2011 NBA Playoff Predictions: Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Round 2

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2011 NBA Playoff Predictions: Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Round 2
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And so it begins.

The long awaited series between two hated East powerhouses has finally arrived. A series that was expected to occur from the second LeBron James famously said "I will be taking my talents to South Beach."

It has been a year in the making with media hype, fan trash talking and everything under the sun preparing these two teams for an ultimate showdown.

"Everybody knew it was just a matter of time," Heat forward Chris Bosh said. "It wasn't 'if', it was 'when'." 

As mentioned hundreds of times before, there is storyline upon storyline in this much anticipated series: Shaquille O'Neal facing the team he led to a championship five seasons ago, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both having their seasons ended by the Celtics last year and a matchup between two bitter rivals.

Despite all the story lines, this series will truly be an entertaining one simply because of all the talent that will be on the court and how good each team is.

Between Boston and Miami, there will be seven 2011 All-Stars present and nine players that have a championship ring. It will be a battle of superstars and two hard nosed defensive squads.

Without further ado, here are my questions/predictions for the seven game East semifinal series between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.

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