All U Can Heat took some time to talk with Brian Cloney, the editor of Hardwood Houdini, a blog covering the Boston Celtics here at the Fansided network. Here is his take on the series.
AUCH: How many minutes, if any, can Shaq play?
Shaq will not play in the series. We have been teased since February calling for an imminent return, but the return dates seem to come and go. The combination of the Heat’s lack of a legitimate center presence and the emergence of Jermaine O’Neal will keep Shaquille O’Neal on the sidelines for this series
AUCH: Does Jeff Green need to be effective in order for the Celtics to win this series?
Green does need to be effective to keep the Celtics in the series. Green’s ineffectiveness against the Knicks forced Ray Allen and Paul Pierce to play extended minutes. Now, this did not end up hurting the team, but the Heat offer more of a matchup issue causing the Celtics to rely more on their bench to bail them out at times. Green does not need to score, he needs to rebound an play defense.
Rajon Rondo, if he plays with the same intensity and drive as he did in round one against the Knicks, then the Heat have no chance. Rondo is one of the most unguardable players in the NBA and proved this terrorizing the Knicks running the point seemingly passing and scoring at will. The Celtics already have three legitimate scoring threats in Pierce, Allen and Garnett and forcing the Heat to focus more on Rondo then they have in games past plays mightily in the Celtics favor.
I think the Celtics have to fear Dwayne Wade. They seem to concede letting LeBron scoring points, but cannot afford to let two of the Heat Big Three have monster games. Shutting down Wade should set the tone for the series and play nicely into the defensive minded Boston Celtics.
Celtics in 6, really going to come down to which player on the bench is going to win the series. We know the stars of both teams are going to score their points in each game. I think it is going to come down to a role player stepping up in a big spot that could push either the Heat or the Celtics onto victory.