Heat hope to close out series in Game 5 at home

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Heat hope to close out series in Game 5 at home

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - As the Boston Celtics look to reclaim the Eastern Conference semifinals one game at a time, the Miami Heat have more of a short term plan for themselves -- wrap things up on Wednesday in Miami.

Thats our goal, said LeBron James. Our goal is to win the next game. Our home floor, our home fans, they have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. We are going to come out with the same game plan from the last four games and give our fans what they want to see.

After a 98-90 overtime loss on Monday in Boston, the Celtics are facing elimination in Game 5. The Heat were able to do what the Cs were unable to in Games 1 and 2 -- win on the road. Now the Celtics have no choice but to get a victory in South Beach.

We dont look at it like whether were in Miami or Boston, said Ray Allen. Weve had to win on the road in our history together. Weve had to win in some tough environments. This is no different. At the end of the day when you lace them up, its five-on-five and we have to trust in who we have out there on the floor.

As the Celtics prepare to save their season, the Heat will gear up for a hard-nosed battle.

Its not going to be easy, said Mike Bibby. Weve got to understand that theyve got a championship DNA. Theyre a championship-caliber team and theyre not just going to give it to us. Its going to be another hard-fought game and weve got to be ready for it.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter athttp:twitter.comjcameratoNBA. She can be reached at jessicacamerato@gmail.com.

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