The Miami Heat fell to the Boston Celtics by a score of 110-105 at TD Garden on Monday night, marking the final time Dwyane Wade will have ever played a game in Boston, barring an unlikely meeting in the playoffs.
After the game, Wade said that all of his years of playing against the Celtics made him a better player:
“I lost to them in the playoffs a few years, and it taught me something,” said Wade, per CLNS. “We were able to put a team together to compete with them, because if we didn’t, they would have kept running the East for a while, so they definitely had a big impact.”
Wade added that the competitiveness between those old Celtics and Heat squads was what made things really fun.
Of course, the 37-year-old is referring to his battles with Boston that began back in 2010, when the C’s eliminated Wade’s Heat from the playoffs in five games. That ensuing summer, Miami went out and added LeBron James and Chris Bosh, and the next two years, the Heat bounced the Celtics out of the postseason.
The future Hall of Famer finished with 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds in Monday night’s loss, but Miami will face Boston again in South Beach on Wednesday night in a critical game for the Heat.
As it stands, Miami owns a record of 38-39 and is holding on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, sitting just one loss in front of the Orlando Magic, who are 38-40.