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Game 4: Heat at Celtics

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  May 9, 2011 01:46 PM

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Tip-off: 7 p.m.
Series: Miami leads, 2-1
Broadcast info: TNT, WEEI
Officials: Monty McCutchen, Tony Brothers, Derrick Stafford
Probable starters:

Celtics:
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Ray Allen
SF: Paul Pierce
PF: Kevin Garnett
C: Jermaine O'Neal

Heat:
PG: Mike Bibby
SG: Dwyane Wade
SF: LeBron James
PF: Chris Bosh
C: Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Storylines:

Rondo's effectiveness This is a no-brainer. Rajon Rondo is a game-time decision tonight. With his medical tests negative, it's a safe bet he'll at least attempt to play. But how effective can he be? Basketball 101 says that you don't make and catch passes with one hand, which is what Rondo did in the fourth quarter of Game 3. The Heat were caught off guard that Rondo came back Saturday. Expect them to try to exploit Rondo tonight. For the sake of the series, let's hope Rondo is close to being himself.

KG vs. Bosh: You can keep saying it: Kevin Garnett needs to win his matchup with Chris Bosh. He did that in Game 3, dominating with 28 points and 16 rebounds. With Rondo's injury, Garnett's matchup may be the one place where the Celtics have an edge. It needs to be decisive.

Another must-win: This one isn't as crucial as Game 3, but it's still almost a must-win situation for the Celtics. Sure, they can win in Miami, but two straight? Expect the Heat to come out with more energy in Game 4 now that they've seen the atmosphere at TD Garden.

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