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Season over: Miami Heat eliminated by Boston Celtics in Game 5, 96-86

After a third lackluster performance on the road in the 2010 NBA Playoffs, the Miami Heat was eliminated by the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, 96-86, ending its 2009-2010 season. If you've been along for the ride this season, you know I love my clunky similes to analyze a game. Well, for this game, and the series as a whole, the Heat felt like a sailor stranded at sea. The team knew what it should be doing, and tried so hard to implement it, but no matter what it did - even when it looked like they had a chance - it was obvious they really were doomed from the start. I can't come here and defend Michael Beasley like I would normally try to do. Three steals are great, but he was a nonfactor in the first half, and a benchwarmer in the second. I can't come here and defend Erik Spoelstra like I would normally try to do. His insistence on playing Jermaine O'Neal in this series definitely cost Game 1, arguable cost Game 3 and could have been the difference in this game. My former main squeeze Mario Chalmers had himself a nice little game, but if so many fans are so eager to run Beasley out of town, Chalmers' days in South Florida are likely numbered too. The only person remaining untouchable, as normal, is Dwyane Wade. And for his work he'll now soon be properly compensated. This entire last month came down to a big game involving nothing but house money. The stakes seemed high, but in reality, there wasn't much to lose. Once the playoffs were in the bag, everything else was just extra. Now the real fun begins. This site will have plenty of coverage of all that is to come very soon. Miami is the central player in the greatest free agency class in the history of the NBA, and it's damn cool to be in the center of history. But for just a little while, appreciate what this team did under the circumstances and given the expectations. It's pretty impressive