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Celtics' dominance with Russell set the standard; Miami has long way to go

The "d" word.

Have you seen it?

Have you heard it?

In recent stories and commentary about the Miami Heat, the word "dynasty" has been prematurely sprinkled, like so much New Year's confetti in June.

The New York Times led the fastbreak, using the "d" word last week in a lead-up to Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals between the Heat and Indiana Pacers.

"A loss (by Miami) tarnishes everything," the Times' Howard Beck wrote, "the 27-game winning streak, the dynasty talk, the very image of the James-Wade-Bosh Heat as a team for the ages."


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