Heat Beats Celtics: Joel Anthony Makes Tough Guys Cry
In what is becoming a trend, the Heat once again Tuesday night played a game you would like to punt into a canal, jump in after it, drag it to the bottom, and put it under a rock like an alligator.
Except they won this time, 93-86. Yeah, the Celtics are sucky, but a win is a win, right?
LeBron James led the way with 29 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and zero totally awesome highlights that would probably be in the place of these words. Bosh started 6-7, finishing with 15, while Birdman chipped in a bench high 13. That's it -- nobody else was in double figures. It's a really good thing they played the Celtics.
"Heat Nation, we got a win. We can calm down, now." -LeBron James— Alex Donno (@AlexDonno) January 22, 2014
Play of the Game
B-Easy from way downtown fruitcake bang. I burst out laughing when this went in -- Beasley just makes me so happy. Beasley had it going in limited action, scoring nine points in 13 minutes on 4-6 shooting. With Oden playing again Tuesday, Birdman thriving, and Ray Allen moving back to the bench when Wade plays, you can really see the Miami bench coming into true form.
Before the game, there was an epic "Beasley being Beasley" moment.
Beasley: "Hey Chris, is your name Christopher?" Bosh stares at him & replies flatly, "If someone's name is Chris, it's safe to assume that."— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) January 21, 2014
He just makes me happy.
Burnie banging his head against the court https://t.co/DnuudyVps4— Roger Paul (@DatRoroKid) January 22, 2014
January 21, 2014, will forever be remembered by Heat fans as the day Joel Anthony made his triumphant return to Miami. Think about what Anthony has accomplished in his storied career. He has two more championship rings than Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Allen Iverson, John Stockton, and Steve Nash -- COMBINED.
The Miami Heat honored "the Warden" during the second quarter, because that's what you do for legends -- you honor them, because they are awesome. During the montage of Anthony cheering on his teammates from the bench, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Never forget you, Warden; never forget you, buddy.
Heat Twitter loves it some Joel, because Heat Twitter knows awesome.
Im gonna miss the warden : ( pic.twitter.com/S0U25E5ecy— |James| (@23_mjs) January 22, 2014
Joel Anthony looks like Ken Griffey Jr. on that episode of the Simpsons where his head got gigantic pic.twitter.com/1VaUDTfynl— Michael Dyer (@Mike_Dyer13) January 22, 2014
I'd say the Warden looks sad on the bench, but Joel Anthony always kinda looks like that.— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) January 22, 2014
Heat paying tribute to Joel Anthony! Tributes no longer mean anything.— Devang Desai (@DesaiDevang) January 22, 2014
This sucks. I want him back. #HEATLive— Skinny McGhee (@SkinnyMcGhee) January 22, 2014
Joel Anthony is like the calling card a murderer leaves at the crime scene. Bill Simmons will be shook for life.— Adam Smoot (@adamsmoot) January 22, 2014
I stood up at my house for the standing ovation they had for Joel Anthony— Amaan Khan (@The_Khancept) January 22, 2014
Heat fans are classy . Joel Anthony makes the jumper and everybody cheers for him . Thx for the memories Joel .#HeatFamily— Out Law (@AverageHomeboy4) January 22, 2014
Wouldn't you? RT @JoeGoodmanJr: Joel Anthony scored and Spoelstra immediately called timeout.— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) January 22, 2014
Papi, who's sitting next to me, laughing incredulously at Joel Anthony's jumper. "Joel never did that here for us!"— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) January 22, 2014
this joel anthony guy is SO GOOD. I wish the heat had somebody like him.— Josh N (@JDNema) January 22, 2014
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