Jeff Van Gundy: Celtics Can Beat Heat in Playoffs

The Miami Heat are the favorites to win the East, but can they go all the way?

According to ESPN.com’s predicted standings for the Eastern Conference in the the 2010-11 season, the Heat will easily come out on top in the regular season.

But analyst Jeff Van Gundy likes the Celtics’ chances in the postseason. Van Gundy told ESPN Radio that while LeBron James and Co. will be difficult to beat, the Celtics are one of only two teams in the NBA with the talent to give the newly revamped Heat a run for their money.

"I think Boston — with the [Shaquille] O'Neal signing — has a legitimate chance as well [as the Lakers]," Van Gundy told ESPN Radio. "But I think those are the only two teams that have a chance in a playoff series to beat them."

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