Shaq expected to play; Rondo confident

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Shaq expected to play; Rondo confident

ByJessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

WALTHAM -Rajon Rondo is confident the Boston Celtics can overcome their 0-2 deficit tothe Miami Heat. Hes made sure his schedule is cleared for it, too.

Yeah, ofcourse I think we can win, he said following shootaround on Saturdaymorning. If I didn't, we'd be planning vacations right now. I don't have anyplans.

As theCeltics prepare for Game 3 against the Heat, Rondo said the mood among playerwas like it always is.

Guys seemfocused, he said.

After twogames in Miami, the Celtics will be playing on their homecourt for the firsttime in this series. Shaquille ONeal participated in the teams walkthroughand is also expected to play for the first time since April 3.

But as the Csproved in the first round against the New York Knicks, having the crowd behindyou doesnt guarantee a win.

Rondobelieves that in order to attack first against the Heat, the Celtics have totake care of the ball, get back in transition, and keep the their opponents offthe offensive glass.

Home courtdoesn't really matter. We've just got to do it, he said. It's like we tookNew York's crowd out of Game 3. They can easily do the same thing, so we'vejust got to try to come out and weather the storm, continue to put the pressureon them.

Rondo pointedout that the Celtics are a confident group of guys, determined to take backthe series.

Were ready,he said. The time is here.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.com!JCamerato

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