With the Heat one win away from eliminating the Celtics from the 2011 NBA Playoffs, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade revealed how that franchise's moves of 2007 was used as a model for their decisions of 2010.
"They set the blueprint for us when they decided to make the trade for [Kevin Garnett] and for Ray [Allen]," James said. "Seeing guys make sacrifices to come together and play as one. They set the blueprint and went out there and did it. They won a championship. They competed every year."
The Celtics eliminated both the Heat and Cavaliers from the 2010 NBA Playoffs.
"With LeBron losing to Boston in Cleveland in the playoffs, he felt like, 'I gotta do more, I need to be around more to contend for a championship,' " Wade said. "Me feeling the same way going into the summer, saying that I needed more, it was because of Boston. They knocked us out."