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"Erik Spoelstra is a heck of a coach, so they're going to be
motivated to play well defensively, which is about coaching, and
offensively they're going to be an absolute nightmare to deal with," Van
Gundy said on ESPN 1000. "If LeBron James
can win 66 games in the regular season with the guys he played with,
who I think are better than people have given them credit for in
Cleveland, then I think you add Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Mike Miller, it's not a stretch to say they can win six more."
Gundy backed off — slightly — from his claim that the Lakers are the
only team that could beat the Heat in a playoff series.
"I think Boston — with the [Shaquille] O'Neal
signing — has a legitimate chance as well," he said. "But I think
those are the only two teams that have a chance in a playoff series to
"I think you've got Miami, and you have Boston just a notch below them,"
he said. "Orlando would have to be right below them, then I think
Atlanta's a very good team.
Nice to see Van Gundy come around on the Celtics, but is Shaq rally the difference maker?
Speaking of Shaq, the Celtics will hold a formal press conference with him at 10:30am. This should be fun.
On Page 2, the dates of the Celtics/Lakers games have been released.
It will be against The Big Turncoat. The Big We Hate You Even More. The Big How Could Play For Them?
Yep, you got it.
Shaquille O'Neal will come to town with the dreaded and hated Boston Celtics on Jan. 30 to face Kobe Bryantand friends at Staples Center, NBA sources told The Times. The Lakers will play at Boston on Feb. 10.
The NBA will announce its complete schedule Tuesday.
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