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NBA playoffs: Celtics say intensity must rise vs. Heat in Game 2

NBA playoffs » Boston allowed 19 layups in Miami’s series-opening win.

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Miami was in trouble against Indiana about a week ago, trailing 2-1 in the series and losing at halftime of Game 4 in Indianapolis. Since then, Wade and James have been brilliant, and the trend continued in Game 1 against the Celtics.

"For us, we’re playing great team ball, especially in the fourth quarter," Wade said. "We’re not playing as much hero ball that we played last year. We’re getting off the ball. We’re penetrating. We’re trusting each other a lot more. It comes with time. In the fourth quarter we believe in each other, and that’s been a success for us."

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Series schedule

Monday, May 28 » Miami 93, Boston 79

Wednesday, May 30 » Boston at Miami, 6:30 p.m., ESPN

Friday, June 1 » Miami at Boston, 6:30 p.m., ESPN

Sunday, June 3 » Miami at Boston, 6:30 p.m., ESPN

x-Tuesday » Boston at Miami, 6:30 p.m., ESPN

x-June 7 » Miami at Boston, 6:30 p.m., ESPN

x-June 9 » Boston at Miami, 6:30 p.m., ESPN

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Said James: "Everything we’re getting has been coming out of the offense. We’re not forcing."

The Celtics sounded like they want to make the Heat start forcing things soon, getting Miami out of its current rhythm. Otherwise, the Heat could find themselves halfway to another East title banner by the close of business on Wednesday night.

"It’s got to get more physical from our part," Celtics forward Paul Pierce said. "We’ve got to show better resistance. We thought it was way too easy for them in Game 1. They got very comfortable. Hopefully in Game 2, we can make it a little bit more uncomfortable for them."

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