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Miami Heat (24-24)  at Boston Celtics (30-16)
Wednesday, February 3
8:00 PM ET
Game #47, Home Game #22
ESPN,  CSN HD,  SunSpM,  RTV
Radio:  WEEI, WINZ 
TD Garden   



ProbableStarting Matchups
Point Guard
  vs 
Rajon Rondo  vs Rafer Alston 

Shooting Guard 
  vs 
Ray Allen vs Dwyane Wade 

Small Forward
  vs 
Tony Allen  vs Quintin Richardson   

Power Forward
  vs 
Kevin Garnett vs Michael Beasley 

Center
  vs 
Kendrick Perkins  vs Jermaine O'Neal           




Reserves
Eddie House
Shelden Williams
Bill Walker
Brian Scalabrine
Glen Davis

Injuries
Marquis Daniels  (thumb)  out 
JR Gidden (knee)  out
Paul Pierce (foot) day to day


Reserves
Daequan Cook
Udonis Haslem
Carlos Arroyo
Joel Anthony
Yakhouba Diawara
Jamaal Magloire
James Jones
Dorell Wright

Injuries
Mario Chalmers (thumb) questionable
Jermaine O'Neal (back) probable

Team Connections
Bill Walker and Michael Beasley were teammates at Kansas State
Mario Chalmers and Paul Pierce are former Kansas Jayhawks
Jamaal Magloire and Rajon Rondo are former Kentucky Wildcats
Eddie House was originally drafted by the Heat with the 37th pick in the
2000 NBA Draft
Dwyane Wade and Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers both attended Marquette
James Jones and Eddie House were teammates in Phoenix during the 2005-06 season
Jermaine O’Neal and Marquis Daniels were teammates in Indiana from 2006-08

Key Matchups
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Ray Allen  vs Dwyane Wade
Wade is having a very good season averaging 27 ppg and 6.2 apg.  It might be a good thing to cover Wade with a double the same way they covered Kobe.  It would be nice to see Ray bust out of his slump in this game and put up some big numbers.   

vs
Kevin Garnett vs Michael Beasley
Beasley is a young and athletic and  is capable of getting to the hoop if the defense gives him an opening and can also hit the jumper.  Hopefully KG will be up and ready for this game as Beasley can be a handful to guard.   

Honorable Mention
Kendrick Perkins vs Jermaine O'Neal 
This matchup may or may not materialize.  O'Neal is listed in their starting lineup in their game notes, but he has been out with back spasms and may or may not return for this game.   If O'Neal can't go, look for Joel Anthony to get the starting nod as he did on Monday against Milwaukee.   Perk should be able to get inside and get some easy baskets against either player. 

Game Notes
• The Celtics are currently leading the season series 2-0; Celtics won the season series 3-1 against Miami in 2008-09
• Kevin Garnett netted 24 points in his one game against the Heat this season
• Dwyane Wade is averaging 35.5 points per game against the C’s this season
• The Celtics are 12-8 against Miami since the 2004-05 season
• The Celtics are leading the all-time series 50-35 with the Celtics 26-15 at home

After sustaining a foot/ankle injury in the game against the Wizards, Paul Pierce is questionable for this game.   Speculation on the extent of the injury has gone from broken to minor.  Celtics are expected to make an announcement on Wednesday regarding his injury and status.  Regardless of the severity, I don't expect to see Pierce in this game.  Tony should get the nod in his place. 

KG looked much better in his last game and could be getting closer to having his timing and conditioning back.  Without Pierce, the Celtics will definitely need KG to pick up his game a bit.  It would also be a nice time for Ray to snap out of his slump. 

The Heat are coming off a loss to the Bucks and have lost 2 in a row while the Celtics finally stopped their skid with a win over the Wizards.  The Celtics are 13-8 at home and only 3-7 in their last 10 games while the Heat are 11-12 on the road and 5-5 in their last 10. 

When these two teams last met KG was out, Pierce was playing in his first game back after the knee infection, House was out, Rondo was a game time decision with a sore hamstring,  and Perk was fighting food poisoning and yet, in spite of all that, the Celtics beat the Heat in Miami 112-106.   They certainly should be able to beat them at home, with or without Paul Pierce. 

UPDATE: Paul Pierce has been diagnosed with a strained mid foot and is listed as day to day.  He hasn't been ruled out for this game but my instinct is to let him sit it out.  We should be able to beat them even without him.  No use taking chances. 

Keys to the Game
Defense We saw in the last game that when the Celtics buckle down on defense, good things happen.    They need to continue to make defense a priority.

Rebound The Celtics need to crash the boards to prevent the Heat from getting second chance baskets and also to be limit the fast break opportunities on missed baskets.  The Celtics have to put out more effort to get rebounds in order to beat the better teams in the league. 

Run the Offense

When the Celtics move the ball, make the extra pass and find the open man, the offense is on track.  They have to avoid the do it myself mentality that they might be tempted to try with the key players out.   

Play 48 Minutes
   They have to come out strong and keep the pressure on throughout the game.  The Heat will take advantage of any let up by the Celtics. 

X Factor
Focus

The Celtics must focus on both ends of the court.  We have seen too many times where the team seems to lose their focus, especially on the defensive end.  Hopefully the recent losses have been a wake up call for them to realize that they can't win games by playing with half effort. 
 
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Re: Heat (24-24) at Celtics (30-16) 2/3
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2010, 08:25:17 PM »

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Could be another frustrating drawn-out battle like last night but they should pull out the "W" here. 

Amazingly, you can make the argument that we're healthier this time around against Miami than our last game against them.


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Re: Heat (24-24) at Celtics (30-16) 2/3
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how ever it goes fam.....it's the C's..so cheer them on and enjoy it...


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i will be here....watching tony allen take his game to a whole nuva level!
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i will be here....watching tony allen take his game to a whole nuva level!

? your ebonics...is it grown up wit or u thrust it upon yo self?

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i will be here....watching tony allen take his game to a whole nuva level!

? your ebonics...is it grown up wit or u thrust it upon yo self?

thrusted....pierce is day to day with a foot sprain:

http://twitter.com/rlevine33
“The rim is looking bigger and bigger every game.”

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i will be here....watching tony allen take his game to a whole nuva level!

? your ebonics...is it grown up wit or u thrust it upon yo self?

thrusted....pierce is day to day with a foot sprain:

http://twitter.com/rlevine33

atleast u admit it..

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i will be here....watching tony allen take his game to a whole nuva level!

? your ebonics...is it grown up wit or u thrust it upon yo self?

thrusted....pierce is day to day with a foot sprain:

http://twitter.com/rlevine33

atleast u admit it..

actually took it off mad tv skit
“The rim is looking bigger and bigger every game.”

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I would love it if Ray Ray just scored 40+ points on Wade, hitting shot after shot.  Burst out of the slump in wild fashion, immediately putting to rest all these trade rumors.

I wish it would happen.
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I would love it if Ray Ray just scored 40+ points on Wade, hitting shot after shot.  Burst out of the slump in wild fashion, immediately putting to rest all these trade rumors.

I wish it would happen.

+1. I hope Ray proves everybody wrong by hitting 30++ points.

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No idea whether or not I'll be watching this one guys. Possibly the day after, but don't want to bet on it.

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I think we'll take them btw, but somehow the regular season lost its appeal to me. We're doing a mediocre job at a season that was supposed to be our return to glory. I'll be happy when we win it all, but I think I (or maybe "we") set in to this season with the wrong expectations, and that nuked the season for me.

Especially games like these. They mean less since we keep dropping games to lesser teams. Now if we'd been losing to the bigs, I'd feel like we had something to prove. But the only thing we have to prove right now, in my opinion, is consistency.

.edit: in short: I don't care whether we win or lose. I just hope the game *looks* good. Like the Laker one did.

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I want three things to happen tonight. I want to get to 4000 posts, I want to get to 500 TPs, and most importantly, I want a Celtic victory. :)
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Could be a tough one but I hope the C's get their mojo back and crush the teams that step on the Garden's court... hopefully the domination re-starts tonight. :)

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