LeBron James had himself a game last night, and hopefully it doesn’t translate to this evening. The Boston Celtics host the Miami Heat tonight in what should be a physical contest. These Celts don’t like the Heat more than most teams in the league, and look for Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, and Brandon Bass to try and mix it up with the defending champs.
Speaking of Green, we usually see the best out of him against the Heat. Remember his 43 point explosion against Miami last year? And remember this…
The good ole days…
But this year Green has struggled somewhat against the Heat. In two games, he is around his season averages, meaning there hasn’t been a memorable performance just yet. Hopefully we can see one tonight as a great way to cap a pretty poor season record-wise for the C’s.
The teams have split the season series so far, and thought the Celtics are looking to strengthen their lottery position, I don’t think the fans would be upset with a win over the Heat. Recently, there has been no team that the Celts could call their rivals more so than Miami. With Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett gone, that has tempered any hopes of the rivalry continuing. However, you know Rondo still hates these guys as much as anyone, and once Boston rebuilds, and assuming LeBron stays in Miami, their contests versus one another will get some of that steam back.
Boston should be out-matched tonight, even with Miami finishing off a back-to-back. Chris Bosh has quietly had a fantastic season, and if he opts out at the end of this year, he may have another huge contract waiting for him. Hopefully, we see a lot of Greg Oden and Michael Beasley tonight, with a dash of Rashard Lewis in the hopes of Miami resting some of their stars for their championship run. Either way, fans will be treated to a LeBron James show, possibly one as great as last night’s nightcap in Cleveland.
Prediction: Miami 99, Boston 90