MIAMI -- It's a rematch: Miami and Boston will meet in the playoffs again, this time with a spot in the NBA finals at stake.
Boston's 85-75 win in Game 7 over Philadelphia on Saturday night earned the Celtics a trip to Miami, where the reigning East champion Heat will host Game 1 of this year's conference title series Monday night.
Boston took the regular-season series from Miami 3-1, though the last of those meetings was in the final game of the season and came on a night where LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all sat out for Miami, while Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen got the evening off for Boston.
The lineups will look more normal Monday, though Bosh will remain sidelined because of a strained lower abdominal muscle.
"Let's do it," Garnett said Saturday night, just before leaving the floor after Boston's win.
It'll be a quick turnaround for Boston, with Game 1 in Miami starting about 46 hours after Game 7 against the 76ers ended. The Heat finished off their East semifinal series against Indiana on Thursday night, took Friday off and held a light practice Saturday – focusing on themselves and not starting to work in details either the Celtics or the 76ers.
"We'll be well-prepared," Heat forward LeBron James said Saturday, before Boston and Philadelphia settled their series. "Our coaching staff will put us in position to win ballgames."
The Heat ousted the Celtics in last year's East semifinals, doing so in five games. Boston topped Miami in five games in the opening round of the 2010 playoffs, the last series the Heat played before obtaining James and Bosh to play alongside Wade.
James also faced Boston in the 2010 playoffs, the end of that series marking his final time in a Cleveland uniform before deciding to join the Heat. He was planning to watch the Boston-Philadelphia game at home Saturday night, then get into his usual game-preparation mode Sunday.
"There's enough time for us to get ready," Wade said.
Having only one day to get ready would make it seem like both sides would be signing up for a cram session, but it's not like there's going to be any real secrets on either side. James, for example, has already played the Celtics 48 times in his career, the last 44 of those coming since Doc Rivers took over as Boston's coach.
"I mean, I've played Boston enough with Doc Rivers at the helm and those guys, they don't change," James said. "They shouldn't change. They've been successful. They won't change."
The Heat erased a 2-1 deficit in their series with the Pacers, eventually winning in six games with James and Wade combining for 197 points in Miami's final three victories.
Miami clearly hopes some of that momentum carries over to Monday night.
"The most important thing is us playing to our identity," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We improved the last three games. We were able to play our type of game, to defend and rebound. We did a much better job of that the last three games, and then played at a pace that was more appropriate for us. We were able to score more points that way, but more important get the type of actions that we like."
The champion downplayed the typical suit-and-tie look by throwing on a knitted periwinkle and orange tie when he went on "The View" with his teammates. Also, jeans and... purple suede shoes!?
While on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," Wade showed the host how to properly wear his signature nerd glasses. Also notable was his grey scarf, black blazer, and an unexpected pop of color with peach pants.
He must have been feeling extra confident after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder, because Wade takes the weird factor up a notch when rocking a pair of flip-up glasses at the post-game press conference on June 19. Possibly an homage to his nearly name twin, <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2012/6/20/3098932/dwyane-wade-dwayne-wayne-nba-finals-heat-thunder" target="_hplink">Dwayne Wayne</a>?
Wade adds funk to his sophisticated suit with a pair of leopard-print eyeglasses on June 18.
Besides the nerd glasses, Wade also wears a teal bandage on his finger to match his shirt on June 14.
Bling! Wade wears a fly watch to go with his gingham suit on on June 12.
Wade and teammate LeBron James join the NBA's nerd glasses fashion revolution during a post-game conference on June 9.
Wade plays it cool while hanging out with New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, wearing a casual Yves Saint Laurent shirt under a light jacket at a baseball game in April 2012.
Wade sits with fashion buddy LeBron James at the Taco Bell Skills Challenge in February 2012 while donning a sleek combo: leather jacket with the "nerd glasses" that got people talking.
Wearing a khaki-colored suit, Wade turns heads at the Philips Arena in January 2012 at an Atlanta Hawks game.
While at a party at The Webster in December 2011, Wade mixes a suit jacket with jeans for a casual but classy look.
He might live in Miami, but this Chicago native know how to keep warm. During an Oregon Ducks game in November 2011, Wade goes all black when taking a picture with mascot, Puddles.
During the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in September 2011, Wade modernizes old school chic by adding sneakers to his outfit.
At Prada Fashion's Night Out in September 2011, Wade makes the suit more casual with a waffle tee and snakeskin sneakers.
With a striped shirt peeking through his black jacket, it adds a touch of flair to his dark color scheme at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in September 2011.
We don't even know where to start. The silk baby blue suit jacket, whacky pocket square, and ripped jeans are not working at the DSquared2 fashion show in June 2011 in Italy's fashion capital, Milan.
We're too distracted by Wade's fitted suit with a pop of pastel yellow to notice the blatant product placement in this post game conference in June 2011.
Wade struts new kicks in game against the Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals.
Wade and Carmelo Anthony are the men in black during the Versace fashion show in June 2011.
Wade even looks good when he's feeling down. Sporting a khaki suit at this post-game news conference, we feel a little bit better about the Heat's loss to the Mavericks during the 2011 NBA Finals.
Fashion runs in the family! While enjoying tennis matches at the Sony Ericsson Open in March 2011, his boys Zaire, left, and Zion are also dressed to impress.
With the rest of the Miami Thrice, Wade wears a navy blue suit and patterned tie at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game in February 2011.
Wade gets political while supporting then Florida governor candidate Kendrick Meek in October 2010. Wearing a nice button up with khakis, we have to point out that cargo shorts a little passe. We'll give it to him that it was two years ago.
At the May 2010 New York City premiere of "Just Wright," the basketball player looks just that in a charcoal suit.
Wade shows growth from his over-sized hoodie days when standing next to Dwight Howard at the NBA All-Star Jam Session in February 2010.
For a daytime look, Wade adds a grey suit jacket to the khaki mix at the All-Star Luncheon he hosted with Mike Modano in February 2010.
Pairing a purple tartan scarf with his grey and pink get up, he shows more originality in fashion than football player Pierre Thomas at the FABULOUS 23 dinner hosted by Jordan Brand in February 2010.
Wade outshines Carmelo Anthony and Michael Jordan with his grey suit and pink tie at the FABULOUS 23 dinner hosted by Jordan Brand in February 2010.
When he removes his suit jacket, Wade is still suave in a cream shirt and patterned tie at the Michigan Avenue Magazine private dinner in Chicago in August 2009.
Wade resurrects old Hollywood glamour in a tux during the 2009 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
In a talk with young men from D.C. area schools in June 2009, Wade pairs periwinkle with grey for a playful but serious look. President Obama seems to approve.
While accepting an award at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 24th Annual Sports Spectacular in June 2007, he shows his professional side in a three-piece suit, but adds some flair with gold accents. Note the giant yellow diamond in his ear.
Wade relaxes during a Lakers-Magic basketball game in June 2009 when wearing a simple baseball cap and button-up shirt.
Wade is all fun at the A Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival in June 2007 while wearing a casual but crisp white sweater in June 2009.
During Spike TV's "Guys Choice Awards" in May 2009, Wade struts his stuff in a brown leather jacket.
Wade gets a little too daring with fashion when he pairs red-rimmed classes with a yellow and blue outfit during on All-Star Saturday Night in February 2009. Party on the top, business casual on the bottom.
Not only does he try out the bow tie, he pairs it with a bright yellow cardigan at the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend in February 2009, where he served as assistant coach of the Rookie team. He exudes confidence while being interviewed by Craig Sager, whose outfit is arguably just as bright.
Not only does he try out the bow tie, he pairs it with a bright yellow cardigan at the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend in February 2009, where he served as assistant coach of the Rookie team.
Wade gets a little too daring with fashion when he pairs red-rimmed classes with a yellow and blue outfit during on All-Star Saturday Night in February 2009.
Wade tries out a new color, mustard, in his suit collection before a game against the Charlotte Bobcats in November 2007.
Wade even makes casual look good, wearing just a white tee and a frayed hat when watching the American women's basketball team take on the Czech Republic at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
In a look that suits everyone, Wade joins the rest of the American basketball team during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, styled by American design icon Ralph Lauren.
Mixing darks and lights, Wade goes clean cut at the ESPY Awards in July 2007.
Just when we thought he'd made a full fashion metamorphosis, Wade shows up at the 2007 BET Awards after party dressed like a sunny side up egg.
Wade exudes Miami cool in this olive-colored button up during the women's final at the 2007 Sony Ericsson Open.
A wrapped ankle doesn't cramp Wade's style, since everyone's too busy looking at his new Jordans in January 2007.
Although they didn't know they'd be teammates yet, Wade and LeBron James seem to bond over a fashion moment. Wade brings back the Panama hat, matching his cream suit at the ESPY Awards in July 2006.
Sigh, Wade's clothes take a relapse when he goes baggy while playing one-on-one with Adam Sander on TRL in June 2006.
Wade's fashion sense goes up a notch when this time, he pairs an uber South Florida-style Panama hat with his suit at the ESPY Awards in July 2005.
Young Wade apparently took fashion advice from Samuel L. Jackson, wearing a newsboy hat to match his suit at the ESPY Awards in July 2004.
Sprite Slam Dunk Contest
PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 14: Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat sits courtside for the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday Night, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 14, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)