Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, NBA Eastern Finals Game 1: Fan Playoff Preview

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The Boston Celtics are now just eight wins away from an NBA Championship. The team was nearly written off early in the season as they experienced their struggles and then again near the trade deadline. Danny Ainge then decided to take a chance and give it one more try with the current squad, and that chance happened to pay off.

Boston and Miami have quite the playoff rivalry in recent years. In 2010 the Celtics defeated Dwyane Wade and the Heat in the first round while LeBron James experienced defeat at the hands of the Celtics in the second round back when he was still with the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2011 both Wade and James got their revenge as Miami knocked out the Celtics. The two teams meet again in 2012 with the winner earning a trip to the NBA Finals.

The matchup:

The Boston Celtics will take on the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena located in Miami, Fla. on Saturday, May 28, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. EDT.

The standings:

Boston comes into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals finishing the regular season with a 39-27 record. The Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Quarters in six games and the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Semis in seven games.

Miami enters the matchup having finished the season with a 46-20. The Heat defeated the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference Quarters in five games and the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semis in six games.

The playoff series:

The playoff series is currently tied at 0-0.

Where to watch:

The game can be watched live nationwide on ESPN.

The playoff statistic leaders:

Boston: Paul Pierce- 19.3 points per game, Rajon Rondo- 12.3 assists per game, Kevin Garnett- 10.8 rebounds per game.

Miami: LeBron James- 29.0 points per game, LeBron James- 5.9 assists per game, LeBron James- 8.9 rebounds per game.

Injuries to note:

Boston: Chris Wilcox (aortic abnormality), Jeff Green (aortic aneurysm), Avery Bradley (dislocated left shoulder).

Miami: Chris Bosh (abdominal strain).

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Sources:

All data provided by NBA.com

Paul Rados is an avid Boston Celtics fan and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @PSRados or leave him a message on Facebook.

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