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April 24, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Miami Heat center Dexter Pittman (45) is guarded by Boston Celtics center Ryan Hollins (50) during the first quarter at TD Banknorth Garden.   Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
April 24, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Miami Heat center Dexter Pittman (45) is guarded by Boston Celtics center Ryan Hollins (50) during the first quarter at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Just a quick aside about tonight's Celtics-Heat game in Boston which was covered on National TV on TNT. Imagine you're a Beantown hoops fanatic, and you look at the abbreviated schedule when it's released back in December. You see that the Miami Heat are coming to town during the final week of the season, the next to the last game. How exciting! Playoff atmosphere, huge game, right?

Instead, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett all sit and Paul Pierce plays 18 minutes. A guy named Dexter Pittman leads the Heat in scoring -- with 12. Miami never scores more than 17 in an quarter, and shoots 38% with 24 turnovers. The leading scorer in the entire game is the mighty Sasha Pavlovic.

Money well-spent on those tickets.

Strange thing is, the game was not completely meaningless to either team. The Heat may be locked into the second seed in the Eastern Conference, but until tonight they were tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the overall standings. If the Heat and Thunder meet in the NBA Finals -- and let's face it, the Thunder certainly have the talent to get there out of the West -- giving away this game will look pretty stupid. Meanwhile, Boston still has a chance to win home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, but were only able to win tonight because Miami's scrubs are so much more terrible than their own scrubs.

NBA Action! It's fantastic.