Update from TD Garden:
This is massive.
The C’s take the floor tonight, again, with their season effectively on the line. If the Celtics win, there’s hope for Boston basketball beyond this weekend. If not, the C’s set themselves up for, at best, three consecutive elimination games.
The good news is that this team performs best when the lights are brightest. Boston played their most heartening game of the season on Saturday night, with a season-best outing from Kevin Garnett, a remarkable turnaround for Paul Pierce (who finally checked into the series) and of course, Rajon Rondo’s astounding return from a dislocated elbow.
The bad news is that Miami will likely get more than the nothing they from Chris Bosh on Saturday. And both Dwayne Wade and Lebron James should bounce back from subpar games.
The usual keys apply: control the paint on both ends, close hard on shooters, play inside-out on offense, and push tempo. But with everyone unclear what Rondo can do tonight, this may be the game that Danny Ainge was envisioning when he signed Delonte West.
Game four. Let’s do this.