A preview of the playoffs between the Celtics and the Heat did not happen on Friday night.
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce did not play as their heels were aching from playing another 18 holes of golf in Miami. That Florida sunshine can sap your energy if you are not used to it.
As usual, LeBron James was indignant of a foul call upon him. He must be worried that the NBA officials will toss him out of the game. That would be a first.
Worse news for the Celtics was that LeBron was wearing green sneakers in honor of the Green Team. Those watching the clodhoppers running up and down the court might mistake him for Avery Bradley.
In the first quarter James tried to score all the buckets for the Heat, figuring this would warm him up for breaking Wilt Chamberlain's scoring record.
With ranks in the playoffs set and time in a regular season game coming down to that can avoid an ankle sprain or an ACL issue, you might expect the game would be a dull affair.
Bosh and Wade fairly much mailed in the game, always a danger. The real problem is that they will fall out of rhythm when the Celtics come into Miami for the real deal playoff series.
Celtic coach Doc Rivers may have been hiding a deck of cards up his sleeves by keeping his best weapons out of the game.
When Ray Allen came into the game for the Heat, you didn't hear or see any razzmatazz. And, Allen didn't see anyone he won a championship with (Rondo, Perkins, Garnett, and Pierce were AWOL).
If you think the Heat don't know Garnett and Pierce after all these years, then you haven't watched playoff matches in recent years.
If you were expecting a playoff style game between these two rivals, you tuned in a week or two too early.