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Boston Celtics: Are They Still the Favorites in the East Heading into December?

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Boston Celtics: Are They Still the Favorites in the East Heading into December?
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Well, it's just over a month into the season, and we have already been privy to some rather significant surprises.

Several analysts claimed that the Heat would not lose back-to-back games all season long, and they have already had a three-game losing streak, including a blowout loss to the Pacers, of all teams.

The Heat have looked as befuddled as their fans, and a sense of urgency seems to have already overtaken South Beach.

The Spurs, proclaimed by many to be aging toward irrelevance, are putting naysayers to rest, boasting the league's best record.

The Hornets aren't far behind and have secured the award for most pleasant surprise thus far. Solid managerial decisions have created a unique puzzle in New Orleans, and although it may not last, it's hard to argue with their résumé at this point.

Causing no raising of eyebrows is the play of the Celtics and Lakers out of the gate.

The Lakers are undoubtedly the team to beat in the West, but should the Celtics have the same respect flowing in their direction in the East? Absolutely.

The obvious holes in Miami's scheme are far from the top of the list for why Boston is cementing itself as the team to beat.

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