The last time the Miami Heat were in this situation they let the moment get to them and were blown out.
This time the team had a laser focus against the right opponent in the Boston Celtics.
The 2012-13 NBA season started with a bang at American Airlines Arena. The Heat received their championship rings along with the banner being raised in a pregame ceremony. Then came the game and it didn’t take long for emotions to get riled up.
The intensity picked up when Ray Allen made his regular season debut with Miami after a time out. Before he entered the game Allen went to the Boston bench to shake hands with his former team. He received a decent welcome from the Celtics with the exception of Kevin Garnett who did his best to completely ignore Allen. That moment set the tone for the game as Allen had a great all around game for the Heat.
Miami had control for the majority of the game except for two Boston runs in the second and fourth quarters. The fourth quarter Boston almost being entirely done by Leandro Barbosa alone.
Throughout the game the tension could be felt with physical play that resembled a playoff contest rather than the first game of the season. It only intensified thanks to the late Boston run. Once the Heat looked like it had weathered the run the emotions boiled over thanks to Rajon Rondo. Having already received a technical foul Rondo decided to essentially horse collar Dwyane Wade as he got into the paint. After the call Boston head coach Doc Rivers had pull Rondo off the court before he could be ejected due to verbal exchanges.
If this is how both teams are treating each other in the first game, imagine the playoffs.