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NBA Playoffs Open Game Thread: Celtics @ Heat

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Eastern Conference Semifinals: Game #1
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May 1st, 2011
American Airlines Arena
3:30 PM
TV: ABC Radio: 790 AM
Probable Starters
Rajon Rondo
PG Mike Bibby
Ray Allen
SG Dwyane Wade
Paul Pierce SF LeBron James
Kevin Garnett
PF Chris Bosh
Jermaine O'Neal C Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Game Notes following the jump...

GAME NOTES

  • 9 of the 15 players on Miami's roster have been knocked out of the playoffs at some point of their career by the Boston Celtics.
  • Last season the Celtics eliminated both Dwyane Wade (1st round) and LeBron James (2nd round) in the postseason en route to winning the Eastern Conference.
  • Chris Bosh is coming off of a playoff series against Philly in which he had at least 20 points and 10 boards in 3 of the 5 games.
  • When Bosh records a double double, the Heat has gone 24-7, a win percentage of .774.
  • During last years playoffs D-Wade scored 33.2 points on 56.4% shooting against Boston, who beat Miami 4 games to 1.
  • This season, Wade didn't fare as well against the Celtics. He averaged 12.8 points on 28.1% shooting while the Heat dropped 3 of 4 to Boston.
  • Ray Allen led the Celtics in scoring against Miami during the regular season, averaging 20.3 points on 49.2% shooting.
  • Udonis Haslem (foot) is doubtful for Game 1.
  • For Boston, former Heat center Shaquille O'Neal (calf) is questionable.