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Forget Lakers, Heat Should Be Worried About Celtics

By Alex Groberman

It didn’t take long for people to forget.

Coming off a season where they proved every single doubter wrong, where they took the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers to a Game 7 and led by 13 points in the second half, the Boston Celtics are once again being looked over as favorites to win the Eastern Conference.

Rather than giving the defending Eastern Conference champions their due, media and fans alike are already ignoring the tremendous battle the Heat and Celtics will likely have in the postseason, in favor of a Heat-Lakers Dream Series that may never even happen.

What a mistake. The Celtics-Heat match-up practically sells itself: It’s the new “Big Three” made up of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh squaring off against the old “Big Three” of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rondo. At least that is the way it will be pushed to the general public and casual fans. In truth, though, anyone who watched the Celtics play last season knows that it is far more Rajon Rondo’s team than anyone else’s. By the same token, free agent signing Mike Miller’s ability to mesh with the new “Big Three” will be crucial to the Heat’s success.

Combine the marquee names with an old and worn down pair of O’Neals for Boston (Shaquille and Jermaine), then sprinkle in a couple of seat fillers for Miami in Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Juwan Howard, and you get the perfect recipe for a fun Eastern Conference rivalry.

When these two teams battle in the postseason...

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