When the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat by 19 points on Sunday at TD Garden, the aftermath was drama-free.
LeBron James gave the Cs credit for a good ol fashion you-know-what, members of the Heat praised Avery Bradley, and both sides moved on.
But the same couldnt be said just three days later following the Heats five-point win against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Miami. It was a former Celtic who stayed on the mind of the Heat after the game.
Kendrick Perkins was whistled for a technical foul against Dwyane Wade, his 12th of the season. Udonis Haslem has faced Perkins numerous times in the regular and postseason during Perkins years with the Celtics. On Thursday morning, he shared his thoughts on the big man with WQAM, as reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
"I think sometimes people just use the TVs and the cameras and the crowd, you know, to put on a show," Haslem said of Perkins. "I don't think he's all that he shows out there on the court.
"I think anybody can be a tough guy with a thousand people watching on TV and referees who call fouls and stop the game and different things like that. I don't seeing him being any tough guy that he puts on the show to be, at all."
Haslem didn't stop there.
"If we were playing at the park, I don't think he'd be doing all that," Haslem said.
A rematch may have to wait until next season. Since the Heat and Thunder wrapped up their regular season series on Sunday, the only way they would face off again would be if both teams made it to the NBA Finals.
Or, if they decide to go to the park.
When Tom Brady returns to the Patriots following his four-game suspension, his team will be in sole possession of first place in the AFC East.
That became the reality as soon as the Jets fell to the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday, 24-3. The Jets committed eight turnovers in the loss to fall to 1-2.
The Bills and Dolphins each won their first games of the season on Sunday, taking down the Cardinals and Browns, respectively.
With the Patriots record at 3-0 following their win over the Texans on Thursday night, and with all three of their AFC East rivals sitting on just one win thus far, even if Bill Belichick's club was to fall to Rex Ryan and the Bills in Week 4, it would still be alone atop the division.
Surely the Patriots would like to have a zero in the loss column when Brady returns. Regardless, to be in first place when Brady's Deflategate punishment is finished -- and having achieved that mark with two different starting quarterbacks -- has to be a point of pride for the organization . . . and a source of agita for those who doled out the punishment.
Must be Bills week.
After Rex Ryan's club put together an impressive win at home over the Cardinals, 33-18, it wasn't long before the Bills coach was yapping about the Patriots and their coach Bill Belichick.
Ryan was asked about the quarterback situation in New England since both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett are dealing with injuries at the moment. Who might the Bills see when they visit Gillette Stadium?
"Look, I can sit back and say I don’t care who plays quarterback, cuz I know (Tom) Brady ain’t," he said. "I don’t care who plays quarterback; Steve Grogan can play quarterback. If Belichick’s playing quarterback, we’re coming after him. I promise you that."
There's no indication yet as to whether or not Garoppolo or Brissett will be unavailable for Week 4. When asked about his level of concern when it came to his quarterbacks, Belichick didn't say much during a conference call on Sunday.
Ryan, like the rest of us, will probably have to wait for the Patriots to release an injury report before he learns about the status of either young passer. And until then, he'll have to prepare for both.