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Game 6: Heat (2-2) @ Celtics (3-2) Open Thread

 

**LIVE GAME CHAT STARTS AT 8:15. CLICK HERE**

Game 6
Miami at Boston
8:30 P.M. ET
TD Garden
ESPN

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 98.0 points/100 possessions (10th)
Miami: 104.7 points/100 possessions (3rd)

Defensive Efficiency:
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

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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.

Updates:

We’ll continue to provide game notes LIVE from the Garden as they become available…

  • lakershater13

    "Lets do it!" -KG

  • Batman

    Not gonna be in the chat but I'll be watching the game
    BEAT THEM IN BOSTON
    LOOK AHEAD TO OKC
    CELTICS!!!!!!

    • janos

      hi batman
      i am going bed now sleep. not mood chat. mad.

  • someguyinsac

    48 minutes to the next level, hoping everyone playing is ready to leave it all on the floor for the win.

  • onecowboytoo

    Praying for a win. A little behind on the DVR right now.

  • jman

    Gotta do it tonight…Play everything and look for them to try to get fouls…Heat are going to play as dirty as they can…Might even see a good push match to try to get techs…
    Just push to the basket all night and get the fouls…Hopefully refs are going to be homecourt refs….lol
    No hero ball though….Doc shhould slap pierce bass and pietrus everytime they try one….lol
    Let's do it

  • WTF

    Hmmm, Miami is returning the favor… This Cs team sometime is so frustrating to watch… It's just like they are too arrogant to make it easy on themselves…

  • onecowboytoo

    Where is janos

    • janos

      hi too, is janos
      tonight i watch game on tv,, most, but not enjoy. i am going miss saturday7 game for job. i am very disapoint i was ready good night but is ruin me now.

  • Switcharoo

    Going back to South Beach I guess……typical.
    I really thought this was gonna be the nail in Miami’s coffin tonight. Game 7 will be a horror show for sure.
    GO CELTICS!!!

  • WTF

    What a disappointing outing! Why didn't they able LeBron when he's showing he's super hot?

    • WTF

      double

  • jman

    Nice energy tonight guys…Guess you didn't want it enough Hopefully Saturday you'll remember to play basketball Evreyone should get a D for effort…

  • tom

    I love how Pierce single handedly shot the team out of the game, freaking hero ball bs

  • Anthony

    Damn it! Now I gotta cancel my Saturday night plans just to watch game 7. Can't the Celts make it any tougher on their fans or themselves? SMH.

    Alright, that's enough complaints from me. I still have faith in the Celts for game 7.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Argh don't want to go to my job tomorrow. High school kids are going to be uber-annoying

  • CelticsBIG3

    Love the crowd… Those that are left. Bring the "LETS GO CELTICS" chant folks. The real fans are still in the building. Some one just poured a beer on Lebron's head. Bravo

  • janos

    Hello Haynes, is Janos

    I am not do live chats becase go little fast for me, is mostly joke tell ; not alwys make sense me and go to fast.
    tonight shit .
    I am prepare great game, do post, cookies pile high beyond. big lose us and am KNOWwin game 7 but am work all night saturday and will miss game!!, only check after times. miss everything. tonight best night forenjoy and now is ruin.
    is ruin

    at least heat fan watch us dance there court big win; they are so stupid they go on heathub afters posting "we get them on game 8 guys". stupid people.

    stupid game. i am going bed now. phone ring on daughter, not even answer.

    • someguyinsac

      I like that thought Janos, The C's getting the conference trophy on the Heat floor.

  • High Rollers

    CelticsBIG3 That was a good chant, man. Real fans is right.

  • onecowboytoo

    A complete and utter let down.

  • noche

    Three things beat the Celtics tonight:

    1) Lebron James finally playing like Jordan
    2) The Celtics inability to knock down jumpers
    3) The officiating (when the crowd is tired of chanting BULLSHIT at the garden you know there's a problem)

    IF the C's had stopped Lebron they probably would have lost a close one anyway because they couldn't hit the back side of a barn anyway. BUT if they were hitting shots and stopped Lebron, then the one sided officiating would have been the talk of the game.

    But at the end of the day – Lebron played like he gives a fuck about winning a championship (for the first time of his career) and the Celtics played like they all they had to do was coast and they'd be in the finals. This is what I was petrified of all day today. Everyone I talked to said we got this, which is the first time all year people have been talking about the Celtics like they SHOULD win. The C's shouldn't win. The Heat are the better team.

    As Boston fans we should know better. We should know that after game 5 not a single person should have said anything about anything except for we need to win game 6. People were talking about the end of the Heat instead of what do the Celtics need to do to close out the series.

    We in Boston should know better. As a Boston fan born in the mid 80s I should know better. My generation was bread on mediocre teams and stories of greatness. We should know that nothing is for granted. We should feel the agony our grandparents felt for their entire lives with the Sox. We should revel in the fact that we OWN A DYNASTY with the Pats. We should be grateful of the stories of the 16 banners placed before the new big 3. And most of all – we should never count out the Celtics. Because of all the Boston sports, the Celtics will always be the gold standard.

    WE DON'T RAISE ANYTHING BUT CHAMPIONSHIP BANNERS.

    I BELIEVE IN #18

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