The Celtics and Heat are facing off in the most important game of the year for the Celtics. So as we wait for the Game 3 tip, here's a look at what's being said from the Miami perspective.
Heat Index: Chris Bosh knows when it’s coming. They warn him from the bench, his teammates point in his direction and an elbow often lands in his chest. There are very few secrets in a playoff series, and there’s also little room to hide. There’s a spotlight on the Miami Heat forward in this series with the Boston Celtics. Not so much from the fans, reporters or television broadcasts as much as the one within the game, in which the Celtics have chosen to pick on what they believe could be the weak link in the Heat’s big three. A significant part of the game plan has been to attack Bosh with Kevin Garnett as often as possible, clearly an indication that the Celtics feel they have an advantage. But here is the thing: So far it’s not working. Bosh isn’t just holding his own against Garnett, as the Heat hoped for at the start of the series, he’s winning the battle. The Heat are up 2-0, in part thanks to him.
Miami Herald: Stifling. Suffocating. Swarming. Pick any adjective you like. Any will do to describe the Heat’s defensive effort for much of this postseason. For all of the offensive artistry delivered by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, defense has been this team’s backbone — one reason why Miami is 6-1 in the postseason and why the Heat will take a 2-0 lead into Saturday night’s critical Game 3 against the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston. “We’re winning games because of what we’re doing defensively,” Wade said Friday.
Sun-Sentinel: Erik Spoelstra knows he wouldn't be here if Chris Wallace didn't create the opening. Now Spoelstra finds himself working from a position of strength against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals, his coaching credentials with the Miami Heat no longer at issue. And Wallace, a questioned front-office presence first with the Celtics and then early in this tenure with the Memphis Grizzlies, finds himself engulfed in mid-south basketball madness. "There's no way I would have gotten into the NBA without Chris," Spoelstra said during a break in preparation for Saturday night's game against the Celtics at TD Garden. "There's no way, unless I wanted to follow in my father's footsteps and get involved in business and marketing."
Peninsula is Mightier: One thing that having Shaq on the floor will do for Boston is it will keep Joel Anthony on the bench. The Heat will likely put out Erick Dampier and maybe even Jamaal Magloire to deal with Shaq when he is on the floor, but Anthony is just too small to handle the bigger O'Neal, who outweighs him by close to 100lbs. However, since Shaq is towards the end of his career and is much slower and less productive now then he was a few years ago, it's likely that Doc Rivers will only have him out there between 10-15 minutes.