Boston Celtics Bring Down Lebron James-less Miami Heat

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Ever since the Miami Heat triumvirate was formed back in the summer of 2010, the team has dominated most teams in the league, but Miami has had its fair share of problems with the Boston Celtics over the years. Several teams just have your number and you really do not know why, and that is the case for the Heat when it comes to Boston.

While the Celtics defeated the Heat once again, the bigger storyline was the fact that Lebron James sat out the game with back spasms. The latest injury just adds to the list of ailments James has had this season, including missing time due to a broken nose.

The struggling Celtics defeated the Heat 101-96 in Boston on Wednesday. Rajon Rondo had arguably his best performance since returning from injury this season, falling just short of a triple-double. Rondo scored nine points, dished out 15 assists, and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win. As Rondo continues to try and return to his old form, Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass have elevated their play this season combining for 41 points and eight rebounds against the Heat.

Even though the season has been a rough one for the Celtics, the team’s future looks bright, as Rondo is surrounded by a group of capable shooters and role players. The Celtics are out of playoff contention for this season, but do not expect the franchise to be down for long, as the core of the team is already in place.

Boston should be busy this offseason, as the team will have one of the top picks in the NBA Draft Lottery and can look to add to their current roster by acquiring key personal via free agency.

Greg Douglas is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.

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