Boston won three of the four regular-season meetings, though only one wound up being decided by double digits that being Miami’s 100-77 home win over the Celtics on April 10. Two of the matchups came in the season’s first two weeks, when the Heat still were in the earliest processes of jelling.
So it seems fitting their seasons started against one another in Boston on Oct. 26, and in one case, will end against the other.
“This is what we came here for,” said Heat forward Chris Bosh, who’ll make his second-round debut in this series. “We’re still on our journey. And we know that we have a long way to go. And the reward is a battle with Boston. That’s going to be a long, long series. We have to start the process … and just keep our heads in it, start getting mentally prepared for them.”
For Wade, ousting Philadelphia on Wednesday and winning the first-round series in five games was particularly sweet.
The last time he won a playoff series was 2006, the NBA Finals against Dallas, and he famously sat down in Boston’s arena last spring to vow that he would not be part of another first-round defeat “for a while.”
On that front, so far, so good.
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