The Heat vs. Celtics game on Feb. 13 will decide which team has the best record in the Eastern Conference. This game will be on national television, and should serve as the best barometer for where these two teams stand. Most importantly, this is one of the games that will serve as a reference point should these two teams meet in the Eastern Conference playoffs like many are projecting.
Coming into Sunday’s game, the Heat has a 39-14 record and the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are just half a game back with a record of 38-14, predicting that the winner of the Feb. 13 game will be alone at the top of the Eastern Conference. This game is doubly important because the Chicago Bulls are sneaking up on everyone with a 36-16 record. The Orlando Magic, which was supposed to be battling for the conference title, is down to a 34-21 record.
The Celtics have been pretty banged up recently, even as they get their starting five in order for the first time this year. Having Kendrick Perkins return to the lineup has been very important to this team, but losing about six other players to injuries has kept them from putting together any depth on that roster. After the starting five, the Celtics are basically down to just Glen Davis, Nate Robinson and a group of reserves that most basketball fans haven’t heard of before. That has led to an abridged depth chart in their last two games; both losses to the Charlotte Bobcats and Los Angeles Lakers.
The Heat on the other hand, is really coming together as a team, with LeBron James putting up MVP stats along the way. He is scoring more than 26 points per game while grabbing more than seven rebounds and dishing out more than seven assists every game. Now the Heat has to prove it can hang with the elite team of the Eastern Conference, one that has already beaten it both times the teams have faced off this season. They have one more game on April 10 in Miami, and that could be a game that decides the top seed in the East if Miami can win on Feb. 13.
These two ultra-competitive teams will take to the court at 1 p.m. EST today, with the game broadcast live on ABC. It will be led by “NBA Countdown” for the 30 minutes leading to tip-off, then we will have a great game on our hands. Neither team wants to lose this one, so expect an extremely physical game that isn’t decided until late in the fourth quarter.
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