Ray Allen goes back to Boston for the first time since leaving them as a free agent
to go sign with their rival the Miami Heat…. Ray chose to go to South Beach for
half the money that Boston would have gave him….
The game starts at 1pm on ABC
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NEW YORK — Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will miss Thursday night’s
game against the Brooklyn Nets because of a sprained ankle. Leandro Barbosa
will start in his place.
“I don’t actually know,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said when asked the condition of
Rondo. “I pretty much assumed he wasn’t going to play because of the way he was
walking this morning. We just did our little walkthrough in the hotel with L.B.
(Barbosa) and we’ll try to play that way.
“… If he’s ready to play whenever we play again, then he’ll play. If he doesn’t, we’ll
just keep moving.”
Rondo suffered the injury in Wednesday night’s 98-93 win against the Utah Jazz
and was listed as day to day.
While their offense has been up to the task, the Miami Heat‘s defense hasn’t been
close to championship form. The Denver Nuggets have similar concerns defen-
sively with the NBA’s highest-scoring team coming to town Thursday night.
After finishing fourth in the league in scoring defense at 92.5 points per game
during their 2011-12 championship season, Miami (6-3) ranks near the bottom
at 101.0 points per game this season.
The Heat allowed just 16 of 66 opponents to reach 100 points last season, but
have let six teams surpass that mark in 2012-13. Miami fell to 2-2 on its six-
game road trip following a 107-100 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednes-
day. The Heat, who have lost 10 straight at Denver, now must deal with a Nug-
gets team which ranks fifth in the Western Conference with 99.1 points per
“We have some good moments, but we have to put a full game together on the
road,” guard Dwyane Wade said. ” The important thing right now is to figure
out how we can get better.”
“Defensively, we’ve been a lot better the last four games and we just had some
mental lapses and coverages,” Iguodala said.
The Nuggets will have to defend better than earlier this month when Allen had
a go-ahead four-point play with 6.7 seconds left to give the Heat a 119-116 win
in Miami on Nov. 3. Bosh had 40 points, Allen hit a season-high six 3-pointers
and scored 23 while James finished one rebound shy of a triple-double.
Faried had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Nuggets, who lost despite out-
rebounding the Heat 47-32 and outscoring them 72-40 in the paint.
Power Rankings: Let the games begin
1. Miami Heat
The last team from the Leastern Conference to repeat as champs? Michael Jor-
dan’s 1996-98 three-peaters. Why dredge up the Leastern Conference stuff so
soon? Because there’s realistically only one team in the East that can keep
Miami out of the Finals: Boston.
2. San Antonio Spurs
Came into the season thinking that the ceiling for the Spurs would likely be
holding off the West’s chasing pack headed by Denver and Memphis rather
than playing at the Thunder/Lakers level. Now? OKC and L.A. look sufficiently
vulnerable to get us rethinking.
3. LA Lakers
Even with the injury uncertainty suddenly surrounding Kobe, you’d have to
say that we just witnessed the finest 0-8 preseason in NBA history, with Dwight
Howard’s recovery ahead of schedule and OKC having just broken up the reign-
ing Western Conference champs.
4. Boston Celtics
Open to suggestions on who else you think we should tack onto the short list
of teams capable of actually beating the Heat and winning the East. For the
Celts to even be on that list — though they got undeniably deeper over the sum-
mer — everything has to go right.
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder certainly got a lot back for Harden, but something they surren-
dered in Saturday night’s blockbuster trade that wasn’t mentioned in the
press release is a chunk of chemistry/continuity edge they had over L.A.
Which is why OKC just dipped two spots.
6. LA Clippers
7. Denver Nuggets
8. Indiana Pacers
9. Memphis Grizzlies
10. Utah Jazz
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Lol, who made this least up, everytime I see an ESPN list, I be like this gotta be a