout. Miami shot just 38.2 percent in the loss.

 

Ray Allen connected on seven three-pointers and finished with a team-high 25 points. Glen Davis started in place of the suspended Kevin Garnett and scored 23 points with eight rebounds.

 

 

Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins confirmed that Glen Davis will start in place of suspended Kevin Garnett in Tuesday's Game 2 first-round contest vs. the Heat.

 

"It is Baby," Perkins said following this Tuesday morning's shootaround in Waltham. "He's been there before. We have got trust in Baby so we know he's going to come out and play hard and do what he has to do."

 

Davis played well in the 2009 postseason, averaging 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds. Garnett missed the entire 2009 playoffs with a knee injury.

A report in the New York Daily News indicated that New Jersey Nets president Rod Thorn might have interest in Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau for his team’s head coaching vacancy. According to the report, Thorn didn’t mention Thibodeau by name, but he did say he was looking for "somebody who has a defensive presence."

 

It was said in the immediate aftermath of the Kevin Garnett elbow that launched a thousand blog posts that the Celtics and Heat are officially, “in a series now.”



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Doc Rivers said he understood the NBA’s decision to suspend Kevin Garnett for Game 2 of the Celtics playoff series with Miami, but he also offered another solution: Suspend the agitator, in this case Miami’s Quentin Richardson. "The only statement I’ll make on the whole thing is I accept Kevin being suspended," Rivers said.

After his media session broke up, Kevin Garnett made sure to get in a shot at one of his critics: Joakim Noah. The Bulls big man called Garnett, "a dirty player," over the weekend. "Tell Joakim Noah to keep it in Cleveland and worry about Shaq," Garnett said before leaving the practice court.

Now that the NBA has suspended Kevin Garnett for Game 2 of the Celtics series with the Heat, the ig question for the Celtics is who will srart in his place? When the curtain lifted on practice Monday afternoon, Glen Davis was working with the first team, but Doc Rivers wouldn't committ to a specific plan. Both Davis and Rasheed Wallace also played coy. "I don't know," Davis said. "I have no idea. It's either going to be Ticket Stub or Sheed." Rajon Rondo, however, said he expects to Davis will start.