Heat vs. Celtics: 5 Players Who Will Break out in Game 5
The Eastern Conference Finals has not disappointed so far as the series is tied 2-2 going into Game 5. The stars from both the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat have come up big under the bright lights of the playoffs. However, it is the role players that may decide the outcome in today's pivotal game.
In this series the home team has won all the games. And with the Heat returning to Miami in Game 5 the odds seem to be in their favor to pull out the win. On the other hand, riding a two-game winning streak, the Celtics are in prime position to steal a game on the Heat's home court.
Here is a list of players from both rosters who will break out in Game 5.
With Bosh's possible return, Brandon Bass should have a big game tonight.
Having scored in double digits just once in this series, Bass will take advantage inside with a hobbled Bosh protecting the paint. After averaging 14 points in the Conference quarterfinals Bass has seen his numbers dip down to 7.8 points thanks to outstanding defense by LeBron James.
However, with Bosh coming back and playing the four, the Heat's defense is likely to loosen up on Bass.
Of course Bosh's return also has its pluses. With him coming back, many players can now return to their natural positions.
Shane Battier has played admirably in this series even though his flopping might overshadow his play. He has been forced to guard bigger players, and for the most part he has done a decent job.
Bosh's return will help out Battier the most, as he can now shift down and play more small forward instead of switching back and forth from guarding Paul Pierce and Bass.
Marquis Daniels has been a surprise as of late. After missing the majority of the regular season and being a non factor he has shown to be a good player coming off the bench for the Celtics.
Although his stat line does not pop off the page with overwhelming numbers, it's the subtle things that he does that has helped his team. His pesky defense has been his bread and butter this series, and he will continue to push the Heat in Game 5.
Mickael Pietrus has been another player making his presence known on the defensive end. Because of his lack of offense in this series he has been more committed to bothering and defending opposing players.
After getting tangled up with James in the fourth quarter of Game 4, Pietrus managed to draw the sixth foul that took the MVP out of the game.
His whole defensive repertoire will be on full display today as the Celtics try to steal a game in Miami.
Udonis Haslem has had some good games in this series, as well as a couple forgettable ones. But it has been his rebounds that have made him a valuable piece coming off the bench. His gift to control the rebounds has been in full effect this series despite some times playing out of position in certain situations.
With the possibility of Bosh coming back Haslem is set to have a big game today. With both of these players on the court, no one will mistake them for bash brothers, but they can still tip the rebounding scale their way against this Celtics team.