Celtics-Heat Preview: Miami’s Key to Victory In Game Five Is Role Players

April 27th, 2010 by Allen Levin Leave a reply »
It took a dazzling 46-point performance by Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade just to stave off elimination in Game 4 of his team's first round series against the Boston Celtics. Wade put on a record setting show in front of an ecstatic home crowd to extend the Heat's season another game and avoid a 4-0 sweep.

Miami now finds themselves down 3-1 and once again facing elimination as they head to Boston tonight for Game 5. Wade and the Heat will be looking to do the improbable and win at the TD Garden and force the series back to Miami. For the Heat to accomplish this, they will have to play nearly flawless basketball and a key component in that will be the play of the supporting cast.

Throughout the first three games of the series, the Miami Heat role players have been pretty much non-existent, with most of the production coming from Wade. Michael Beasley, Udonis Haslem, Carlos Arroyo, and Mario Chalmers have all been less than impressive. And Jermaine O'Neal has been absolutely atrocious, shooting six-of-34 (17.6 percent) through four games.

The lack of support from the role players has forced Wade to shoulder the entire offensive load. He is ave ...

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