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Miami Heat Slowly Getting Back on Track: Fan Preview
The Celtics won the last encounter between the two Eastern Conference powerhouses, defeating Miami 91-72 on April 1. Given how bad things went for the Heat last time around, they'll definitely be motivated to get some payback against the Celtics.
"It just [ticked] us off, really," Chris Bosh told reporters about the Heat's previous game against the Celtics. "We don't like getting beat like that. It was an embarrassing loss, so we're trying to fix everything and get back to the level we were playing at before the All-Star break."
It won't be easy though, considering the fact the Celtics have been playing pretty well lately, winning seven of their last nine outings. The Celtics also played well in their last game, manhandling the Philadelphia 76ers at The Garden.
Miami's role players came out to play against the Pistons, putting up a combined 50 points. It's pretty obvious that the Heat are virtually unbeatable when their role players show up for games. And they shouldn't have any problems against Celtics if their role players come out firing.
Dwyane Wade sat out against the Pistons - due to a sprained ankle, but he is expected to suit up against the Celtics. Wade had a hard time shooting the ball during Miami's last meeting with the Celtics, and that'll probably give him extra motivation for their Tuesday matchup.
Even though the Heat have struggled a bit ever since the All-Star break, they seem to be breaking out of their funk, winning five of their last seven games. Miami's role players are starting to do their jobs once, again, and they're starting to tighten up their defense as well.
Joseph Goodman, "Miami Heat's blowout loss to Boston Celtics lingers"
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