Writes curator Marc Stein: "Is there such a thing as a heartbreaking victory? Sunday's near fold against the Cavs definitely makes you wonder. The Celts' consolation: Don't think they still have to Fear The Deer (or anyone else) in the first round."
The Heat have won eight straight, to which Stein writes, "On March 1? The D-Wades were ninth in the East. On April 1? They were up to sixth ... and soon headed for No. 5 thanks to Bogut's injury. An easy schedule is easy in real life only if you capitalize. And Miami has."
In John Hollinger's daily statistics-based rankings, the Celtics sit at No. 11, with Milwaukee (12) and Miami (13) close behind.
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