The wait is finally over. The highly anticipated Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat best-of-seven playoff series will begin Sunday, May 1st at American Airlines Arena. The Celts are 3-1 against the Heat this year, failing to win in their most crucial battle on the road during the last week of the regular season. The Veteran C’s lineup has certainly revamped for their upcoming playoff run, sweeping the New York Knicks in the first round to earn a six-day rest period before continuing on.
“I know there’s going to be a lot of hype around it, like it’s a championship series, but you’ve got to understand it’s still just the second round,” said Boston captain Paul Pierce. “But a very big second round because you’ve got two potential teams that can win it all. I’m excited. This is a great stage for basketball. It’s going to be great for fans and the guys that we have here love these type of series.” Check 7-game schedule below. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat Playoff ScheduleGame 1: Sunday, May 1, Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, 3:30 PM
Game 2: Tuesday, May 3, Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, TBD
Game 3: Saturday, May 7, Miami Heat at Boston Celtics, 8:00 PM
Game 4: Monday, May 9, Miami Heat at Boston Celtics, TBD
Game 5: Wednesday, May 11, Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: Friday, May 13, Miami Heat at Boston Celtics, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Monday, May 16, Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, 8:00 PM (if necessary)
Due to the monster off-season within the Miami Heat organization, it’s clear that calendars are marked and a new target is set between the other 31 NBA teams looking to make a statement in 2011. Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh have heard enough criticism this summer to keep them motivated through multiple seasons. NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy has high expectations for Miami, saying they’ll break “the single-season win record (72)” and “have a legit shot at the Los Angeles Lakers 33-game winning streak (in 1971-72) as well.” He continued to state that only LA has “even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series. They will never lose two games in a row this year.”
The latest mega-trio is ready to “showcase their talents” to a national audience all season long with 29 games scheduled for TNT, ESPN, ABC or NBA TV. Miami will first be tested against the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics Tuesday, October 26 in front of a hostile crowd at the TD Garden. The Orlando Magic will play host to the Heat at the new Amway Arena Wednesday, November 24th. Other notable away games include December 17th against the New York Knicks and January 15th against the Chicago Bulls.
Miami’s most challenging games at the American Airlines Arena come late in the season against the top two teams in the Western Conference. Kobe Bryant and his Lakers will head to South Beach on Thursday, March 10th with hopes to make a statement on their quest to three-peat. The Heat will then welcome in Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder just six days later. Purchase your Miami Heat tickets right here at Ace!
If the rumors prove to be true, Shaquille O’Neal will be heading to the Phoenix Suns in a trade that no one saw coming. The Miami Heat have agreed to trade O’Neal to the Suns in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks. The deal is pending an O’Neal physical later in the day today.
Many are wondering why the Suns would make this deal considering Shaq’s age, contract, and decline in production. Shaq is averaging career lows with 14.2 points a game and 7.8 rebounds a game. In a year where he will turn 36, Shaq is also a constant injury risk. The apparent upside is that Shaq will be reinvigorated when he’s playing with a contender. Time will tell.
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