2010 NBA Playoff Game Four Preview: Boston Celtics Vs. Miami Heat

Frances White@WestEndGirl62Analyst IIApril 24, 2010

MIAMI - APRIL 23:  Forward Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics defends guard Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on April 23, 2010 in Miami, Florida. 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 Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Game three is supposed to be the hardest game to win because it is the first game on an opponent’s home court. The home team is determined to protect what is theirs and the opponent better beware.  All this would be true if Dwyane Wade had help.

The Boston Celtics have decided that they don't care if Wade scores 40 points no other Heat player will be able to sniff the other side of 17 points.

In fact no other Heat starter has averaged more than six points.  Michael Beasley might have cracked that barrier with his game three performance.

The Miami Heat have attempted to build a supporting cast for Wade that is similar to what the Cleveland Cavaliers did for Le Bron James. The only problem is that the Wade has not been able to instill confidence in his group.  

Wade is averaging over 30 points a game and is showing signs of wear and tear.  

The final seconds of game three found him on the sidelines suffering from cramps.  He could only watch as 'The Truth', Paul Pierce sank the game winning jumper as time expired.

The bewildered Heat players watched Boston celebrate and effectively douse any hope of them advancing to the second round. 

It would be embarrassing for Pat Riley if this team gets swept, because it might mark the end of Wade's tenure in South Florida.

That being said this current core of Celtic players have had issues with closing out opponents.  Their history has shown that they have done a lot of falling down when other teams have challenged them.

The question is what will Boston do to close out this series and get the rest that their older bodies need?

The Celtics must try and duplicate the same type of effort that they exerted in game two, where they ran Miami off the court in the second half.

Glen Davis will have to duplicate hie efforts in limited  minutes, this has always been a challenge because 'Big Baby' has an ego as large as his frame.

Tony Allen and Rajon Rondo will need to continue to harass the Heat point guards into submission.

Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett have to limit the second chance opportunities for the Heat.

Paul Pierce and Ray Allen must continue to torch Miami's wing players with their offensive onslaught.

Rest assured that the Miami Heat will play like possessed men in what could be their final game of the 2009-2010 season.

In the end it won't be enough because the Boston Celtics have no intentions of coming back to South Beach to play basketball this year.

It is now up to the Celtics to turn out the lights on the Heat, if they do the rest of the NBA playoff contenders will definitely take notice.


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