Apr 12, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics shooting guard Jordan Crawford (27) is pressured by Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics- Miami Heat Preview: Rich's Take

Don’t look now, NBA fans, but the Boston Celtics are streaking!

No, I don’t mean they are running across a football butt-naked right now . . . although I honestly cannot guarantee they are not, either.  I simply mean the Celtics have won two games in a row to climb out of last place in the Eastern Conference into a tie for . . . last place in the Eastern Conference!  Well, at least now they are tied for last, instead of being last all by their lonesome.

I’m sure Boston would like to add one to two and make it three games in a row . . . but tonight they face a team who would also like to add one to two and make it three in a row – championships, that is, as the Celts’ foe tonight is the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat.

The Heat are on a nice little winning streak of their own, as they have reeled off three in a row after starting the season 1-2.  Miami is led in scoring by LeBron James, who is averaging 24.3 points per game but has been struggling with some lower back soreness lately.  Let’s hope his back flares up tonight!  Just kidding.  (Nope.)  Even with LeBron at less-than-100%, though, the Heat are still dangerous, especially when Dwyane Wade blows up for 29 points, seven assists and three steals like he did the other night against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Guess it’s not time for D-Wade to retire just yet.

The Celtics will need a huge effort from Jeff Green tonight if they want to steal a win down in South Beach – but Green seems to love playing the Heat, as he has poured in 68 points total during his last two clashes with Miami.  It would also help if the Celtics could shot a percentage that is just a tad bit higher than the  35% they impressed NOBODY with against the Orlando Magi last night, and if they could minimize the amount of turnovers they commit.

Plus, seeing Jeff Green do a ton of this sure would be nice:

Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m.  Be sure to follow me @HoudiniCeltics for my witty and sometimes even accurate insights throughout the course of the game, and check back in with us HERE later for our thoughts and three stars of the evening.

Enjoy, and Go Green!

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