Doc Rivers has made it clear the Celtics are gunning for Miami this year. If you had any doubts about the Celtics obsession with beating Miami, check out this story from Jason Terry:
It didn’t take me long to embrace being a Celtic. I hate whoever they hate. The Lakers are number one up there and the Heat aren’t too far behind. Doc tells us every day to think about the Heat. Not only does he tell us, but the film plays over and over if you go to the practice facility. Before practice and after practice, that series [2012 Eastern Conference Finals] is playing over and over on the television. We start off the season against them (Oct. 30 in Miami). Obviously the road to the championship goes through the champions and that’s the Miami Heat. I take it on. I take it on personally. This is just a part of me, my make up, and my character. I’m just so happy to be on a team with guys who are just as passionate as I am because that’s how I play every day. You know Kevin Garnett is probably the most passionate guy I’ve ever been around. I’ve only been around a month and a-half, but he plays the way I do.
While the Heat are touring nightclubs in China and Dwyane Wade is promoting his book, the Celtics are working hard – a motivated and hungry bunch. I’ve been saying this all off-season, the Heat are ripe for a championship hangover.
This reminds me of Rocky III when Rocky was all flair and no substance in preparing for his first fight with Clubber Lang.
Yes, I realize Rocky beat Clubber in the re-match. But the 2013 season is the first fight.