After Rajon Rondo's 29-point, 18-rebound, 13-assist masterpiece in Game 4, LeBron James said he'd welcome the chance to guard Boston's point guard if it was best for the team. Most likely, it's not. LeBron is a better help defender than man-on-man defender, so he might not be any more effective than Anthony Parker at keeping Rondo out of the lane. Taking LeBron off Paul Pierce also might "open a new can of worms," as Cavs coach Mike Brown says. Expect LeBron to guard Rondo at times but for Parker to handle the assignment most of the night.Game 5: Celtics at Cavaliers, 8 p.m.
Will anyone block out Rajon Rondo?
Yes, Boston's point guard is quick to the ball, has long arms and is a nice leaper. But at 6-foot-1, he's usually the shortest guy on the court. For him to get 18 rebounds in Game 4 should be embarrassing to the Cavaliers, who had only three offensive boards Sunday. Not only do they need to get a body on Rondo when a shot goes up, they must attack the glass themselves. Interesting stat: How many times has LeBron James had 18 rebounds in a game this season? Zero.Game 5: Celtics at Cavaliers, 8 p.m.
Why did the Cavs bother re-signing Big Z?
When Cleveland traded Zydrunas Ilgauskas, then signed him 30 days after the Wizards waived him, it looked like the Cavs were loaded in the frontcourt for the playoffs. Too loaded, apparently, for Big Z to get back in the rotation. With Coach Mike Brown rotating Shaquille O'Neal, Antawn Jamison and Anderson Varejao at center and power forward, Ilgauskas has played just five minutes in this series, all in Game 1. Shouldn't he get a little more time on the court? And what about J.J. Hickson, the team's most athletic big man, who played just five minutes in Game 4?Game 5: Celtics at Cavaliers, 8 p.m.
Is Paul Pierce due for a big game?
The 2008 Finals MVP has been lousy on offense in this series, averaging 11.8 points on 32-percent shooting. He says he's healthy and focusing on his defensive assignment, a guy named LeBron. Foul trouble has hampered him. But the Celtics probably will need more production from Pierce to steal another win in Cleveland. Rajon Rondo can't do it all, can he?Game 5: Celtics at Cavaliers, 8 p.m.
Who will have more energy, effort and hustle?
The Cavaliers bring several players off their bench who are supposed to be sparkplugs, namely Anderson Varejao and Delonte West. Both have been inconsistent in this series, however, and the Celtics got a big boost from their bench in Game 4, namely Tony Allen (pictured) and Glen Davis. Cleveland has to play like its season is at stake in Game 5, and that starts with the starters, namely LeBron James.Game 5: Celtics at Cavaliers, 8 p.m.