NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, April 16th (All times eastern)
Boston Celtics (23-57) at Miami Heat (44-36), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Southeast Division-champion Miami Heat wrap up a three-game homestand tonight when the Boston Celtics pay a visit to AmericanAirlines Arena.
Miami is fourth in the Eastern Conference standings and has won two straight and five of its last seven games, including Friday's 100-96 victory over Indiana.
Dwyane Wade scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, as Miami improved to 27-13 as the host this season. Shaquille O'Neal added 21 points and eight rebounds for the Heat, who captured their third consecutive division crown after handing the Washington Wizards an 85-82 setback on Wednesday at Miami.
The Heat will close out the regular-season schedule on Wednesday at Orlando.
Boston has lost seven in a row and suffered an 88-86 loss to the Magic on Sunday at Amway Arena.
Al Jefferson scored 28 points for Boston, which is 11-29 on the road this season. Delonte West had his layup attempt blocked at the buzzer and finished with 19 points. Rajon Rondo added 16 for the Celtics, who have dropped eight of their last nine games overall.
The Celtics will wrap up their tumultuous 2006-07 campaign on Wednesday versus the Detroit Pistons at TD Banknorth Garden.
Monday's game between Boston and Miami is the third and final meeting of the season. The Heat are 2-0 in the series and have won five of six and nine of the last 11 matchups.
Boston has lost its last five trips to South Beach.
04/16 10:51:30 ET