NBA Playoffs: Celtics-Heat matchup now set

Now that the Miami Heat have dispatched the Philadelphia 76ers, the Eastern Conference semifinal schedule has been released for the Celtics-Heat series:

Game 1, Boston at Miami: Sun., May 1, 3:30 p.m.
Game 2, Boston at Miami: Tues., May 3, TBD
Game 3: Miami at Boston: Sat., May 7, 8 p.m.
Game 4: Miami at Boston: Mon., May 9, TBD
Game 5: Boston at Miami: Weds., May 11, TBD
Game 6: Miami at Boston: Fri., May 13, TBD
Game 7: Boston at Miami: Mon, May 16, 8 p.m.

Someone is going to have to explain to me why there are three days between Games 2 and 3. Miami is a three hour plane ride to Boston, do they REALLY need that much travel time?

I suppose we shouldn’t complain too much, given the fact that Boston’s starters are older than Miami, so the extra rest certainly doesn’t hurt.

Heat forward LeBron James added a little fuel to the fire after his Heat took out the 76es in five games, saying last night’s win over the 76ers was like “finishing our breakfast.”

He then added, “It was good. Now we’re preparing for lunch.”

On a more serious note however, James knew all along the road to the championship would head through Boston.

“I think we always felt that it would happen at some point,” James said. “Didn’t know if it was going to be in the first round, second round, Eastern Conference finals. We just always felt that at some point we would have to go through Boston and play Boston to get where we wanted to get. So it’s here now, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

That challenge gets underway Sunday afternoon.

If you’re looking to really root your Celtics on to victory over Miami, say it loud and proud with your Chowdaheadz t-shirt! Be one of the many fans who will be bleeding green as the Celtics continue their march through the playoffs!

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