Tip: 8:00 PM Court: TD Garden Watch it: CSN, TNT Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Monty McCutcheon, John Goble and Courtney Kirkland
The Celtics are 2-0 2-1 vs Miami this season. Two weeks ago they shot a ridiculous 60% in a 115-107 victory in Miami. Earlier this month, Rajon Rondo busted out another triple-double in a 91-72 thrashing in Boston.
Get it to: KG/Brandon Bass
With Chris Bosh on the bench, the Celtics will have a major advantage against the Miami bigs. Dexter Pittman has been starting for Bosh and could get the nod again tonight. According to the ESPN scouting report, Pittman lacks mobility and is a liability in pick-and-roll defense. I see Bass and Garnett raining jumpers with Pittman on the court.
Gotta stop: Udonis Haslem
I'm having a hard time finding Miami's biggest offensive threat. I thought about Mario Chalmers, but I'm fairly confident Avery Bradley can harass him into a poor shooting night. Haslem can be a pain in the ass on the boards. Even though Miami's Big 3 will be on the bench, the Celtics still need to rebound.
The Wild Card: Who will play?
Miami will sit LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Ray Allen, Mickael Pietrus and Greg Stiemsma will sit for the Celtics. Rajon Rondo is questionable. Paul Pierce and KG will play, but Doc will likely keep their minutes down. When you are mixing and matching so many different players, it's hard to predict the outcome.
How we see it goin' down
With James, Wade and Bosh on the bench, I can't envision the Heat winning this game. Especially considering the Celtics are still motivated by home court advantage vs Atlanta.
If Rajon Rondo plays, I like the Celtics by double-digits. If he doesn't, I like the Celtics by 6.