Charles Barkley's One Big Question for Celtics After Ugly Home Playoff Loss

Charles Barkley was not impressed with the Celtics after their Game 2 loss at home to the Miami Heat.
Charles Barkley was not impressed with the Celtics after their Game 2 loss at home to the Miami Heat. /

The Miami Heat hit a franchise-record 23 three-pointers to beat the Boston Celtics 111-101 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first round matchup on Wednesday night at TD Garden.

The latest playoff dud has become a bit of a commonality for the Celtics, who have made a habit out of poor playoff performances of late, especially at home. Wednesday's loss dropped the Celtics to a 6-7 mark at home over the last two postseasons, but this year was supposed to be different. Boston was a league-best 37-4 at home in the regular season.

The result on Wednesday left TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley asking one key question.

"This was a shocker to me," Barkley began. "It started last game. When you're up 34 and you let them back into the game, you get from 34 to 12, they probably got some things going. But number one, you have to say to yourself, what the hell is going on when those guys play at home?"

The Celtics have now given up their homecourt advantage in the series, but will look to get it back by at least splitting the upcoming two games in Miami. This year's Celtics will try to ease the PTSD that the team gave to the fan base following last year's Eastern Conference finals.

Game 3 is set for Saturday night at 6 p.m. ET.


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