4. BOSTON VS. 5. MIAMI
Season series: Celtics, 3-0
Key stat: Miami finished 18-4, Boston 27-27.
Personnel-wise, the bigger, deeper Celtics are a mismatch for the Heat on paper but that's meaningless as Kendrick Perkins noted recently, adding, "Look at us."
In denial, Boston management and fans criticized their overachieving players' effort level. Coach Doc Rivers is now considering resigning, a sign he knows this is all they have left.
Now everyone's anxious to see just how much that is, starting with them.
Prediction: Rivers lives to coach a few more days. Boston in six.
Saturday at Boston5 p.m.
Tuesday at Boston5 p.m.
April 23 at Miami4 p.m.