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GAME PREVIEW: Heat visit East-best Celtics

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One game removed from losing to the East-worst Hawks, the Heat visit the East-best Celtics.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat will look to make the ultimate turn around on Wednesday night. After losing to the Hawks, they’ll face a Celtics team that is rolling. Boston emerged over Indiana after blowing a 19 point lead, but coming back in the final minutes against the Pacers.

Miami limped into Atlanta injured and couldn’t sustain an effort good enough to beat the Hawks. Miami was also the team that halted the Celtics 16 game winning streak in Miami earlier this season, so the Celtics will have that on their mind.

The Heat are right in the think of the Eastern Conference race, although sitting a 9, they are not far behind 5th place. Each game is crucial in the standings, even if it is December.

Game Info

When: Wednesday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
TV: Fox Sports Sun, NBALP
Win Probabilities: Miami has a 24% chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Probable Starters

Boston: Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, Aron Baynes
Miami: Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson, Jordan Mickey, Kelly Olynyk

Injury Report

Celtics: Gordon Hayward (Out)
Heat: Rodney McGruder (Out, Leg Fracture), Okaro White (Out, Foot), Hassan Whiteside (Out, Knee), Justise Winslow (Out, knee), Goran Dragic (questionable, elbow), James Johnson (out, ankle)

What To Watch For

Who’s going to play for Miami?

That’s such a sad thing to watch for, but the Heat are really injured right now. They need Goran Dragic to return and they also need to continue to fill in the gaps missing from Whiteside and James Johnson.

How will the Heat defend Kyrie Irving?

This is a legit question because they really struggled on pick and roll defense in Atlanta. If they don’t figure out quickly how to deter Irving from the basket they will be in for a long night.

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