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5-on-5: Which team will advance?

6/9/2012

ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg joins Israel Gutierrez and three friends from the Heat Index (Tom Haberstroh, Michael Wallace and Brian Windhorst) for a game of 5-on-5 to preview Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. A sample:

What's your read on the Celtics going into Game 7?

* Forsberg: This is a confident group that's been in this position before (4-2 in Game 7s during the Big Three era). Boston knows it can win in Miami and knows it can bounce back from tough losses. The theme this season has been overcoming adversity, and the Celtics are hoping this is just another late chapter and not the one that closes the book on a gritty 2011-12 season.

* Gutierrez: That they're still perfectly capable of a vintage performance in Game 7. Nothing about the Celtics has been predictable this postseason, so to assume their only chance to close out the Heat was in Game 6 would be unfair.

* Haberstroh: They might need to find the fountain of youth along the eastern seaboard. Or they just need to hit 3-point shots. Either one, and they'll be right back in it in Game 7. They can't shoot 1-for-14 from deep again.

* Wallace: That they are at the end of their rope but still have enough pride and experience to put up one more fight. It's not like it was two years ago that they won a big playoff game in Miami. It was just a few nights ago.

* Windhorst: They won't be rattled; they've played a bunch of Game 7s together. They were disappointed that they allowed themselves to get out of rhythm in Game 6 after LeBron's hot start. So I expect them to go back to their basics. Pound the ball into Kevin Garnett, run Ray Allen around screens and get Rajon Rondo in the open court. Plus fight LeBron for position more, even if it means whistles.

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