Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics: Let the HYPE Begin!

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That sound you heard towards the conclusion of Wednesday night’s Heat-Sixers game was the collective pumping of fists from ESPN, ABC and TNT executives, not to mentions those in the NBA’s offices in New York.

Yes, the league’s hype meter is about to be sent into overdrive as Miami’s Big Three (more like a Big Two) clinched a playoff date with the Boston Celtics in a star-studded second round tilt that has been anticipated since the two teams met on October 26 to kick off the regular season (an 88-80 Celtics’ win).

We know that there will be plenty of breathless analysis over how LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will fare against Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, not to mention the James-Delonte West angle and former teammates opposing one another or taking on their former club (James and Shaquille O’Neal, Eddie House and Boston and Chris Bosh and Jermaine O’Neal, just to name a few).
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Rajon Rondo Needs A Rest Before Celtics Playoff Run

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Rajon Rondo is “playing hurt”, says Kevin Garnett. “No, he’s fine – nothing’s wrong,” says Doc Rivers. So, who is telling the truth about Boston Celtics point guard? Should we believe a teammate or the coach? It’s a tough call, but maybe Kevin’s let slip a little too much detail while Doc is making a belated attempt at damage limitation.

If Rondo is injured, the last thing Celtics coach Rivers wants opponents to know is that very fact. Rivers was yesterday asked by a journalist if Garnett was wrong to state that the 25-year-old Kentuckian was unfit and provided a terse: “Yeah, he is.”

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Milwaukee Bucks falter down the stretch in loss to Boston Celtics

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The Milwaukee Bucks showcased their ability to be completely whelming in their ESPN-televised 89-83 loss to the Boston Celtics Sunday night.

By now, everyone who watched the Bucks for the first time knows their story this season, often capped by a failure to land a finishing move when their opponent is swaying like a Mortal Kombat enemy. Milwaukee played as hard as they have all season, but effort only takes you so far when the home stretch of a game is marred by bad decisions.

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