Cold Front: Boston Beats The Heat, Takes Control Of Series

The Miami Heat have lost three in a row, ceding homecourt advantage in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Boston Celtics.

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Dwyane Wade And LeBron James: Bad Effort, Bad Job

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are great players, but their on-court effort sometimes comes and goes. It came and went in Game 5, and the Heat ended up falling.

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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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Chris Bosh Just Needed To Let Off Some Steam

It’s been a rough 36 hours for Chris Bosh. For once, I think his over-exuberance after a three-point play is appropriate.

UPDATE: Here's Bosh literally letting off some steam.

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Celtics and Heat Adjusting to Each Other

I love the chess match going on in this series between the Celtics and Heat. Both teams have made changes to their schemes in Game 5, hitting right at the other’s adjustments.

On Miami’s end, they’re trying to get LeBron James and Dwyane Wade the ball close to the basket. The Heat’s first play was a Hawk set that saw Wade set a ball screen on the right side, then circle around the baseline to post up on the left side. Wade and James have gotten several post-ups since then.

Boston’s adjustment? Hard double teams to get the ball out of Wade and James’ hands in the post, followed by the three other defenders keeping their feet in the paint and closing off passing lanes. Sharp cuts by James and Wade have victimized the Celtics a couple times, but overall, they have to feel pretty good with how their defense is playing.

Like I said at the jump, seeing these unfold is fun. These things happen in a Game 5.

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Chris Bosh Injury Update: Heat Forward Could Play 'In Spurts'

There was some belief that Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh would be able to play in Tuesday night's match-up with the Boston Celtics, and that appears to be the case. It does not look like Bosh is going to play a significant role for Miami in Game 5 however, according to Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra.

Spoelstra said that Bosh would be used in "short bursts" and that he would play a "small role" and said that Bosh would likely play center. He also worked to downplay expectations.

"He doesn't have to be the Chris Bosh he was seven weeks ago," he said. "We can build up to that. He just has to give us solid minutes and help our rotation get worked out."

Bosh suffered a lower abdominal injury during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Indiana Pacers and hasn't played since. The Heat could definitely use another big man on the court who can score, even if it's just in short bursts from Bosh.

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Chris Bosh Injury Update: Heat Forward A 'Game-Time Decision' For Game 5 Vs. Celtics

The Miami Heat have managed a couple of home wins over the Boston Celtics without injured big man Chris Bosh, but based on what happened in Game 4 in Boston, the Heat might need him back to win the series. LeBron James picked up a few fouls while attempting to guard Kevin Garnett in the post, which led to his fouling out.

Erik Spoelstra has been asked before every game of the series how close Bosh was to returning, and he gave his most optimistic answer yet in the morning before Game 5. Bosh is a game-time decision on Tuesday night.

Bosh has been out since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers, when he sustained an abdominal injury.

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

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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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