Comparing Miami Heat to Boston Celtics at Every Position

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Comparing Miami Heat to Boston Celtics at Every Position
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When it mattered in the 2012 playoffs, LeBron James took control.

Three days prior to the Heat's opener, LeBron James was asked to assess an opponent that he knows as well as any in the NBA, having faced them four times in the past five postseasons:

The Boston Celtics.

"I haven't gotten an opportunity to really watch them yet," James told Miami reporters after Saturday's practice, three days prior to each team's season opener at AmericanAirlines Arena. "But I don't think they're going to change anything. Who they are is what they're going to do. They've got a great coach, they've got great players, so it's going to be the same."

On paper, however, there are some differences from the squad James and the Heat outlasted, four games to three, in the Eastern Conference Finals, advancement that required James' epic 45-point performance in Game 6 in Boston.

For starters, Ray Allen has switched sides, to come off the Heat bench.

Boston has greatly fortified its own depth, adding Heat-killer Jason Terry, welcoming back the versatile Jeff Green and drafting Jared Sullinger, who was a James favorite when playing at Ohio State.

How do the teams match up?

We'll see on the floor Tuesday, just after 12 of the Heat players get their rings.

But here's a preview:

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