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* MAY: C'S PUT SCARE INTO HEAT: Look, no one wants to play the Miami Heat in the postseason. They've got the game's best player. They have become comfortable in their own skin as, easily, the most scrutinized team in NBA history. They are deserving champions playing like they have every intention of defending their title. They've won 23 in a row and may not lose again until April. This being Bracket Time, the subject of Heat Avoidance starts to become a topic of discussion as we head into the NBA playoffs. Eastern Conference teams will bob and weave to stay out of the Miami bracket, hoping something bad happens or someone beats them. After Monday night's stirring performance by the crypto-Celtics against the Heat, a game Boston should have won but ended up losing, we can only hope the two teams find a way to meet again in the playoffs. That may not be a good thing for the Celtics. But I don't think it's a great thing for Miami, either.
* FORSBERG: GREEN WINS 'EM OVER IN LOSS: The Georgetown student section used to serenade his mother with adoring chants of "Jeff Green's mom!" but the Boston Celtics forward cannot remember a single time in his basketball career when the crowd actually chanted for him. That changed on Monday night when a not particularly creative, but nonetheless affectionate cry of Green's name reverberated inside TD Garden. Starting in place of an ailing Kevin Garnett (flu, adductor strain), Green erupted for a career-high 43 points on 14-of-21 shooting in a 105-103 loss to the streaking Miami Heat. Multiple times when Green stepped to the free-throw line in the second half, the 26-year-old heard his name bellowed in a spot typically reserved for an MVP chant.
Additional reading: Daily Dime: History in mind for Miami | The Heat Index
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