Boston: 100.9 points/100 possessions (10th)
Miami: 109.3 points/100 possessions (3rd)
Boston: 97.7 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Miami: 99.8 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)
Key Injuries: Avery Bradley and Chris Bosh are out.
Probable Miami Starters: Almario Vernard Chalmers (PG), Dwyane Wade (SG), LeBron Raymone James (SF), Shane Battier (PF), Ronny Turiaf (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Heat Index
Thumbnail: Tonight is effectively a Game 7 for Boston. Maybe even more of a Game 7 than the actual Game 7 they just went through. The prospect of enduring three elimination games, two in Miami, is not ideal. So it’s tonight.
Look for, as Ryan addressed, KG to affirm his post presence. Look for Pierce to, for better or worse, put up 25 shots gunning for a huge bounce-back game. Look for Rondo to continue his transition from human to pure energy. Look for some minutes from Marquis Daniels, probably at the cost of Mickael Pietrus. Hope for some minutes from Terrel Harris.
And if Boston ends up with a lead in the fourth, look for them to keep attacking in transition and not hoard shot clock. This is easily the most maddening thing about this team: when they’re ahead by a small margin late, they stunt their own offense by initiating with four seconds left in the possession, in hopes they can just run the game out without having to actually play anymore. They did it two nights ago and let Miami back in. The Heat are intensely capable of ending a game on a 14-0 run, so Boston needs to play like they expect that to happen.
Prediction: Celtics win.