Saying that the play during the first half of Game 2 between the Heat and the Bulls was a bit chippy would be a severe understatement.
Miami seemed to want to come out with more of a tough-guy persona after dropping Game 1, and the Bulls were more than happy to engage in a physical and testy battle, given their own reputation of not backing down from anyone no matter who is in the lineup.
One such battle, seen in the video clip above, resulted in a double technical foul called on both LeBron James and Joakim Noah.
Noah gets things started by needlessly wrapping up James after the play has already been whistled dead, and James escalates things by briefly losing his temper and shoving Noah with his right elbow to gain separation.
All in all, there were 28 personal fouls, five technical fouls, and a flagrant foul called in the game’s first 24 minutes. The Heat were comfortably in control at halftime with a lead of 55-41, thanks to 19 first half points from James.
This further proves Anthony’s loyalty to New York.
A trade could’ve sent him to a better team with a more-desirable boss and netted him a $10 million trade bonus. But Anthony enjoys living and playing in New York, even with the tumult – including Jackson – that follows.
Now, it’s on Jackson to improve the roster around Anthony, repair player-coach relations and create a culture where the starting point guard doesn’t go AWOL.
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Yeah, I think it’s a rivalry. So, yeah. Just me, though.
It’s definitely fun, you know? A team that you beat, that’s beat you – it’s definitely fun. I think, if you look at the last two years and this year, we’ve been the top two teams in the league each year. So, I look at it as a rivalry, and it’s definitely a fun game to play in.
But I don’t really care if anyone else see the game the game the way I see it. I see it how I see it, and they can see it how they do. I don’t really care. It’s fun, though.
This is a competitive game, a fun game to play in. And regardless of Bron thinks this a rivalry or not, I know he wants to beat us – and we want to beat them. And that’s enough in itself.
“It’s just, maybe, the personnel in this situation,” Rondo says in response. “I mean, last year — I hate to keep talking about last year — but you couldn’t name three people on my team, the Sacramento Kings, and I led the league in assists. You know? I don’t know. I believe so (that his skill set still has value), given the right personnel and the flow of the game.”