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Heat Celtics Playoffs Notebook: National Anthem, Tickets Released, Fouls

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The Heat just announced that a small amount of lower level tickets, normally reserved for league execs, would be released immediately. Additional Lower Level seats may be released intermittently throughout the day, so HEAT fans are encouraged to repeatedly log onto to search the available inventory. In addition, Standing Room Only tickets are also still available. Fans can purchase tickets online at,, at the AmericanAirlines Arena Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX. There will be a four ticket purchase limit per game. Tip off for Game 2 is scheduled
for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3rd.

Or you can just click right here at Hot Hot Tickets and take your pick from all the seats available in various sections, currently as low as $53. You can click on it at the top of the site, right underneath LeBron.

The Heat also released this info for those planning on attending Game 2. Get your vocal pipes ready, you're being asked to sing the National Anthem. Did you remember all the words?:


Tomorrow’s pre-game ceremony, including the Home Strong military salute, will include an enhanced military presence. Members of the armed services will unfurl the 50’ American flag at center court. In addition, there will be no anthem performer. Instead, the team will encourage all fans in attendance to pay tribute to our soldiers by collectively singing the National Anthem.


Game 2 will tip off at 7:00 p.m. so HEAT fans are encouraged to adjust their travel schedules in order to arrive early for this special presentation.

The NBA announced today that the technical foul James Jones received in Game 1 has been rescinded, not surprising if you read the transcript of Dan Crawford's interview last night. What is surprising is that the actual foul that started the whole incident, when he came down hard on Pierce after being caught in the air, was changed to a flagrant foul penalty 1. This could have been important if Jones was the type that actually gets technicals and dishes out flagrant fouls because too many can lead to suspensions in the playoffs by the NBA. Why this was considered a flagrant foul in the first place is curious since Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo locked arms with Heat players on consecutive fast break drives and neither were called for flagrant fouls.

Paul Pierce was spared any sort of suspension for his wildly immature actions in Game 1, though you have to wonder how aggressive he can be for the rest of the series if he's kept on a tight leash by the refs.