Dating back to last year's postseason, the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics had a rivalry brewing.
Although the Heat were eliminated by the Celtics in five games, it was a very physical first round series that was highlighted by Dwyane Wade's 46-point Game 4 effort. The Celtics went off to win the Eastern Conference and take the Lakers to seven games in the NBA Finals.
Then, the Heat acquired LeBron James and Chris Bosh in the offseason, shifting the balance of power in the Eastern Conference and retooling their roster to have enough firepower to compete with Boston.
This season has turned into a back-and-forth slug fest for the top spot in the East as Miami is only a half game behind Boston for first place.
The Celtics and Heat are clearly the class of the Eastern Conference and after three games against each other this season, tempers are igniting as both teams are battling for the throne.
Boston has won all three contests against Miami this season, but only by an average of 5.3 points. However, last Sunday's game was a much more hostile contest that saw Wade getting called for a flagrant foul for elbowing Kevin Garnett to answer KG's hard screen on Mike Miller.
Wade and Garnett are their respective squads emotional leaders and that was showcased in Boston's 85-82 victory last Sunday.
The bad blood is clearly growing between these two title contenders, and it will only carry over into the playoffs.
Here is a faceoff between Boston's emotional leader, KG, and Miami's emotional leader, D-Wade in a tale of the tape slideshow that contains both real and imaginary elements (pretend as if they were boxing each other).
Here is how the two would compare.