Now, I am hoping that this does not jinx the C’s and they go out and lay an egg against the Heat and lose another game at home. I do, however, have plenty of confidence that the team has swung it around and are ready to go on a run. But either way, as you read this be sure to knock on wood. Since there are many players that have come and gone from the Heat in this period of time, I am confident the name “Dwyane Wade” instead of “Heat” fits this topic more preciesely.
In the Big 3 era, Wade has a combined record of… 1-9 against the Celtics club. In the 2007-08 season, he want 0-4 against the C’s and his teams average margin of defeat was 14.25 points per game. In the 2008-09 season, Dwyane grabbed a single victory and went 1-3 vs. Boston. In this season there was a more respectable margin of -4.5 (which includes the game they won). Now obviously, as I said in the preview and you know if you have kept up with the team is the Heat have lost the first 2 matchups this year as well.
The first matchup was quite simply just a defeat. At one point it looked like the Heat may make a run at things, but then the Celtics stopped that quickly and disallowed them to gain control of the game. Now the 2nd game of the season is a different story. Miami was up in the 4th by a healthy amount, and the Celtics couldn’t get anything going. The C’s made a late charge and tied the game with the ball in their posession for the last shot. Ray lost his dribble to Wade, and Wade took it to the other end and put it home for the 2 point lead with 0.6 seconds remaining.
The game was over. The chances of making a shot with .6 seconds is very slim. Pierce and Rondo had other ideas, and Rondo tipped the ball in to end the period. With the momentum on their side, the Celtics took over the game in the overtime period and ended up with a 6 point road victory.
Dwyane Wade is probably thinking, “What does it take to beat these guys?” Talk about a team having another teams number. Of course a little luck doesn’t hurt either. So hopefully this isn’t a jinx on the Celtics, and they can put him at 1-10 in the last three years, and tonights post can be titled creatively “Dwyane Wade STILL Can’t Beat The Celtics”.
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