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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Round 2, Game 5: Celtics vs. Heat

By Greg Payne

(1-3)     -- vs. --     (3-1)
at TD Garden, 7 p.m. | TNT, WEEI (850 AM)

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MIAMI (AP) -- Their charter flight home from Boston landed around 3 a.m. Tuesday, and the Miami Heat were back at work less than 12 hours later.

Typically, such a late arrival would merit a day off.

Not now -- not when on the cusp of knocking off the team that has pained Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and the Heat for so long.

Up 3-1 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series, the Heat will go for the clincher at home against the Celtics on Wednesday night. Miami grabbed control with a 98-90 overtime win in Boston on Monday night, and now stands one victory away from reaching the East finals for the first time since the 2006 championship run.

"This is not a team that you let your guard down against," Wade said.

"No way," instantly chimed in James, nodding as he stood on Wade's left.

It was not a long workout for the Heat on Tuesday, mostly film work and some light shooting. The Celtics took the day off, opting instead to gather around midday for their flight to South Florida, though it was certain that ailing players like Rajon Rondo -- who remains hampered mightily by the aftereffects of dislocating his elbow in Game 3 -- would be getting some treatment.

"I'll be fine," Rondo said. "I'm playing."

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