MIAMI -- LeBron James playfully dismissed the Sixers as "breakfast," which was consumed not without a couple of hard swallows Wednesday, and now we get to see: Will the Heat enjoy their lunch, or have it handed to them?
By pitting the proud kings of the East against a Miami team that first predicted a palace coup last summer, the Heat-Celtics East semifinal brings the promise of delicious theater. This is about the Celtics, who have been there and done that, and the Heat, built to take control of the conference -- if not all of basketball.
"We always felt we'd have to go through Boston," said James, and really, there was no other detour to take.
"It wouldn't be right if we didn't play them," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.
"We knew it, they knew it, everybody knew it," said Chris Bosh. "It wasn't `if,' but `when.'"