NBA Playoffs 2012: Boston Celtics Will Undoubtedly Tie Up Series with Miami Heat

Luis BatlleContributor IJune 3, 2012

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 01:  Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics reacts in the second half against the Miami Heat in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 1, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Watch out LeBron James, the Big Three in Boston are coming at the Heat with full force.

Despite a 2-1 lead, the Miami Heat are now on the ropes as the Boston Celtics have stolen momentum and will tie this series 2-2 heading into Game 5.

With the series on the line in a critical Game 4, the Celtics undoubtedly have the advantage and will show a sense of urgency in this must-win contest.

These are the three reasons why the Celtics are set to shine in Beantown in what should be a thriller of a Game 4.

 

Rondo Has Found His Scoring Touch

Rajon Rondo is undeniably one of the best facilitators both in the league today and in Boston Celtics history.

However, it is his scoring ability that has taken this offense to the next level against the Miami Heat. After posting just one game with at least 20 points in his last 10 games this postseason, Rondo has put up 44 and 21 points in his last two games.

What makes this scoring run all the more impressive is just how dramatically his jump shot has improved. He seems to have found his stroke from the field and has looked especially confident taking mid-range jumpers.

When Rondo sets the tone offensively, the Celtics are usually in contention. Yet, when he is also controlling the pace with his scoring, they are as difficult a team to beat as any in the league. 

MIAMI, FL - MAY 30:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics drives for a shot attempt in the first half against Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 30, 2012 at American Airlines A
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No Chris Bosh Has Set KG Free

An abdominal strain against the Indiana Pacers has had Bosh sidelined for the greater part of this postseason and each game of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals.

Bosh is arguably the only consistent threat in the front line that this Miami Heat team has, and as a result, Kevin Garnett has been able to roam free in the paint.

In spite of not looking to Garnett in Games 1 and 2, it seems now the Celtics have finally realized just how integral it will be to run the offense through him. Without Bosh, Garnett has a plethora of room to operate and will need to get touches in order for the Celtics to win.

There is a reason that Garnett was able to post 24 points and 11 rebounds in the Game 3 win. The absence of Bosh is undeniably giving Garnett the opportunity to dominate inside.

 

Celtics Have Played Their Best Ball at TD Garden in 2012 Postseason

The Celtics are 7-1 this postseason at TD Garden after a Game 3 victory over the Heat, and will continue to put forth their best efforts at home in this series.

The major difference has been in the team's bench play at home. In the four games at TD Garden against the Philadelphia 76ers in Round 2, the C's bench posted an average of 19 points per game. On the road, this average went down to a mere 13.3 per contest.

This series has been more of the same, with the bench averaging just 10.5 points per game on the road as opposed to 19 points per game at home.

Not to mention, Rondo is as good as it gets when playing for his hometown fans. The top-notch point guard has dished no fewer than 10 assists in each home game this postseason.

Expect the Celtics to use the home crowd to their advantage in this one, as the bench as well as Rondo are set to go off in Game 4.