The Boston Celtics will play the Miami Heat on Monday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals with hopes of stealing homecourt advantage. It won't be easy, of course, but it doesn't hurt that Chris Bosh is still dealing with injury issues and won't play Monday night.
Without Bosh in the lineup, the Heat offense has relied on the heroics of either LeBron James or Dwyane Wade -- and little else, honestly. Both players are excellent at what they do, but our friends over at SB Nation's CelticsBlog believe that plays right into Boston's ideal scenario.
One of my main reasons for optimism is this: The Celtics are experts at taking away what another team does best. The Heat are very one dimensional - they rely on their two stars to get them points. They are going to get points, no doubt about it, but the Celtics are going to (as a team) make that harder on them than other teams might.
The Indiana Pacers will be the first to tell Boston that limiting Wade and James is easier said than done, considering that the two have done an excellent job of picking up the other's slack thus far in the NBA Playoffs. If Boston is able to pull it off, though? Bravo!