MIAMI The Heat are one loss from bust.
At the start of the season, Miami players didn't mind putting pressure on themselves. Big man Chris Bosh called the Heat the best team in the NBA. Guard Dwyane Wade said, "If we don't win a championship, yes, it's a bust year."
Stunningly, the Heat now find themselves one game from the season possibly blowing up. And it could happen even before the NBA Finals.
The championship-tested Boston Celtics ground out a 94-90 win Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. A loss Thursday at Boston, where Miami has dropped 15 of its past 16 regular-season and playoff games, and it's all over.
"We have no choice," said Heat forward LeBron James. "It's either win or go home."
James was only member of Miami's Big Three not to make a bold declaration at the start of the season. But, if the Heat lose the series to the Celtics, he'll end up taking the most criticism. It would mark nine times in nine years...