Game thread #68: oakland a’s vs

Miamày Heat (36-31) at Boston Celtics (35-32)Sunday, May 9, 20211:00 PM ETRegular Season trò chơi #68 Home Game #35TV: ESPN, NBCSBRadio: 98.5 Sports Hub, 790 The TicketTD GardenReferees: Scott Foster, Dedric Taylor, JB DeRosa

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The Celtics host the Miami Heat in the first of two home games that may determine if the Celtics will be in the play in tournament or not. This is the second of 3 regular season games with the third game on Tuesday, also in Boston. The Celtics won the first meeting 107-105 on January 6 in Miangươi on a Payton Pritchard put back with 0.2 seconds left in the game. A January 10th game was postponed due lớn Covid.

On Friday, the Celtics lost a very winnable game lớn the Chicago Bulls and the Heat won their game against the Timberwolves, which moved the Heat 1 game ahead of the Celtics for the 6th spot in the standings và moved the Celtics to lớn 7th và into the play-in tournament. It goes without saying that these games are must win for the Celtics to lớn avoid the play-in games.

After these two games, Miamày has a trang chính game vs Philadelphia và two road games against Milwaukee and Detroit. The Celtics will have three road games against Clevelvà, Minnesota, & Thủ đô New York. The games against the Cavaliers và the Knicks are both on the second night of baông chồng khổng lồ bachồng games. We know that the Celtics are capable of winning these games, but we don’t know which Celtics team will show up: the one that beat the Suns, Nuggets, Knicks, Bucks and Clippers, or the one that lost to lớn the Cavs, Pistons, Thunder & Bulls.

After their loss lớn the Bulls, the Celtics have sầu dropped lớn 7th in the East. They are 1 game behind the 6th place Miami Heat và 1.5 games behind 5th place Atlanta Hawks. They are 2 games behind the 4th place New York Knicks, who still have sầu games against the Clippers, Lakers, Spurs, Hornets and Celtics. The Celtics are 4-6 in their last 10 games and are 21-13 at trang chủ.

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The Heat are 6th in the East. They are half a game behind 5th place Atlanta and 1 game behind 4th place Thủ đô New York. They are a game ahead of Boston và if the Celtics can win just one of the two games, the Celtics will own the tie breaker over the Heat. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games and have won 8 of their last 11 games. They are 16-16 on the road.

Both teams are nearing full strength. Jaylen Brown was listed as questionable but was downgraded khổng lồ out on Sunday, Evan Fournier should get the start in his place once again. Robert Williams has been upgraded lớn probable & I’ve sầu also included hyên ổn in the starting lineup. If he can’t play, I expect Tristan Thompson to lớn get the start at center.

For the Heat, Victor Oladipo remains out with a knee injury. He is the only player who did not travel to Boston for the 2 game mini-series. Oladipo has missed 16 straight games due lớn the knee injury. Andre Iguodala is listed as questionable with a quad injury. He traveled with the team khổng lồ Boston & his status will be a game time decision.