Game 1 of the Heat-Celtics series was as emotional as you would expect between two teams that really, really don't like each other. Five technical fouls were called, and there was plenty of physical play and trash talk throughout the game. The Heat used the emotion to fuel their 99-90 win, but the Celtics lost their composure. Paul Pierce (pictured) twice received technicals for jawing at Miami players after hard fouls, earning an ejection midway through the fourth quarter. Boston wants to get under Miami's skin, but right now it's the other way around.
James Jones won't do that again, will he?
Dwyane Wade scoring 38 points isn't all that unusual. LeBron James with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists is normal. What really killed Boston in Game 1 on Sunday was Jones coming off Miami's bench and scoring a season-high 25 points. Of course, the winner of the NBA's 3-point contest during All-Star weekend has proved he's dangerous when no one covers him. The Celtics should think about doing that in Game 2.
Who has the better bench?
The Thunder's depth was supposed to be an advantage in their series against the Grizzlies, but the Memphis backups outscored their Oklahoma City counterparts 27-16 in Game 1, which was just about the difference in a 13-point win. The Grizzlies bolstered what had been an awful bench by making O.J. Mayo a sixth man and trading for Shane Battier (left). Darrell Arthur and Greivis Vasquez have also delivered quality minutes. The Thunder need more from their best sub, James Harden (right), who had five points and five fouls Sunday.
Which power forward will assert himself?
Chris Bosh (left) and Kevin Garnett (right) were both All-Stars this season, but you wouldn't have known it by watching Game 1. Both played 37 minutes. Bosh finished with seven points and 12 rebounds and Garnett had six points and eight rebounds, essentially canceling each other out. The matchup figures to be a key to the series. If one dominates the other in Game 2, expect the former's team to come out on top.
Can anyone guard Zach Randolph?
To hear the Memphis power forward tell it, the answer is no. "I don't think nobody in the league can stop me," he said after torching the Thunder for 34 points in Game 1. Surprisingly, Oklahoma City's superstar agrees. "You can't stop him," Kevin Durant said. "He's an animal. . . . He's the best power forward in the league." Wow, really? Kendrick Perkins (right), who tried and failed to defend Randolph on Sunday, disagreed with Durant's assessment and said it will be a different story in Game 2. Of course, the Spurs never figured out how to stop Randolph in the first round.