NBA Playoffs 2012, Celtics Vs. Heat Game 1: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

May 26, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; A Boston Celtics fan holds a sign in reference to Miami Heat player Lebron James (not pictured) during the fourth quarter in game seven of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

The Heat and Celtics meet in the Eastern Conference Finals for a chance to play for the NBA title.

The 2012 Eastern Conference Finals features the last two Eastern Conference champions: the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. The series tips on Monday, so get to a TV for the Game 1 scheduled start time at 8:30 p.m. ET in Miami.

Miami is considered by most to be the overwhelming favorite against Boston even without one-third of its Big Three, Chris Bosh. See, the Heat still have LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The Celtics counter with puppeteer Rajon Rondo manipulating the marionettes of an aging cast of future NBA Hall of Famers.


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The Celtics needed seven games to dispatch the eighth-seeded Sixers. "Survive and advance" took near-literal meaning during an ugly series in which the Celtics defense carried the team to the second round. That defense will be needed against James and Wade.

Speaking of the Heat's big two, James and Wade are scary right now. LeBron is averaging 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists per game in the playoffs. Typical. Wade averaged 33 points per game over the last three games of the Pacers-Heat series. Beast. On top of that, the Heat's defense has been one of the stingiest in the NBA Playoffs. So ... what weakness do you exploit to beat Miami?

A trip to the NBA Finals is on the line. In the words of Kevin Garnet: "Let's do it."

For more on the Celtics, check out SB Nation Boston and CelticsBlog. For more on the Heat, head over the SBN Tampa Bay and Peninsula Is Mightier.

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