Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Celtics/Heat, or Stealing a Meal from Lions

My wife and I have been plowing through the fantastic Human Planet  series. In the "Grasslands" episode, there is a remarkable scene in which Dorobo hunters from Eastern Africa demonstrate a traditional hunting tactic which basically goes as follows:

1) Find a pack of hungry lions tearing apart a fresh kill
2) Walk up to lions menacingly
3) Take the Lions' meal and walk away

(You can watch the scene for yourself here)

After watching the surprising result of the Heat/Celtics game last night, I couldn't help but think that the Celtics are like those three sparsely-armed hunters marching confidently towards the pack of lions. No one gave these Celtics a chance (especially me). The Eastern Conference championship, once Derrick Rose went down, was the Heat's meal. It was theirs. The only question was how many games it would take.