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.