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Fan opinion: Thinking the Boston Celtics stand a chance against the Miami Heat is ridiculous
Apparently there are still those in the sports media who believe the Boston Celtics have a legitimate shot at overcoming the 0-2 deficit they find themselves in and coming back to beat the Heat (no pun intended) in their best-of-seven second-round matchup against Miami.
Count Associated Press Sports Writer Howard Ulman among them, as he not only believes they can overcome the nearly-insurmountable odds of overtaking the Heat, but appears to believe the Celtics still have a real chance of winning their 18th NBA title.
Seriously, folks, I can completely understand Celtics players like Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Ray Allen(notes) voicing their belief they can still come back; they're almost contractually obligated to say it. I can even understand Boston fans holding out hope for their boys from Beantown. However, the idea that people in the media still harbor the fantasy the guys in green are going to win this series just boggles my mind.
What have they been watching? It certainly can't have been the first two games of the seven-game series between these two Eastern Conference rivals, because if they had, they would have seen the Miami Heat literally manhandle the Boston Celtics.
I'm guessing they missed that posterizing block James laid on Kevin Garnett(notes) in Game 2, or that unbelievable spin-move-turned-into-a-dunk he manufactured that sent Rajon Rondo(notes) into a backward somersault en route to scoring 24 of his game-high 35 points that night.
I imagine they were busy with something else when Wade was making mincemeat of the vaunted Celtics defense in Game 1 and the Heat were bullying Boston like the Celtics used to bully everyone else in the past.
I know it's an easy thing for many in the media to dismiss the reality of what they're seeing. There is plenty of envy and hatred for LeBron, Wade, Bosh and the Heat owed to the fact they even joined up. Ever since James made his "Decision" to "take his talents to South Beach" the sports media has almost unanimously turned on him; making him out to be a villain.
That has fueled the Heat to play even harder than they might have, as they tirelessly work to prove to the basketball world they are worthy of their respect as well as their hate.
Yet, despite having beaten the Celtics in three-straight contests, the first of which was the worst loss by Boston this season, and the last two coming in the postseason to all but assure the Heat of a date with the winner of the Chicago Bulls/Atlanta Hawks series in the Eastern Conference Finals, it appears they aren't getting that respect.
Instead, all I see is hatred posing as the thought that Boston's age hasn't crept up on them. Hatred masking itself as a belief the Celtics window of opportunity for a title hasn't already closed.
Sorry to dispel that little fantasy, but Boston's chances of winning a title this year or any other in the near future are as real as my chances of hitting the lottery.
They had their chance. They had their time. They won their one title.
They're through, and the sooner Boston fans begin to grasp that reality the better. This is Wade's World we're living in, and LeBron James is King of it. The Miami Heat are on the verge of becoming the next great dynasty, and if you doubt that, you're more than welcome to.
Wade, LeBron, Bosh, and the rest of the Miami Heat will soon shove that reality in your face when they hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy this summer.
All stats and information taken from personal notes and verified at Basketball-Reference.com and Yahoo! Sports.
Read more by Daniel Barber aka Hotnuke at TFS Sports .
*Daniel Barber has been a fan of all Miami teams since he was a child or since their inception having been born right above Miami.
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