June 7, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (right) reacts to a call as Miami Heat player Lebron James (6) looks down during the second half in game six of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Game 7: Thunder’s NBA Finals opponent to be determined

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LeBron James and the Miami Heat will host the Boston Celtics Saturday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

An NBA Finals, the end of a dynasty and LeBron’s legacy will be on the line.

LeBron had one of the best performances of his career in Game 6 in Boston scoring 45 points to go with 15 boards and five assists.

LeBron may have to have another game along those lines for the Heat to beat the Celtics again in Game 7.

Boston had beaten the Heat three times in a row before Game 6. They are a team that doesn’t always string together good games consecutively but they had outplayed the Heat four straight times in this series.

A letdown in Game 6 was excusable. The way it happened made it concerning.

The Celtics aren’t concerned though. They know the situation and they know how to win a Game 7, even in Miami.

We can expect a better game from the Celtics and a worse game from LeBron. What does that add up to? We’ll find out Saturday night.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be very interested in this game. The winner will move on to play them in the NBA Finals beginning Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

The Thunder will have home court no matter who wins and the Thunder will be the favorite in either case as well.

We all know that the NBA likes their greatest stars to matchup and likes their ratings. A LeBron-Durant NBA Finals would fulfill those desires and then some.

It will all come down to LeBron as it always does. At home, with the odds in his favor, another 40-point performance possibly aided by 20-plus trips to the foul line seems very possible and believable.

We will watch to watch LeBron.

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