MIAMI — The Celtics return to the scene of their biggest win of the season, a thrilling, last-second win on Nov. 9 when Jeff Green canned a 3-pointer in the face of LeBron James for a 111-110 victory. James said before tipoff tonight that he remembers the game vividly and the Heat will be looking to avenge the defeat.
It will have to occur without Dwyane Wade, who will miss his third consecutive game to rest his surgically repaired knees. The Heat are beginning to express concern that Wade’s knees may be more balky than initially thought. Former Celtic Ray Allen will start in the place of Wade.
BOSTON CELTICS (14-28)
PG Rajon Rondo
SG Avery Bradley
SF Jeff Green
PF Jared Sullinger
C Kris Humphries
Inactives: Keith Bogans
MIAMI HEAT (29-12)
PG Mario Chalmers
SG Ray Allen
SF Shane Battier
PF LeBron James
C Chris Bosh
Inactives: Toney Douglas, Dwyane Wade
Officials: David Jones, Tony Brown, Lauren Holtkamp
TV, radio: 7:30 p.m., CSNNE, WBZ-FM (98.5)
• Allen snapped out of an unheard of 3-for-26 shooting slump with 10-for-16 shooting in the past two games, including 5-for-5 in the loss to the Atlanta Hawks. In 10 January games, Allen is shooting 27.9 percent from the field, 21.1 percent from the 3-point line and is averaging just 6.6 points.
• Joel Anthony is in uniform but it’s uncertain if he will play against his former team. Anthony said it was “surreal” to be back in Miami just a few days after being traded and coach Brad Stevens said Anthony has been a model teammate so far.
• Jerryd Bayless will miss tonight’s game with a sprained left big toe and could miss the next seven to 10 days. That means Phil Pressey will get extensive minutes at point guard backing up Rajon Rondo. Rondo is on a minutes limit but could play as many as 25 tonight, according to Stevens.
• The Celtics will fly out immediately after tonight’s game and face the Washington Wizards on Wednesday at Verizon Center before returning home to face Kendrick Perkins and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.