Stevens believes that the Heat will be a threat in the Eastern Conference this postseason.
“Beating them four times in seven games is going to be exceptionally difficult,” Stevens said. “They’re just a good team. And then I’d say that Spo is one of the best coaches I’ve seen. I think he’s terrific.”
Stevens and Boston will have the luxury of avoiding Miami until the Eastern Conference Finals, should they get there.
Miami picked up the No. 5 seed in the East, while the Celtics will be the No. 3 seed this postseason.
During the regular season, the Celtics and Heat matched up three times, with Boston winning two.
However, Miami won the most recent matchup, 112-106, on Aug. 4. It was the only time that the two teams matched up in the NBA’s Orlando, Fla. bubble.
The Heat will begin the quest for a NBA title against the Pacers on Tuesday.