NBA fans, pundits and casuals who follow the game, have been waiting for Boston and Miami to meet in the playoffs since the Heat formed their version of the Big Three with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to counter Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. After getting through the first round, the two powerhouses met in Game 1 in Miami on Sunday, and it was every bit as contentious and physical as we thought it was going to be, complete with an ejection.
The Heat ended up with a 99-90 win over the Celtics, and they controlled the game from front to back, with Wade pouring in 38 points, while Allen had 25 points for Boston. But the talking points around the game surrounded Boston’s Paul Pierce, who was ejected after getting two technical fouls within a 59-second span in the fourth quarter. Those making NBA betting picks at BetUs could have wagered that, but in the first game? Pierce went face-to-face with James Jones after a hard foul, which earned technicals for both players, and then Pierce was called for another foul after he hit Wade with a hard pick. Apparently, Pierce swore at Wade, which constitutes taunting in the NBA, and it earned “The Truth” a second technical and an early shower. Of course, you have to now look back and wonder how Garnett doesn’t get a technical in every quarter, seeing as he swears every two minutes.
But this is exactly what we expected this series to be. Even though the Heat don’t like each other, the players on these teams have been rivals for a long time, dating back to James’ time in Cleveland as his Cavaliers were eliminated twice in the playoffs by the Celtics. Wade was booted from the playoffs as well by the Celtics, and Bosh and Garnett has gone head-to-head at various times. Don’t expect either team to back down for the rest of the series as the Celtics look to impose their will on the Heat, while Miami’s talented stars look to show they have the heart to compete with Boston. It’s going to get rough, so buckle up for this matchup.