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Heat gracious towards Celtics in victory

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Heat gracious towards Celtics in victory

CSNNE.com wire reports

MIAMI -- The Heat said it often in this series: The Celtics laid the plan for what Miami needed to ultimately do to become champions.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade said it again when their team eliminated the C's in Game 5 Wednesday night.

"It's a great team," James said of Boston in the on-court celebration. "Like I said, I got the utmost respect for that team. They're the reason why all three of us came together, is because of what they did, that blueprint they had in '08 when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen all came together."

And the Heat knew that, to get where they wanted to go, they had to go through Boston.

"For us to go through the playoffs without playing Boston wouldn't have been right," said Wade.

"It was a series that all of us wanted, really since training camp," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

James put Miami up for good with a 3-pointer with 2:10 remaining, then added a game-sealing - more aptly, a series-sealing - 3 with 40.4 seconds left.

"They make you fight for everything," James said of the Celtics. "You can never take the foot off the gas. You can never take a second off against that team."

And Wade believes the Celts will be back.

"The Boston Celtics ain't goin' nowhere," said Wade, who later added: "Obviously, this summer, those Hall of Fame guys, that organization's, going to be driven to avenge the defeat. And we wouldn't want it any other way whatsoever . . .

"They're going to continue to drive us, and we're going to continue to drive them."

Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

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Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with  Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.

Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.

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“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.

Irving replied with a lewd suggestion. 

After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.

Regrets?

“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.

Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”

The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.

In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.

“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”