Heat squash the Celtics!
The Miami Heat didn’t squash beef, but they did squash the Boston Celtics 99-90, yesterday to take a (1-0) Conference Semi-Finals lead. Dwyane Wade was on fire, all over the place, and dominated with 38 points. The Heat were chippy, cheap-ee, as Celtics coach Doc Rivers would say it. The Heat are great at celebrating with big leads, and having extreme modesty afterward. Celtics should have double-teamed Wade randomly and more often to throw their game back in their face. C’s Paul Pierce let Wade get the best of him (on a bump screen), and was swiftly ejected. Read the excerpt, courtesy espn, watch the highlights and Wade and Lebron post-game!
“I thought both [fouls on Jones and Wade] were flagrant fouls, personally, and I don’t think we should react to either one,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “I thought James Jones’ was a clear flagrant, went right for the head and grabbed. And I thought Dwyane Wade’s was an absolute flagrant. He was just trying to run through Paul. I told Paul, ‘You still don’t react.’ I thought, as a whole, we were the retaliating team tonight. We were never the first-hit team. But I really thought both were absolutely flagrant fouls, they should have been called.”
The game was aired by ABC, and analysts Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy both thought Pierce’s ejection was not warranted.
“You can’t toss him out,” Jackson said on air.
“I don’t think that he could have said anything that would warrant being thrown out of this game,” Van Gundy said.“What does it matter? No one hears it. He’s talking to Dwyane Wade. You’re ruining the end of this game over something that doesn’t need to be addressed like this.”
Wade and Lebron post-game [Wade’s reaction to Doc River’s comment]:
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