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Celtics (32-24) at Heat (40-15) 4/10
« on: April 09, 2012, 02:34:45 PM »

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Boston Celtics (32-24) at Miami Heat (40-15)
Tuesday, April 10
7:00 PM ET
Game #57  Road Game #28
TV:  ESPN, CSNNE, SunSpM, TSN2
American Airlines Arena 





   
PG:  Rajon Rondo................................................ SG: Avery Bradley


C:  Kevin Garnett

 
SF:  Paul Pierce.................................................PF: Brandon Bass

Celtics Reserves
Ray Allen
Greg Stiemsma
Sasha Pavlovic
Keyon Dooling
Ryan Hollins
Marquis Daniels
JaJuan Johnson
E'Twaun Moore

Injured
Jermaine O'Neal (wrist)  out
Mickael Pietrus (concussion) out



 
PG: Mario Chalmers............................................. SG:  Dwyane Wade


C:  Ronny Turiaf

 
SF:  LeBron James ..................................................PF:  Chris Bosh

Miami's Reserves
Shane Battier
Terrel Harris
Udonis Haslem
Joel Anthony
Mike Miller
James Jones
Norris Cole
Juwan Howard
Dexter Pittman
Eddy Curry

Injuries
Dwyane Wade (ankle) questionable



Game Notes:

This is the 3rd game between these two teams and the second this month.  They will face each other one more time in Boston on April 24.  The series is split 1-1 with the Heat winning their first meeting in December 115-107.  Pietrus and Pierce were both out.  Pavlovic and O'Neal started the game.  Stiemsma didn't play and Avery was in the game for less than 4 minutes.  Seems like a lifetime ago.   The second game in Boston on April 1 was won 91-72 by the Celtics.  The C's still weren't at full strength. Pietrus was out as was Ray Allen for this one.  The Heat were missing Mike Miller. 

The Celtics will be missing Mickael Pietrus for this game and I expect Doc to start Avery once again since that experiment seems to be working very well.   Dwyane Wade has missed the last 2 Heat games with an ankle injury but I fully expect a rested Dwyane Wade to be in the starting lineup for this one.  If Wade does play, the Heat will be at full strength.  They  added Ronny Turiaf to their roster at the trade deadline. 

The Heat are 6-4 in their last 10 games while the Celtics are 7-3 in their last 10. The Heat are very tough at home winning 23 and losing just 3 there.  The Celtics are just 12-15 on the road.  The Celtics are looking for their 3rd straight win while the Heat are trying to win their second straight.  Both teams last played on Sunday and had Monday off. 

The Celtics got a little breathing room in their battle for the Atlantic division lead and the 4th seed with their win over Philly on Sunday.  They are now 3 games up on Philly and the surging New York Knicks  for the division.  They are also 1.5 games behind Atlanta and 1 game behind Orlando.  The Heat are just 2 games behind Chicago for the best record in the East.  They are 6.5 games up on the Pacers, who are in the 3rd spot.

With New York surging behind them and the Sixers still dangerous, every game is important as the playoffs approach.  This game begins a brutal stretch of 7 games in 9 days.  It's important for the Celtics to start this stretch strong and so hopefully they will come out strong and get a win in this one.  Not only is it important in the standings, but it will give them a psychological boost should these two teams meet in the playoffs. 

Key Matchups
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Rajon Rondo vs Mario Chalmers
Rondo is key for this team.  When he comes out aggressively and sets the pace of the game,  the Celtics follow his lead.   The point guard spot is a weak spot for the Heat and it is the Celtics' strength.  Rondo needs to come out with a chip on his shoulder and exploit this matchup. 

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Paul Pierce vs LeBron James
James has been playing very well and is in the thick of the MVP talks.  Pierce plays him tough but it takes team defense to keep him off his game.  In their last meeting James had 23 points, 4 rebounds and no assists.  Pierce put up 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.  For the Celtics to win, Pierce needs to have a big game both on offense and defense.   

Honorable Mention
Kevin Garnett vs Ronny Turiaf
Joel Anthony was the weak link in the Heat's starting lineup.  Spoelstra moved Turiaf into the starting lineup looking for some toughness in the middle.  Turiaf is a tough and physical player and KG will need to play him tough and at the same time avoid any cheap shots that could injure him. 

Keys to the Game

Defense -  The Heat have once again tried to make defense their calling card this season.  They are ranked 3rd in the league, allowing 89.3 points on 41.8% shooting, which leads the league.    The Heat are also a very good defensive team. They are ranked 6th allowing 93.3 points on 42.9% shooting.  Hollinger's defensive efficiency ratings list the Celtics first and the Heat 4th.   The Celtics second unit has been very tough defensively in recent games and they need to continue that trend in this game.   The Celtics won't win a shoot out between these teams as the Heat ranks 4th in scoring (100.2 ppg) while the Celtics rank 26th (91.5 ppg). In their first meeting, the Heat shot 56% for the game.  In their second meeting, they were held to just 34.8% shooting for the game.  The Celtics need to keep their defensive intensity for 48 minutes to win this.   

Take Care of the Ball - The Celtics must limit their turnovers as the Heat will turn them into fast break points.  Wade in particular is good at making teams pay for their turnovers.  The Celtics had 24 turnovers in their loss but cut that down to 15 in their win.  The Heat are ranked 3rd in the league, forcing 17 turnovers per game.  They are also ranked 3rd, with 9.2 steals per game.  The Heat are very good at turning those steals and turnovers into points.   The Celtics must take good care of the ball and make solid and simple passes.  Leave the spectacular and showy passes for another game. 

Rebound - The Celtics have to limit the Heat's second chance baskets and fast breaks by crashing the boards.  The amount of effort put into winning the rebound battle often follows through to the other areas of the game.  In their loss, the Celtics grabbed 10 fewer rebounds than the Heat.  In their win, they outrebounded the Heat by 2.  They must crash the boards as a team and win the rebounding battle. 
 

Be Aggressive
-  The Celtics must be the more aggressive team.     The Celtics have got to be aggressive in getting to the basket and not settle for jumpers all game.  They also have to be aggressive in diving for loose balls and winning the 50-50 battles.  The Celtics can't afford to give up possessions by failing to hustle after loose balls and after rebounds.  They also must take it to the basket especially if the jumpers aren't falling.  The Celtics have to be the more physical team and not be the team reacting to the physical play of the Heat. 

Team Ball -  The Celtics need to play team ball.  When they move the ball and make the extra pass and find the open man and play as a team,  they are tough to beat.  When they revert to hero ball and there is little ball movement and they settle for quick shots, they rarely win.  Rondo is a big part of keeping the ball moving and setting up the offense.   He has to be more aggressive and run more and keep the ball moving.   Pierce also needs to resist the urge to play hero ball and go into iso mode.   

Bench Play - The Celtics bench has been rounding into form.  They have been developing a defensive identity and with Ray's offense, Stiemsma's rebounding and shot blocking, they should be able to hold their own against the Heat's bench.  They need to especially defend against  James Jones who hit 6-8 from beyond the arc in the Heat's last game.  The rest of the bench isn't all that scary. 

Stay Composed -  The Heat play very physically and the officials tend to ignore it.  Playing against the Heat is very frustrating because of the bad calls that always go their way.  The Celtics have to match the physical play of the Heat without losing their composure and they may stand a chance of getting some calls their way.  If they don't they need to keep their composure and not let the bad calls or lack of calls take them out of their game. 

X-Factors
Officials and Effort
The officials are always very kind to the Heat, to put it mildly.  The Celtics have to hope that they can minimize their effect on the game by playing through bad calls and playing aggressively themselves.   If the Celtics match the effort that they put into the Pacers and Sixers games, they should get a win here.  They can't let up against this team if they want to get a win in the Heat's house where they are tough to beat. 


Re: Celtics (32-24) at Heat (40-15) 4/10
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2012, 02:40:55 PM »

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Re: Celtics (32-24) at Heat (40-15) 4/10
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2012, 03:47:59 PM »

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this should be a great game, canít wait.
we can do it! believe it!

Re: Celtics (32-24) at Heat (40-15) 4/10
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Re: Celtics (32-24) at Heat (40-15) 4/10
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I was hoping this would be on national tv.
I moved the cheese.

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I was hoping this would be on national tv.
Is that you, Rondo?

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Re: Celtics (32-24) at Heat (40-15) 4/10
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2012, 03:20:21 AM »

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Is there a method to the Heat's different colored arena seats? Or are they just kind of random? Are they supposed to make a design with the orange seats? It's weird.

Go Cs!

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so far, in the midst of their toughest string of games, the celtics have done all right against playoff teams.

this game will be needed to quiet a few more critics who say the last celtic win against miami was a fluke.

tp for fl, and go celtics!!!!
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LET'S GO CELTICS! BEAT THE HEAT!

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Dwyane Wade has missed the last 2 Heat games with an ankle injury but I fully expect a rested Dwyane Wade to be in the starting lineup for this one.  If Wade does play, the Heat will be at full strength. 

Actually, he's only missed one. He played in their home loss to Memphis.


Wade did say he was going to play.

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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade expects to play Tuesday against the Boston Celtics after sitting out Sunday's game with a sore right ankle.

"It feels better," Wade said. "I'll be ready to go (Tuesday)
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I was hoping this would be on national tv.
Is that you, Rondo?

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ROFL!!!  :D   TP for giving me a good laugh this morning!

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My son is going to this game.  I'm excited for him and expect the Celtics to put on a good show and win.  I hope he behaves himself though because he'd be the obnoxious Celtics fan that the even more obnoxious Heat fans would pick a fight with LOL