Kevin Garnett could still be fueled by LeBron James laughing in his face during the Eastern Conference Finals. Rajon Rondo could still be seething from a missed call during his 40-point game against the Heat that the Boston Celtics went on to lose.
Paul Pierce has battled LeBron so much there is a genuine dislike festering between the men while respect takes a bit of a backseat.
However, with Ray Allen being torn and subsequently indulging in the Miami way, the rivalry has been heightened immensely. The games will be fought that much harder due to what a lot of NBA fans view as betrayal on Allen’s end.
Miami-Boston isn’t the only rivalry in the league sparked by time and untimely free agency decisions. Where does the Celtics-Heat rivalry land in power rankings against every other team where Miami has left a bitter taste?