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The Celtics have been the premier team in the Eastern Conference. They're the first team in NBA history to start off 16-4 in four consecutive seasons. They've got an elite point guard and have been the defensive unit in basketball. They've also already beat the Heat and the Bulls twice.
BIGGEST PROBLEM: Age. Last year, it looked as if the Celtics would not be able to make a run in the playoffs, however they got healthy at the right time and made it to the finals. Relying on this to happen again could be risky, especially if injury slows down Ray Allen or Paul Pierce who have less adequate backups than either Shaq or Garnett.
BIGGEST CHALLENGER: Magic. The only position in which the Magic are definitely worse at is point guard. Howard and Gortat match up with either of their centers. The emergence of Brandon Bass gives the magic a PF presence which they have lacked in recent years. Carter and Lewis run an excellent pick-and-roll which really makes you play defense for the entire game and guard every inch of the floor. Also, they have defenders coming off the bench like Pietrus who can guard Pierce or Allen.
WILL THEY WIN THE LARRY O'BRIEN TROPHY? Yes. Their defense has been great, and the window is closing on three of the Big Four to win another championship.