(Note: If you want to read nearly 2,000 words of semi-coherent analysis on last night’s game, check my recap at MassLive.)
The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat don’t like each other. They respect each other, quite a bit, but you’ll never hear about Rajon Rondo and Chris Bosh going out to dinner after a game, and you certainly won’t hear about Kevin Garnett and LeBron James working out with each other during the offseason. The dislike only grew when Ray Allen left for South Beach. As Ken Berger of CBS noted last night, when the Heat and Celtics play, “The claws and fangs and cold shoulders are always proudly displayed.”
Several displays of those claws and fangs have belonged to Rondo and Dwyane Wade through the years. There was the time when Wade’s physical play contributed to Rondo dislocating his elbow. There was the time when Rondo told a sideline reporter the Heat whined and complained rather than getting back on defense, indirectly calling out Wade on national television. Last night, their feud of sorts continued, with Rondo fouling Wade near the neck area during the final minute of Boston’s 120-107 opening night loss.
Wade took offense to the foul, saying later that he almost responded physically before stopping himself.
“I got my kids watching so I stopped myself but it was a punk play by him,” said Wade, according to ESPN. “He clotheslined me.”
“I’m here to play basketball, man,” Wade said. “If you want to do something else, then go do something else. Boxing, this is not it. I was glad I was able to stop myself in that very moment and move on from it. We’ll see next time we play.”
“I don’t have any response to that,” Rondo said. “Everybody is entitled to their opinion. He has a voice. There’s nothing else to it.”
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