The Eastern Conference Finals is set to get underway, and it is clear that two of the best teams in the conference, the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics are going to be involved in the soiree. This should be a fantastic series, and many think that the winner of this series is going to go on to win the 2012 NBA Championship. Don’t miss out on all of our Boston vs. Miami picks for the postseason!
#4 Boston Celtics vs. #2 Miami Heat Series Preview & Pick
The Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics clearly don’t like each other. The Celtics were formed by bringing all sorts of big time names together for a run at glory, and they were able to get the job done. That’s why the Heat wanted to get their trio of stars together. Now, Boston is clearly at the tail end of its domination, while Miami is just trying to make its run for its first title. The two would love nothing more than to be able to end the other’s season in the Eastern Conference Finals.
With all of the big time names that are in the playoffs right now, the one that might be the MVP of the bunch is Rajon Rondo. Rondo was more or less just “that fourth guy” that was the glue to Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce and their stardom, but he has rounded into the most important player on the team. Head Coach Doc Rivers called Rondo the quarterback of the club for good reason. He is third on the team in scoring here in the postseason, and he is averaging over a dozen assists and nearly seven rebounds per game as well. Rondo’s Game 7 triple-double against the Philadelphia 76ers was one of the best and most important games that a Celtic has ever had, and it marked his ninth career playoff triple-double. Pierce and Garnett are both doing well in the postseason as well, averaging 19.3 and 19.2 points per game between them, but the rest of the team just seems to be full of liabilities. Allen looks old and slow, and with Avery Bradley out for the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery, defense could be a big problem now that Boston is running into a solid offensive club with superstars on it for the first time in these playoffs.
The Heat have officially woken up. They were down 2-1 in the series to the Indiana Pacers a week and a half ago, and they were coming off of a stretch of five games in which they were beaten three times and nearly beaten a fourth. However, without Chris Bosh in the fold, Miami has gone on a great run, winning three straight games in dominating fashion to get to this point. The question though, is who will take over for Bosh in the paint? Udonis Haslem is the most likely candidate, but the better hope is that Bosh will be able to come back from this abdomen injury at some point in this series. We just don’t know if it is going to happen, though. That being said, LeBron and D-Wade are averaging over 50 points per game between them, but beyond those two and Mario Chalmers, no one on the club is averaging more than the 5.3 points per game of Mike Miller.
These two teams really just don’t like each other, and it is going to show once again over the course of the next two weeks. The lack of off days is going to come back to really hurt Boston though, as the more youthful legs of the Heat should be able to get through this series and all of the travel that is necessary a heck of a lot better. We know that the Celtics were able to win the final three games that these teams played in the regular season this year, but this is a different looking Miami team. This series might look a heck of a lot like last year’s series in the second round, when the Heat disposed of the C’s in five games.
Miami Heat in 5 (-500)