The much-hyped Miami Heat come into tonight's rematch with the Boston Celtics at 5-3, and are coming off a tough loss to the Utah Jazz. Up 22 at one point, the Heat crumbled in the fourth quarter (although let's be honest, a team doesn't go on a shooting binge like that often), and many are now questioning their toughness.
After ripping off several wins against inferior opponents and dominating the Magic, the Heat have lost two of their last three. A convincing win over the Celtics would do a lot for the confidence of this Heat team, and silence some of the doubters and scrutiny.
The Celtics are coming off of a road loss to the Mavericks, but before that had looked relatively invulnerable. Despite injuries to the O'Neals, and the continued suspension of Delonte West, the Celtic juggernaut has continued to roll over and stifle opponents.
Rondo is having an unbelievable season and is, in my opinion, the best player on the Celtic team right now. Garnett has looked healthy and it has shown in his defensive game. The Celtics would love nothing more to beat the Heat again, and grow their psychological edge over their new rivals.
Let's take a look at five things to look for tonight and how they will impact the game.