Game 5: Celtics at Heat



Tip-off: 7 p.m.
Series: Miami leads, 3-1
Broadcast info: TNT, WEEI
Probable starters:

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

PG: Mike Bibby
SG: Dwyane Wade
SF: LeBron James
PF: Chris Bosh
C: Joel Anthony


This could be it: Tonight’s game could be the end of the Celtics’ season and potentially the end of the New Big Three era. If these Celtics lose in five games in the second round, what’s going to propel the same group of players to go further when they’re all a year older? With so many big contracts, there aren’t many minor tweaks that can be made to this roster. If this is the last game, it’s been quite a run …


Not done yet: … That being said, the Celtics aren’t done yet. Two games in Boston should give Celtics fans faith that their team can play with the Heat. The Celtics need to get off to a good start like they did in both games at home to avoid Miami running away with the momentum. The Celtics have played championship level defense. If they can find their offense, they can win Game 5 and force a very interesting Game 6 Friday in Boston.

Bench needs to step up: Delonte West was a monster in Game 4, pressuring Dwyane Wade end to end and making it difficult for the Heat guard to even catch the ball. West and Jeff Green formed an effective second unit in Game 4, actually increasing the lead in the second quarter. They’ll need to do that again for the Celtics to win.

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