It’s painful to watch, but this is the play the Heat players need to watch — over and over — to get riled up for Game 4 following their loss in Boston Friday night to let the Celtics back into the Eastern Conference Finals.
With Rajon Rondo’s And1-mix-tape-worthy (i.e., not NBA-worthy) fake-out of Miami co-captain Udonis Haslem, Rondo’s jumping steal of a Lebron James pass that would have led to a Dwyane Wade dunk at a crucial moment in the third quarter, and Ray Allen’s driving dunk on gimpy legs, the Celtics played a lethargic, uninspired Heat team for fools in Game 3.
After the Pacers series, I have enough faith in the Heat to take a punch and punch back — and I’ve also accepted that domination is not in their DNA. But coming off a win, the Celtics and their fans are going to be amped up for Game 4 Sunday night and the Heat need to bring a lot more energy — and make a lot more free throws — than they did in Friday night’s jet-lagged performance to pull out a win. If Haslem watches this enough times, his fury alone should motivate the team to not get fooled again.