Game 9: Celtics (6-2) at Heat (5-3)


PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Ray Allen
SF: Paul Pierce
PF: Kevin Garnett
C: Shaquille O’Neal

PG: Carlos Arroyo
SG: Dwyane Wade
SF: LeBron James
PF: Chris Bosh
C: Joel Anthony

Injury updates: Shaquille O’Neal will play. Jermaine O’Neal will sit. Doc Rivers will hope that nothing else happens to either of them. He’s had to juggle his two big men all season, and wasn’t sure until tonight which one of the O’Neals would be healthy enough to play. “We knew it would happen,” Rivers said. “We didn’t know it [would be] to this extent this early. It’s nothing we can do about it.”


Bosh is the Heat’s Ray AllenIn situations like Miami’s someone’s got to be the fall guy when things go wrong. In this case, it’s Chris Bosh. But Doc Rivers pointed out that when the Celtics were in the same position, it was Ray Allen who took the Heat. “Someone’s going to take it,” he said. “Listen, you know how it is. You’ve got three guys. The one whose numbers goes down the most with be the guy who takes the criticism. It was Ray [Allen] in our first year.”

Defensive staredown: The Celtics are tough on teams, holding them to 44.1 percent shooting. But the Heat are stingy themselves, limiting teams to 41.6 percent.

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