The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics have been rivals for quite some time, but tensions were particularly high during the 2012/13 NBA season opener between the two powerhouses.
The Heat dominated their Oct. 30 encounter, walking away with a 120-107 victory.
Ray Allen -- who joined the Heat's roster during the offseason -- didn't get any love from some of his former teammates (even when he tried to be cordial), but it didn't seem to bother the veteran a bit. "Ray Ray" couldn't have asked for a better start with his new team, shooting 71 percent from the field in his official debut with the Heat. He finished the game with 19 points.
"I wasn't worried about it," Allen reflected. "It was more my peace offering, because you never know what's said across the airwaves, through the media, through TV. I deal with people. You know, I deal with what we see or what we say face-to-face. And that was an opportunity to say, 'I appreciate everything that you guys have done for me, because you have held a special place in my career and in my heart. . . . There was no hostility."
During the closing moments of the game, the Celtics extended their hostility towards Dwyane Wade. Rajon Rondo "clotheslined" Wade when it's was apparent the game was already over, almost pushing the Miami shooting guard over the edge.
However, Wade kept his composure, but it's was pretty obvious Rondo's actions hit a nerve.
"I'm here to play basketball, man," Wade said after the game. "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."
The next game between the two teams will be on Jan. 27, at the Boston Garden.
Given how intense the season opener between the Celtics and the Heat was, I can only imagine how serious things will get if the two teams end up meeting during the postseason.
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