A game after the Miami Heat gave every fan in attendee a pretty sweet "WADE" Jumpman T-shirt, they were at it again in Game 5.
Color me unimpressed this time around.
Game 5 attendees will get shirts that read "I AM THE HOME COURT ADVANTAGE!" with the words "2012 WHITE HOT HEAT PLAYOFFS" in smaller font.
Did Heat fans really need the reminder that they make up the advantage? Are there not enough Heat jersey-wearing fans in attendance? Or is it a ploy to hide all the empty seats in the first quarter?
The Heat have been pretty stellar at home in the regular season and postseason, but something tells me it has more to do with their players (...and referees) than it does the Heat faithful.
But Game 5 isn't the only flawed Heat shirt giveaway. In Game 1, each chair was covered by a shirt with a specific letter on it -- "H", "E", "A", "T". Now, to avoid any confusion, it was announced over the loudspeaker before the game that the shirts were designed to spell "HEAT". You know, just in case nobody got it.
But what if "H" wanted to switch places with "T", or "E" with "A". Did they have to constantly switch shirts? Were they spelling "HATE"? Or "TEA"? Who are the "THE"?
My head hurts. Let's just get this game underway . . .
Highlights from the Boston Celtics loss to the Houston Rockets
The bumps and bruises continue to pile up for Isaiah Thomas, adding a new one to the group during Boston’s 107-106 loss at Houston.
The 5-foot-9 guard said he strained his right groin in the second quarter, but added that the injury won’t force him to miss any games.
“I’ll be alright,” Thomas told reporters after the loss. “I’ll get treatment. I’ll be fine for Wednesday (against Orlando).”
The injury appeared to have happened shortly after Houston’s Trevor Ariza hit a 3-pointer that put the Rockets ahead 55-45.
At the time it didn’t seem all that serious as Thomas, who had 20 points on the night, came down and drained a 3-pointer.
But after the game, Thomas acknowledged his groin did bother him during the game in which he played 33-plus minutes.
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” said Thomas, who finished with 20 points. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
Thomas, who played in all 82 regular season games last season in addition to each of Boston’s 21 games this season, has dealt with an assortment of injuries including but not limited to, a swollen middle finger injury on his left (shooting) hand.
Thomas, an All-Star last season for the first time, has played at an elite level that should once again position him to be represent the Eastern Conference.
Following Monday’s game, Thomas is averaging a career-high 26.0 points per game which ranks ninth in the NBA along with 6.1 assists.