Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat: everything you need to know

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Well, here is the Miami Heat for the second year in a row: the Eastern Conference Finals. All of us know how last year ended for the Heat: a 4-2 NBA Finals loss to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. Last year, the Heat beat the Boston Celtics in the second round of the NBA playoffs, 4-1. But it’s a new year and, probably, the last time the Boston’s “Big Three + Rondo” will ever be together. So what are we to expect from these two teams with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line? Let’s take a look.

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Miami Heat panicking? Cancel practice, media session, Wade vs. Spoelstra (video)

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Last night the Indiana Pacers treated the Miami Heat like Wall Street/the U.S. Government treats anyone who opposes Goldman Sachs- total obliteration. Indiana put on the whooping stick as the Heat trailed by as many as 21. Today, the fallout continues, as the Heat cancelled their media session and practice.

It’s circling the wagons time, as the presumptive favorite to win the NBA title, especially so after the Chicago Bulls utterly collapsed following the catastrophic injury to Derrick Rose, struggle massively. It’s only a 2-1 deficit, but they’ve lost home court and those who win game 3 win the series 82% of the time.

And now you have coach Erik Spoelstra and star player Dwanye Wade at each other’s throats. Watch the video below

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Indiana Pacers proving they’re elite, take 2-1 series lead over Miami Heat

They say small-market NBA teams who can’t attract superstars have to build slowly and economically.

Knowing that makes Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird’s being named 2011-12 NBA Executive of the Year that much sweeter — in many ways, it’s representative of the job he’s done over a span of four years leading up to what his team did Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Pacers thrashed the glitzy, superstar-laden Miami Heat 94-75 to take a 2-1 lead in the teams’ Eastern Conference Semifinal series.

And it was Bird’s blue-collar boys — particularly center Roy Hibbert (19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds Thursday) — that collectively have outshined the Heat’s superstars in this series.

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Are Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem and Company Enough Up Front for Miami?

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“Usually when you’re in touch with reality, it’s better for you.”

Those are the words of Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh, the lanky 6-11 All-Star who was the Heat’s only consistent weapon Sunday night.

“I think intensity always carries over.  Your mindset, you always want to get mentally prepared in practice.  That’s what it’s for, to really see yourself doing your job out there, because you have to see it before you do it,” Bosh continued.

Bosh is a great player, but if he is far and away the Heat’s best performer during the Eastern Conference Finals, then the Chicago Bulls will close them out in four or five games. He needs help from the backcourt, but that’s another story entirely. First he needs help on the glass. Chicago dominated Miami up front so badly, there was little left to say.

By Paul M. Banks

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The Bulls and The Heat and The Oprah…Time for Game 2

Since Oprah is more powerful than basically any person or any entity, today’s column is the Game 2 preview instead of the Game 2 recap.

As much as people have been making a joke out of this topic, Heat forward Lebron James offered some good perspective.

“She’s [Oprah] very important. Not only to the world, but to this city. We’ll take a back seat to Oprah. We don’t have a problem with that.

Now that the Oprah angle has been exhausted, let’s move on to basketball.

By: Brian McCabe

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