MIAMI — The Celtics, winners of two straight, will try to sneak a win against the two-time defending world champions with a new starting center. Rookie Kelly Olynyk will get his first NBA start over Vitor Faverani, who has struggled of late. The Heat will have LeBron James in the lineup despite back issues.
BOSTON CELTICS (2-4)
PG Avery Bradley
SG Jordan Crawford
SF Jeff Green
PF Brandon Bass
C Kelly Olynyk
Inactives: Rajon Rondo
PG Mario Chalmers
SG Dwyane Wade
SF Shane Battier
PF LeBron James
C Chris Bosh
Inactives: Udonis Haslem, Greg Oden
Officials: Bill Spooner, Derrick Collins, Haywoode Workman
TV, radio: 7:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, (WBZ FM, 98.5).
• The Heat made a last-minute lineup chance, replaceing Udonis Haslem (back spasms) with Shane Battier. Greg Oden has yet to play a regular season game but the Heat is prepping him for contributions in the playoffs.
• The Celtics play the Heat for the first time since the departures of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and all parties involved say it’s a different feeling but Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said he still sees “green.”.
• LeBron James is in the lineup, He said he would play despite back soreness
• The Celtics return home for a three-game homestand with Orlando, Charlotte and Portland.