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Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce high-fives recently acquired teammate center Nenad Krstic in Boston

Heat deny report Celtics bus burglarized during season

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Earlier today we passed along a Yahoo report — from an anonymous source — that during a late regular season game when Boston was in Miami that the team bus had been burglarized and “a lot” of money and more had been stolen.

The Heat are denying that report.

And they have details. Here is what the team said, passed along from our man Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel.

“After our last regular season home game vs. Boston, a Celtics player [Nenad Krstic] made a claim while boarding the team plane following our game that $1,200 was taken from his personal bag that was left on one of the team buses. Additionally, Lawrence Frank also claimed his bag was stolen while they were still here at AA Arena that night, but he found it before they left for the airport.”

“‘We were notified later that night by our NBA team security contact, Tom Fassenella, about the player’s claim and were told the NBA was investigating it. There was an attempt by the NBA to interview the player in Washington the following day but the player was not made available to them.”

“Additionally, NBA security requested Miami Police take a police report, but the player refused. Subsequently, AmericanAirlines Arena Director of Security Bob Hundevadt and Tom reviewed surveillance video of the bus parking area, which was continuously on the night of the game and they observed no unauthorized personnel boarding the bus. The only people on the bus were TSA, and the NBA determined they were not involved.”

Contacted Wednesday night, a Celtics spokesman said the Heat depiction of the events, “as far as I know is accurate.”

To answer your question about why airport TSA was on the bus, when teams have back-to-backs or rapid flights out of an airport after a game (charter flights) it is pretty common for TSA to pre-check bags and the like so long as the bus is secured.

After that, we’ll let you decide the truth.

This is in the past. Right now the Celtics should be a lot more worried about what is happening on the court.

Celtics were burglarized in Miami during regular season

Miami Heat's Anthony and Bosh block Boston Celtics' Davis during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

It hasn’t been just the last couple of games where Miami’s American Airlines Arena has been a house of horrors for Boston.

Turns out the regular season sucked for them there, too. As evidence we present this tidbit from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

When the Boston Celtics climbed on the team bus in the bowels of American Airlines Arena late in the regular season, the mood had been thick with anger and disgust over finally losing to the Miami Heat. Only now, several sources said, the Celtics discovered a deeper, knifing violation: Someone had snuck onto the bus and stolen cash and belongings from the coaches’ and players’ bags.

“It was pretty bad,” a source told Yahoo! Sports. “A lot of stuff, a lot of money.”

Now the Celtics are being robbed of their identity when they go to Miami — the Heat have been the tougher, better defensive team in this series so far.

The defensive part is interesting because the conventional wisdom is you need a shot-blocking big man in the middle to be a good defensive team, but the Heat’s best defensive lineup has a 6’9” center in the middle. The prolific and wise Tom Haberstroh delves into that defensive identity at ESPN’s The Heat Index.

The Heat pride themselves on basket protection, but they’re defending it with the weapon of quickness, not height. Of the team’s nine blocks, the most memorable one came with less than a minute left and the Celtics down nine points. Kevin Garnett set a pindown screen for Ray Allen, forcing Anthony to jump out and help close off the shooter. Once Garnett saw Anthony cover Allen on the wing, he cut to the rim for a wide-open finish — except it was only wide open for a moment.

LeBron sprinted from the weakside and met the 6-foot-11 Garnett at the rim in a flash. Garnett tried to muscle a layup past LeBron, but the two-time MVP rose up and swatted Garnett’s layup to the foul line.

Quickness, not height.

It’s a different script. But one that is working. Well. And robbing the Celtics on the court (and fortunately not off it).