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Your Morning Dump… Where Jeff Van Gundy thinks Miami will be OK

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“They will break the single-season win record [of 72],'' Jeff Van Gundy
said. “And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers' 33-game
[winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a
remote shot at beating them in a playoff series. They will never lose
two games in a row this year.

Miami Herald: Van Gundy: Miami will break Bulls' win record

If we were sitting here a year ago saying the Celtics had a shot at 72 wins, then I suppose we have to entertain the possibility of Miami doing it. 

But the argument for the C's last year was not only a great starting unit, but also a deep bench (or so we thought at the time).  That's where Miami is going to have whatever problems it will face this year. 

Chemistry will be an issue to start, but only because you've got the 3 guy use to having the ball so much that it will take some time for them to be comfortable giving it up.  They'll also have some problems at first figuring out simple little things about playing with each other like who'll be slashing… who likes to fade to a certain spot… how one guy likes the picks to be set for him.  But that will work itself out.

But Miami's patchwork bench is going to be where it will have some problems.  They did a good job getting Mike Miller in, which will obviously help… but it's not out of the question to see big leads built by the starters whittled away while at least a couple of them are on the bench. 

We'll see how Miami handles their rotations.  It will be interesting to say the least.  72 wins is certainly possible… but I don't think it will happen.

(Via Celtics Blog)

On Page 2: The Chief weighs in on Shaq

“I was happy about the acquisition of Mr. Shaquille O’Neal, it was a
good move because the Celtics are trying to win it now,’’ Parish said
last week. “Before the other veterans run out of gas, [Kevin] Garnett,
[Paul] Pierce, and [Ray] Allen. So their mission is to try to win it
now. I think between those two guys [Shaquille and Jermaine O’Neal] in
the middle, the center position is secure.’’

Globe: arish a big supporter of Shaq move

If Chief likes it… then I like it.

OK August… you can go now.  In fact… September, you're dismissed too.  Let's get right to October so we can start talking real basketball again.

The rest of the links:

SI (Shaughnessy): Shaq signing will be good on and off the court  |  Globe: Big Baby coming to Salem  |  WEEI:  Shaq's best commercials  |  Celtics Hub: Questions on the wing: Should the C's have gone safer?   |  Celtics Town: Obama assembles dream team at Ft. McNair

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    This Miami Heat team will win some regular season games… but will not come close to 72, and will not have any significant role in the playoffs. Team chemistry is extremely important and anyone who says otherwise is wrong. To prove this, the Celtics will win the first game of the season, and will also knock Wade and company out of the playoffs as the Heat become the Miami Cavs and start feeding LeBron the ball at every critical 4th quarter situation. LeBron might get some nice stats on paper but just wont get it done, just like this year and every year before, and Wade will be off to the side getting more and more pissed off with every contested shot the MVP takes.

  • Lee in Oregon

    Lets not kid ourselves…..the East is still a 3-team race, and Miami is one of the 3. The idea of this failing due to chemistry problems is ridiculous. Those guys want to win as bad as anyone, they’ll figure it out just like Pierce, KG, and Shuttlesworth did.
    Hoopsworld reports again today that all Portland wants for Rudy is a 1st rounder.

  • greenbeand

    Mark Spears is reporting the C’s are about to sign Larry Hughes.. no thanks

  • daemian

    no highes and no rudy. who are they going to defend? me?

  • daemian

    hughes i mean. sorry. so damn upset.


    No one took the Celtics seriously going into the playoffs, but thanks to team chemistry they prevailed three times as the underdog on the way to the finals. The Heat, like the Cavs of the past, will clean up against joke teams in the regular season like the Nets and Sixers, but playoff basketball is not anything like the regular season, and it takes a lot more than stars and stats to go all the way.

  • Luke Walton

    72 wins is possible as in anything is possible.
    But it’s not really possible in the sense that the best team in the last decade was the 2008 Cs, and they played almost every game as if it were game 7, and still only won 66.
    Can Miami really win 7 more games than that?

  • greenbeand

    Harangody brings this team to 14- personally I feel that’s an okay number going into the season. Hughes is slow as molasses and isn’t known as a lock down defender. There’s no chance he slows down the kobe’s, lbj’s, or even a second unit shooting guard. There’s a reason why he hasn’t signed yet. Hopefully DA pulls the trigger and ships Sheeds contract for a prime time defender.. can you say JR Smith 🙂

  • Double P Reppin the B

    The heat will be the #1 seed in the league this year. 72 games wouldn’t really surprise me. They have 2 of the best 3 players in the league on their team. Surrounded by sharpshooters… If you are STILL counting the Heat out claiming they ‘won’t work’ or ‘will have chemistry issues’ your either 1) in denial or 2) just a hater. I am a diehard Celtic fan but that doesn’t change the fact that I KNOW the Heat are going to be the team we really gotta get through in the East. Don’t kid yourselves people just refuse to admit that the Miami Heat are stacked. It’s a 3 team race IMO, Celtics, Heat, and Lakers.

  • daemian

    It’s almost funny the way people are putting down the heat. They are certainly to be feared. My biggest problem with them is that one of their big stars is soft. Bosh only rebounded so well last season because it was a contract year, and I don’t think he’s got the heart to make something happen when it counts the most. And, they are surrounded by mostly low-caliber role players. They are one injury away (Wade) from nowheresville.

  • Orb

    I’d love to place a bet on that, no way it happens. They’re over/under right now is 62, they’d need 10 more wins than the professionals (that is, gamblers) think they’re likely to get.
    The 2008 Cs had the benefit of still flying below the radar a bit, and you could see how much tougher 2009 was for them. EVERYONE is gunning for Miami from Jump St. this year, it’s as close to the playoffs that half the teams they play are going to get.

  • tim

    Jeff Van Gundy is the worst most biased announcer in the nba. I’ve never seen an announcer suck so much d*ck of the nba superstars (aka Lebron dwade dwight howard Kobe)during his time on the air and never talk about basketball.Having to listen to jeff van Gundy during the playoffs was torture for me and i hope any other fan that loves the game. In fact espn/abc needs to clean house of all their annoucners and post and pre game anaylst becsue they do not tlak basketball they just play weird gamed and show random pictures with Barkley riding a wave or something retarded. The only real anaylst and basketball talk for a true fan like me only came about once a week from the mchale webber and i forget the third person. Jeff Van Gundy thinks he knows basketball but he doesn’t and he is by FAR the worst announcer to listen too when watching a playoff game. I think the Celtics should sign an agreement with the nba that if they do make the playoffs that tommy heinsohn and mike gorman because they will actually tell the game how it is

  • tim

    *when they make the playoffs that tommy heingsohn and gorman announce the games

  • dom1020

    Funny how you said last decade when you forgot about the Lakers 3-peat, of course that isn’t of any relevance.