A game that was once a must see affair, is just another stop on the long regular season road for the Heat as they meet the 2-4 Boston Celtics in Miami, with a start time of 7:30 pm.
For the Celtics, they are in a rebuild and missing their best player for a portion of the season. Gone are Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Doc Rivers as the faces of Celtic basketball and in are Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, and Brad Stevens. Also, Rajon Rondo remains on the shelf, rehabbing his surgically repaired ACL. However, Boston won their last game, defeating the Orlando Magic 91-89 on Friday night. Boston ranks in the lower half of the NBA in Field Goal percentage with 43.4% (20th), as well as Points Per Game with 89.7 (28th).
Players To Watch: Jeff Green (14.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, and 2.2 apg), Avery Bradley (10.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.3 apg), Brandon Bass (13.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.8 apg)
For the Heat, they are riding a 3-game winning streak, last defeating the Los Angeles Clippers 102-97 on Thursday night. They’ve had their share of slow starts but have been able to climb themselves out of the holes they’ve dug. Per usual, they have been receiving plenty of contributions from everyone outside the Big 3 and it has led to success. The Heat are once again on pace to be the most efficient offense in the league, shooting 50.7%, good for 1st. They come in averaging 104.3 points per game, 9th in the NBA.
Players To Watch: LeBron James (24.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 7.7 apg), Dwyane Wade (20.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.8 apg), Chris Bosh (18.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.4 bpg)
Look for the Heat to feature Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh a little more than usual as LeBron nurses a sore back, which explains why he’s seems a little off to begin the season. The Heat have more than enough talent to handle the Celtics regardless.
Prediction: Heat 101, Celtics 85