May 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade congratulates guard Mario Chalmers (15) after he made a basket against the Indiana Pacers during game six of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Miam defeated Indiana 105-93. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Paul Pierce and Mario Chalmers in Eastern Conference Finals

Tonight, the Eastern Conference Finals begin as the Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics in game one of the best of seven series.

Each team comes in starting one former Kansas star. Mario Chalmers is the starting point guard for Miami, and Paul Pierce starts as the small forward for Boston. Both players have tall orders for the series.

Pierce, who is having a great playoffs, is aging rapidly it seems. He can still shoot and score, but his defensive ability is diminishing. He is slated to slow down NBA MVP, Lebron James. Pierce is going to need lots of help from his teammates for this task.

Chalmers gets a chance to slow down Rajon Rondo, starting point guard for the Celtics. Rondo for the playoffs has been averaging double-doubles for points and assists. Chalmers gets the task of slowing down Rondo who is peaking as a player.

Overall the series comes down to whenever Chris Bosh returns and how effective Kevin Garnett can be down low. Garnett needs to dominate the slower Heat defenders for the Celtics to stand a chance. Miami wins in six.

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