LeBron James says it, so it must be true. The Miami Heat have figured all along that they would have to go through the Boston Celtics to get where they want to go, the NBA Finals. The Celtics seem to relish playing against LeBron and Miami in general. Last season they disposed of both the Heat and the Cavaliers, and while the team from South Beach sounds confident, they will need to play better than they did against the Sixers. Philly kept it close in most of the games, and certainly had Heat fans holding their breath at the end of Wednesday night’s Game 5.
The good news for Miami is that by virtue of their late season push, they grabbed the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference and a home court advantage over Boston. The potentially bad news is that they have still only beaten the Celtics once this year and twice during the last three years. The recipe for victory for Miami is simple. Defense. They have to be able to keep Rajon Rondo out of the paint as much as possible and keep a body attached to Ray Allen. Dwyane Wade is their best option against Allen, but Spoelstra will have to find another viable option for much of the game, as you don’t want Wade expending too much energy of defense early on in the contest. On offense, Miami just needs to avoid slow starts. The Celtics are too good defensively to spot 10-15 points leads early in the game. Two promising aspects of the Heat’s offense coming out of the Philly series are the play of Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers. Bosh has been much more aggressive taking it too the hole and Super Mario is finally connecting on 3′s. Miami will need some guys not named Bron and Wade to make solid contributions to beat Boston. You get what you ask for and the Heat get to prove they didn’t ask for too much on Sunday at 3:30.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).