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How we see it goin’ down: Cs vs Heat

Chuck - Red's Army April 10, 2011 Uncategorized 3 Comments

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The Matchup

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Record: 55-24 (1st Atlantic, 2nd East) Record: 55-24 (1st Southeast, 3rd East)
On road: 23-16 At home: 29-11
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Won 1
    Leaders  Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.8 ppg) Buckets: LeBron James (26.6 ppg)
Boards: KG (9.0 rpg) Boards: Chris Bosh (8.3 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (11.3 apg) Dimes: James (7.0 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks: 
Offensive Rating: 106.6 (19th NBA) Offensive Rating: 111.6 (3rd NBA)
Defensive Rating: 100.2 (2nd NBA) Defensive Rating: 103.8 (5th NBA)
Pace: 90.3 (23rd NBA) Pace: 91.1 (20th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics beat the Heat 85-82 at the Garden on February 13. The key play of the game was a Lebron James missed free throw with 14 seconds remaining. Rajon Rondo had a triple double (11, 10 and 10). Glen Davis had 16 points off the bench.

This time

Get it to: Rajon Rondo

He's averaging 14 apg vs Miami this season. Mike Bibby is getting the bulk of the point guard minutes as Miami eases Mario Chalmers back from injury. Rondo vs Bibby may be one of the worst mismatches in NBA history. Attack the rim and if Miami rotates in time, Rondo should dish to several open teammates.

Gotta stop: Dwyane Wade

How bad has Wade been against Boston this season? He's averaged 12 points on 26% shooting. Are the Celtics doing anything out of the ordinary on defense? I'm not sure, but whatever it is, keep it up.

The Wild Card: Benches

Glen Davis is shooting 60% vs Miami. Delonte West and Jeff Green have yet to play against the Heat. If these guys deliver even a B effort, it could be enough to help Boston prevail.

How we see it goin' down

With the 2nd seed on the line, both teams will come out swinging. This one will have a playoff atmosphere. While the Celtics will want to avenge Thursday night's debacle in Chicago, Miami is the more desperate team. A season sweep would be disasterous. Miami takes it, 91-90.

After the jump, some advance scouting on the Heat dancers. Hey… it's another big game.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    would love to have an orgy vs. miami cheerleaders

  • http://profile.typepad.com/fifidifi91 piecz

    fake boobs all the way

  • http://profile.typepad.com/gdeturk Banner18

    Lot of talent on Heat (cheerleading) team. Because of new players, team building, and recent bouts of sloppy, bad basketball, the Celtics NEED the win today more than over confident Heat. Miami is favored by 1.5 points, so I expect Refs to keep game close in first half. ( no I’m not cynical, I have great faith in the power of money). In the end, I see Celts winning by 8, restoring the hope, confidence and belief in Celtic Nation.
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