Miami Heat: Is Sunday’s Game Against The Boston Celtics a Must Win?

February 12th, 2011 by Robert Felton Leave a reply »
It feels odd to look at the calendar, see it still reads "February" and argue that any game played at this time of year in the NBA season is particularly significant. After all, teams do not begin their final push for the playoffs until March and April is when the games begin to truly count.

However, this is different.

Despite all of the success the Miami Heat have had since its team meeting following a lost to the Mavericks, (going 30-6 in their last 36 contests which is the second best mark in the NBA over that span) one question continues to overshadow their sparkling play of late: "Yeah, but they haven't beaten the Celtics yet."

This is a fair assessment, especially since the Celtics are clearly the Heat's biggest threat in the East and their biggest roadblock on their path to the NBA Finals.

A lot has changed about these two teams since their last meeting on November 11 at Miami.

In that game, coach Erik Spoelstra was still going with the starting lineup of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Joel Anthony and Carlos Arroyo. This is a starting lineup that found itself in a 61-46 deficit to&n ...

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