Boston Celtics – Miami Heat: Preview

Remember, way back on November 9, when Jeff Green nailed an insane three-pointer at the buzzer to help the Boston Celtics steal a

Nov 9, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics shooting guard Jeff Green (8) drives to the basket as Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) defends during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

victory against the defending champion Miami Heat, 111-110?

Yeah – I bet the Heat remember that, too.

The Celtics are a far, far different team than the one that went down to South Beach and beat the Heat back in November, having shipped Courtney Lee, Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks out of town, and having added All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to the mix.  They have also lost nine in a row on the road, and 14 out their last 16 games overall.  As a matter of fact, it’s pretty clear that the Cs big win in Miami back in November was the highlight of their season so far, and the way things are going, it may remain that way for a long time.

Of course, things are not looking so amazing on Miami’s side of things right about now, either.  The Heat just finished a six-game road trip by giving up the second-most points they have allowed all season to the Atlanta Hawks in a 121-114 loss.  The Heat went 2-4 on their road trip, giving up 103.8 points and allowing its opponents to shoot 48.4 percent.  Those are not the sort of defensive numbers we have come to expect from the Heat, and you better believe they will have a laser-like focus tonight when it comes to improving their defensive effort.

Dec 16, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics power forward Jared Sullinger (7) and power forward Kris Humphries (43) battle for the ball with Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) during the fourth quarter of Boston

Tonight’s match-up will feature two teams who provide the definition of small ball.  Miami starts Chris Bosh at center, despite the fact that is really stretch four.  Meanwhile, Boston starts Kris Humphries and Jared Sullinger in the frontcourt, each of whom are 6’9″ power forward types.  Since Bosh is not likely to want to bang bodies inside the paint, Sullinger and Humphries will probaby find themselves playing out on the perimeter a lot more than they are accustomed to tonight.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 tonight.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter – @HoudiniCeltics – and to check back in with us for our reactions once the action is over!  Go Celtics!

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