Bill Simmons took a shot at Dwyane Wade on Twitter, and Wade had a response

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) getting ready to rebound in game seven of the NBA Eastern Conference finals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Saturday. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

MIAMI — If the regular season ended Wednesday afternoon, the seventh-seeded Heat would face the second-seeded Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Of course, there are three weeks remaining before the playoffs begin. But just the possibility of a Miami-Boston matchup has already drawn the attention of some, like Bill Simmons.

Simmons, a sports columnist who is known to be a Boston fan and is the founder of The Ringer, tweeted Wednesday: “I’m already getting emotionally prepared for a Miami/Boston series with no Kyrie and no Smart plus the unknown Celtic that Dwayne Wade is going to *accidentally* injure.

The jab at Wade is a reference to the 2011 playoffs, when Wade caused Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo to dislocate his left elbow in a scramble for a loose ball during the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Wade saw the tweet and had a four-word response

“It may be you,” Wade tweeted at Simmons with an emoji of a man shrugging.

Simmons replied: “I’m going to put on an elbow brace now just in case you aren’t kidding.”

While a Heat-Celtics matchup in the first round is very possible, the standings could change over the final few weeks of the regular season. No. 7 Miami entered Wednesday one-half game ahead of No. 8 Milwaukee, and two games behind No. 6 Philadelphia, 2.5 games behind No. 5 Washington and three games behind No. 4 Indiana.

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