With Deron Williams out, there were major concerns about whether backup PG Shaun Livingston could play major minutes at a productive pace. Not tonight. Through three quarters, Livingston has played a near flawless game vs. the Miami Heat: making the right play on offense, while using his length to disrupt the Heat on the offensive end.
Watch Livingston swat Ray Allen on a drive in the third quarter, followed by a hard Paul Pierce drive to the hoop. Pierce pounds his chest — as he so often does — leading to some extra cheers from the heavily saturated Barclays Center.