Heat Backups Clinch Home Court With Franchise Record 62nd Win
Ray Allen scored 23 off the bench to go along with six rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Shane Battier buried five of eighth three-point attempts, finishing with 15. The Heat as a whole took 41 threes, connecting on 17 of them. John Wall came just short of a triple-double in the losing effort, finishing with 17 points, nine rebounds, and 11 assists.
With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Udonis Haslem missing the game, the Heat went with a mix-and-match bunch. The problem for the rest of the league is that Miami's backups make a pretty damn good Eastern Conference team themselves.
Right now, the Heat is serving ramen noodles to spoiled fans accustomed to steak. At one point in the game, Rashard Lewis passed to Joel Anthony under the basket and it bounced off his neck -- this isn't exactly the Flying Death Machine. Once the playoffs begin and everyone is playing all at once, Heat fans will feel like a fat kid at Cici's Pizza. Cinnabon pizza!
The Heat is back home Friday for perhaps the least anticipated Celtics-Heat game since Michael Beasley was running the hardwood.
The Heat has nothing to play for, while the Celtics will probably want to win a lot more just to lock up the seventh seed to stay the hell off the tracks when the Miami Heat train comes through. Don't expect to see the Big Three in this game, because the risk of injury or altercation is just too high against Boston -- regardless of what's at stake.
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