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Celtics keep Heat in their place

Despite Boston's many injuries, LeBron and Co. can't get over hump

Updated: February 14, 2011, 1:00 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- It is foolhardy and premature to make NBA Statements at this early date. Proclamations carry weight in June, not February. Really, now. Why put so much emphasis on one game?

And yet, before the Miami Heat's Sunday matinee against the Boston Celtics, the Heat enthusiastically discussed utilizing this game as a measuring stick of their progress, their trust and their rightful place in the Eastern Conference hierarchy.

In the aftermath of a ...

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