Heat hope to close out series in Game 5 at home


Heat hope to close out series in Game 5 at home

By JessicaCamerato

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.

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NBA officiating: Smart foul that cost C's potential win was wrong call

NBA officiating: Smart foul that cost C's potential win was wrong call

Were it not for a Marcus Smart personal foul with under 12 seconds to play, the Celtics might have won Saturday’s game against the Trail Blazers in regulation. Instead, they lost in overtime, but it turns out they should have at least had a shot at the regulation win. 

The game's Last Two Minute Report released by NBA officiating, which assesses all calls made in the final two minutes of play, labels the Smart foul “IC,” or “incorrect call.”

Smart was called for a personal foul on a play in which he stole the ball from Damian Lillard under the net and scored. Had the foul not been called, Boston would have held a 112-111 lead with 10.8 seconds remaining. 

The report states the following: The replay shown on the DF BCAST shows Smart (BOS) makes clean contact with the ball.

Portland went on to outscore Boston, 14-10, in overtime to earn a 127-123 win at TD Garden.