Heat face elimination in Game 6 vs. Celtics
BOSTON (WHDH) -- As surprised as we may be to see the Celtics one win away from the finals, it's perhaps more surprising to see Miami one loss away from falling short of expectations once again.
The Heat blew a 2-0 series lead and quite possibly a chance to make good on all that championship chatter LeBron James brought to Miami.
Year two, and no rings. And LeBron James' "championship-meter" will stay at zero if he and the heat can't get a win in Game 6.
"It's going to be a tough environment, it's going to be a tough game. Those guys are going to come out with a lot of passion and they have a game plan as well, to try to close the series, so something has to give," James said.
"When it comes to elimination games, it's a possibility. You try to do a little harder, do a little better, but you don't really try to think about the consequences, because you can't let doubt creep in," said Dwyane Wade.
Some doubt still lingered as to how much more we'll see of Chris Bosh; he scored nine points in 15 minutes in Game 5, but was on the bench down the stretch.
In Game 6, the big man expects to let it ride.
"No, there's no restrictions now. It's put up or shut up, man. They've been asking me how I feel and I say, 'Whatever it takes.' There is no tomorrow right now, so we have to play like it," said Bosh.
The thought of blowing a 2-0 series lead as a heavy favorite can make a team sweat, but the heat are staying cool and staying positive.
"We put ourselves in a great position, why not again tonight? But let's make it a different result. Our guys are coming in with a very confident attitude," said Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra.
"It's a series until the final bell you can't give up at all, so, that's the way we approach it, the way i approach it," Wade said.
Actually, it’s win and go home and play a Game 7 -- the ideal situation for the Heat, but that challenge is considerably greater for the Heat having to navigate “the jungle” as Kevin Garnett likes to call the atmosphere at the Garden.