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2012 NBA Playoffs, Celtics Vs. Heat: Slow Start Dooms Miami, How To Fix It For Game 5

After taking a two game lead in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, the Boston Celtics stormed back, winning the next two. Game 4 went right down to the wire, needing an overtime period to settle things. It was fortunate for the Heat that things got that far, given their slow start to the game.

Peninsula Is Mightier, SB Nation's Heat blog, noted the Heat's start to the game.

For the second straight game Miami got off to a poor start, this time falling behind by as many as 14 in the opening minutes of the game. It ballooned to 18 in the final minutes of the first half before the Heat began their comeback. They outscored Boston 21-12 in the 3rd quarter and 42-28 in the entire 2nd half. It was a great comeback that fell short once LeBron James fouled out.

The image of LeBron fouling was not a pretty one, as you can see below.



And as for how the Heat can bounce back?

The Heat are going to have to harness the ways they have played well during Game's 3 and 4 and turn that into a full 48 minutes effort on Tuesday night at the AAA. Getting the kind of games they have been from Udonis Haslem will certainly help. He picked up 12 points and 17 rebounds in his 35 minutes of work.

Of course, the news of Chris Bosh's potential return could certainly help the Heat win two more and close out the series.

For more on the Celtics, check out SB Nation Boston and CelticsBlog. For more on the Heat, head over the SBN Tampa Bay and Peninsula Is Mightier.

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.