Celtics Vs. Heat: Complete Eastern Conference Finals Series Coverage

The Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat will tip off in Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Eastern Conference Finals on Monday.

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The LeBron Game: A Historical Perspective

LeBron James scored 45 points in Game 6 while making 19-26 from the field. Such high-scoring, high-efficiency games are relatively rare in the playoffs, and this one stands among the best of them.

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LeBron James Saves The Heat, And Silences Everyone Else

LeBron James scored 45 points and the Heat dominated the Celtics Thursday, forcing a Game 7 Saturday. And for one game, we remembered why everyone cares so much about LeBron.

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Is This The End Of The Heat?

If the Heat lose to the Celtics on Thursday, will Pat Riley break up the team and abandon the dual-creator philosophy? Should he?

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Even When Rajon Rondo Isn't Good, He's Still Great

It may not be obvious from a box score that shows him shooting just 3-15 and committing 5 turnovers, but Rajon Rondo had a huge impact on Boston's Game 5 victory in Miami.

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Heat Vs. Celtics, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 5: Boston Beats Miami On The Road, 94-90, For 3-2 Series Lead

The Boston Celtics continued to ride the tide in the Eastern Conference Finals by defeating the Miami Heat, 94-90, on Wednesday night. The Celtics now lead this series, three games to two, after capturing a road victory at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The final minute of play was filled with point-counterpoint moments, but the Heat just weren't able to string together more than two points in row. With 52 seconds remaining, the Celtics held a one-point lead, 87-86, but Paul Pierce hit a trey from 25 feet out for a four-point lead. From there on out, with the exception of a LeBron James layup, it was an exchange of fouls and free throws.

Pierce scored 19 points for the Celtics, shooting just 6-of-19 from the field, but that three came at the opportune time. Kevin Garnett led the team with 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Ray Allen also struggled from the field (2-of-9), but he and Mickael Pietrus each put in 13 points.

LeBron James led the Heat's effort with 30 points and 13 rebounds and Dwyane Wade added 27 points, but ultimately they couldn't get through the Celtics defense when it was a close game. No other Miami scorer turned in more than nine points.

Game 6 of this series returns to Boston's TD Garden on Thursday night. Can Pierce, KG and the rest of the Celtics banish LeBron and Wade from the postseason?

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Heat Vs. Celtics: Video Breakdown Of Boston's Wins

In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Boston Celtics looked old and slow. In Game 2, they were undone by the referees. They headed home in a 2-0 hole, but they're back in the series after putting together a couple of great performances in Games 3 and 4, locking up the Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2. Rajon Rondo's performance and LeBron James fouling out were the big stories of Game 4, which Ben Golliver breaks down below.

The series now shifts to Miami, where the Heat will host Game 5 at home on Tuesday. The biggest story throughout the day leading up to the game is likely to be whether or not Chris Bosh will be able to make a return to the Miami Heat lineup. The Heat should be favored to win at home without him, but based on what happened over the weekend in Boston, they might need him for Game 6.

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Heat Vs. Celtics Game 5: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Miami Heat return home after two straight road losses to the Boston Celtics, and will be looking to retain their homecourt advantage in Game 5.

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The LeBron James Clutch Debate That Just Won't Die

It wouldn't be the NBA Playoffs if we weren't arguing about LeBron James in the clutch. After Sunday's loss to the Celtics in Game 4, both sides will be louder than ever.

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Who's To Blame For Miami Heat Losing? Everyone

Whose fault was it that the Heat didn't pull out a win against the Celtics on Sunday? Just about everyone's. That, Spurs-Thunder, Tiger's "back" (again) and more in this week's Monday Morning Jones.

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Heat Vs. Celtics Brings Refs Into Spotlight, Much To The NBA's Chagrin

The Heat and Celtics played an instant classic in Game 4 on Sunday, but it's hard to avoid thinking about the refs' role. That's the eternal problem for the NBA.

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Celtics Vs. Heat, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 4: Boston Wins 93-91 In OT

Dwyane Wade missed a three-point attempt as time expired in overtime, and the Eastern Conference Finals go back to Miami with the series tied 2-2. Boston won 93-91 in a thrilling back-and-forth OT contest.

With both Paul Pierce and LeBron James fouled out on questionable offensive fouls, points were at a premium in the extra session. The team's combined for only six, which was the theme of the second half with both defenses clamping down after a sloppy first 24 minutes.

Boston got strong play from Rajon Rondo, who had 15 points and 15 assists, and Kevin Garnett, who had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

While LeBron wasn't as efficient as he has been in this series, he still had 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Wade recovered from a slow start in the first half to put up 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.

Perhaps the most encouraging sign for the Celtics was Ray Allen's strong offensive effort, as the injured shooting guard had 16 points on 6-16 shooting.

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Heat Not Expecting Chris Bosh To Be Back For Game 4 Vs. Celtics

The Miami Heat looked as bad as they have all postseason in a Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday. In particular, Kevin Garnett was a destroyer and Miami's small lineups were ineffective. Given that Chris Bosh's initial prognosis was that he could return sometime in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Game 3 result has naturally led to questions about whether the power forward would hit the court in time to help get Miami a win in Boston and a commanding 3-1.

That remains unclear, but the Heat's other two stars aren't counting on it. Here's what LeBron James said in the post-game on Friday.

"We don't know when Chris will be back. We're not going into the next game hoping that he's going to be there or whatever the case may be. We've got to prepare like he's not playing. We'll prepare for Game 4 like he's not playing."

In three regular season games against Boston this year, Bosh averaged 11.7 points (lower than usual) and 10.3 rebounds (higher). He averaged 12.8 points and 10.2 rebounds in the Heat's series against Boston in 2011.

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Heat Vs. Celtics: How Can Boston Win Game 3?

The Boston Celtics made a lot of great adjustments following their Game 1 loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Final, but it wasn't quite enough. The Heat came away with a hard-fought, 115-111 overtime win in Game 2 on Wednesday night, taking a 2-0 series lead heading back to Boston and demoralizing the Celtics' resolve.

Now, the Celtics must respond in Friday's Game 3 in order to save their season. What kind of changes can they make in their game-plan to get it done? SB Nation's Ben Golliver discussed that, as well as Game 2, in this video.


As Golliver notes in the video, the Heat "know they took a very, very good punch from Boston" to survive Game 2. It'd be easy for them to think that was the best punch the Celtics can provide in this series. We'll see if that ends up being the case.

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The Celtics Superfreak Not Quite Enough Vs. The Superteam

Rajon Rondo dazzled everyone with 44 points and 10 assists in Game 2, but it wasn't enough. LeBron James scored 34 points of his own, and the Heat survived the Celtics in overtime.

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Heat Vs. Celtics Game 2: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Heat and the Celtics are both trying to capture the Eastern Conference title. They'll meet in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

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Ray Allen Injury: Celtics Guard May Sit Game 2 To Rest Ankle

The Boston Celtics may rest Ray Allen and his injured ankles for Game 2 of the 2012 NBA Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, head coach Doc Rivers told Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston on Tuesday. Allen struggled in Game 1, going 1-7 from the field and an almost inexplicable 3-7 from the free throw line.

"It's a tough call with him," Rivers said. "We're trying to figure out a different minute rotation for him, maybe that will help him. We're even considering sitting him for a game, getting him a longer rest and then playing him, and then sitting him for a game. We don't know what the right thing is."

Allen hasn't been himself throughout the playoffs. He is averaging just 9.6 points per game this postseason, and his 39 percent shooting mark would be the lowest playoff average of his career if it holds. Some time to rest could do him some good. As it now stands, Allen isn't doing much on the floor for the Celtics.

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The Heat Finally Slow Rajon Rondo, But He'll Bounce Back

Have the Miami Heat figured out Rajon Rondo, or did he just have one bad game. We're leaning towards the latter.

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Changes The Celtics Must Make To Have A Prayer Against Miami

The Boston Celtics are going to have to alter their approach against the Miami Heat if they hope to make the Eastern Conference Finals a competitive series.

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Rondo On Slowing LeBron, Wade: 'They've Got To Hit The Deck, Too'

The Boston Celtics didn't look particularly impressive in Game 1 against the Miami Heat on Monday night. The Heat ran wild late in the game en route to a double-digit win to open the Eastern Conference final series. While the Heat seemed to be having a blast in the second half, the Celtics looked increasingly frustrated. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade repeatedly drove the lane in the game and may be in store for some payback.

Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports this early Boston frustration may manifest itself in more physical games later in the series. Rajon Rondo was asked how the Celtics would respond.

"Shrink the floor," Rondo spat out in the visiting locker room, and when asked if making James and Wade pay for driving the lane was the appropriate counter, he offered the quote that will define Game 2.

"Nothing dirty," Rondo said. "But, you know, they've got to hit the deck, too."

James was told about Rondo's comments and responded thusly:

"That doesn't change anything for us," James said. "We expect to hit the deck every single game, me and D-Wade. It's how we feel like teams approach us. They feel like they need to put us on the floor, hard-foul us. It doesn't change our approach. We still have to be in attack mode no matter what happens, because that's when we're at our best as a team."

The Celtics may be hoping to take the Heat to church in Game 2 and beyond, but they didn't really look capable of muscling around the Miami team at any point in Game 1.

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Heat Vs. Celtics, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 1 Final Score: Miami Wins Opener, 93-79

On Monday night, old rivals the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics faced off in South Beach in the first game of the NBA Eastern Conference final. At the end of the evening the Heat had picked up the 1-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series by a final score of 93-79.

The Celtics were outscored 21-11 in the first quarter, but exploded for 35 points in the second quarter to enter halftime in a 46-46 tie. After the break, the Heat quickly regained the lead and pushed it out to double digits by the end of the third quarter. The Heat easily held onto their lead over the last 12 minutes and coasted to the win.

LeBron James had a big double-double for the Heat, finishing with 32 points and 13 rebounds. Dwyane Wade added 22 points to the winning effort. Kevin Garnett led all Celtics scorers with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Game 2 of the series will be on Wednesday, when the Heat will attempt to take a 2-0 lead while still on their home court.

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LeBron James Laughs In Kevin Garnett's Face

It must be nice to weigh 265 pounds like LeBron James. That way, he can get away with laughing in Kevin Garnett's face without fear of retaliation.

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Nice Emperor Palpatine impression, LeBron. Too bad KG was turned to the dark side many years ago.

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7 Important Questions About The Heat Vs. Celtics Series

It's the Heat and Celtics, playing in a key playoff series again. What are the keys to either team coming away with the victory?

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LeBron James Can't Win Against The Celtics

LeBron James must beat the Celtics to continue his journey toward a proper legacy, but he can't actually win against Boston ... all because of 2010.

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