Heat check

A victory tonight would send the Miami Heat back to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2006, when they won it all with Dwayne Wade, Shaq and Gary Payton leading the way. The Celtics took Miami's new Big Three into overtime Monday but couldn't finish the job, so they now find themselves in South Beach staring down elimination. There are two playoff hoops games and plenty of baseball for the seamheads in the Games We're Watching.

NBA: The Heat, up 3-1 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Celtics, will try to deliver the elimination blow tonight in South Beach. Boston had as many turnovers as points in the overtime session of Game 4, wasting a crucial opportunity to tie the series up at two games apiece. If they want to keep their season alive, the Celtics will have to finish better tonight (7 p.m., TNT).

It'll be tough for the Thunder and the Grizzlies to top Monday's triple-overtime thriller when they meet in Game 5 tonight, but the way this series has gone, expect the unexpected. The two teams have been so evenly matched, Memphis has scored just two more points than Oklahoma City, 440-438, in all four games combined. If they can steal a win on the road tonight, the Grizzlies can take a 3-2 series lead back home Friday (9:30 p.m., TNT).

MLB: The Reds will try to grab a fifth-straight win and complete a three-game sweep of the Astros when they meet in Houston today. Winners of six of their last seven, the Reds send Edinson Volquez out against Wandy Rodriguez, who is 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA in his last four home starts against Houston (2:05 p.m.). ... The major league-best Indians will try to win 15 in a row at home for the first time since 1994 when they take on the Rays today at Progressive Field. Carlos Carrasco will make the start for Cleveland, David Price gets the nod for the Rays (7:05 p.m.).

Ten months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn latissimus dorsi muscle in his shoulder, Jake Peavy will take the mound tonight for the White Sox in his first start of the year. Peavy's return was pushed back after he suffered some setbacks during recovery, but he'll finally get to go tonight against Tyler Chatwood and the Angels (10:05 p.m.).

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