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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Heat

Sebastian Lena April 12, 2013 Celtics News, Gametime, Previews 12 Comments

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The Matchup

Record: 40-38 Record: 62-16
On road: 13-25 At home: 34-4
Streak: Lost 1 Streak: Won 4

Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.8 ppg) Buckets: LeBron James (26.9 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.8 rpg) Boards: James (8.1 rpg)
Dimes: Pierce (4.8 apg) Dimes: James (7.2 apg)

For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 102.8 (25th NBA) Offensive Rating: 112.3 (2nd NBA)
Defensive Rating: 103.0 (6th NBA) Defensive Rating: 103.7 (9th NBA)
Pace: 91.7 (16th NBA) Pace: 90.6 (22nd NBA)

Last time

The Heat hold a 2-1 advantage on the season series. They also seem to have an effect on the Celtics play.

Following a thrilling, double-overtime 100-98 victory on Jan. 27, Boston ran off a 15-6 record until the next meeting with Miami. On that March 18 game, the Heat stormed back from 17 down to capture a 105-103 win. Since then, the Celtics are 4-9.

But don’t expect similar dramatics tonight, with both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett sitting this one out. It’s also very likely that LeBron James, Chris Bosh or both will also be on the sidelines.

This time

Get it to:  Brandon Bass

Bass is having a fantastic stretch lately. He’s scored in double-digits in five straight games now.

Over that span, Bass is averaging 14.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He’s also shooting 55.2 percent from the field, while averaging 11.6 field-goal attempts per game—a significant increase over his 7.2 season average.

Lately, Bass is displaying more confidence on the court. He’s stepped up on both sides of the floor when Boston has needed him.

Hopefully, this streak can transform into an every-day occurrence come playoff time.

Gotta stop:  Dwyane Wade

Wade will be returning to the lineup after missing the last 6 games for Miami with an ankle injury.

Although he may not receive a whole lot of minutes, there’s a very strong chance that the Heat might rest James and Bosh for this game—both are game-time decisions. If that’s the case, Wade will be the go-to-guy whenever he’s on the floor. That’s never a good thing for the opposition.

The Celtics will need to limit Wade’s effectiveness when he’s on the court to get the win tonight.

The Wild Card: Jeff Green

Green was arguably Boston’s hottest player over the last month. He averaged close to 20 points a night, while carrying the team in the fourth quarter.

However, he might be on the verge of being snuffed out.

Over the last two games, Green has put in performances of just 11 and eight points. He’s also missed 18 of the 25 shots he’s attempted. It’s a far fall from grace from the 17.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game Green was averaging during March.

Last time out against Heat, he dropped 43 points. Hopefully, this will be the spark he needs to get going again.

The Celtics need a productive Green in the postseason.

How we see it goin’ down

Well, this certainly wasn’t the matchup we all thought this would be. Instead, it has a feeling more similar to that of a preseason NFL game.

Boston will be without its two stars and that has spelt out doom for the team lately—0-3 without Pierce. And while Miami might be resting players too, the team has still played well without them. Plus, did we mention that the Heat have only lost 4 games all year at home? As if playing on the road could get any harder for the Celtics.

Don’t see Boston staying in this one.
Celtics 91

Heat 101

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  • Step

    Definitely expect a loss tonight because Wade, Bosh, and Lebron are playing tonight.

    • Chulinho

      Pssshh!!! Come on, Step! The C’s have Shavlik Randolph! It’ll be a blowout win.

      • Step

        Damn I forgot! I totally take back my statement. I think he’s going to play 1-5 tonight.

    • Bleedgreen!

      Hey it’s always possible they play down to us

  • zippittyay

    I would expect a loss but RedsArmy PICKED them to lose.

  • KGino

    I disapprove of the Lebron dunking on Terry picture being the picture for this post.. whats up w/ that?

  • Bleedgreen!

    This was a bit ch move by spo to put in all of his stars to play against a struggling team at home without its stars. Also this game doesn’t matter for either team. If this game would affect the standings than yea. The heat should lay their guys, but since they aren’t 100% and they are half injured there is no reason on the world to play yhem. He is just trying to rub salt in the wound of the celts, but if we beat them. It would really send a message to the leaugr

    • eddysamson

      Who cares about beating them, I say let Spo play them into the ground before the playoffs! I am sure Wade’s legs are feeling old right about now (not to mention the 4 or 5 other old guys) so the more wear and tear the better.

      I usually dont wish injury upon others, but the way Wade has been acting the last 2 years, specifically in regard to the Celtics, has him pretty deserving of whatever comes his way.

      • Bleedgreen!

        Yea I see where your coming from but I would still like to beat them on their home court

  • http://twitter.com/frankaziza1 FrankAziza

    Isn’t past the deadline to pick up someone off waivers? Stephen Jackson was waived today.

    • zippittyay

      “Jackson, 34, isn’t eligible to be included on a playoff roster if he’s claimed off waivers or becomes a free agent after 48 hours.” yahoo sports

  • Nate

    So Green has 2 games that aren’t amazing and he’s on the verge of being snuffed out? Really?