The rebounding tear continues. Haslem took advantage of the frail and understaffed front line of the Celtics in this one, pulling down seven rebounds in the first quarter alone. Haslem doesn't have wide girth or towering height, but he has a great nose for the rock. By filling up the rebounding column, he was the lone bright spot for Miami.
The rookie isn't doing himself any favors right now. With the Big Three sitting out, it was Cole's time to shine. But instead of making a big impression on Erik Spoelstra ahead of the playoffs, Cole delivered a stinker -- against D-League-level competition, no less. If his Dec. 27 game in Boston was his breakout, Tuesday might have been his season's swan song.
One step forward and two steps back. That defines Miller's season thus far. Just when he had built up a head of steam, Miller morphed into a turnover machine in Boston and threw a brick party. The hyperactivity is always there, but sometimes it's off the mark. Tuesday was one of those nights.
Sub-40 percent shooting? Twenty-four turnovers? Seven free throw attempts? There's just no excuse for this one. Not one. Sure, the Heat might have been disoriented playing without the Big Three, but then again, human traffic cone Ryan Hollins anchored the Celtics' defense. Miami should just light this game tape on fire and never speak of it again.
Can we all agree to pretend this game never happened? When Sasha Pavlovic scores 16 points, it's a sign we might have set American sports back a decade. The Celtics technically "won" the game, but if we're being honest with ourselves, they just played less terribly. Paul Pierce demanded he play in this game, but he might have immediately regretted that decision upon taking the floor.