Conference Call: Celtics-Heat Preview

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Conference Call: Celtics-Heat Preview

Bob Neumeier takes a stroll around the NBA world and talks to a few writers who certainly have a few things to say before the NBA season gets underway on Tuesday.

First, Eric Reid, from Sun Sports, has seen plenty from the Miami Heat and Ray Allen since training camp began. You know he'll be there Tuesday night, and is expecting to see a game with heightened intensity.

"A little bit more, but probably not for the right reason," he said when asked if there's a little more juice to the rivalry now. He thinks the the reason should be based on the postseason battles between the two teams, not the talk between the C's and Ray Allen.

Our man Sherrod Blakely was next, where he said that the Celtics are contenders for title.

"They're just a better team from top to bottom," he said, before saying how they can go 9-10 deep in the rotation and make up for injuries that may occur.

Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen ranked the Celtics fourth in his power rankings but noted that the Celtics won't go into the postseason with the fourth-best record, instead focusing on staying healthy before the postseason begins.

Lastly, it was hockey or lack thereof.

The Boston Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont says, "If players are going to blink, they're going to blink very shortly here."

It's do or die for the NHL season.

Highlights: Atlanta Hawks 114, Boston Celtics 98

Highlights: Atlanta Hawks 114, Boston Celtics 98

Tempers flared between the Celtics and Hawks, but Atlanta was able to get the best of Boston as they get the victory in the TD Garden.

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Kevin Shattenkirk was traded to the Capitals for a 1st, conditional 2nd, and a prospect. Mike Felger believes if the Bruins were to trade Zdeno Chara, they might be able to get two 1st round picks.