Summer Forecast: Beasts of the East
Celtics. Because they can defeat the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals with their size and their defense. Miami cannot defend the two O'Neals (Jermaine and Shaq) and Kendrick Perkins in the low post. And the Who Is The Alpha Dog question is going to become the Heat's undoing in the deciding game of that series? Also, the familiarity factor weighs heavily in Boston's favor -- something we all should have relearned while watching the Celtics last spring in the postseason.
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Later today, we'll unveil Part II of our Celtics Summer Forecast, where our panel tackles what seed Boston should land in next year's postseason.
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