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Both teams entered the 2020-21 season with aspirations of getting at least that far again, but as they meet Wednesday for the first time this season (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and the ESPN app), they both are still rounding into form.
The Celtics are 5-3, thanks almost solely to the stellar play of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who both look like surefire All-Stars this season. Miami, meanwhile, enters Wednesday’s game at 3-3, and has had one of the league’s worst offenses.
Despite the up-and-down start, both teams can take solace in the fact that the season is just two weeks old. ESPN’s BPI still projects both the Celtics and Heat to finish in the top five of the Eastern Conference, right where they were a season ago. However, if the early returns mean anything, both teams remain very much a work in progress.
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