The Celtics, much like their fans, are seething mad over the first game blowout loss. Aside from a good 2nd quarter, everything went the Heat's way last night and by the end of the game Miami was just toying with them. At one point, LeBron James literally laughed in the face of a growling Kevin Garnett. That's not going to sit well.
Outside his locker late Monday, someone asked Garnett: Had the Heat been "showboating" at the end of Game 1? "A little bit, a little bit," Garnett grumbled. "They're comfortable, and when you're comfortable, you do things like that." Too comfortable is code for: No one laid a body on James and Wade, no one made them think twice about driving the ball right through our manhood.
Rajon Rondo seethed, and said simply: "Nothing dirty, but they have to hit the deck too."
I fully expect to see a more physical group on Wednesday. I expect things to get chippy quickly. And if that means more quick technicals, well, at least they will have been earned.
With all that said, I hope to see the Celtics execute their gameplan and stay aggressive within the context of the game. You can knock a team on their backside but it doesn't mean much if the ball doesn't go into the hoop.
The best revenge is winning. The Celtics can still do that if they all step up and do their jobs the way they have shown in the past that they can.