June 1, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives against Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the fourth quarter in game three of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. The Boston Celtics won 101-91. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Miami Heat and Boston Celtics Game Four Preview

Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics

(Heat Lead Series 2-1)

Let’s go with questions and answers for this preview.  Tomorrow, I’ll re-answer the questions based on tonight’s game.

1.  Can the Celtics lob it to Garnett all this game? 

In game three, the plan was to give it to Garnett and let him take advantage of his size and athletic ability.  The Heat didn’t bring that much pressure to him and he was able to score 24 points. I would think this game the Heat would look to play behind him a bit more so that he doesn’t have the ability to get behind defenders for a lob pass.  They might have to bring some extra help would should open it up for the shooters of the Celtics.  It might leave Brandon Bass open a bit more as well and he can take advantage of that.

2.  Can Rajon Rondo bring another gigantic effort like in game two to help the Celtics tie this series?

I think the Celtics go as far as Rondo goes.  If he’s not the leader of this team by now, he’s going to be in the next year.  Garnett might be the heart of this team, but once the Celtics hit the floor, Rondo leads with his game and ability.  He’ll need to figure out what worked so well in game two and harness that again. If he can get 25-30 points, things should favor the Celtics.

3.  Can Dwayne Wade get back on track?

Wade shot 9-20 from the field, which was reminiscent of the game at Indiana when he only scored 5 points.  He insists nothing is wrong, but the Celtics just defended him better.  He’ll have to work around that, and get back to the dominating force he has been for the past couple of weeks.

4.  Can the role players of Miami step up?

We all know that Lebron James and Dwayne Wade can carry this team far, but having some help from a guy like Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller, and such would help out the load.  It’s like playing 2-5 sometimes when Wade and James start taking over.  The other players just stand around and wait for what happens.  But this is a team effort, and everyone needs to do their part.

Bonus Question:  Who wins the game and why do they win?

Well, this is a game at Boston and they way they play at home makes me believe they’ll take care of the Heat in this one. I think it will come down to the end, but the Celtics will have a small lead that they can hold on to.  I’m going with a Celtics win of 5 or more points.

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