The Indiana Pacers have certainly given the Miami Heat trouble this season, but it’s impossible to ignore the rivalry between Miami and the Boston Celtics.
In a time when old-school NBA rivalries have become increasingly difficult to find, we still have the matchup between Boston and Miami, two teams that genuinely dislike each other.
For evidence of the bad blood, look no further than the war of words between Jason Terry and LeBron James.
As chronicled by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Terry first stirred the pot by saying he’s “not really impressed” with Miami’s win streak, “or anything they do.”
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, James responded with this poster dunk over Terry. LBJ subsequently stared Terry down, earning a technical foul. But Terry wasn’t finished talking.
According to the Jackson article, when asked about his issue with the Heat, Terry said, “It’s not even LeBron. It’s just the Miami Heat personally. Is it the red and black? Maybe, I hate that color. I just don’t like them.”
Of course, that doesn't even mention the friction between the Celtics and former "Big Three" member, Ray Allen, who left the team via free agency to join the rival Heat. Let's just say these two teams have a lot of history.
If you ask me, having some bad blood in NBA circles is a good thing. Playing against a team you want to beat for personal reasons adds a little more fuel to the proverbial fire.
Seeing Miami and Boston square off in the postseason once again would be thoroughly entertaining.