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Gameday Rundown: Boston Visits Miami For Eastern Conference Finals Rematch

Boston Celtics vs. Miami HEAT

FTX Arena - Miami, FL
Friday, October 21 @ 7:30 PM
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TV: Bally Sports Sun, ESPN
Radio: WQAM 560 - WAQI 710

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Series Notes:

  • The HEAT and Celtics meet for the first of four matchups this regular season. 
  • Last season, Boston won the series, 2-1, after Miami won it the previous year.
  • The HEAT are 51-78 all-time versus the Celtics during the regular season, including 29-37 in home games and 22-41 in road games.

What to watch for:

  • Miami’s roster features 10 undrafted players, marking the most in the league to open the season. Among the 10 undrafted on the HEAT’s roster are Jamal Cain, Dewayne Dedmon, Udonis Haslem, Haywood Highsmith, Caleb Martin, Duncan Robinson, Dru Smith, Max Strus, Gabe Vincent and Ӧmer Yurtseven. The next highest team has seven, following four other teams with six.
  • Miami will open the 2022-23 season with four consecutive home games, the longest streak of home games to start a season in team history. The previous high to start a season was three-straight in 1995-96.
  • Tonight marks as the first of back-to-back home games with a game tomorrow night against Toronto. It is the first of three such occurrences with the next time happening in little over a week on 11/1 vs. GS and 11/2 vs. SAC with the final time on 3/3 vs. NY and 3/4 vs. ATL. Last season, Miami played back-to-back home games five times, the second-most during a single season in team history. Additionally, the HEAT have played home games on consecutive nights 32 total times in franchise history, winning both games 10 times, splitting the pair 14 times and dropping both on eight occasions.

Injuries:

  • Miami: Victor Oladipo, Out, Injury/Illness (Left Knee; Tendinosis) - Omer Yurtseven, Out, Injury/Illness (Left Ankle; Impingement)
  • Boston: Danilo Gallinari, Out, Injury/Illness (Left Knee; ACL Repair) - Robert Williams III, Out, Injury/Illness (Left Knee; Surgery)
Miami HEATCATEGORYOPPONENT
108.0Points Per Game126.0
116.0OPPONENT POINTS PER GAME117.0
.463FG PCT..561
.441OPPONENT FG PCT..500
.4293-PT FG PCT..343
.786FT PCT..786
46.0REBOUNDS PER GAME36.0
46.0OPPONENT REBOUNDS PER GAME31.0
21.0ASSISTS PER GAME24.0
6.00STEALS PER GAME8.00
19.0TURNOVERS PER GAME11.0
15.0OPPONENT TURNOVERS PER GAME14.0
2.00BLOCKS PER GAME3.00