2012 NBA Playoffs, Heat Vs. Celtics Game 2: Can Rajon Rondo Improve His Play To Keep Boston In Series?

May 28, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) looks on during the second half in game one of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Boston Celtics need to make several improvements if they want to compete against the Miami Heat, but the biggest change will need to come from Rajon Rondo.

The Boston Celtics failed to keep up with the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals and lost, 93-79, but on Wednesday night they can get right back into the series when they play Game 2 at AmericanAirlines Arena. Is there anything the Celtics can do to stay alive, or is this just the Heat's series to take? SB Nation's Ben Golliver recently broke down Game 1 and offered some insight into what we can look for in Game 2:

Golliver sees Rajon Rondo as the key cog in getting Boston going against the Heat. If Rondo is able to have a good game, the rest of the team should be able to feed off of that and help the offense reach the high 80s in points.

But that might not be enough to compete against the scoring prowess of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Still, any improvement by the Celtics offense should be able to keep the Celtics within striking distance during this game.

For more on these teams, visit Heat blog Peninsula is Mightier and Celtics blog CelticsBlog. To stay up to date on all of the happenings in the 2012 NBA Playoffs, head over to SB Nation NBA.

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