Miami at Boston
8:30 P.M. ET
Boston: 98.0 points/100 possessions (10th)
Miami: 104.7 points/100 possessions (3rd)
Boston: 95.2 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Miami: 96.8 points allowed/100 possessions (6th)
Key Injuries: Avery Bradley is out.
Probable Miami Starters: Almario Vernard Chalmers (PG), Dwyane Wade (SG), LeBron Raymone James (SF), Shane Battier (PF), Udonis Haslem (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Heat Index
There’s a lot of confidence in the air around Boston tonight. The Celtics have rattled off three straight wins against the Miami Heat, they won an emotional Game 5 in American Airlines Arena, and they have a chance to close out the Heat at home; a place where they’ve gone 9-2 in close out games during the Big Three Era. Needless to say, the confidence isn’t without merit.
But let’s be real. The only thing that matters in this league is the here and now. It’s nice that the C’s have been really good here and now seem to have the Heat’s number but if the Heat win tonight, everything we thought we knew about this series goes out the window. Anything can happen in a Game 7. This is why it’s important that the C’s close this out tonight, at home, in front of 18,624 screaming fans.
The Garden Was !@#$%&* Rockin’ Tonight
…is exactly what you’ll want Kevin Garnett to say after tonight’s game. He’s admitted during these playoffs that he feeds off the crowd’s energy and can get caught up in their emotion. He’s doesn’t necessary need a reason to be intense but the crowd should give him all he can handle tonight. If the Celtics come out victorious, it will be because of him. The Celtics can’t win if Garnett has a bad game. They can win if everyone else lays an egg- as we saw it first hand in Game 5- but Garnett has to completely control the game regardless of whether or not Chris Bosh is starting, playing 30 minutes, or dropping 30 and 15.
After Garnett, it’s Rajon Rondo. I’m looking for Rondo to put his stamp, seal, pad lock- everything on this game. The Celtics are going to continue to double Dwyane Wade on the pick and roll and rely on their rotations to reach the Heat shooters. With Bosh back, the Heat have a stretch big man which gives them another player on the floor the C’s have to worry about knocking down open jumpers. If that happens, and it probably will, it will force the Celtics to exploit their matchup advantages- which means Rondo and Garnett.
It’s nothing we don’t already know, but I’m repeating it because it’s that important.
We’ll continue to provide game notes LIVE from the Garden as they become available…