Tip: 1PM Court: TD Garden Watch it: ABC Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Danny Crawford, Mark Lindsay and Gary Zielinski
Spread: MIA -4.0
The Heat beat the Celtics 120-107 in the season opener. The Celtics bench was awful and LeBron James practically scored a point per minute. The best player in green that night? Brandon Bass.
Get it to: Rajon Rondo
He’s still the key to beating Miami. Push the tempo, penetrate in the half-court and find the open man, and hit the 17-foot jumpers once they back off. Despite the team’s horrific skid, Rondo is playing well – 18.8 ppg, 8.8 reb, 10.4 apg over the last 5 game. He’s coming off back-to-back triple-doubles (1 assist and 2 rebounds short of having 4 straight triple-doubles).
Gotta stop: Chris Bosh, Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers
I still think the best way to approach Miami is to not converge on LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Stick with Bosh, Allen and Chalmers and force them to take contested shots. File under: easier said than done.
What are the odds Paul Pierce breaks out of his shooting slump on the afternoon he has to guard LeBron James? Green must play well, on both ends of the floor, for the Celtics to win. And by “well” I mean – 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals.
How we see it goin’ down
I just don’t give a crap about Ray Allen’s return to Boston. Our season is dissolving and I’m supposed to care about whether the crowd boos, cheers or hits the head during his entrance into the game?
I have a feeling… a tiny feeling in my bowels (the last few inches of my large intestine to be exact) that the Celtics win this one going away. This is going to be one of those games where everything goes right and every shot falls.