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Game 57/66: Celtics (32-24) @ Heat (40-15)

Boston at Miami
American Airlines Arena
7:00 ET
ESPN

Offensive Efficiency
Boston: 98.6 points/100 possessions (25th)
Miami: 106.7 points/100 possessions (2nd)

Defensive Efficiency
Boston: 95.3 points allowed/100 possessions (1st)
Miami: 97.3 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)

Probable Miami starters: Mario Chalmers (PG), Dwayne Wade (SG), LeBron James (SF), Chris Bosh (PF), Joel Anthony (C)

Injury Report:¬†Wade’s day-to-day with an ankle injury (but he’s playing). Mickael Pietrus is still out although he seems to be feeling better.

View From The Opposing Bench: The Heat Index

“There are some things that we saw in that game that we can correct.” -Dwyane Wade, re: April 1st

According to Wade, the Heat are thinking of the thumping of nine days ago as a learning experience. For example, they’ve learned not to let Rajon Rondo score double digits in three categories. Good luck: this game’s on ESPN.

But while containing Rondo is a worthy goal for the Heat, what they really need to focus on is scoring more than 72 points, because the Celtics have leaned particularly hard on their defense in recent weeks. Since the March 23rd loss against Philadelphia, Boston has only allowed an average of 81.6 points in nine games. That number’s also being dragged up by their highest opposing score: 95 points from the Bobcats in a game the Celtics won anyway.

If the team can muster up the defensive performance they did a week ago, with Garnett throwing a pillow over Chris Bosh’s face and Bradley sucking the life out of Dwyane Wade, the Heat will absolutely not win this game. I don’t think they can hold Boston to a score as low as they can be held to. But home-court advantage could make that difficult: the Heat are easier to deal with if they’re discouraged early, but they’re not easy to discourage at home.

PREDICTION
Heat 89, Celtics 86. Does it help if I call it a reverse-jinx to bail myself out like Simmons?

  • Jman

    Since it's in Miami tonight, and the way the refs have been these past 2 games, you shoul re-write your caption as Celtics Vs. Refs/Heat…lol
    Good luck C's you need this win to show who you truly are. Just don't let the Ref's throw your momentum off and you should prevail

  • ripsonics

    WEAK SAUCE!

    We are going to win this game – and it will be done by defense.

    Celtics 91 Miami 79

    Go C's

    • winningislikedeodorant

      If this was a prediction of the score at the end of the 3rd quarter it would have been very accurate. I'm not used to seeing the celtics scoring so much. It's odd. Go Cs!

      • ripsonics

        haha.. i Cannot BELIEVE THAT SCORE.

  • I_Love_Green

    LETS GOO BABY!!!

  • Switcharoo

    Well the C’s are up by 11 at the end of Q1….think the Heat are starting to get discouraged yet?
    I’ve actually only caught a couple minutes so far but it looks as though our boys brought their A game on both side of the court. This is gonna be a hell ‘o a game that’s for certain.
    GO CELTICS

  • I_Love_Green

    Need to keep playing hard, and try to not turn the ball over! Turnovers are an automatic basket against the heat!

    Oh and keep feeding KG in the post!

  • Switcharoo

    LeBron traveled…. No call though,figures

    • Anthony

      The ref blew the whistle as soon as Lebron got to the 3pt line. How can a pro ref miss such an easy and obvious call is beyond me.

      Was getting a little nervous until KG got on fire.

      • Anthony

        At least DWade got T'd up for arguing something that he does ALL the time. Serves him right.

  • OKCeltic

    Stayed even after three qtrs. It’s time to show the C’s signature D!

  • someguyinsac

    Yo Miami! Whose your Daddy?

    Awesome win, I'm thrilled, impressed, and all sorts of words like that!

    • someguyinsac

      Sorry about that, it's still Happy Hour out here on the left coast. =)

  • OKCeltic

    Great win gents! Serve notice to the rest of the league that this team wii be a force to be reckoned with come playoff time.

  • I_Love_Green

    Yes!! Thats a great victory!!

  • Josh

    Wow. Sick sick sick game. Im all hopped up on mountain dew after this win! Team played amazing tonite. Great win.

  • CelticsBIG3

    LETS GO GREEN!!! I AM JACKED FOR THEM!!! Can we start believing yet? People are still disbelievers… I was at the Garden Sunday night and saw the same team with the KILLER INSTINCT. LETS GO CELTICS!!! LETS GO CELTICS!!! We F'D up the glass 2nite too! Wow!

    BELIEVE IN 18

    MIAMI wants NO PART of Boston in the Playoffs!!!

  • onecowboytoo

    Never expected the scores to be so high, but I did expect the win.