Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Preview: Miami @ Boston

Photo courtesy of celticslife.com

Rajon Rondo is back.
That name should ring a bell for the Miami Heat as Rondo has had some amazing performances against them in the regular season and playoffs. He is truly a Miami Assassin. The Heat will look to shut him down tonight as they will host the Celtics in Miami.

These 2 teams last met on November 9, 2013. Boston had the upper-hand as they won 111-100 on a last second 3 point shot by Jeff Green. Miami will look for payback tonight. This game also marks Joel Anthony's return to Miami. He was traded to Boston on Wednesday in a 3-team trade also involving the Warriors. Anthony played 6 seasons in Miami, while starting over 100 games. 

"The thing I already know about him is he is a great person to have on our team, " Stevens told the Celtics offical website. " I am thrilled that he's here. Practice wise in the locker room, personality. Clearly he's a person that trains and works the right way."

The Heat and Celtics are both struggling right now. Miami has lost 3 out of their last 5, while Boston has lost 9 straight on the road. The Heat, who are just 5-5 (.500) in 2014, lost to the Hawks, 114-121 on Monday. Their defense was the problem all game long.
"We scored enough points to win, so obviously it was defense," James said. "Especially in the first half."

Lebron had 30 points along with 6 assists and 4 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Boston has lost 9 straight on the road. They are 5-16 on the road overall. They will have to play nice competive basketball if they want to end that streak. This time around, they will have arugabally the best PG in the league back. Rondo came back on Friday against the Lakers. He scored 8 points and dished out 4 assists. Rondo will look to have a big game tonight as he has publically said that he hates the Heat, and would never play for them. This game will be hard fought, but I think Boston will come out strong in the end.
Predicted Final Score:

BOS: 104
MIA: 99