March 18, 2009
11 games, but there aren't a lot of obvious winners tonight. A lot of good team vs. crummy team combos.
I'd like to point you to the direction of Chicago and Oklahoma City, but both teams are pretty flighty; and even though I'm interested to see how well Chicago (in the midst of a grab for the eighth seed, and playing against a team they've already lost to this season) responds to last night's win, there's too good a chance that this particular game will come out all wrong. In either direction.
Dwyane Wade won't come out all wrong. Yes, he's bumped and bruised up, but he's also had two-plus days since Miami's loss to Philadelphia, he'll be in Boston to take on a team that played (and lost) half a country away on Tuesday night, and it's become a given that Wade has to throw down a monster line for the Heat to have a chance. With that in mind, expect the monster.
Wade managed 32 points, seven assists, four steals, and one turnover in a win over the Celtics one week ago; but even a fabulous line like that has become pretty de rigueur for D-Wade.
Boston, meanwhile, needs a win. The Magic are a half game back, they just gave Cleveland everything it could handle in Cleveland on Tuesday (really, the Cavs got the 'W', but it was pretty weak) though Milwaukee will likely give the Magic all it can handle on Wednesday.
As mentioned, 11 games, lots could pop up, so comment away.
Boston Celtics: 50-18, 90.7 possessions per game (18th), 110.8 points scored per 100 possessions (5th), 101.9 points allowed per 100 possessions (1st).
Miami Heat: 36-30, 90.4 possessions per game (20th), 107.5 points scored per 100 possessions (17th), 107.5 points allowed per 100 possessions (14th).