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Leon Powe finished with a game-high 17 points and 13 rebounds as the Celtics held the pitiful Heat to an NBA season-low 17 field goals in an 88-62 win. With the win, the Celtics got their first season sweep of the Heat since the 1998-1999 season.
A shadow of their former selves, the Heat have completely disappeared off the map. They were without Shaq (traded), Shawn Marion, Dwayne Wade, Jason Williams, Alonzo Mourning, Udonis Haslem (all injured). As a result, Ricky Davis led a talent-deprived team with 14 points and 6 rebounds (7 turnovers).
This was really like an exhibition game for the Celtics as the starters got some much needed rest. They’ve been in overdrive for a couple of weeks while they beat up on the Western Conference and could use a break before the playoffs. None of the starters played more than 25 minutes and why should they?
Well, they were facing a Heat lineup that started Davis, Chris Quinn, Earl Barron, Kasib Powell, and the legendary Mark Blount. Absolutely pathetic.
I love how the Heat are so bad and worthless right now, that their HEAD COACH (Pat Riley) is skipping the rest of the season while he scouts the NCAA tournament for the NBA draft. I mean, the Heat might as well forfeit the rest of the games and get a nice rest before the offseason workouts begin.
With that said, I think the Heat will be back with a bang next season. They still have D-Wade. Shawn Marion’s contract is manageable (and he probably will opt out anyway), allowing the team to shop for top-teir free agents. And if the lottery balls bounce right, they’ll have a top 3 pick in this year’s draft.
Oh, and for you UMass fans, Stephane Lasme has made an NBA appearance. He was drafted by the Warriors, played one game, and was dropped. He’s now with the Heat, doing what he does best: blocking shots. He finished with 2 blocks on the night.
As far the Celtics, they have an off-day Monday and play Tuesday against the Bulls. Of their remaining 9 games, 8 are against teams with sub-.500 records. 65 wins here we come!