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G5: CELTICS @ HEAT: NO IN-BETWEEN. TONIGHT MIAMI WAS PUSHED TO EDGE OF CLIFF: "I never thought we'd be in this situation." That was Dwyane Wade after last night's 94-90 Game 5 loss giving Boston a 3-2 loss heading back up there. Uh oh. TV analyst Magic Johnson calling Miami soft compared to Boston. (Called him Magic Jordan before catching my mistake). Chris Bosh returned from injury, played well in limited minutes. Desperation now. Original post: Basketball has caught up to baseball with its nerdstats, meaning extraneously detailed breakdowns of numbers. Here's one: The Heat is now 0-10 last postseason and this one when they have the ball with 24 seconds or less to play and a chance to win in regulation or overtime. That includes two botched chances in Game 4 the other night. Great as Miami can be, this team tends find the choke when it is looking for the clutch. The Heat failed to even get off a decent shot on those two occasions in G4, and didn't even have all its best shooters on the floor. Some of that is on coach Erik Spoelstra. Now, with the NBA Eastern Conference finals at 2-2, all of that will be magnified or go away tonight depending on the Game 5 result in the bayside gym. Must win? Not literally. But damned close. Be interesting to see if Chris Bosh, called a game-time decision, plays. Be even more interesting to know if he's playing because he is fully ready, or because Miami is getting desperate. How confident are you Miami will win tonight and go on to win this series?