After jumping to a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals, the underdog Celtics have since dropped two games and received a beating down low from the Magic. As the series returns to Boston for Game 6 Friday night, here are five things worthy of debate as Boston tries, yet again, to finish off the second-seeded Magic.
The question now is whether they can rejuvenate their winning formula of the first three games: defending
Nelson and Rondo have opposite approaches -- the former seeks to score, while Rondo is innately a passer. But their teams depend on each of them to aggressively drive the ball inside and create imbalance in the defense, and the winner of this duel could determine whether the series ends or returns to Orlando for Game 7 Sunday.
The Celtics have needed most of their fouls to defend Howard, who has overcome all tactics -- including a fourth-quarter hacking strategy which he quashed by making three straight free throws. Can Boston's big men diminish his power?