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Lessons Learned from another Boston Victory against Miami



After watching the Boston Celtics defeat the Miami Heat for a third time now to start this season, I took away plenty of things that I learned from watching the two top teams in the Eastern Conference. To simplify things, I have broken them down into a Top Five list, since everyone loves their lists.

1. The Boston Celtics are still hands down the best team in the conference.  Boston does what it is supposed to do throughout the season. They take care of business at home, and continue to beat some of the best in the game. Although they suffered a tough home loss against the Los Angeles Lakers the other night, they are still the team to beat, at least in the east. Even with their age, injuries and lack of bench production yesterday, they were still the best team. They have been all season long, and I am not sure that will change at any point over the next few months. That includes the playoffs, for those keeping track.

2. Like him or not, LeBron James is still the best player in the NBA.  Some people still like him. Many can't stand the sight of him. But whether you like to own up to this fact or not, James is the best all around player in the world today. His numbers are down for the sole reason that he gets more teammates involved. He doesn't have to score over 30 points per game for his team to win. But he still has that capability. He can pass, he can rebound, and he can defend. He is flat out the most complete player in the NBA right now. That will also not change for the foreseeable future.

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3. The Heat may have more talent, but the Celtics are still tougher.  Toughness counts. Don't fool yourself into thinking that it does not. You have to be tough to win in this league. Boston knows it, and Miami is quickly finding out. They Heat clearly have more talent, and they are also much younger. But the Celtics have that "it" factor that will continue to keep them ahead of most teams in the game. The Heat will continue to be one of those such teams.

4. Chris Bosh needs more involvement, and it is not his fault when he does not receive enough.  Bosh is still an underrated talent on this team. There is no question that he is one of the elite players in the game. His numbers are also down, but take a look around him and it is no wonder why. James still wants the ball. Dwyane Wade wants the ball. They have sharpshooters on the wing who are capable of knocking down big shots. But when you allow Bosh the chance to post up and find him when he has a look at an open jumper, he will convert more often than not. He hit 8-11 field goals and 8-10 free throw attempts to score 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds to lead the team in both categories yesterday. James and Wade may be the best two players on the team and two of the best in the game, but Bosh may actually be the most valuable to this team, especially by the time the playoffs roll around in  April.

5. Regardless of how things play out with the rest of the conference, the Eastern Conference Finals will come down to these two teams.  The Chicago Bulls are another very talented young team. Derrick Rose may be the most underrated player in the game today, and Carlos Boozer was a big addition. The Orlando Magic have been to the conference finals in each of the past two seasons, so they know what they need to do to get back to that point. The Atlanta Hawks could win a first round series, but they would not get by anyone past that point. With all of that being said, whether it is the Celtics or the Heat who wind up with home court advantage, these two teams will meet to determine who will play in the NBA Finals. I cannot see anything derailing that exciting matchup.



By Rob Kelley
Pro Basketball Fans Miami Heat Correspondent
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