1. Rondo’s Injury
Rajon Rondo won’t play and if he does he will be even more limited then he was in the second half of Game 3. Anyone that has played sports knows you can continue to play sometimes when the injury first occurs. Hell I myself have played with torn ligaments in my knee only to then feel the pain and see the swelling hours later. What Rondo did in Game 3 by returning and guiding his team in the fourth quarter should be applauded. I assure you had that been Paul Pierce his season would have been over. As is Miami will benefit greatly from a handicapped or non present Rondo.
2. LeBron James Will Blow Up
Expect LBJ to come out tonight and have his best game of the post season. I’m talking about 37 points 11 rebounds and 9 assists good. He may very well get the triple double but I expect James to score somewhere between the High 30’s, maybe even hit the 40 mark.
3. Heat Will Take Boston’s Crowd Out of it Early
Miami will finish the first quarter leading by no less than 6 points, don’t be surprised if it’s double digits. By doing so they will silence the majority of the crowd and deflate the arena before it has a chance to start to believe again. the Heat stressed the need to not fall behind early and they won’t.
4. Mario Chalmers will be the Best Player Off the Bench for Either Team.
Granted he won’t put up 25 buy look for Chalmers to finish with at leaat 15 points, 4 assists and 2 steals. Chalmers has been the man running the offense when James and Dwyane Wade have both rested at the same time. This shows Spoelstra’s confidence in letting Chalmers handle play making responsibilities instead of just using Chris Bosh in a post up game when both Heat stars are on the bench.
5. Showtime Heat
Look for the key stat of the night which will be fast break points. Miami is going to run the Celtics up and down the court til they drop. This isn’t going to be the same Boston team that had 4 days of rest before Game 3. They are now having to play in less than 48 hours of rest and the age factor is going to show up once more tonight. The Heat will take advantage of their youth and speed now that Rondo may not play.