2-O(rlando /Miami) is Boston’s record as they depart from the sunshine state. Boston goes into Miami and the take is: YAAAWN! Just another day at the (South) Beach for LBJ and company. But things go (Jeff) Green for the C’s and for the Heat things go south……literally.
Dwayne Wade, one of the NBA’s top 10 active players, attempted to hit the rim on the second of two free throws with the intention of starting the clock so that time would expire. Thus, dashing the Celtics’ hope of tying the score or winning the game. Most basketball analysts would consider Wade an intelligent player, although at times his judgement is questionable and ill-advised. On this night, it would to be the latter.
With 0.6 seconds left, Wade’s IQ seemed to have taken a timeout, because his plan to foil the C’s rally went awry. On perhaps the bone-head play of this early season for the Heat, Wade hurled the ball at the rim. The demise of his spontaneous moment of glory-seeking was realized when the ball failed to make contact with the rim.Wade’s carelessness obliges Jeff Green. Green grabs the errant ball and simultaneously calls a timeout. Perhaps in his narrow-minded thinking, Wade felt his 10-year career entitled him to make such a decision.
The reality that (Coach?) Wade would face was that he afforded the boys from Beantown the opening they needed to extend their early season streak to three, not to mention a boost of much needed confidence. Gerald Wallace inbounds the ball with a perfect cross-court pass to Jeff Green, who was running to the opposite baseline. Green, without setting his feet and without gripping the ball, gets the shot off over King James’ outstretched hand and the ball softly rims in for the clincher.
The Lesson: Coaches are paid to coach. Players are paid to make buckets. Wade and others that feel their years in the league licenses them to make executive decisions, may want to evaluate their position on their team.
The Result: The Celtics are grateful for the Heat’s arrogance and look forward to the next meeting.
The Reminder: A win-is-a-win-is-a-win.
Next year doesn’t have to wait until next year.