Everyday we hear about how a collection of superstars cannot beat a complete team, and how the Heat have no other options outside of Dwayne Wade, Lebron James and Chris Bosh. The Heat are currently in first place in the Eastern Conference and based on the court of public opinion they are worst first place team of all time.
As the Celtics and Heat head into what should be another epic contest, we will once again try find answers to the question facing us in the current state of the NBA: Can a team loaded with future hall of famers, with over 250 games played together, beat a team that in most years would be called the Eastern Conference All Stars? The Celtics have beat the Heat twice already this season, however, they have not played since November 11th and both teams are completely different since they last played.
The teams are currently heading in two different directions. The Celtics, who have been battling a host of injuries, have lost 4 out of their last 7 and the Heat, who have no significant injuries, are winners of their last 8 and to go along with winning 30 out of their last 36 games.
Keys to winning the game for the Celtics:
Avoid fouls: We got an awful glimpse of what significant foul trouble can do to a team with injuries during last Thursday’s game against the Lakers. The Celtics have a great starting cast, but currently are lacking depth and cannot afford to lose a starter due to foul trouble.
Kendrick Perkins: The Heat lack a true center leaving Kendrick Perkins to roam free causing havoc under the basket. The Heat would be wise to attack Perk with James and Wade looking to get him into early foul trouble.
Shoot the ball:The Celtics are #1 in the NBA in terms of field goal percentage and need to continue on the trend throughout today’s game against the Heat. The Celtics cannot match the Heat in terms of athleticism and need to make shots to keep pace with the Heat’s ability to score in bunches.
Avoid the turnover: for as much as the C’s lead in assists they turn the ball over way to much for a championship caliber team. Teams like the Heat can and will take advantage of missed opportunities.