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NBA PLAYOFFS: Boston vs. Miami

Celtics look better on paper, but everyone’s aware of their struggles.

April 16, 2010

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.

April 25 at Miami10 a.m.

April 27 Miami at BostonTBD-x

April 29 Boston at MiamiTBD-x

May 1 Miami at BostonTBD-x

x-If necessaryAll times Pacific

—Mark Heisler

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