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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Heat

Chuck - Red's Army January 27, 2013 Gametime, Previews 20 Comments

Tip: 1PM     Court: TD Garden     Watch it: ABC    Hear it: WEEI

Referees: Danny Crawford, Mark Lindsay and Gary Zielinski

Spread: MIA -4.0

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The Matchup

Record: 20-23 Record: 28-12
At home: 13-9 On road: 10-9
Streak: Lost 6 Streak: Won 4

Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.8 ppg) Buckets: LeBron James (26.4 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.2 rpg) Boards: James (8.1 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (11.1 apg) Dimes: James (7.1 apg)

For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 101.9 (27th NBA) Offensive Rating: 111.5 (2nd NBA)
Defensive Rating: 103.4 (9th NBA) Defensive Rating: 105.2 (12th NBA)
Pace: 91.2 (19th NBA) Pace: 91.2 (20th NBA)

Last time

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.

This time

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.

The Wild Card: Jeff Green

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.

Celtics 108

Heat 91

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  • Jester00

    Mmm crack the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast.

  • Jaybahs

    Dear mother of god you pick the celtics to win in a blowout?! They’re gonna lose by like 57 points now … You’re the biggest jynx I’ve ever come across …

  • stephanie

    I think another wildcard will be Sully. If he can stay in the game long enough to be active on the boards I think we’ll be ok. Usually when he’s active we get a win.

    • http://gogreengo17.wordpress.com greensavi0r

      I agree. We may not be a great rebounding team but Miami is even worse. Sully will bully these pansies around all day.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Chuck is usually very rational and levelheaded.

    I`m left to assume he suffered a major head injury during the wee hours this morning.

    • Jester00

      Thank you for the laugh I needed it

    • Larry Legend

      Here’s the sad part: even if celts won today OT doesn’t mean shit. They’ll come out Wednesday and lose to the Kings. This team sucks. And they ain’t winning today anyways…

  • Nate

    If there’s a game-winning shot, I hope Garnett gets it. It’s pretty annoying when Pierce gets blocked……

  • romeo

    I say the heat win 109 Celtic 95 lets go heat. baby

  • CPUFC

    What are u…I’m Bostons reckoning.

  • Me

    A TRADE IS COMING

  • Quest

    luv your optimism but just hoping they can be competitive enough to not lose in a blow out and save some remnants of a reputation.

  • Nathan

    A win today just sets us up for another losing streak

  • http://www.greenheadzblog.blogspot.com ChiefGreenHeadz

    Ohhhh….don’t be so glum, C’s fans! The C’s are such a scrambled egg of a team right now that we can continue losing, yes, but we can also go on an 11-game win streak starting with the demolition of the Miami Heat today. Who can say? But, they’ve shown they have a ton of talent and can be dominant when they swing the ball and play as a team. My predictions: Sully: 10 boards; J-Green: 20 points in a breakout; P2: 24 points, 6 boards, 5 assists; KG: 14 points, 10 boards, 3 blocks; RR: ANOTHER 3-D with 18 points, 11 boards, 16 assists. Lee & Terry hit big 3′s and we drop the lights on the Heat in the Garden.

  • Brick James

    Chris Bosh smells the fart that is the 2012-13 Boston Celtics.

    Not even watching this game, I don’t have the stomach to watch a manslaughter.

  • Sean

    No way Celtics win this game. They’ll lose by double digits.

    But as bad as this team is I still don’t want a trade. No use in trading a vet for C listers who are only an upgrade in energy.

    Bunch of other teams plan years ahead for free agency so why can’t the Celtics.

  • Jaybahs

    NO RONDO … UGHHHHH

  • PicturePlanet

    This sucks

  • Chris57

    eat crow all you negative nancies! lets go boys

  • http://www.greenheadzblog.blogspot.com ChiefGreenHeadz

    LOL! Chris57…you said a mouthful. Losing Rondo is pretty tragic, but I’m going to defy the talking heads and say that the Celtics DO make the playoffs and, depending on the slots that the Celtics are obviously going to have to fill now, I think they may even surprise those Negative Nancies in the postseason.