Miami at Boston
8:00 P.M. ET
Boston: 100.4 points/100 possessions (22nd)
Miami: 110.5 points/100 possessions (2nd)
Boston: 99.3 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)
Miami: 101.0 points allowed/100 possessions (9th)
Probable Heat Starters:
Mario Chalmers (PG), Dwyane Wade (SG), LeBron James (SF), Udonis Haslem (PF), and Chris Bosh (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Heat Index
UPDATE: Kevin Garnett is out due to the flu.
Thumbnail: On Saturday, the Celtics hosted the 14-51 Charlotte Bobcats. On Monday, it is the 51-14 Miami Heat going to TD Garden. Miami is finally playing like the team that most people projected when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined forces with Dwyane Wade in South Beach in 2010. Since the Celtics defeated the Heat on January 27 of this season, Miami has won 23 of its last 24 games. After falling to the Pacers in Indiana on February 1, the Heat has pulled off 10 consecutive wins away from home. Miami now gets to test this streak against the only other team over the last five seasons to win 10 straight road games.
Moreover, the Celtics have a current winning streak of their own heading into Monday’s game: they have won their last 11 home games. While Boston’s streak may not be as impressive as the Heat’s ones, seven of those 11 wins for the Celtics at TD Garden have come against current playoff teams. In addition, the first win of those 11 was the double-overtime victory against Miami. Since LeBron signed with the Heat, Miami has still yet to win in the regular season in Boston. The Heat’s Big Three have traveled there for five games and have lost all five times.
The Celtics will also hope that they can make it a perfect 11-0 record against the Heat in regular season games at home in the Kevin Garnett era. Garnett has already missed three of the 10 previous meetings between the Celtics and Heat in Beantown, and he may miss Monday night’s game due to a strained adductor. Whether Garnett is active or inactive, the Celtics hope to be giant killers for the second time. Five years ago on March 18, 2008, the Celtics stopped the Rockets’ 22-game winning streak with Ray Allen inactive with a sore ankle. On March 18, 2013, the Celtics hope to stop yet another 22-game winning streak. This time, Allen will fight to make that streak continue.
Prediction: Miami does what Houston could not and moves its streak to 23 games. In doing so, LeBron wins his first regular season game at Boston since moving to South Beach.
Heat 100, Celtics 94
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