I think that if we go back to October and someone had told us that when the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics play each other in game #80 of the season, that they would be holding the exact same record, nobody would've been terribly surprised. Both teams have gone through their share of problems and made a couple moves along the way but now with just 3 games left until the playoffs, they are still side-by-side in the standings.
The series between the Heat and Boston has been grossly one-sided over the last 4 years with the Celtics having the big time advantage. Going all the way back to April of 2007, Boston has gone 18-2 against the Heat, the worst that Miami has been against any team during that span. The C's have also won all 3 games between the teams so far this season, but win by Miami today would go pretty far regarding the teams immediate plans.
The Heat and Celtics are tied for 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and a win today would be very advantageous for that team to finish in that 2 spot. Assuming both of these teams win their first round matchup, they would be playing each other in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. That being the case, you can see why both teams are pushing hard to get that 2nd seed and claim homecourt advantage against every team except for Chicago.
- Boston has gone 3-0 so far this season against the Heat, winning by 8 points, 5 points and most recently, 3 points.
- If they win, it would be the second year in a row that the Celtics swept the season series from Miami
- In their last game, Boston had 3 players record double double's. Kevin Garnett (15p 11r), Paul Pierce (22p, 11r) and Rajon Rondo (20p, 14a).
- The Heat has won 22 games in a row when scoring at least 100 points.
- This will be the 2nd straight game with Zydrunis Ilgauskas back in the starting lineup, replacing Erick Dampier
- Miami is 37-11 with Big Z starting and just 18-13 with him coming off the bench.
- As a starter, Mike Bibby is shooting 50% from 3-point range (20-of-40).
- Celtics sharpshooter Ray Allen is shooting a career best 45% this season.
- Udonis Haslem (foot) is out for Miami.
- For Boston, Shaquille O'Neal (calf) is out.
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