Didn’t know it had been THIS long since the Miami Heat had won in Boston. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
The last time the Miami Heat won in Boston, Allan Ray and not Ray Allen was in the Celtics’ starting lineup.
The last time the Heat won in Boston, Eddie Jones and not Dwyane Wade was the Heat’s starting shooting guard.
The Heat won 88-85 on April 6, 2007, after outscoring the Boston Celtics 18-15 in a riveting fourth quarter.
Since then, there have been seven consecutive losses in the building now known as TD Garden.
It was why for all the Heat accomplished in Sunday’s 101-92 victory over the Celtics to stay alive in this best-of-seven opening-round NBA playoff series, the reality Monday amid the current 3-1 deficit is it still has yet to accomplish something it must achieve in this series, a victory on the Celtics’ homecourt.
“We need a breakthrough in Boston. It’s as simple as that,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We need to find a way to do it in Boston.”
Also starting for Boston that day? Gerald Green and Ryan Gomes. Green shot 25 times and scored 21 points. Not impressive, as usual.
Also starting for Miami? Shaq, James Posey, and the Artist Formerly Known as White Chocolate.
Saving the best for last, coming off the Celtics bench to join Sebastian Telfair and Leon Powe was… drumroll please… none other than Kevinn Pinkney. I’m not even kidding. Goddamn, it’s been a long time since Miami won in the Bean.