It's fitting that the Celtics player who tormented the Heat the most this season is the one most openly bullish about his team's chances in these Eastern Conference Finals.

"We feel we can beat Miami," point guard Rajon Rondo said, undaunted by the Heat's 4-1 series win against the Celtics in last year's second round. "Obviously, we got to this point. There is no doubt in my mind that we can. Last year is in the past. This year, we are a totally different team."

Rondo averaged 18.7 points, 13.7 assists and 7.7 rebounds in three games against the Heat this season.

"We know we are capable of going into their building and getting the win," forward Paul Pierce told Boston media. "But they're a different team. They're in a playoff mind-set now. They are going to be a lot more difficult."