Miami Heat Vs Boston Celtics: Game 1 Preview

Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IIApril 17, 2010

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Miami vs The Celtics Game 1 starts April 17th at 8 PM ET. Some analysts (on ESPN) find this to be an intriguing matchup and probably the best matchup in the east. I tend to disagree. Don't get me wrong it is intriguing, but I think I would take Bobcats & Magic matchup over Celtics & Heat because....... well let's get to this matchup first.

The Boston Celtics are 50-32 and even though that sounds great. It's really not a good season for the Celtics. Rasheed Wallace was like I thought he would be the most overrated addition of the offseason ( and please nobody tell me to never post of the Boston Celtics again, because I will tell you what I told another guy I will write about whatever the heck I wanna write about). Everybody thought that the addition of Rasheed Wallace would get them a championship,and all there getting is 4th place in the east. Rajon Rondo has been outstanding this season, breaking the Celtics single season record in steals (previously held by Rick Fox) and also breaking the Celtics single season assist record (previously held by Bob Cousy). The Celtics are getting older and it seems like this could be their last run. But do they have one more run left in them?Β 

Dwyane Wade has the 4th seed in the east at 47-35 and it has been a decent season for Dwyane Wade has gotten wins against good playoff teams like Denver,Orlando,Portland,Phoenix,& LA. Now you might be wondering am I not saying Miami Heat on purpose? Well the answer is yes I am doing it on purpose. Wade has no help at all. The Heat second gest player is an old Jermaine O'neal, while the rest of the team (Michael Beasley included) has been inconsistent.

Key for the Celtics

Contain Dwyane Wade: Well what else is there? Who Else are you gonna try to contain? It's not like anybody else can hit a wide open jumpshot. Wade will try to create for his teammates but unfortunately the rest of his team is too inconsistent to make some of the easy shots. Wade can try to score as many point as he needs to. But if you make it hard for him then you will most likely come out with a more then easy win.

Keys for the Heat

Supporting Cast.......START SUPPORTING!: Michael Beasley,Carlos Arroyo,Mario Chalmers,Jermaine O'neal, Quentin Richardson,and all you so called "supporting cast" how about live up to that supporting cast role and start supporting. Wade has literally carried the whole team on his back and it is bound to break. So in the words of Floyd Money Mayweather " Step your game up".

Hit your free throws: The Celtics are a hard hitting physical team. So you better believe your going to the free throw line if you go at them. The Heat are one of the bottom teams when it comes to freew throws and if you want to have a chance at beating the Celtics you have to hit your free throws. The Cavs had trouble hitting his free throws against the Celtics and they didn't win the game in part of that.

Prediction Celtics 100 Heat 84 Celtics take 1-0 lead

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