Heat Has No Answers for Celtics

The latest loss to Boston came Thursday night in Miami and highlighted the Heat’s matchup problems when facing an excellent point guard like Rajon Rondo, . The Celtics are clearly way ahead in a lot of things, including Twitter cleverness, with after the game: “It’s been a pleasure to bring my talents to South Beach. Now on to Memphis.” The Heat are hardly embracing their role as the black hats of the N.B.A., , which is why this is so much less than fun.

Heat Coach Eric Spoelstra tried hard to spin his way out of the conclusion that his team is a giant disappointment, , but the fans in Miami are getting a little restless about how this is going to turn out, . is a bit amused by all the premature freaking out and that the Heat should have expected some difficulties in assembly.

If you couldn’t muster enough dislike for the Heat on Thursday night, the N.F.L. threw in a midweek game to further its quest for world domination. Those with access to the NFL Network discovered the Falcons are pretty darned good, , and Matt Ryan is making his case as the better 2008 draftee at quarterback than Joe Flacco, . , however, pins this on the declining state of the Ravens’ defense.

Elsewhere, there is the usual Brett Favre reverberations, with for the 12th time next year, which prompts that we should all check back on that next May. The N.F.L., Thursday in its investigation of Favre shenanigans, might be among those really tired of this story line.

It would be hard to reach the level of fatigue now gripping college sports with more N.C.A.A. violation allegations than anybody could hope to keep track of. The latest flare-up at Kentucky involved the for accepting money from a professional team in Turkey. There is a reason few European players try to play college basketball here,, and as , clearing Kanter would have set a dangerous precedent for the future. Kentucky’s John Calipari took a shot at Kanter when a lot of other coaches would not , because he doesn’t exactly have to worry about tarnishing his reputation.

Meanwhile, the saga of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton got even muckier with the player recruiter around to schools. This only turns up the heat on Auburn, , which should be engaged in campuswide squirming about now.

To end on an entirely different, and heart-rending note, read instead about the trying to coach his team while fighting brain cancer.

Now there is a real villain.

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