Preview: Heat vs. Celtics (April 13, 2016)

It all comes down to this. One game to determine whether the Heat will finish as high as number three in the East, or as low as number six. The solution is simple, win and they get the three seed. Should be a that simple, but unfortunately, they are playing on the road against one of the toughest defenses in the league. The Celtics are scrappy, physical, and have had the Heat’s number so far this year. This should bring back some nostalgia for fans who remember the classic playoff series these teams put on in the earlier part of the decade. It should be a really good game with a playoff atmosphere. The Heat may be without Justise Winslow, but Dorell Wright could easily step into that big wing player role.

Here are my 3 keys to the game.

  1. Take care of the ball: What is something Boston excels at doing? Forcing turnovers, and they rank number one in that regard. The Heat will have to do a better job than they did in Detroit with taking care of the ball, because Boston is at their best when they are creating havoc on defense.
  2. Let Wade and Johnson finish: This is a playoff game essentially for both teams with home-court advantage on the line. What does Miami have? Two veterans who have been deep in the playoffs and can play a half-court style with a lot of success. Let these two close out this season on a high note. Post them both up and let them go to work.
  3. Unit Rebounding: I’ll say this because Miami got called on the boards last night, but Boston has multiple guys who crash the offensive glass. The Heat need everyone to rebound. This is an area where there can be an advantage in a game like this, so Miami needs to control the glass.

Should be an awesome game.

GO HEAT!

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