HEAT, Celtics Face Familiar Scenario
The Boston Celtics climbed halfway out of a 2-0 hole in their playoff series with a big win in Game 3. Now, they must beat the Miami Heat at home again to square things.
This is exactly the same scenario the Celtics faced last season. Just like last year, they lost the first two games in Miami, coming close to winning one of them. Just like last year, they returned home and posted a convincing victory in Game 3 (if we sort of airbrush out the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter).
The win in Game 3 on Friday night was necessary to keep the series — and the Celtics — viable. The same is true for Game 4. While it is not a must-win game — there is going to be a Game 5 — the Celtics do not want to go through a repeat of 2011.