Miami Heat: Road to the Finals Still Runs Through Boston

August 25th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
The Miami Heat have been ordained as the favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2011 NBA Finals, but their journey will be anything but simple.

Standing in Miami's way will likely be the defending Eastern conference champion, Boston Celtics, and relegating the men in green to underdog status could be a scary proposition.

Last season, the Celtics entered the postseason as the East's fourth seed, and their playoff run didn't end until a Game Seven loss in the 2010 NBA Finals.

Miami's free agency coup, which landed LeBron James and Chris Bosh to play alongside Dwyane Wade, has captured all of the offseason headlines, and an energized Miami fanbase has basked in the glow of attention.

Heat fans have been extremely vocal in support of their newfound status as contenders, and most have dismissed the Celtics as too old to disrupt their march to the Finals.

That sounds a lot like last season.

Boston was an afterthought during much of the 2009-10 regular season, and many observers felt age had finally caught up to the veteran team.

Those feelings increased after a late season swoon that saw the ...

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