No One Is Talking About The Freak Play That Doomed The Heat Last Night

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The Heat were about to run away from the Celtics in the fourth quarter last night.There were six minutes left. Miami was up 78-72. And the LeBron/Wade combo had scored nine-straight points.

But then Wade’s block on Brandon Bass ping-ponged its way to Mickael Pietrus for an open three, and everything changed.

Instead of going on a fast break and taking an eight-point lead after Wade’s block, the Heat found themselves up just three points.

It was a crazy, lucky play that totally turned the game on its head. But it happened so quickly that it was hard to tell how it unfolded.

Wade started the play with a monster block on Brandon Bass

But look at the Heat when the shot goes up — they're all standing in the paint flat-footed, no one is ready for the rebound

The block falls right to Rondo, who had the purpose of mind to slap it to Pietrus

No matter where Rondo slapped it, the Celtics were going to get an open three. LeBron crashing toward Rondo leaves three open options

Once Pietrus gets the ball, the closest defender was Udonis Haslem — who was standing deep in the paint

Everyone remembers this Pierce shot, but if Wade's block doesn't go to Rondo, the Heat are up 8 with six minutes left, not 3

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