Game 5: Boston Celtics 94 @ Miami Heat 90
Slowly but surely, the Heat have seen their transition opportunities get taken away by the Celtics as this series has wore on, settling for a series-low 8 points in transition in their Game 5 loss.
[+]Heat Transition Offense - 2012 Conf Finals Plays Pts Game 1 10 15 Game 2 13 22 Game 3 16 18 Game 4 13 14 Game 5 8 8
From Elias: [+]Teams To Win Games 3, 4, 5 After Trailing 2-0 - Conference Finals in NBA History Opponent 2012 Celtics Heat 2012 Thunder Spurs 2007 Cavaliers* Pistons 1994 Pacers Knicks 1993 Bulls* Knicks 1979 Suns SuperSonics 1956 Pistons* Hawks *Won Series
From Elias: Rajon Rondo has 13 double-digit assist games this postseason and 38 for his career. When he takes the court on Tuesday night, he'll be looking for his 39th 10-plus assist game, which would break the all-time Celtics record held by Bob Cousy.
[+]Most Double-Digit Assist Games - Celtics Postseason History
Rajon Rondo 38 Bob Cousy 38 Dennis Johnson 24 Larry Bird 24 * Source: Elias Sports Bureau
ESPN Stats & Information
2012 NBA Eastern Conference Finals (Game 6) Boston Celtics lead series 3 games to 2
Miami Heat(46-20, 18-15 away) (10-6 NBA Playoffs)Boston Celtics(39-27, 24-9 home) (11-7 NBA Playoffs)
TV Coverage: ESPN8:30 PM ET, June 7, 2012 (Thursday night)
TD Garden, Boston, MA (18,624 seating capacity) Points Rebounds Assists MIA James 29.9 James 9.1 James 5.3 BOS Garnett 19.9 Garnett 10.8 Rondo 11.9
Heat Celtics PG Chalmers 11.9 Rondo 16.8 SG Wade 23.3 Allen 10.4 SF James 29.9 Pierce 19.4 PF Battier 5.2 Bass 10.7 C Turiaf 2.3 Garnett 19.9
Since LeBron James joined the Heat, Miami has played 8 games in Boston against the Celtics, including the postseason. In those 8 games, the Heat have come away with a win just once, in Game 4 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Semifinals. In those 8 games, the Heat are scoring 16 fewer points per game than they have in all other road games in the "The Big 3" era. In addition, they are shooting much worse in all ways, field goals, 3-point shooting and free throws!
[+]MIAMI HEAT ON THE ROAD - LAST 2 SEASONS INCLUDING PLAYOFFS at CELTICS ...................................at ALL OTHER TEAMS W-L 1-7.................................................. 53-30 PPG 82.6.................................................. 98.7 FG pct 41.2............................................... 47.4 3-pt FG pct 27.7........................................ 36.7 FT pct 68.7............................................... 76.5 ESPN Stats & Information
Heat-Celtics Preview Game 6:
BOSTON (AP) -- LeBron James saw his share of disappointment in Boston when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Then he joined the Miami Heat, and things only got worse.
Miami has lost seven of eight on the parquet floor since James arrived to form a superteam modeled after the new Big Three that hung the Celtics' unprecedented 17th NBA championship banner.
The Heat will need a victory here in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night to avoid a fourth straight loss to the Celtics, a fifth straight loss in Boston and a second straight year of failed promise from the trio of James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
"We plan to win the ballgame. We've got to win. That's all we've got to do," Wade said Wednesday before the Heat boarded a plane to return to Boston. "Can't listen to the noise. I'm not. I'm sure our team is not. We're just focused on winning this ballgame."
It was in Boston that James said goodbye to Cleveland, ripping off his jersey as he left the court after Game 6 of the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals after the Celtics spoiled the two-time defending NBA MVP's best chance to win a title with his hometown team.
But Miami has had even bigger struggles in Boston, winning just once on the parquet since Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen joined forces. The Celtics knocked the Heat out of the playoffs in the first round of the 2010 playoffs, one series before eliminating James' Cavaliers. (The Heat did eliminate the Celtics from the playoffs last year, but they needed just one win in Boston.)
In all, Miami has lost 15 of its last 16 regular-season games in Boston.
"Why would you think about that? What does it do for you? Is it going to change anything? No," Wade said. "You've got to go out and try to play -- each game is its own. You can't say, `Oh, well, we're down one point and we've lost 15 out of 16 here. We're not going to win.'
"It doesn't work that way."
Miami finished seven games ahead of the Celtics in the lockout-shortened regular season to earn home-court advantage, then gave it back on Tuesday night when Boston beat the Heat 94-90 to win Game 5.
That means the Celtics just need to win at home on Thursday to advance to the NBA finals for the third time in five years.
"I know how much pain this team has given me over the years," James said. "I think I guess it's only right that we will be going up there in an elimination game. In order for us to keep our season going, we have to win in their building."
That would force the series back to Miami for a decisive seventh game, giving the Celtics a fa llback if they should falter at home.
But they're not interested in that.
"We have one home game left, and that's it in this series," coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday. "We have to understand that, and we have to come with that sense of urgency. Our guys understand that, and I think so does Miami."
The Celtics would also like to avoid a Game 7 so they can rest their banged-up regulars, including thirtysomethings Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Allen, who missed the first two games of the postseason because of bone spurs in his right ankle, left Game 5 in the third quarter when his ankle stiffened but returned in the fourth and sank two free throws with 14 seconds left to give Boston a four-point lead.
"He just said it's locked on him again," Rivers said. "That's happened a couple of times. He needed our doctor to maneuver it ... so he can run again."
Rondo dislocated his left elbow in last year's second-round playoff series against the Heat. He appeared to injure the same arm early in Tuesday's game, adjusting the sleeve he wears on it and seeking assistance from the Celtics' trainer.
But he finished with seven points, 13 assists and six rebounds -- one of them when he slapped a loose ball away from James to Mickael Pietrus for a 3-pointer.
Rivers said he didn't know what was wrong with Rondo's elbow -- and didn't want to know.
Bosh returned after missing the nine playoff games with a lower abdominal strain from the opener of the conference semifinals against Indiana. He had nine points and seven rebounds in 14-plus minutes but was not on the floor down the stretch when the Celtics came back to win 94-90.
Bosh said Wednesday that he is "99 percent" and that he did not ask to be held out in the fourth last night.
"I think he'll be able to handle a bigger load of minutes," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It'll be based more on how he feels during the game."
Line Miami by 2.0, O/U: 181.0
Gameday Matchup MIA BOS W-L 46-20 39-27 Avg Points 98.5 91.8 Avg Points Allowed 92.5 89.3 Home Record 28-5 24-9 Road Record 18-15 15-18
Current Streak L2 W2 Last 10 5-5 6-4 Injury ReportMiami Chris Bosh PF - Jun 7: Day-to-DayRonny Turiaf C - Jun 6: Day-to-Day Boston No significant injuries
Depth Chart MIA (PPG) BOS (PPG) PG M. Chalmers 11.9 R. Rondo 16.8 SG D. Wade 23.3 R. Allen 10.4 SF L. James 29.9 P. Pierce 19.4 PF S. Battier 5.2 B. Bass 10.7 C R. Turiaf 2.3 K. Garnett 19.9
Team Stat Leaders MIA BOS Points L. James 29.9 K. Garnett 19.9 Rebounds L. James 9.1 K. Garnett 10.8 Assists L. James 5.3 R. Rondo 11.9 Steals L. James 2.1 R. Rondo 2.4 Blocks D. Wade 1.5 K. Garnett 1.6
He has had some classics...........you should hear the way he says 'jumbutron'!I think that was around the Red Sox parade in 2004 he said something about the jumbutron and it was hilarious.
Then he got Varitek confused with Adam Vinaitari!
Classic...........I'll be laughing at this for a long time.
Everyone is making fun of that today!
BIG GAME TONIGHT!
I'll be around the Garden tonight.........will be pulling my hair out I'm sure!
We gotta take this one.
Hope to celebrate with you all after the game (after I celebrate on Causeway Street)!
Boston is insane right now
The Garden is going to be LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!
End of the 1st quarter:
Miami Heat 26 @ Boston Celtics 16
Miami: L. James 14 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast
Boston: R. Rondo 8 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl
Heat 55(46-20, 18-15 away)Celtics 42(39-27, 24-9 home)TV Coverage: ESPN/ESPN38:30 PM ET, June 7, 2012 (Thursday night)
TD Garden, Boston, MA 1 2 3 4 T MIA 26 29 - 55 BOS 16 26- 42
Miami: L. James 30 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast
Boston: R. Rondo 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl