Still Alive: Celtics Down Heat In Game 3

The Celtics are still alive after downing the Heat in Game 3, 101-91.

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Kevin Garnett Moves Inside In Celtics' Win Over Heat

Perhaps the most striking change from the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals (both won by the Miami Heat) and the Boston Celtics' Game 3 victory was how Kevin Garnett got his shots -- or more accurately, where he got them. On the season, KG relied on the mid-range: Only 35 percent of his shot attempts came within 10 feet of the rim, according to Hoopdata. The numbers were similar in the first two games of the series. In Game 1, seven of KG's 16 shots came within 10 feet of the rim (44 percent). In Game 2, the split was just five of 18 shots (28 percent).

But in Game 3, the share reversed: 12 of Garnett's 16 shots came within 10 feet, including a number of them in the deep paint. KG set up in the post much more frequently to take advantage of Miami's lack of size, and it worked. The Heat couldn't stop him.

That shift has Miami worrying about Game 4 and beyond and wondering if Bosh will return soon.

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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.

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

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